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Atlin, British Columbia to Skagway, AK  08/31/06 (Day 128)
Now, Our Regularly Scheduled Program

We are woken by a woodpecker vigorously investigating the log walls of the Homestead Cabin we’ve rented at Minto View Cabins outside Atlin, British Columbia. During a break in the action, the bird grabs the outside of the windowsill, hangs down to the glass and peeks in at us curiously. We are sad to be leaving the charms of our wonderful cabin, but excited to be getting back into Alaska after our unscheduled (but very worthy) break in Atlin.

As we near Carcross (short for caribou crossing) we come to what’s considered to be the world’s smallest desert—a bizarre collection of dunes that rises up out of nowhere then disappears just as quickly. In Carcross itself we pull in for a quick peanut butter and jelly sandwich and a look around the town’s visitor center where Daphne proves to be a wealth of information not just about the Carcross area but all the way up into Alaska. If not for her, we never would have known about Wild Eagle and Daniel Johnson.

Dan, who had a pet owl at age 14 and got his first eagle by age 17, has a license to go into the Yukon wilderness to rescue injured or abandoned eagles which he then rehabilitates. When we were there Dan had a bald eagle and golden eagle siblings in his care and it was as fascinating to hear Dan talk about the birds as it was to see the animals up close. Dan has big plans to build a giant tee-pee in which he can give bird talks and presentations to visiting travelers and we wish him luck with that.

As we’re hanging around with Dan the weather moves in and the rest of our drive into Alaska, over the White Pass and down into Skagway, is done mostly in clouds so thick we only get teasing glimpses of the gorgeous terrain. At one point visibility is so bad that we can’t see more than 30 feet in front of us and we are reduced to crawling up the road with our hazard lights blinking away.
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