Whitehorse to Carcross – History, Swans and Storms

Photography is a state of mind to some degree – the more I shoot one day (like yesterday), the more I shoot the next time, and I start to see things differently. I get back to really seeing what’s around me.

I had to go to Carcross today to show the cabin to a potential buyer, and got home with 89 photos in the camera. My first stop was one that I hadn’t made in many years – at a 1948 Fargo panel truck sitting off in the bush along the South Klondike Highway. What a street rod that would make – see what was done to this one! The last time I stopped, the roof hadn’t been caved in – other than that, the truck would be a fairly easy restoration.

1948 Fargo panel truck

Now in a “history” frame of mind, I stopped at the Robinson Roadhouse – I have lots of photos of it, but the snow adds something to it now.

Robinson Roadhouse, Yukon

Part of me wants this complex saved, but another part is okay with it rotting away – luckily, rotting away takes a very long time in this dry climate.

Robinson Roadhouse, Yukon

Looking back towards Mount Lorne.

Robinson Roadhouse, Yukon

South-facing slopes have now gathered enough warmth from the sun to melt the overnight dusting of snow.

Dusting of snow along the South Klondike Highway

Downtown Carcross – this view has been used on postcards for well over a century now.

Downtown Carcross

I heard a pounding of heavy wings and turned around just in time to burst 6 shots as this Trumpeter swan took off.

Trumpeter swan in Carcross, Yukon

WP&YR locomotive #95 was pulled out of the engine house and fired up, ready to get to work for the season.

WP&YR locomotive #95

I was very surprised to see a survey crew just finishing off marking the limits of the railroad’s property in front of the 3 cabins south of the bridge (including mine). Dogs have their way of marking territory, we use orange stakes 🙂 I’ve always known where their property line is and it doesn’t affect me, but it sure affects both of my neighbours.

Surveying at Carcross

As I was heading back to Whitehorse at 2:30, some impressive storms began forming, and I made several stops for photos. This was the first one, shot looking north from Dry Creek.

Storm along the South Klondike Highway

Looking back to Montana Mountain from the Emerald Lake viewpoint.

Storm along the South Klondike Highway

Looking north from just south of the Lewes Lake road. This turned out to be a pretty cool spot – a glacial esker about 80 feet high provided the vantage point.

Storm along the South Klondike Highway

Looking north from a high rock bluff just south of Robinson.

Storm along the South Klondike Highway

On the rock bluff where the shot above was taken were the first new plants I’ve seen this year.

The first Spring plants along the South Klondike Highway

Back to storm chasing 🙂 We don’t get much severe weather, and these storms are really mild compared to what many of you see, I know, but even storms like this are not at all common.

Storm along the South Klondike Highway

The heavy rain hit a few miles south of the Alaska Highway. A thorough wetting like this will hasten Spring’s arrival nicely 🙂

Storm along the South Klondike Highway


Whitehorse to Carcross – History, Swans and Storms — 3 Comments

  1. Another of my observations: I’ve noticed that the houses are built almost flat on the ground; no steps or basements. It seems like they should be built higher due to the snow. What is the reason the houses are low to the ground?

  2. Hi Rejeana. I’m not sure what I’ve posted that makes you think that, but our housing is pretty normal, with steps up and basements in many. Many of the small older cottages are low to the ground, though, but that’s just a matter of building cheaply.

  3. Those are some great cloud photos. Just beautiful. I can smell the rain and brown grasses, feel the cool air, and hear your feet on the gravel. Really nice to take that little trip with you.