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  • Day21

    Day #2 in Whitehorse

    July 6 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 75 °F

    Had another fun day in Whitehorse, this is the largest city in the Yukon, and the capital of this territory. It's odd, Canada has provinces (mostly) and the several areas that are known as territories, not quite sure what makes them different, but some of the canadians we have spoken to say they're really isn't any difference anymore. The name just stays as is...
    We started yesterday with a visit to the "world's longest wooden" fish ladder. And it is long. For hydro power there is a dam on this part of the Yukon, just shy of a major spawning area for the same, hence the ladder. Very interesting, no salmon yet, but we're are hoping to see some on or return trip thru this city.

    Then we headed to the Beringia Interpretive Center museum. This one is all about the land mass that connected Asia to Alaska/Yukon during the Ice Age and the animals that existed during that time. Once the glacier receded, the sea levels rose and the two continents are separated by the Bering Sea. Then a tour and an video presentation.

    Next stop was a quick grocery run at Walmart, and a stop at the First Nation Heritage Center. Was pretty well deserted, poked our noses around and moved on.

    Back to visitor center, walked main street shops, the little Log Church downtown, and then spent time in the visitor centre accessing their Wi-fi. Creek service still okay, but weak here, so to catch up on Quicken it is easier to get somewhere with decent service. You can "buy" it at the campgrounds sometimes, but it is usually a pretty poor solutions. $5 for 30 minutes. Shoot it takes me 15 minutes to boot my laptop and get on Wi-fi network!

    So instead of cooking dinner we headed to a Yukon brewery, Winterlong, for a beer tasting and pot pie dinner. Very tasty! Back to camp and showers!

    Interesting decision point, trying to figure out whether we stay on the Alaska highway (west option) or the klondike highway (east option) through Dawson City. A Canadian couple next to us are heading that way, and they know some one connected to the MP (police) who said that the highway maybe closed by today....so not quite sure what direction we will be taking yet, and we are already having our morning coffee!
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  • Day20

    Day #1 in Whitehorse

    July 5 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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  • Day52

    Last bit of Whitehorse

    August 6 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 number...it 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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  • Day16

    Dawson to Whitehorse

    August 13 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Day 14 - Dawson, Whitehorse ( 13th Aug 2019 )

    Itinerary DRAGOMAN:
    Today we will drive to Whitehorse, the capital of the Yukon territory. In Whitehorse we will camp at a well-equipped campsite. Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

    Dawson war seit Anchorage der einzigste Platz. Wo wir „Normaltouristen“ gesehen haben. Das lag wohl daran, das es in der Nähe einen kleinen Flughafen gab und im Ort auch Hotels waren.

    „We hit the road“ um 8:00h. In dem Augenblick hat es angefangen zu regnen. Wir fahren durch endlose Wälder und haben den 62. Breitengrad gegen 10:30h erreicht (62°59′54″ N 136°29′37″ W). Tendenziell werden jetzt auch die Nächte (hoffentlich) bald wieder etwas milder. Wir erleben den Yukon* als Menschenleeres Gebiet. Der größte Anteil der Bevölkerung lebt im Whitehorse.

    Mittags haben wir am „Yukon River“ Rast gemacht. Hier führen Kajak Touren durch die Wildnis. Die Distanzen können über 700 km lang sein und führen durch absolut unberührte Natur. Ausgangspunkt ist meistens Whitehorse.

    Wir haben kurz Rast an einem der offiziellen „Yukon-Quest Checkpoints“ in Braeburn gemacht. Das bedeutet: „1.000 Mile international sled dog races“. Die Route geht von Whithorse (Kanada) nach Fairbanks (Alaska/USA).

    Gegen 18:30 sind wir an unserem camp ground. Die wichtigste Nachricht: Pascaline konnte Ihren Koffer nach 14 Tagen Ungewissheit und diversen Irrflügen heute in Whitehorse am Flughafen abholen. Sie hat jetzt Anspruch auf Entschädigung und muss einen entsprechenden „claim“ machen. Die Fluggesellschaften machen es einem nicht wirklich leicht, wenn es um Reklamationen geht.

    Gegen Abend haben wir außerhalb der uninteressanten Stadt Whitehorse unsere Zelte aufgeschlagen. In der Stadt leben ca. 34.000 Menschen. Im Rest des Yukon die anderen 6.000. Wenn man bedenkt, daß der Yukon dreimal so groß wie Großbritannien ist, wird einem bewusst wie gering die Besiedelung im Nordwesten von Kanada ist. Aber die Region ist speziell bei deutschen Naturliebhabern und Kajakfahrern beliebt. Laut Heidi gibt es in den Sommermonaten sogar wöchentlich einen Direktflug von Deutschland zum einzigen Flughafen von Whitehorse.

    Nach 15 Tagen haben wir die erste kleine Krise. Heidi ist Nur-Camping jetzt schon leid. Irgendeine Flüssigkeit ist in unsere Reisetasche geflossen und hat die frisch gewaschene Wäsche feucht gemacht. Trocknen ist nur schwer möglich, da es außer Wäscheleine (derzeit irgendwo im anderen Koffer) keine Lösung gibt.

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  • Day249

    Alaska Highway

    June 9 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Eigentlich hatten wir ja geplant an die Ostküste zu fahren... aber auf dem Weg nach Edmonton sind wir an einem Schild für eine Abzweigung in Richtung Alaska Highway vorbei gefahren und haben unsere Pläne dann ganz spontan geändert und sind Richtung Alaska aufgebrochen. Wir waren jetzt 1900 km unterwegs und sind im Yukon in Whitehorse angekommen😇 Ob wir wirklich bis ganz nach Alaska hoch fahren wissen wir noch nicht so genau, weil das auch noch einmal eine Strecke von 1100km bis nach Anchorage wäre😅
    Aber wir haben unterwegs schon ein Paar tolle Sachen erlebt zum Beispiel haben wir heute 3 Grizzly Bären auf einmal am Straßenrand gesehen 😍 Das waren unsere Ersten 😇 Sonst haben wir bisher immer Schwarzbären gesehen. Außerdem haben wir Büffel und Steinböcke entdeckt 😊 Im Yukon angekommen konnten wir dann in Watson Lake den berühmten Schilder Park bestaunen und haben einige deutsche Schilder entdeckt 😇 Wismar und Ratzeburg war wohl schon vor uns da aber leider kein Schild aus Grevesmühlen 😅 Wir hatten leider ja auch keins dabei 😅
    Außerdem haben wir uns ein Museum der First Nation angesehen und es war sehr interessant etwas über die Kultur zu erfahren und wie sie auch heute noch danach leben und daran festhalten 😇
    In der Stadt Carcross haben wir uns die kleinste Wüste der Welt (eine Meile groß) angesehen und waren dort spazieren 😊
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  • Day12

    Yukon Brewing, Whitehorse, Yukon

    July 7 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 77 °F

    Stopped by for a tasty treat. The brewer asked us where we are from. When he discovered we were Americans he offered to trade his beer for American beers. We traded 6 Americain 12oz beers for 6 pints of Yukon Brewery beers.

    We feel like the old time Yukon fur traders.

  • Day256

    Whitehorse

    September 9 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. ;)
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    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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  • Day20

    Canoeing on the Yukon River

    August 23, 2018 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Finalmente il sole fa capolino da dietro le nuvole. Cogliamo l'attimo e affittiamo una canoa per percorrere un tratto del Yukon River. Il fiume nasce nelle zone montuose nei pressi del confine fra la Columbia Britannica e il territorio dello Yukon. Entrando poi in Alaska percorre 2'036 km e sfocia nel Mare di Bering.Read more

  • Day20

    Fish Ladder

    August 23, 2018 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Ein Einheimischer gibt uns den Tip, die lokale Fischtreppe zu besichtigen. Tatsächlich ist dies ein eindrückliches Bauwerk und mit 366m Länge sogar die gösste hölzerne Fischtreppe weltweit. Als in den 1950ern das Wasserkrafterk gebaut wurde, musste diese Treppe für die flussaufwärts schwimmenden Lachse errichtet werden damit diese nicht in die Turbine gelangen.
    Die Chinook Lachse haben an diesem Punkt bereits eine eindrückliche Distanz von 3200km aus der Beringsee zurückgelegt. Während dieser Reise nehmen die Lachse keine zusätzliche Nahrung auf, sie ernähren sich lediglich von ihrem eigenen Körperfett.
    Der einzige Grund, diese Reise auf sich zu nehmen ist, zu ihrem Geburtsort zurückzukehren, Eier zu legen und dann zu sterben. So schliessen sie ihren Lebenszyklus.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Whitehorse, وايت هورس, Vaythors, Горад Уайтхорс, Уайтхорс, Γουάιτχορς, وایت‌هورس، یوکان, וייטהורס, YXY, ホワイトホース, უაიტჰორსი, 화이트호스, Equus Albus, Vaithorsas, Вајтхорс, வைட்ஹார்ஸ், Вайтхорс, وائٹ ہارس، یوکون, Uaithors, 白馬市

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