in march winter still has a hold on the yukon.

in march winter still has a hold on the yukon.

The most spectacular part of the drive down from the Yukon was the dramatic transformation from deep winter to spring. Over three days we saw the days grow longer, the snowbanks melt away and the land become green and lush. The baby lettuces are already edible on BC’s Gulf Islands. Emerging from the long hibernation I’m feeling lighter, happier and more energetic.

The scariest part of the drive was through the mountains around Muncho Lake. It was dark, steep and the roads are twisty, snow-covered. Bison were rooting for food on the edge of the road.

Exhausted after the day’s drive, I pulled the truck over in Fort Nelson and we slept in our seats. You know you’ve been in the Yukon too long when -24 seems a reasonable temperature for car camping. I slept poorly and woke up cold and sore and had to scrape the inside of the windshield.

many gas stations along the alaska highway close down for the winter.

many gas stations along the alaska highway close down for the winter.

my truck really didnt want to fight a bison.

my truck really didn't want to fight a bison.

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