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"Trumpeter Swans & Bald Eagles!"

Today, we left Beaver Creek, Yukon, after a hearty breakfast at Buckshot Betty's. We crossed the border & entered ALASKA, after a short drive from Beaver Creek. We departed the historic Alaska Highway and headed toward Tok, Alaska. The official Alaska Highway continued north to Fairbanks. But we, are heading for Anchorage & Soldotna for king salmon fishing. We traveled along the Glenn Highway, a national scenic byway. The majestic Wrangell Mountains flanked us along the route. Once we entered Alaska, the weather changed to a soft, rainy drizzle on & off throughout the day. After passing the Little Tok River, we began to look for Trumpeter Swans in the small ponds along the highway. (80% of the world's Trumpeter Swans nest in Alaska this time of year.). OMG!!! We found them, swimming and nesting in small, idyllic ponds along the highway, swimming in pairs, among the lilly pads!! We passed through Chistochina, an Athabascan Indian village and reached our destination, Glennallen, (pop. 514) mid afternoon for an overnight in a quaint bed & breakfast. We had dinner on the Copper River (grey colored water from volcanic ash) that is popular for salmon fishing. A bald eagle perched in a tree above us, in search of dinner. It is so peaceful & beautiful here. Sat on the wrap around deck enjoying a glass of wine, the company of friends & lush surroundings.