Day 4 of driving the Alaska Highway, or the ALCAN, finally brought me some of the wildlife I had been wanting to see. I left Watson Lake early in the day with the goal of making it all the way to Fort St. John if I was up to it. Almost immediately, at least within 10 minutes of starting, I was seeing wildlife. Apparently there are herds of buffalo in the area because I was seeing them all along the highway. All told I saw seven on the day, but that wasn’t all.
I saw all sorts of animals today. At one point I saw a black bear, saw three on the day, two buffalo, a fox, and a lot of different birds that I don’t know what they were within a 15 minute span. This was one thing I had been , to see since leaving the village, but had little luck partly due to the rainy weather I think.
The weather cooperated for most of the drive. There were times with some rain off and on, but most of the day was a beautiful drive. Coming through the mountain passes I saw what appeared to be rather fresh snow in the trees at one point. My car told me it was 34 degrees outside and it was drizzling at the time, but there was fresh snow in the trees which made for a pretty drive even in the rain.
ALCAN Highway Road Conditions:
The road for the most part between Watson Lake and Fort St. John is good road. There are, like most areas here, portions where there is construction and thus it is not paved. But those sections are not long or common. Again any dip or problem in the road is generally well marked. I had no issues at all.
Day 4 Totals:
Miles – 555 miles (1,688 total)
Cups of Coffee – 1
Trips to Tim Horton – 1
Buffalo – 7
Bears – 3
Fox – 1
I also saw an Elk but it appared to be dead on the side of the road near a curve. I imagine it was hit by a car.
Times stopped to take a photo – Only a few today
Below are a few photos I took today. To see more check out my Flickr Page.
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