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  • Day27

    Carcross

    July 26, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ☁️ 21 °C

    Vor Carcross gibt es eine schöne Hängebrücke und ein Info-Center über Leben und Arbeiten im früheren Yukon.
    Carcross selber ist ein bunter, kleiner historischer Ort, in dem die Zeit anscheinend stehen geblieben ist.
    Hinter Carcross kommen wir noch in die Carcross-Desert, die kleinste Wüste der Welt! In Kanada😄Read more

  • Day5

    Dawson City

    July 4, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ☁️ 24 °C

    Der letzte Aufenthalt vor der Einreise in Alaska ist Dawson City. Ein uriges Städtchen, dass man sich ansehen sollte, da es eine alte Goldgräberstadt und teilweise noch schön erhalten ist. Am Abend geht man in den Saloon und schaut sich eine hübsche Show mit CanCan und Westersongs an.

  • Day22

    Pellys Crossing, Klondike Hwy 2

    July 7, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    We woke up this morning pretty much agreed that we're should adjust plans and head to Alaska via the Alaska hwy (hwy 1) instead of north on the Klondike Hey (hwy 2) via Dawson City. Our Canadian RV neighbors confirmed our choice and adjusted their plans to get to Dawson t.he long way round via the Alaskan hwy. as well.

    We said our goodbyes and headed out to the Yukon Wildlife Preserve to try and finally see some wildlife! Up close and personal....and we did to a certain extent. We did spy a single moose, and it was confirmed with the use of binoculars, but would have never been apparent in a photo, other than a brown lump...we did see mule deer, thinhorn sheep, mountain goats, caribou, musk ox and bison, so we did partially achieve our goal. Dont have many pictures to share because I used our big camera...we spent all morning there, we missed the bus tour, so we walked! But it is set up to be either walked or bussed so it was fine. After our walking tour we cut up meat , cheese and fruit for lunch and took off driving....

    While at the preserve we chatted with some local folks about the fire situation and they said that they understood that even the Alaska hwy was having problems due to a fire up the road we were to travel! Decision time again! Apparently the Yukon (and Alaska) are all ablaze! Ultimately we decided on our original route up to Dawson....

    Had a nice drive and about an hour plus into our afternoon drive we decided we would pull over to one of the intermittently placed "lodges" to ask locals, or fellow travelers, what they knew of road conditions to Dawson. We stopped at Braeburn lodge, (last check in for the Yukon sled dog race) and home to their "world famous cinnamon rolls, check out my picture!

    Anyway, Tom saw a fellow walking back to his RV and told me to go check with him. I looked more closely and it was Ron our "neighbor" from the RV park that morning! We all had determined that Hwy 1 was the best option and by mid day we all met up by pure chance on Hwy 2 instead! Boring story for any one reading this, but the four of us had a great laugh! They are on a 3 week trip from Saskatchewan. I cant even properly say the name of their province! We will probably see them again in Dawson...

    Couple more scenic overlooks and finally stopped at Pelly Crossing, again another "lodge", which really means a building, often can be log building, that offers gas and sort of a mini mart....some are pretty nice and offer alot, and some are not as nice. But every one seems to have a hanging basket of flowers! Overnighting in their local campground, no amenities, but it is free and pretty quiet!
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  • Day19

    Whitehorse via Carcross

    July 4, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Started our day at the Tlingit Heritage center, and boy are we glad we did! They served (free!) Bannock and coffee, with smoked whitefish. The bannock are literally fried dough, similar to fry bread, but shaped more like a pop-over. The were hit out of that vat of oil they are fried in....add a little butter and jam, yum! And the a bit of smoked whitefish, freshly caught and made from the day before. And COFFEE!
    We watched a video presentation about their annual cultural celebration and looked around the gallery. They also had carving demo by a gentleman related to George Johnston (the museum we saw the day before) and we saw the fishing demo and smoking area. Very interesting and nicely presented!
    Drove on to Carcross for lunch. (Stopped in Johnson Crossing because we heard they had cinnamon rolls!) We had been to Carcross before with the cruise. This is a day excursion for many Inland passage cruises. Passengers catch the train in Skagway, and it brings you out to this town in the Yukon. Kind of two aspects to this town, the old homes and a couple of buildings; (very early 1900s) or the "commons" which are all new shops developed together so you can do alot of shopping! All in walking distance...we had a great lunch, bison burger and beer, walked a little with Auggie, visited the Carcross desert and Emerald lake overlook; and headed on!
    Oh almost forgot, BEAR sighting on the way to Whitehorse! Just walked across the road... I was so panicked to get a photo I hit the button that reverses the lens and was taking a picture of myself! Collected my wits and still (with Auggie in my lap barking wildly) managed to get a photo!
    Checked into Whitehorse, went to the drug store for Benadryl (i had a bite that resulted in my eyelid swelling, I really do struggle with mosquitos...), went to the liquor store for some wine, and grocery store for more food! You can only buy wine in separate liscensed stores so a little inconvenient. And a lot more expensive, at least the wine is! So been drinking more sparkling water....simple salad with chicken and we called it a day!
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  • Day21

    Day #2 in Whitehorse

    July 6, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    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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  • Day51

    Back in Whitehorse, YT

    August 5, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

    Wow, very slow start this morning... didn't wake up until 8 a.m.! I think everyone up here stays up late, and wakes up later. Campsites seem quiet until 8 where in California you see folkes up at 6 or 7 with fires going and bacon cooking. Right now sunsets are at about 10:30 p.m. so my going to bed routine includes covering vents and windows, so it is pretty dark in the RV! Pretty easy to sleep through sunrise since I managed to block out sunsets! We have never used a flashlight since we left California!

    Stopped at an old historic bridge at Canyon Creek as we headed to Whitehorse and stretched our legs. Got into town about 1:00 p.m. and had a late lunch at Starbucks. (They don't serve fish!?)

    Picked up a few groceries at Walmart and then went over to Yukon Brewing for our brewery tour. They have been making award winning beer and whiskey for the last 22 plus years, selling Canada wide, and internationally, but just find the USA taxes and regulations too much for their small company. So they can't even sell in Alaska, even though they share a border. The beer would have to go through Vancouver and back out through Seattle to get it to Alaska....anyway we also got to taste a number of their beers, which sounds great until you actually try tasting 6 or 7 beers in 15 minutes....I usually take my time with a beer!

    Checked into the RV park so we could use their laundry and showers. We think we will be dry camping the next couple of nights so thought we would start clean! Weather back in the 70s, but anticipating some warmer days ahead!
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  • Day17

    Watson Lake, YT

    July 2, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

    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!
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  • Day24

    Dawson City, up close

    July 9, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Had a fun day exploring Dawson! We joined a 2 hour walking tour first thing in the morning and got to see some of the interiors of the older buildings. Our Canada Parks guide was fun, and has lived in Dawson for over 15 years. She like a number of people we met, come to work the summer and then end up staying. They have a hospital here, but mostly for minor injuries, etc.. If you are due to have a baby they have you leave about 3 weeks before your due date and head to Whitehorse.

    Had an early lunch at Klondike Kate's and then hit a couple museums. Dawson City museum was interesting and had some great photos of Dawson before its "almost" demise. And then spent some time at the Jack London museum. Watched an interesting video about finding his cabin on Henderson Creek which feeds into the Yukon. Half of his cabin went to Oakland (where he spent most of his life when not traveling) and the other half to Dawson because of his time there during the gold rush, which was the inspiration for some of his most famous novels, "Call of the Wild" and "White Fang".

    Finished our day doing a couple of "drive bys", (no real time to stop), got some gas and an ice cream cone to eat while we waited in line for the George Black ferry. There is no bridge across the Yukon this far north, but thefreere is a free ferry that runs 24/7 when the river is not iced over. Only a short 5-10 minute trip, and it appears any size vehicle can be accommodated. We watched a fairly good size truck ferried over. He was big enough that it was the only vehicle on the ferry. When we went over they had 2 RVs and maybe 5 cars and some pedestrians. Very efficient, you just get in line and wait your turn...

    Found a campsite right on the other side of the river, on the Yukon, and with shade! No power, but this is a great site, and the trees helped! Tomorrow we will actually cross the border into Alaska!
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  • Day23

    Dawson City via the Klondike Hwy

    July 8, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Got a pretty good start on the road today because we could not find a local bakery to slow us down with a decision; and frankly we did have half of the dinner plate size cinnamon roll we had bought yesterday!

    Fortunately about an hour up the road we got to Moose Creek lodge, so "quaint" that two different tour buses stopped by while were were there! You know how we tourists love our "undiscovered" little outposts. Wonderful sausage roll, strawberry-rhubarb tart and of course, coffee!

    Oh, did I mentioned the grizzley we are almost certain we saw. It was brown, and it was large, but we were doing 60 mph and were still looking for a bakery. Pretty dang sure it was one...we ran into a couple of 70 plus, silver hair ladies touring on their three wheel motorcycle that confirmed the sighting! They also asked if we saw the moose. Sadly we seemed to have missed that, I was probably busy reading the current description out of "Milepost" regarding this leg of our trip. It did have a picture of a moose, so I guess that counts? Also the ladies very generously sent me a picture of the grizzley we are pretty sure we saw!

    Drove through the smoke of the ongoing fire that is just south of Dawson. We were close enough we could clearly see the fire line and lots of smoke. There is still discussion that this highway we are on will be closed in the next day or two depending upon wind direction.

    Arrived safe and sound in Dawson and hit the Visitor center, Heritage center for the local First Nation, and just walked some of the old streets. This is a city that once was home to 30,000 during the Klondike gold rush in approx 1896. Currently home to about 1,800. But they have worked with the federal, territorial, and municipal authorities to save and slowly renovate some of the buildings. All the streets are hard pack gravel and dirt, sidewalks are wood...and a lot of buildings are sort of shuttered. Slowly key properties are being renovated and operating with local retail business. Sort of, kind of, like Virginia City. But this place is not that accessible, and has about a 3 month season!

    Got back to our RV park, a gravel parking lot at one end of town that was in full sun and it only had 15 amp service so no AC in the 85 degree end of day....I know 85 degrees does not sound hot but in a box with only fans it does get warm. I went to bed with a cold wash cloth, and my little personal 4" fan pointed at my face. And don't forget we have to cover the windows to get some semblance of dark to sleep with since the sun is still up until 11 p.m. Probably our warmest night out and look how far north we are! Have not worn a long sleeve shirt since Vancouver! But we both actually slept well, probably because I take Benadryl every night to help with my mosquito bite reactions.
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  • Day20

    Day #1 in Whitehorse

    July 5, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    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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