Postcards from the Alaskan Highway

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Muncho Lake: Milepost 409

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Taking an extended break from the highway

At over 1400 miles long but barely ever wider than two lanes, the Alaskan Highway barely dents the sub-Arctic wilderness it travels through. The services hug close to the road and it is entirely possible to travel from Dawson Creek to Fairbanks without every venturing more than a few yards from the pavement. There are a couple of nice lodges along the way, but for the most part travelers are confined to small generator powered outposts. The usual settlement includes a couple of ancient gas pumps, a greasy diner with big city prices, a rough motel, and a campground. It is a short season with most of the businesses shut down by September. Those that do stay open year round report little to no business with one person stating that he sometimes works an entire winter shift without seeing a single customer.

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Liar River Hot Springs: At Milepost 496 you can walk a short boardwalk trail through a moose infested wetlands area to a very cool (actually quite hot) natural spring. Also has a nice campground and, the day we were there, a good food truck.

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Just chewing the cud a bit south of Fairbanks

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Just north of Tok, this very nice family run campground has a laundry mat which locals (some of whom have no running water) frequently use. 

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One of several churches housed in a discarded quonset hut, Our Lady Of The Way is located in Haines Junction, Yukon

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We spent two wonderful nights at the Cottonwood RV Park which allows you to camp a few feet from Kluane Lake. A small imprint in the wilderness, grizzlies often wander the campground looking for berries. By late summer those berries begin to ferment and sometimes the bears appear a bit over served. So always beware of drunk bears.

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Stretch of Alaskan Highway between Fort Nelson and Muncho Lake

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One of the many private campgrounds we stayed at along the Alaskan Highway

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