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Wednesday 22 August 2012

12 Days

Fall comes early on the Dempster Highway. Frosted Cloudberry Leaves
Frosted Cloudberry Leaves - Click for larger
It would change every day. Lori and I enjoyed our time here. We spent 12 days up the Dempster Highway. Blackstone Range, Tombstone Territorial Park, Yukon
Blackstone Range, Tombstone Territorial Park, Yukon - Click for larger
It's not always a forgiving highway. We did have a flat tire but it could not have come at a better time - no traffic and solid ground to jack up the van. The warning light came on and indicated the left rear tire was losing pressure. I stopped and grabbed the tire pressure gauge. But as soon as I was out of the van, I could hear the air leaking. A sharp shale rock had punctured it. This is a common problem here. It is also the reason we came prepared with 2 full spares. Changing the Flat Tire
Changing the Flat Tire up the Dempster Highway - Click for larger
Camping for all of the 12 days was tough. It is a dusty place when it's dry and muddy when wet. The road can wear you down. Camping up the Dempster Highway
Camping up the Dempster Highway - Click for larger
The road is wearing especially when you are working both early mornings and late nights. We would usually wake up at 5 am and check the sky. At 5:30 we would get up and drive/hike to our designated spot for the morning shoot. Sometimes the light would co-operate and sometimes not. After shooting the morning we would go back to camp to do backups and have a snooze. Later we would play cards, eat dinner and head back out to shoot landscapes and anything and everything that showed up. Generally we would get back after 10 pm and head to bed. Male Spruce Grouse
Male Spruce Grouse - Click for larger
Male Willow Ptarmigan
Male Willow Ptarmigan - Click for larger
Arctic Ground Squirrel
Arctic Ground Squirrel - Click for larger
Cloudy Range, Tombstone
Cloudy Range, Tombstone Territorial Park, Yukon - Click for larger
Blackstone Range, Tombstone
Blackstone Range, Tombstone Territorial Park, Yukon - Click for larger
We head to Alaska next. I really hope to see the Dempster again. It's easily the most spectacular place I have ever been.

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Anonymous Marta said...

I continue to enjoy reading about your journey and seeing the photos. Hope you enjoy Alaska!

23 August 2012 at 07:32  
Blogger Unknown said...

It sounds like you're still having a ball. I love your 'cloudy range' landscape - the colours are incredible. Stay safe and drive around the sharp rocks!

3 September 2012 at 09:58  

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