Oh, Canada: Alaskan Highway Safari!

Caribou Crossing Sign!

When I’m on the road, towing the Teardrop, I always take it slow and steady. I cruise along at 50 mph (or 80 km/hr, since I’m in Canada) and let everybody else fly past me. I see a huge difference in gas consumption between 50 and 60 mph, let alone 70, which seems to be most people’s speed limit through life. Slow down! See more! Save money!

Driving across northwest British Columbia, I’ve been taking it even slower due to all the wildlife I’ve been seeing on the road. My count so far: 8 black bears (!), 5 wild sheep, 3 moose, countless bald eagles and an arctic fox. I hear I’m heading into bison, elk and caribou country so stay tuned for an update!

Hey Bear! So far, I’ve seen 8 black bears crossing the road. No Grizz, yet!

Looking both ways!

A Canid! Not a coyote, not a wolf…

Ooooo an Arctic Fox! This might be one of my all time favorite animal sightings, especially since he just stood there and let me get a good look at him. Beautiful!

That fox may be hunting these guys: a hoary marmot!

A Moose! I’ve seen three moose so far, two crossing the road and this one, grazing on river grasses. This is the proper distance for moose viewing, an important lesson learned the hard way…

Juvenile Bald Eagle, swooping down for a fish. I love the juveniles’ coloring! They’ll get their black feathers and white head over the winter.

Wild female stone sheep with two babes

Fireweed, recolonizing a burned area

As expected: Alaskan Highway Safari, Part 2!

About theblondecoyote

Mary Caperton Morton is a freelance science and travel writer with degrees in biology and geology and a master’s in science writing. A regular contributor to EARTH magazine, where her favorite beat is the Travels in Geology column, she has also written for the anthologies Best Women's Travel Writing 2010 and Best Travel Writing 2011. Mary is currently based in western Colorado. When she’s not at the computer she can usually be found outside -- hiking, skiing, climbing mountains and taking photographs. Visit her website at www.marycapertonmorton.com.
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24 Responses to Oh, Canada: Alaskan Highway Safari!

  1. Luisa says:

    What a wonderful Canadian safari!!
    It seems you have plenty of time for your travels, I envy you. I also have plenty of time being retired but not so much money, alas!
    Thanks for the pictures, they are great.

  2. bonsai eejit says:

    Beautiful, sounds like a story behind the moose viewing distance :-)?

  3. RoSy says:

    I especially love the pic with the Juvenile Bald Eagle. Tanks for sharing your highway safari.

  4. Great shots. I need to travel around my own country a little but more 🙂

  5. Dounia says:

    Amazing sights and shots. I love the one of the arctic fox – he really is a beautiful creature.

  6. kurt says:

    Excellent captures! Canada is an amazing place.

  7. ritaroberts says:

    Such beautiful scenery and those animals WOW! I’d be a bit worried about the bear though. I have two favourite blogs. Yours and another called Squirrel Basket. Its about wildlife . I think you would like it Mary.

  8. Vicki says:

    I admit to being jealous. My dream vacation is to travel across Canada. Thank you for sharing your safari. Hope you enjoy Canada eh!

  9. i have to go with eagle photo to, it look’s like the fish is right on the surface.really a great picture thank’s gary

  10. p.s. did he get the fish?

  11. Caroline says:

    Outstanding wildlife photography. Great job. Wish I were there.

  12. Don West says:

    The infamous hoary marmot! I always thought they slept around, thus the name. Then I read it is a description of their coloring 🙂 I went on a multi-year search (on vacations to the Northwest) for one I was so enamored with the name. Finally saw one beside the trail at Mount Ranier…confirmed by a nearby Ranger. I felt as though I had ended a quest lol! Actually, that is about the only thing close to a quest I’ve ever conjured up lol!

    Great post and sightings. The photos are outstanding!

  13. Kenneth H Conley says:

    Great pictures, LOVE the Eagle shot!

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  15. Joni says:

    Mary, you continue to stoke the fires of my dreams. I WILL travel in the next few years. I’m disabled but not physically too much therefore, my therapy is geared toward getting out on my own. I’ve lived alone since my kids were grown (about 10 years) so I’m used to living on my own. Thank God I’ve managed to keep my house even through the very, very rough economical times and it is half paid off. By time I finish my planning I believe the housing market will improve. It already has started to get better here in the South. You are my Heroine. Keep it up.
    Take Care,

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  17. beeseeker says:

    Your blog, words and super pictures remind me of why I enjoy travelling so much – sometimes far from home, some times just down the road – more please.

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