Lieu historique national du Canada S.S. Klondike

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    • Day 187

      Nadeln im Gesicht

      March 2 in Canada ⋅ ☁️ -20 °C

      So hat es sich angefühlt, als ich heute in der Stadt unterwegs war. Gegen den Wind zu laufen, war eine Tortur. Sehr schwach, manchmal kaum mehr als ein leichtes Lüftchen, aber so unglaublich bitterkalt.

      Mit dem Wind, das Gesicht in der Sonne, fühlte sich schon wie Frühling an.

      Frühling.... auf den warte ich, nicht nur wettertechnisch.
      Es ist einfach schwierig mit meinen Arbeitszeiten ein wirkliches Sozialleben zu führen. Und das fehlt mir am allermeisten.

      Viel denke ich über Elodie nach, vor allem dass es besser ist sich getrennt zu haben. Man kann jetzt so vieles schreiben. All die Gefühle waren echt, aber nur im Moment. Nichts war stark genug für eine langfristig Liebe. Und da etwas, komplett unabhängig von uns alles zerstört hatte, waren wir auch nicht die richtigen zwei Menschen um diese Liebe gemeinsam zu erschaffen. Die Art und Weise, wie es zu Ende ging, nach gerade einmal 2.5 Monaten ist auch dafür verantwortlich, das ich jetzt keine große Bedeutung darin mehr sehe. Die letzte Verabschiedung mit ihr, war eine sehr innige und schöne Umarmung. Das behalte ich in meinen Erinnerungen.

      Heute in einem Cafe in Whitehorse zu sitzen und meinen Mocha zu trinken, war richtig schön. Einfach mal raus kommen.
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    • Day 204


      March 19 in Canada ⋅ ☁️ 4 °C

      Bereits vor ein paar Wochen hab ich Linnea kennengelernt.
      Sie kommt aus Norwegen, und arbeitet seit kurzem hier gleich um die Ecke. War alles ein witziger Zufall.

      Mit ihrem Hund Luke sind wir heute zum Miles Canyon, waren in einem Cafe was essen, und sind danach noch am Fluss entlang gelaufen.

      Später am Abend kam sie noch zum Essen, und wir haben zusammen Karten gespielt.

      Das war heute total schön und hat sehr gut getan.
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    • Day 220

      Perfektes Timing

      April 4 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 4 °C

      An meinem letzten freien Tag, Dienstag, war ich mit Linnea unterwegs am Wolf Creek.

      Leider hab ich mich nicht dem Wetter gemäß gekleidet, oder sagen wir mal, ich dachte es sei warm genug. War es nicht. Ein feine Erkältung hab ich mir da eingefangen, die mir meine letzte Abendschicht mal so richtig versaut hat. Als ich um halb 11 fertig war, konnte ich kaum noch stehen.

      So schnell wie sie da war, war es auch wieder vorbei.

      Gleiches kann man irgendwie über die Saison hier sagen, deren letzte Gäste heute gingen. Ein komisches Gefühl. Gleichzeitig aber auch lang herbeigesehnt.

      Abends sind wir dann alle zusammen zum Essen gegangen.
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    • Day 20

      Day #1 in Whitehorse

      July 5, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 77 °F

      What an interesting day, we have really enjoyed getting to experience Whitehorse! Enough that we decided we want to have another day here. Fires in Dawson City area have us changing our route, and we will stay on the Alaska hwy on this leg and try to hit Dawson City on the way home.
      We spent some time at the visitor center this morning, then headed by foot to the S.S. Klondike, a stern wheeler from the gold rush days. It traveled on the Yukon river from here to Dawson City. They have done a really nice job restoring it! PS, the Yukon river is one of the few rivers that flows north (!) to the Bering Sea AND has a lot of history!
      Then downtown for halibut at the Klondike Rib & Salmon! Cute old historic building with excellent halibut...and I'm sure the ribs and salmon must be good too! Walking distance to a great museum, the MacBride. Had alot of First Nation artifacts, Sam McGees cabin, Alaska hwy history, gold rush history, and alot of stuffed (not sure that is the right word?) animals, representative of the animals found in the Yukon. Seemed like a relatively new facility and was a great visit.
      Then back to the visitor center for a two hour "city" tour by van. Turns out we're were the only guests so we really had a wonderful time with our driver, Kim. Born and raised in the Yukon, and had so much personal insight to add to our discussion as we toured various parts of the city and landmarks. Getting the lay of the land and putting our eyes on a few stops made us want to stay an additional day!
      Kind of happy to see a pretty big wind storm blow through mid afternoon, so the skies are blue again. We're have been dealing with alot of hazy, smoky, (= gray) skies, and we are seeing some blue again. So hopeful we will get more of the same tomorrow. Sounds like there is also a fairly significant fire on the Kenai peninsula right now, again hoping it is well over when we're get there with Cindy!
      Update: Benadryl (overnight) helped my swollen eye!
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    • Day 52

      Last bit of Whitehorse

      August 6, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 59 °F

      Just because we are on "vacation" does not mean we get to ignore some of life's typical little chores, yep, spent our morning at Jiffy Lube! Tom is pretty much a fanatic about car (RV) maintenance, and you know that generally pays off in the long run! Since we left mid June we have traveled about 5,000 miles! Which doesn't sound bad knowing we're have driven all the way to Alaska and are on the way home...

      Here is the fun part of the oil change, we got to try our first Tim Horton's coffee/doughnut shop! They are everywhere in Canada, kind of like Dunkin Doughnuts in the US. But a bigger selection of breakfast food, better coffee, and pretty dang tasty "Timbits", aka doughnut holes! So overall I was perfectly happy to wait for the oil change!

      Once breakfast was over we headed to a couple of stops we missed the last time we were here. We went up to Yukon Art Center (YAC) to check out the public art gallery. Liked the outdoor sculpture garden best, indoor they had an exhibit of "raven" weaving and some copper masks. Very small number of pieces. But interestingly they had a temporary exhibit of art "created at the canyon". The reason it appealed to us is because when we were here in early July we visited Miles Canyon, and the artists were there "creating". Today we saw the final works exhibited! Particularly odd, had been a group of dancers that had carried living room type furniture out into the woods and created this dance was so funny seeing them there in the woods with furniture... and very hard to imagined what their art statement could be! But today I got to see the final video! That is what i call closure!

      From there we headed to the Yukon Transportation museum, and enjoyed some of the historical equipment, quite a few planes (and related stories), cars, trains, and snow "machines". They also have the world's largest weather vane, an actual airplane, I included the picture in my post when we were here in July!

      Next stop, the "world's longest fish ladder" to accomodate the migrating fish at Schwatka Lake, which is actually the dam on the Yukon River, including (of course) salmon. We saw this ladder in July and there were no salmon migrating yet. They suggested mid August, so we returned today to see if we could see the salmon....well, we are still a little early. But we did see ONE salmon; which is way better than none! What makes this ladder so interesting to me, is that the salmon migrating up the Yukon will have swam over 2,000 miles from the Bering Sea to get to their final spawning grounds. One of the longest migrations of salmon. Miraculous to think where this single guy came from, and how many fishermen he had eluded!

      Back to the Visitor Center to turn in our Yukon Passports, a kind of fun summer program where you get your passport stamped at various museums and cultural centers. When stamped and submitted, you are entered in a drawing to win some Yukon GOLD! Keeping my fingers crossed!

      Our last lunch in the Yukon, halibut (again!) with a Yukon Red beer, and then back on the Alaska Highway. The stretch between Whitehorse and Teslin was really a scenic drive, and the roads were a little better. We are actually staying at the Teslin Lake campground, which coincidently is where we stayed heading north! So we "knew" the layout, but were not early enough to get lakeside, dang! However, our site is nice and I can see the lake through the trees. Little afternoon walk with Auggie, some trip planning, and taco salad for dinner!
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    • Day 256


      September 9, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

      Yesterday we arrived in Whitehorse, capital of the Yukon Territory. We got on our bikes and drove around, which felt good after days in the car. Nearby at one lake we could stay over night. And today? Is a normal day, with sports, swimming and sauna (Games Center - really cool!) and being at the library for a bit of reading, researching and stuff like that. You need days like this to proceed all the new experiences. ;)
      Gestern kamen wir noch bis Whitehorse, die Hauptstadt der Yukon Territories. Wir setzten uns auf die Räder und radelten ein wenig durch die Abendsonne. Das tat sehr gut, vor allem nach so vielen Kilometern und Tagen (!) im Auto. In der Nähe der Stadt gibt es einen See, an dem wir über Nacht blieben. Und heute? Ist ein normaler Tag mit Sport, Schwimmen, Sauna (alles im „Games Center“ - super coole Sache!) und ein wenig in der Bibliothek setzten. Um zu lesen, zu schreiben, zu recherchieren. Man braucht solche „Pausen“, um die ganzen Erfahrungen zu verarbeiten. ;)
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    • Day 7

      To Alaska!

      June 20 in Canada ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

      June 20 - Longest Day of the Year

      After a lovely shower, coffees and more chatting we said our goodbyes and headed off for some time in the great Whitehorse.

      First on Kev’s to do list was a car wash! Days of dusty roads had left their mark on the truck and camper.
      A quick stop at CTC for a few things we determined we were missing and then we headed downtown to wander and see a bit of the “Horse”.
      We shopped and cached and lunched, picked up some items at the liquor store and grocery store and around mid afternoon we pointed the truck in the direction of our ultimate destination - Skagway.

      The scenery was stunning and the drive was uneventful. We did make a quick stop in Carcross but not at the desert.

      US customs in this part of the country is certainly a different experience than crossing over from Ontario. Dave the border officer was very chatty and offered us some suggestions for which caches to find and the “best” coffee shop in town (just happened to be owned by he and his wife) - The Sitting Sasquatch.
      We arrived early evening and drove around a bit getting the lay of the land and checkout the cruise ships still in port. Dinner at the Red Onion Saloon was satisfying and the decor was most entertaining.
      After dinner we parked on the quayside and waited for the Disney ship to depart so we could hear the magic song 😜

      Before heading to our campsite at Garden City for the night we were driving around town and you wouldn’t believe who we saw!! 🎅
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