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When I first saw that "thing" floating over the road I thought it might be a UFO, then I realized it was just a hole in the clouds with a forested ridge peeking through. Later I saw a more spectacular one, but it was raining pretty hard so I skipped the photo.
Laird Hot Springs, where I spent a glorious 20 minutes soaking in crystal clear hot water after riding for hours in the rain. Fortunately, they rent towels ($3) at the toll booth on the way in.
There are two hot springs here, this photo is of the Alpha pool (107°). About another 1/2 mile up the raised wooden walkway is the Beta pool (126°) which is larger and deeper. I didn't visit it. Most people don't. The Alpha pool was hot enough for me!
Pretty berries near the hot springs. I expect Debb Kopp will know what they are.
I saw lots more animals: deer, elk, moose and buffalo, all multiple times. And a Dall sheep once. It's tough on a bike making growling noises to keep from spooking them while you pull off a glove and dig out the camera. This Wood Bison (aka Buffalo) is a different species than the Plains Buffalo, and the northern version males can reach 2,000lbs! I guess this one just wasn't afraid of anything.
Watson Lake's claim to fame a "sign post forest" of 6,500, probably mostly stolen, signs from around North America and the world. I had no idea it was so big. This photo shows just a few percent of the signs on display.
I found signs for some odd places, like an old carved wooden one from Fields, OR (which is in extreme southeast Oregon and probably has a population of about 5 people these days).
I finally met some HD riders (J.D., Tim, Diane and Bill) who I'd been seeing since the parking lot in Banff where I met Axel. We had a beverage at the laundrimat — not a beer — that would have been illegal. But it tasted kinda like beer (nudge, nudge, wink, wink). They were staying in Whitehorse Friday night, and I silently planned to try to find them and drink some real beers...
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