First of all, I need to apologize. While ‘cleaning up’ my media library I did delete images……at the time I had no idea that by doing so it will also permanently delete them from all the blog posts. When I view it on my computer all the images are there….not so for anyone else. Now I am faced with the monumental task of trying to reload the images….I have done so for the last 3 blogs but my friend says she still cannot view them. So, a very hard lesson learned and I am sorry!!
Now, we have finally left Dease Lake and are on our way into the Yukon! The scenery on the Stewart Cassiar highway is gorgeous, and there are some pull outs along the way to get out and appreciate it!
Finally entered the Yukon!
Our first stop is Watson Lake, home of the famous Sign Post Forest! The tradition began in 1942, when a U.S. soldier spent time in Watson Lake recovering from an injury. A commanding officer asked him to repair and erect the directional signposts, and while doing so, he added a sign that indicated the direction and mileage to his hometown of Danville, Illinois. The trend caught on! In 1990, a couple from Ohio added the 10,000th sign in the Signpost Forest. Today, there are over 77,000 signs in the Forest, and the number grows each year. The Town of Watson Lake maintains the site, adding more sign posts as they fill up.
I had made up our sign when we had first planned a trip here in 2008! That trip did not pan out but we made it eventually!
This picture does not do it justice, it is a sea of sign posts and signs from all over the world!
While in Watson Lake we also visited the BC-Yukon Air Service Ltd Hanger. If you read the blog from Telegraph Creek you might remember that all the supplies to build this hanger came from there!
This hanger held 100’s of P-39 Airacobras, B-25 bombers, C-47 Transports and other war planes stopped for fuel or repairs on their way to Alaska. This is the last military hanger of it’s type in the Yukon. It was a strategic location during WW2
From Watson Lake we drove west towards Teslin. The wildflowers along the side of the Alaska Highway were amazing!
And the majestic mountains were stunning!
The Swan Lake rest area had beautiful views of the surrounding country. This lake has good fishing for trout and whitefish. Many people travel to the Yukon just to fish the numerous lakes, where the catch of the day could be rainbow trout, lake trout, bull trout, arctic char, arctic grayling, burbot, dolly varden, inconnu, northern pike, the lake whitefish, as well as 5 different species of salmon!
It is not unusual to see cars and RV’s pulled into the rest areas where people would stop and fish for an hour or two, hopefully to catch their supper! This is the Morely River Recreation area.
And the fireweed!! It was so abundant and beautiful!
Next stop, Teslin!
Until next time…….