Immediately after leaving the campground you climb up to North Fork Pass (we'll spend more time there in part 3). As you continue on, very shortly you come to the Blackstone River culvert. This is the view looking towards the west.
You now head into the East Fork Blackstone River Valley....the mountains on either side are the Ogilvie Mountains.....this might be a good time to explain about the Dempster Highway and the way it is constructed. In order to keep the road bed from melting the under laying permafrost, an insulating layer of stone was first laid down, and the road then built on top of that layer of large stone. The result is that it is more like driving along the top of a dyke....in many areas it isn't that noticeable - after all lots of roads are built up from the surrounding level, at least in some areas....in other areas on the Dempster, the road elevation is very noticeable - especially if you happen to be meeting something large coming from the other direction!
The lake was still partially frozen but there were a number of duck species on it, including Long-tail Ducks....I've included this picture, only because it is the best I have of a Long-tail Duck.
Ernie and Shantz enjoying the beautiful big viewing platform that was situated here. We had made a cup of coffee so took our time at this spot before heading back to the campground.