|Early morning hike in Haines Junction, YT|
|Gates can close the road to travel in foul weather.|
We began talking seriously about it eight months ago. The Alaska Tourism Board was more than happy to send us information. My husband plotted our route and contacted hotels in February. May 20 we left home with a cooler, a camera, and a box of supplies. Twenty-five days and 9,280 miles later, we arrived home, awed and eager to do it again.
|In 1942 a recuperating soldier added his hometown |
of Danville, IL, to the sign post on Watson Lake in
Yukon Territory. Since then others have followed suit
until it has grown into this "signpost forest".
|Wildlife like bear and this moose can be seen along the road.|
Our 2015 journey found a two-lane asphalted road, much of it with no shoulder. Some days we met another vehicle about once every ten minutes. "Facilities" were mostly long drops at roadside pullovers. We saw moose and bear, waterfalls, tundra and snow-capped mountains. Although Mom likes to take an arm to steady her these days when she walks, her spirit of adventure is strong. She’s not up to hiking, but she is more than up to riding in a car and oggling out the windows. Every day of the journey was a worship experience, praising our incredible Creator God, a shared adventure none of us will ever forget.
LeAnne Hardy has lived in six countries on four continents. Her books for young people come out of her cross-cultural experiences and her passion to use story to convey truth. She loves hiking and always wants to know what's around the next corner. You can read a day-by-day log of her Alaska trip (with lots more pictures!) at her new travel blog, Wide-eyed Wanderer, and find out more about her books at her author site, Times and Places.