Tombstone National Park and the Midnight Dome

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Tombstone Park
So we made an unplanned day trip up the Dempster Highway to Tombstone National Park. We woke up an hour late since my phone was still on Alaska time, but we started the drive pretty early anyway. It's another gorgeous drive and Tombstone National Park is a site to see. The colours and landscape combine beautifully with the sky and you're left with rolling mountains that look like a watercolour painting. It's hard not to take a picture of everything and it's tempting to just hold my shutter down for the entire drive.

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.
Lunch along the tundra landscape


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.
View from the Midnight Dome
He was on Day 7 and was hoping to get to Dawson tonight.

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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Tombstone Park
Tombstone Park
Lunch along the tundra landscape
Lunch along the tundra landscape
View from the Midnight Dome
View from the Midnight Dome
Dempster Highway
Dempster Highway
Windy Pass along the Dempster High…
Windy Pass along the Dempster Hig…
Dempster Highway
Dempster Highway
Dempster Highway
Dempster Highway
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View of the Yukon River from the …
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