Alaska RT Entry 23: Drive to Haines
After our flight-seeing tour, spending time in the gift shop, and talking with some people, we left for Anchorage. Our plan was to have lunch there and then drive overnight to Haines to catch the 9am ferry. When we reached Wasilla, home of the famous former Governor, we started to dip down south to Anchorage.
I had gotten 3G again and started researching travel time, distance, and the border patrol hours. Then I freaked out. The border from Alaska into Canada (east of Tok) was open 24/7, but we then had to dip back into Alaska south of Haines Junction to get to Haines. This was onlt open from 7am to 11pm! Our ferry was at 9am, but we were supposed to be there 2 hours early to board.
I had calculated that if I did a mad dash there we might be able to make it, so I made the (poor) choice of skipping lunch in Anchorage to try to ensure us catching this ferry.
The first half of the route from Anchorage to Tok was beautiful. Gorgeous mountains with lakes below, windy roads, blue skies, everything a photographer could have asked for. Unfortunately because I was in such a rush I didn’t stop anywhere. But these windy roads were my downfall, because combined with road construction by the time we reached Tok we realized we wouldn’t make it.
We had dinner at Fast Eddy’s again (service was faster this time) and took our time getting to the border. We crossed over into the Yukon, and headed to Haines Junction. I started to get nervous as towns with gas station got more and more scarce, and when we did see one it was closed. It felt odd because it was light out, but it made sense they were closed because it was 11pm.
Luckily at Haines Junction they had a station open. No one was there but it had an electronic card payment system. From there we headed south to the British Columbia / Alaskan border near Pleasant Camp, and took a very uncomfortable nap until they opened at 7am.
Once we got through Customs we made a 45 minute dash to Haines. Luckily the terminal wasn’t too strict, and although making a comment I was late, warned me Juneau wouldn’t be as lenient.