By the shores of Kluane Lake

By Sarah Reynolds | Jun 16, 2016
Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds Approaching Kluane Lake, whose glacier-fed waters are a striking shade of blue.

Destruction Bay, Yukon Territory — Monday we camped in a park in Glenallen, Alaska, in the Tolsana Wilderness area. Our site was beneath pine trees right beside a gurgling stream. An idyllic setting, except for the flocks, herds, swarms of ferocious, hungry mosquitoes. We decided to cook inside that night, fearing we might be eaten before we got to eat dinner.

It really was a beautiful spot, and the stream was a soothing background for falling asleep.

The next day, we crossed the border into Canada and camped at an RV park in Beaver Creek; we'd been there a week before on our way to Alaska. What a difference a week makes! The park had had a fire one night during the week and lost its main generator and its backup -- they were in the same building. The woman tellilng me about the fire said, "Once the roof [of the building that housed the generators] blew off, the temperature came down a lot." Fortunately, one of the people staying in the park at the time was a water tanker driver who had his tanker with him. It sounded like an all-hands-on-deck situation. As a result, there was no electricity in the park Tuesday night when we stayed, but that wasn't much of a problem, now that we have a working converter to keep the battery charged. And I think they gave us a lower rate because they couldn't offer an electric hookup.

We opted for a relatively short 130 miles or so of driving Wednesday to stay at Cottonwood RV Park on the shore of Kluane Lake, which is various unusual shades of blue depending on the light, owing to the sediment in its glacial waters.

The lake is ringed by the St. Elias Mountains in what may well be the prettiest setting we have camped in yet. We cooked burgers outside and enjoyed the sun and the gorgeous scenery. I'm writing this blog on the deck outside the RV park office. Work was never this much fun!

Alas, tomorrow we hit the road again, heading for Whitehorse, the provincial capital.

The stream beside our campsite in Glenallen, Alaska, Monday made a wonderful gurgling sound, but the mosquitoes were fierce. (Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds)
Mountains in the Beaver Creek region of the Yukon Territory are swathed in clouds. (Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds)
The St. Elias Mountains stand out in the Destruction Bay area of the Yukon. (Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds)
The view from our campsite on Kluane Lake. (Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds)
Kluane Lake is ringed by the St. Elias Mountains. (Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds)
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