Guide to the Alaska Highway
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Tips scattered through the guide
tell you where to spot wildlife,
let you in on a few favorite fishing holes, and
highlight important destinations.
Brimming with full-color photography, Guide to the Alaska Highway is the most stunning, the most complete, and most thoroughly researched book on the market today. This invaluable guide will help travelers tailor a safe, pleasant, and enjoyable drive through some of the most scenic and rugged landscape on Earth. This guide is perfect for the adventure lover.
The next year we tried a new technique for keeping moose away from the garden. We were told that moose absolutely detest the smell of Irish Spring soap. So we hung bars of the highly scented soap on our trees and shrubs to keep the moose away during the winter. Looking out the window one frosty morning, I watched a young moose, soap foam dribbling from his chin, gobble up the bar of Irish Spring hanging from the chokecherry tree in the front yard. Then his mother ate the tree. Whether you consider bears in town and moose in the garden to be privileges or liabilities, these kinds of things make Alaska special.
The lake itself is best viewed looking south, early on a calm, sunny morning from a pullout on the northern edge. 9. CONGDON CREEK CAMPGROUND Alongside Kluane Lake in the Yukon. This is truly one of the campgrounds along the Alaska Highway that will make you feel like you’re in the wilderness. It’s far enough off the road that you can’t hear any of the traffic, an often heavy wind creates four-foot or larger waves that crash against the shore, and it sits at the foot of a massive mountain range. As an added bonus, both black bears and grizzlies populate the area; you could see one or both if you’re lucky.
From there, you turned west on the Glenn Highway for about 185 miles to Anchorage. All in all, something on the order of 450 miles on roads that tended toward large frost heaves. An Alaska Legend If I had a favorite Alaskan—though he might better have been described as a citizen of the world—it had to be a long-distance musher, the late Colonel Norman Vaughan, a fellow who, until just a few years ago, entered the famed 1,049-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race from Anchorage to Nome each year. That in itself isn’t so unusual; several mushers enter the race every year.
In Alaska, however, it’s like a pimple on the coast south of Anchorage. Because of its accessibility to Alaska’s largest city and its popularity, the Kenai Peninsula is almost always crowded on any summer weekend. On Thursday through Saturday nights, campsites may be few and far between near the major rivers and key cities. But, as a visitor, you’re not restricted to weekends. Best to head for the Kenai on Sunday afternoon or Monday, and then clear the area Friday morning before the crowds of weekenders arrive.
And for me there are never enough trips on the Alaska Highway. We’re already thinking about next year’s trip down the road, our 40th in 39 years. You see, I feel duty bound to investigate and report on some intriguing big fish stories from the Yukon that have reached my desk in the past few months. … Like all writers, I may have made some errors when I put together my notes, pictures, and memories from the Alaska Highway together in book form. Please feel free to send me an e-mail setting me straight or otherwise commenting on what you find in this book.