Adventure Caravans / tours by RV to Alaska and the Canadian Rockies in 2008
Adventure Caravans / tours by RV to Alaska and the Canadian Rockies in 2008
Day 19 - Travel to Dawson City, YT
It seemed like we drove for miles along this Fox Lake Burn, which happened 1998. The fire burned 325,000 acres. However, as you can see, nature is rebuilding itself. The Fireweed in the foreground seems to grow more along the road and in sandy areas.
We were hoping the road would continue to look like the one on the left; no pot holes, nice and even. However, that was the exception today. They usually looked like the one on the right; covered with gravel, uneven and filled with pot holes. Although most of the pot holes were fixed, it was still prudent to travel at 50 MPH or less. Unfortunately, the truck drivers did not adhere to that idea and if you were unlucky enough to pass one on a gravel stretch, you felt like you were being shot at by a machine gun. A couple of the motorhome's came in with rock holes in their windshields.
Once again Loren Mulkins was in the right place at the right time to take this picture of a brown bear as he munched his way along the highway. I have to mention that if it wasn't for Charlie Marecle radioing Loren to stop and take pictures of the bear, he would have missed. Thanks Charlie!
This is a view of Five Fingers Rapids on the Yukon River. The river boats came through this passage when traveling between Whitehorse and Dawson Creek. On the return trip they had a cable imbedded upstream and they would use a winch on the river boat to winch the boat upstream. This is a 159 step staircase going down to path to the rapids. I know that two of our ladies walked to the bottom and back; one with two replacement hips and one with two replacement knees!
Way to go Susan and Sharon!!

Just another beautiful view we experienced along the route. When you had time to look away from the road ahead, there were many beautiful views. The days started out cold, but the sun came out around 10:00 AM. However by mid afternoon we were driving through some rain showers.

Many of us stopped at Stewart's Crossing to have lunch. However, as it turns out, you couldn't buy lunch here, but you could buy chips, soda pop, candy, etc. While we were there, a Mounty was checking on a possible break-in. He told me he suspected it was of the big hairy four legged variety.
This bend in a river caught my eye for some reason. We were told about better gas prices at Mackenzie Petroleum located at mile 333. We were expecting a large station next to the highway. Instead it was a small sign pointing down a dirt road. We braved it and found it about 1/4 mile down the road. It was self-serve and the price of fuel was reasonable; only $1.64 per liter. By the way, that's $6.22 per gallon so don't complain about gas being over $4.00 per gallon. We are all looking forward to paying that again. Diesel is only a few cents more in Canada, not the dollar more it is in the U.S.
After everyone was in, we met for a Margarita social. Phil Schaaf gave us information on the optional trips we are scheduled for in the next few weeks. Some of the prices had increased due to increased fuel costs. This bouquet of Fireweed was on the table with a dragon fly in the middle of it; that is a recently deceased dragon fly.
Day 20 - Dawson City, YT
We had a walking tour scheduled for 9:30 AM and we said that certainly they were going to cancel it. Well, guess what, a bunch of us crazies went ahead and did it.
Our first stop was the Palace grand theater. The restoration on the inside is just incredible. We will be back in here tonight for a show.
Our next stop was the old post office. Due to the rain I didn't take many pictures outside. To keep the realism, most of the post office boxes had old mail in them. There was even a "girlie" calendar on the wall in the office.
Our next stop was the bank. The original bank burned down with about 4 blocks of the city in the late 1800's. The vault with a great deal of gold exploded out with the heat and a river of molten gold spilled out. The bank had quite a time scooping it up and recovering it for their depositors. The bad news is we ended up being locked in the bank; the good news is our tour director could go out the back and unlock the door from the front. It did end up with a number of good natured jokes about the situation.
The next stop was the Red Leather Saloon. This is exquisitely restored to original condition. There is a picture taken in its prime and you can see they did not miss a thing in the restoration. We had to drag these four out of the bar after they found some cards and a bottle of whiskey.
This was the end of the tour but the rain continued for most of the day. A few of us stopped at Sour Dough Joe's for lunch. They had a very welcome ceiling heater that helped take some of the chill out of our damp clothes.
In the evening many of us went back to the Palace Grand Theater to see "Fiddle Rush". All the performers played fiddles and they looked like they ranged in age from 6 to late teens. The money went to help fund their group. This is one of the streets in down after we left the theater. It is now about 8:30 PM and the sun is still above the hill tops.

This picture was taken at 12:03 AM at the top of the Midnight Dome Road. At about 11:30 PM. Loren Mulkins knocked on our door to ask if we would be interested in driving to the Dome Road to see the sunset. Of course we were just crazy enough to agree. It was too cloudy to see the sunset, but I did get this panorama of the area around Dawson City.

Day 21 - Dawson City, YT
This morning at 9:30 AM most of us carpooled out to tour Dredge #4. But partway there the road had started to wash out so we had to take it slow across the washout. This was the sign on the dredge. But unfortunately, the lady who was to give us the tour, stopped one of the cars and told us to go back because they were closing the road. So, that was the end of our trip.
We were able to take some pictures. Here Sharon and Susan stand beside one of the dredge buckets to show the size. As you can see, the dredge is a very large piece of equipment. Since we did not go on the tour, I cannot explain how it all works.
Our next stop was the Jack London Centre. We were a little late for a presentation on Jack London's trip to Dawson City and how they found a cabin he had lived in while in the Yukon. The cabin is on the left and the elevated food storage building is on the right. They have sections of stove pipe around the legs to keep bears and other animals from climbing the poles.
In Dawson City's history, permafrost ranks second to fire as the bane of buildings. The three structures on the left, dating from 1901, illustrate what can happen when heated buildings are placed on frozen ground; the frost melts, mixing water with the soil to form a very fluid muck into which the different footings settle at different rates. These buildings are being left as they are so visitors may see history as it naturally unfolds. The building on the right is suffering from the same problem.
Susan and I then visited the Dawson City Museum. While we where there, they opened the train building for 1/2 hour, so we visited that building as well. They had four restored engines in the building. The museum has a great deal of memorabilia displayed and it has a wonderful movie explaining the history of Dawson City.
This evening we all went to Diamond Tooth Gerties to see the 8:30 PM show. It was a short show, but it was a lot of fun.
We were treated to a treat when our own Wagon Master, Phil Schaaf was selected to go on stage and join the dancing girls in a wonderful skit.
Now the left picture where he is doing an acceptable job with the low kick, but it starts to get ugly when he turns around. We just had to keep our eyes on his partner.
Phil seems to be enjoying the garter belt. So much so, he was given the opportunity to remove it; which he did veeery slooowly, savoring every inch of removal.
Clint and Jill look on as Lynne and Carmen try their had at Blackjack. From the look on Lynne's face, I'm not sure how well they are doing. I took this shot on the waterfront. I loved the various modes of water transportation; two small outboard boats, a high-speed ferry, a seaplane and a side-wheeler.
Meet our midnight golf group. This picture was taken about 11:30 PM at the Top of the World Golf Course. The intrepid players are Dave & Sharon Wilson and Rosamund & Tom Wentling. Sharon tees off at about 1:00 AM.
This is a pano of a corner Third Avenue and King Street in Dawson City. I took this picture at 9:30 PM. Notice the gravel roads and the wooden sidewalks. This town looks like a movie set from the early 1900's. It certainly has it's own wonderful and unique personality.
Day 22

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