Monday, November 29, 2010

Walking Around Canada

On Saturday 27 Nov I reached 'Twp Moose Lake' on my virtual walk up the Dempster Hwy. At 71.5k we entered Tombstone park, where there is a very new, impressive Interpretive centre. This centre explains the cultural and natural history of the Park. Also near by is a Campground which is 1,034M ASL. By taking advantage of all the facilities here, one will be better able to make the most of your Dempster journey
Glaciation and Beringia. [Beringia is an ice free area [the most recent ice age started 3 million years ago and changes in climate caused sea levels to drop and the Bering Strait became a grassy plain] from Stewart Crossing, YK , across Alaska to what is now Siberia] The Dempster Hwy. passes mostly thru Beringia.
At 74Km we reach the Tombstone Range Viewpoint [a prominent peak 2,193M is 20Km in the distance. At 80Km we reach North Fork Pass summit 1,400M ASL which is the highast point on the Dempster. It is the first [of three] times we cross the continental divide, where rivers to the north flow into the Beaufort Sea via the Mackenzie River system, and rivers to the south are part of the Yukon River watershed that flows into the Bering Sea. As one drives northward, the landscape shows less and less evidence of glacial action.
At 90.5K we enter the Blackstone Uplands which stretch from North Fork pass to Chapman Lake and beyond. This area is the richest area on the Dempster for bird life.
At Km 102.6 we reach Two Moose Lake.[ On our trip back we actually saw two moose in the lake, a mother and her young one]

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