After the long day yesterday, we got up a bit late. It was still hovering around zero, and was cold and mostly overcast, but there were spots where it cleared up for us.
On the drive back from the Arctic Circle we had missed the main lookout over Tombstone Mountain due to darkness, and I wanted to go back and take some pictures. I was hoping the light would be better, and was also hoping that maybe we'd see some more critters, which didn't really happen.
We got ourselves organized, so that we could pretty much hook up and leave, then went out for a short drive to take some more pictures.
The drive was pretty nice. There were still a lot of clouds, but the snow was gone, and the clouds had lifted fairly high. You could start to see what the scenery would have looked like yesterday, if we could have seen it. Sadly, at the look out, Tombstone Mountain itself was mostly hidden in the clouds. But you still got this view.
I was secretly hoping we might be able to drive all the way back to Two Moose Lake, but I spent quite a bit of time taking pictures, and we were eager to get going. So we turned around a fair bit short of there. There were so many great views even just along this short stretch that we drove that morning.
After the short drive, we went back to camp and grabbed the trailer and continued south on the start of our first leg towards Edmonton and our flight home Sunday. It was hard to think about the trip coming to and end, but Tombstone was really the destination for this trip, and as we were leaving there was something of a sense of being through the best of it. Turns out, not really the case...
We left the campground and started back towards the start of the Dempster. I definitely plan to come back and explore this area some more. I could easily have spent a week or more just exploring Tombstone and the surrounding area. I would have been happy to wait for the weather to clear, to get some of these shots with a bright blue sky. Alas, that was not to be.
The drive was pretty uneventful, but beautiful. The sun came out finally, and the colour on the mountains was amazing. We drove for a couple of hours, stopping for lunch at Stewart Crossing.
The drive continued to be pretty uneventful. We made a short stop at Five Finger Rapids for a great view over the Yukon River. We didn't do the walk down to the river, but maybe should have.
From there, it was a short drive into Carmacks. We were staying at the Carmacks Hotel and RV Park - not the nicest place we've stayed but it was just for the night. The benefit was that it was right on the river. After we had got all organized, it gave me a chance to do some fishing. It was mostly uneventful, but I did have one decent sized fish that I got as far as shore before it jumped the hook. I'm not sure what it was but I think it was some type of salmon.
They've built a boardwalk along the river so we did the short walk before dinner. There were a ton of trees takes down by beavers, although it's unclear where they would be taking them.
We had a great dinner and had Dave and Linda over for dessert, as it was our last night together. It made for a fun evening. We were off early the next morning on our way south.