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Top of the World Highway

My roommate, Andreas, rented a car in Vancouver, British Columbia and drove it to Dawson. Last evening we drove along the amazing Top of the World Highway to see the sunset. It was one of the great drives of my life. The perfectly plowed road goes west for 79 miles to Jack Wade, Alaska.

The only “traffic” on the road between 7:30 and 10 PM was one highway service vehicle and a woman in a gorgeous, forest green, Inuit parka running a dog team down a very steep hill. Andreas says the highway service drives the Top of the World Highway every day to look for stranded motorists. The road skirts the mountaintops with sheer drops on both sides and spectacular views in every direction, especially north to the lovely Ogilvie Mountains (above), home of Tombstone Mountain and Mount Monolith. Stopping at an area that had burned in a forest fire, we watched a spectacular orange sunset, while jumping in and out of the car to warm up.

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5 comments on “Top of the World Highway

  1. Debbie Kaye
    March 30, 2012

    Stunning! What a treat for you and Andreas!

  2. Dan Fiebiger
    March 30, 2012

    Beautiful shots. Love those sunsets! You’d get along with my 90-year-old dad a lot. He’s been to Alaska to several times to see similar sights and has fond memories of it all. Although a strict Catholic, he’ll probably be reincarnated into a Inuet Eskimo. That road you travelled is famous for stranded people. Happens every year, for over a century, if not longer. Before the motorized road patrols, dog sleds (some of which also involved St. Bernard dogs) were used to try and find people. Not everyone gets found. There’s probably enough old bones down in the cracks to start another Mutter Museum. (Lots of bones in my cracks also, but we won’t go there.)

    it’s also stunning to see the fronts of glaciers and compare where they were just a few years ago to where they are now, as global warming reduces them. (My normally conservative dad talked about that also, noting how global warming had changed the face of glaciers for several miles in between his various trips up there.) Just last week was a greta Nova episode about the state of Glaciers in Alaska. Lots of excellent time-lapse footage showing trends in glacial flows and formations.

    Hey, I got an idea: Let’s (quick) build a big boat and called it the Titanic Deux and get it into the north Atlantic by April 12 and watch it hit an iceberg and go down! (We can load it with rich Republicans !) April 12 is David Letterman’s birthday also and we can party all night long under the borealis !

    What do you think of that idea?

  3. Paul
    March 30, 2012

    Mmm. Beautiful shots Baby! What time were those sunset shots taken? Around 11:00 PM?

  4. Yukon Animator
    March 30, 2012

    The first one was taken around 7:45 PM and all the others were all taken between 9 and 9:30 PM. It is dark by 10 PM. xox

  5. A.M.I. Rowe
    March 31, 2012

    Fantastic! I can’t even imagine how much more beautiful the real thing must be, since those photos are already so gorgeous. Or, actually, I can imagine it, but only at the risk of blowing my brain pan. I’ve got to see the real thing some day.

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