Alaska Highway

08/18/07 - 08/22/07

I spent five days traveling the Alaska Highway. The highway runs for 1390 miles from Dawson Creek, British Columbia to Delta Junction, Alaska. Unfortunately, it was overcast and rainy most of the trip. So the excellent scenery was somewhat muted and sometimes hidden by clouds and fog. But the wildlife was out in force. I got stopped by a bison herd crossing the highway. I also had to stop or slow down at least a half dozen times for caribou on or near the road.

I stopped in Watson Lake to see their signpost forest. It was started during the building of the highway during World War II. A soldier put up a signpost pointing towards his home town of Danville, IL with the mileage to there. Other soldiers followed and the tradition has been carried on by travelers to this day. As of September 2006, there were 61,298 signs. The second photo in the gallery is of the signpost forest, but it doesn't do it justice. You just can't get enough of the signs in one photo.

The rest of the photos are from scenery and wildlife along the way.

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Steve Winker