This one probably won't get as many contributions as "The Lure of the Dalton", but when I finally got around to going north of Dawson City on the Dempster the views along the Dempster made a very favorable impression, with the scenic Tombstone Mts. beginning just 30 or so miles from the beginning of the Dempster at its intersection with the North Klondike Hwy.. A few of my own photos to get it started, and hopefully other Dempster travelers will contribute their own favorites. Best place to start is, usually, at the beginning. Starting up Tombstone Pass, icy remnants of last winter's cold and snow still remain in a stream's flood plain. A closer look, courtesy of a powerful zoom lens. (Saves a lot of hiking. ) Much like the Canadian Rockies many miles to the south, these mountains appear to be gigantic mounds of fractured granite, nearly devoid of vegetation. Nearby surface deposits of iron give this stream a rusty appearance. The Ogilvie River runs right along the base of this mountain, and looks like it might create problems with the roadway in heavy run-off. Some brush and a few dwarf spruce maintain a tenuous hold on the slopes. A telephoto shot of one of the tiny islands of spruce trees atop the mountain. A little farther downstream the Ogilvie makes a big bend beneath a craggy ridge. My riding partner and I spent over half an hour photographing the area, both up and downstream. A stop on Ogilvie Ridge presented the opportunity to photograph over 100 square miles from one position. The climb to the ridge marked the north end of the most scenic portion of the Dempster. An overnight stop had been planned for Eagle Plains Hotel, and despite seeing photos of the establishment posted by other travelers, we were very impressed with the accommodations, here in the virtual middle of nowhere. The next morning we left as early as the Peel River ferry schedule would allow to be practical and had a cool ride while the sun slowly rose sufficiently to burn off some of the clouds. The mountains separating the Yukon and Northwest Territories remained scenic and offered quite a opportunities for photo stops, most of which had to be passed up in order to make decent progress. This spot was just a few miles inside NWT. Dark clouds on the northern horizon, along with scheduling concerns, convinced us to abort the ride all the way to Inuvik, so we turned around just 11 miles south of the Peel River ferry. The sun behind us on the way back to Eagle Plains provided good lighting for more photos, however. Having spotted a grizzly just after crossing the border at Wright Pass, a careful watch was kept in hopes of getting photos on the way back south. Sure enough, the bear was still in the area. Not only that, but another, slightly darker, bear was there also. They appeared to be a pair of 2 1/2 year-old youngsters, still together after momma bear kicked them out to start another family. They looked well-fed and healthy, and were having a great time frolicking along the small stream bank. Lowering, dark clouds created some interesting sights from near the top of Tombstone Pass, requiring another stop for a few more photos. After that, it was on back to Dawson City.