Stone sheep and dusty roads

By Sarah Reynolds | Jun 07, 2016
Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds Young stone sheep gather by the roadside in the Canadian Rockies.

Watson Lake, Yukon Territory — Our drive Sunday took us from Toad River, British Columbia, to Watson Lake, Yukon Territory.

We drove through more of the Canadian Rockies, past beautiful, tree-covered mountains, lakes and rivers fed by glacial waters, lovely wildflowers in yellow, purple and blue. We saw more wildlife: a bear, some bison and stone sheep, which are particular to this part of Canada.

They are unusual looking, with different colored wool on their bodies, horns and faces that look sort of like masks, at least on the adults. The young ones look more like the lambs I've seen before, but leggier.

A good bit of the road was loose gravel, and therefore very dusty – so dusty, in fact, that they put up signs warning you to turn on your headlights. Out camper was coated with it when we got to our campground. There were also a few areas of road construction, which we have also seen on several other days we've been in Canada. The country seems to be investing in infrastructure in a manner we in the U.S. might envy.

Our campground was much less formal than other we've been in so far. You still have to go to an office (in this case, in a little store) and pay, but they give you no map or set of campground rules like most other places, just show you the one copy of the camgpround map they have, indicate which spaces are empty and tell you to pick one.

The sites are among trees, though, and level, and we have a full hookup – water, sewer and electric – and heaven knows, with only a couple of other campers here, it was quiet. Not a bad place to spend the night.

Today, we go to Whitehorse, further up the Alaska-Canada Highway.

P.S. This is actually the post for Monday, June 6. It is being posted about 10 p.m. Pacific time, so it won't appear until Tuesday morning. I had wifi problems.

Swans go for an early morning swim in Toad River, British Columbia. (Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds)
A breathtaking view is around nearly every bend in the Canadian Rockies. (Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds)
(Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds)
(Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds)
An adult stone sheep seems as curious about us as we are about it. (Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds)
Many places along the Alaska-Canada Highway are under construction. (Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds)
To a fanciful observer, these mountains might look like the heads of elephants with their trunks stuck out. (Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds)
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