Es heißt: mehr Tiere auf dem Highway zu sehen als Autos! (Bisons, Dickkornschaf, Schwarzbären, Karibu, Elchkuh)
Spent the morning with a little laundry and clean up. You just cant escape some chores! Besides we woke up to a light rain.
Once chores and rain was done we did a little walking tour of Wye Lake park, with Auggie, and downtown Watson Lake, without Auggie. These "larger" towns arent quite what either of us imagined....generally the main highway runs right through, but then typically there is one or two frontage streets on either side of the highway so there is a very broad boulevard look to them. Generally very non descript buildings and very few trees in the "commercial" zone,...but most towns do seem to have lots of hanging flower baskets to create the charm? Just kind of not what we expected.
The Yukon Territory has very few people, maybe 45,000 or so. Watson Lake is one of the bigger towns with a population of about 1,500! So, by lunch, our walking tour was over!
Lunched at a local cafe, and got to observe some local drama that had to do with a man, his wife and his girlfriend all being in the same place at the same time. Not sure what went on, although another local was trying to whisper updates to me. After the RMCP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) arrived everyone went there separate ways and we went back to some serious lunch time focus.
We finished our afternoon at the Northern Lights Center, where we got to see a big video presentation about solar flares and the Aurora borealis. It was projected on this big domed ceiling with seats that reclined back and I thought it was very interesting and had beautiful imagery. ( Tom accidentally fell asleep during the reclining chair part) I would still love to experience them in person! The whole discussion of waves of energy and earth's magnetic field went pretty much over my head, but still it seems incredible!
Walked back to RV just in time for showers before the evening rainfall....burritos for dinner!
It sort of felt nice not to drive, but we also missed the scenery we enjoy as we drive! Enjoying our time together, thank you Lord!
Wow...just went to add my photos from the day, had almost nothing! The photo of our RV is because apparently we were the only ones to stay two nights!? By 10 a.m. everyone else had left!Read more
Irgendjemand ist hier auf die Idee gekommen, Schilder (Ortsschilder, Straßenschilder, Hinweisschilder, Spaßschilder, Autokennzeichen, Wegweiser … Schilder halt) aus aller Welt an lange Pfosten zu nageln und daraus einen wahrhaftigen Schilderwald zu bauen. Ich bin total begeistert, vergesse die Zeit und renne wild fotografierend durch das Wirrwarr der Schilder. Viele sind aus Deutschland, was die Sache für mich nur noch spannender macht.Read more
Beautiful Watson lake, and the junction with the alcan hey.
Stayed at ?? Motel and had very marginal Chinese food.
On the way to Whitehorse and then Carmacks.
Stopped at Jade store/mine before Watson lake on the cassiar hwy - interesting place.Read more
Watson Lake is the first „real city“ since Ford Liard (if you want to call that a city). And also the first time with a bit of phone-network since...ever.
We directly made it to its attraction: the sign forest. If you have ever wondered, why people steel signs (streeet names or city-name-signs) it’s probably because they needed to put it here. Nice stop.
Watson Lake ist die erste „richtige Stadt“ seit Fort Liard (wenn man das denn eine Stadt nennen mag). Und auch der erste Ort mit Handy-Empfang seit...ewig. Wir stoppen direkt an der Hauptsehenswürdigkeit des Ortes, dem Schilderwald. Sollte man sich jemals gewundert haben, warum Menschen Schilder (Orts- oder Straßenschilder) stehlen, ist es wahrscheinlich, dass man sie hier wiederfindet. Es war ein schöner Stopp.Read more
It took 2 days of driving from Calgary to get to Watson Lake. Watson Lake has the signpost forest with something like 150 000 signs from all over the world. We tried to find the sign Anna's Grandparents left 20 years before but to no avail. We camped for a night and continued on to Whitehorse.Read more
Curiosité de Watson Lake, sa forêt de panneaux. Des panneaux (beaucoup visiblement volés) et plaques de partout dans le monde. Pour l’Europe c’est très majoritairement des plaques Allemandes (90% à vue se pif), le reste c’est tous les autres pays, avec majoritairement des suisses et hollandais. Très peu de français.
Ce lieu a commencé quand un GI a mis un panneau pointant chez lui en 1942. Depuis d’autres ce sont ajoutés et aujourd’hui il y en a plus de 88.000 !
Curiosity in Watson Lake, its Sign Post Forest. Lots of signs (probably mostly stolen) and license plates from everywhere in the world. For Europe, most of them are from Germany (I’d say about 90%), rest is mainly Swiss and Netherlands. Only a couple of french.
This place started with an homesick GI adding a sign to his hometown in 1942. Now there is more than 88.000 signs !Read more
You might also know this place by the following names:
Watson Lake, YQH, Уотсон-Лейк