Don’t Feed the Bears in the Yukon, or Anywhere… The Alaska Highway Series


Yukon mountain and trees

Ho-hum, another day along the Alaska Highway— except there was nothing ho-hum about it. Our journey through Canada’s Yukon Territory took us past one breath-taking view after another.


We left Teslin with our fingers crossed that our spare tire would make it the hundred miles to White Horse. It was an okay tire, but it had seen 40 thousand miles! Lower 48 roads, no worry; Alaska Highway in the Yukon Territory, well maybe. Turns out, we made it fine. A Ford Dealer provided Quivera the Van with a new shoe and she was raring to go! The spare happily returned to being a spare.

Off we went, motoring across the Yukon Territory. Haines Junction, Kluane Lake, and White River came and went. In two days we were at the Alaska Border. Today’s photo essay will provide views of some of the sights we saw along the way.

Whitehorse, YT Mural

Getting our tire replaced in Whitehorse allowed us to wander around town and appreciate sights like this First Nation mural.

Dall sheep sculpture, White Horse

This handsome sculpture was outside the Visitor Information Center.

Stained glass, Whitehorse, YT

Inside, a stained glass window gave a fine representation of the country we were traveling through.

clouds and mountains along alaska highway

Back on the road, we were reminded that it seemed to go on forever…

Yukon Territory, Alaska Highway

Alaska Highway, Yukon Territory

Fireweed along Alaska Highway

Fireweed added bright splashes of color along the highway’s edge.

Do not feed bears, YT

A campground at Kluane Lake reminded us not to feed the bears. I am pretty sure the occupant of the bird house agreed. The bordering Kluane National Park was grizzly bear country and they often wandered in looking for food.

Grizzly Bear, Alaska

Why anyone would feel tempted to feed anything like this, I haven’t a clue! (I took this photo in Alaska but it fits here.)

Bear patrol

An ATV at the campground had this bear patrol sign on it, along with a pair of fearsome huskies.

Yukon scene

We searched the mountains behind the campground for grizzlies. We didn’t see any but we did see Dall Sheep.

Moose antlers, Yukon Territory

White River, where we stopped on our way back south, had an extensive collection of antlers to remind us of other occupants of the far north, such as moose.

Antlers on roof, White River, Yukon

One rooftop was covered in antlers.

Peggy with moose antlers at White River, YT

Peggy provides some perspective. How would you like to wear these on your head? This set weighed close to 50 pounds.

Yukon lake

A small wayside on a lake before we reached the Alaska Border gave us this view.

Reflection shot Yukon Territory

And a reflection shot.


A moth was in the pebbles next to the lake.

Duck family in Yukon Territory

And a family of ducks worked the edge.

Skinny Coyote

A very skinny coyote put in an appearance as we left.

Bob Bray, Linda Hart on Alaska-Yukon border

And finally, we reached Alaska, where Bob, Linda and Sister posed for us.

Alaska-Yukon Border

This sign showed the Alaska-Yukon Border. It’s my idea of the type of fence that should exist between nations.

Yukon Border

Looking back, we were reminded of our journey. Larger than life, indeed! Next Wednesday we head into the wilds of Alaska.

FRIDAY’S POST: It’s back to MisAdventures and who shot Pavy’s pig. It couldn’t have possibly have been the Mekemson kids, could it?

MONDAY’S POST: We continue our journey by raft through the Grand Canyon.






34 thoughts on “Don’t Feed the Bears in the Yukon, or Anywhere… The Alaska Highway Series

    • Up, down. Up, down. Up, down. 🙂 theres a great story of a French woman who participated in the Iditarod. A moose attacked her sled dogs and them stood over her for several minutes with antlers poised. She didn’t twice a muscle and finally the moose wandered off. 🙂 –Curt

  1. No photo essay on the Yukon is complete without a shot of Fireweed. The image in my mind of the region that stands out is the deep glacial blue-green of Lake Kluane bordered by Fireweed.

    • Absolutely, Craig. I don’t think I got that one, but I took lots of fireweed photos. The same was true of Alaska! I ad bit to being surprised on finding fireweed growing in the Sierra’s however. –Curt

  2. I love Alaska. In fact, I lived there briefly in 1991. But I’ve never driven in. I hear about spots on these road trips and wish I could take a road trip to Alaska, too. Just a few more years, hopefully, when I can RV all over the place. Looks amazing!

  3. Oh, that poor coyote. Hope it wasn’t the latest low-carb diet that did it. You’re really feeding my hankering for heading up that way! First to work out some of the kinks of living in a tiny little box. 😀

    • Yeah, I felt for that coyote. I suspect it had some problems. Maybe it was a teenager. 🙂 Small spaces take getting used to and yours is even smaller than ours. The first van we travelled in was 20 feet, the second 22. Between them, we lived in them for four years. You have to like each other! 🙂 The other thing that worked for us was that we each had our own space, me up front and Peggy in the back. –Curt

  4. Wow. I am glad that I found Your blog. We have a world map in our bedroom and many times, we have been which kind there is there. Your photos inspired us and I am grateful that You showed them. Thank You.

    Happy upcoming weekend!

    • Peggy and I kept a world map in our bedroom for several years when we lived in Sacramento to mark off the places we visited. 🙂 Thanks for commenting! I visited your blog and really enjoyed your photos of the snow castle in Finland. –Curt

  5. Love the First Nation mural, but really turned on by the photos of the wide open spaces. That’s what we love when we visit western states — the big sky and rolling countryside. It’s what I’d love to see at least once a year.

  6. In addition to the just beautiful photos of your adventures is the just plain joy that is radiating from Peggy in so many of the photos. How much do those antlers weigh?
    Enjoyed this photo essay very much. Thank you.

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