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Out of Alaska and into the Yukon!

We drove from Tok, AK to Whitehorse, YT today. Not too bad of a drive, especially with a stop at Buckshot Betty’s in Beaver Creek, Yukon! Homemade food & bakery – deeeelish. We had lunch, and got some super fresh cinnamon buns – so fresh, that we had to wait for them to glaze the suckers, and we could=n’t even wrap them up yet 🙂 I also picked up an awesome blue hoodie – that’s right, I said BLUE not black!

Once we got to Whitehorse, we checked into the hotel and then walked over to the local hotspot, “Yukon Salmon & Ribs”. omg. yum. Jamie ordered Muskox Stroganoff, I ordered Caribou stew, Mom ordered Bison Ribeye, and Dad ordered the Arctic Char. Mine also came with Bannock Bread (very different than what I made in school), and a delicious side salad of which 90% of the dressing made it onto my pants. I smelled salad for the rest of the night 😦 Otherwise, another FAANTASTIC meal! After dinner, with a need to walk off the enormous meals, we headed to the Suspension bridge over the Yukon River in Myre Canyon. Not very exciting, but a nice walk nonetheless.

Palmer & AK Highway #1

Day 1 for the trek home today 😦  We stopped in Palmer, Alaska and checked out the Reindeer farm. I FED A BABY REINDEER! It was awesome!!! Continuing on through HWY#1, we saw the Matanuska Glacier.

Check out these pics!

whittier, alaska

today we did a day trip to whittier, alaska – about 100mi just outside anchorage. whittier is a pretty cool place for a few reasons: it has a 2.5mi tunnel through a mountain to access it; it has some cool american military history; and it is the gateway to the beautiful Prince William Sound area.

we hopped onto another wildlife cruise. it was a gorgeous day, although a bit chilly for those of us who didn’t sit on our butts inside the heated cabin all day 😉 to add to our enormous list of wildlife we’ve seen, today we spotted: black tipped kitty hawks (gull family), sea otters and their pups, harbour seals, and salmon near a hatchery – jumping wildly out of the ocean before heading into the freshwater to spawn! very cool! i also need to point out the fantastic highlight of the trip – we saw 3 humpback whales; 3 active humpback whales. the one continually repeated doing full body breaches out of the water! this is a rare sight – most people do get to see a whale do 1 full body breach, but this one little guy was super active and just playing away! jamie got some fantastic shots – i didn’t get any – so we’ll have to share with everyone when the photos are up on his flickr site.

we also checked out a wetland area called Potter Marsh, about 1mi outside of anchorage. we saw more black tipped kitty hawks, but also artic turings feeding their babies and a muskrat 🙂