Tombstone National Park and the Midnight Dome
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July 2nd, 2008 – by: silan
Little by little, we went a little further past Tombstone, wondering when we were going to stop. Well, it's only 50km more to see the landscape change to Tundra. Well, it's only 50km more to get to Windy Pass, an area evidently untouched by the last Ice Age. We stopped for lunch in a stretch of flat Tundra. The landscape is so different from anything you'll see south of 60 and it was great to be able to break out the camping stove and listen to the wind blow across the flat lands.
Eventually we turned around as we heard from some other travellers along the road that the road ahead was actually washed out at Ogilvie River because of the storm the night before and the highway was closed. Several disappointed travellers were forced to turn around, unable to complete the Dempster Highway and make it to the Arctic Circle and the Northwest Territories as they had planned.
We passed Two Moose Lake on our way back, and saw three moose wading in the water. We also passed an older gentleman on a bike moved slowly yet surely down the Dempster Highway. After we had turned around and on our way back, as we passed, we rolled down the window and congratulated him for what we assumed was a fantastic feat. He explained to use that he was biking from Inuvik to Dawson City.
When we got back into Dawson, we headed to the library for a quick email check and then drove up to the Midnight Dome. Though we wouldn't see the sun dip in the sky as you would on the summer solstice, the view from the Midnight Dome is breathtaking. In the distance you can see the Top of the World Highway, the mountains of Tombstone, all of Dawson City and West Dawson, and miles more mountains and forests. It was like we were looking on everything we had explored and done in the past few days. We stayed here for a while, reflecting on what a mangificent place this was before heading back to the hostel for one last night.
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