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jmfreas5

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Re: Our Grand Alasakan Adventure
« Reply #30 on: June 01, 2014, 11:09:49 AM »
Thanks Gord for the info.  We did find out why electricity was turned off.  It was because they had to do over night work on the whole system.  The park, the Chateau Lake Louise and the whole village was without electricity.  Kind of weird to see everything dark.  But no worries, it was back on the next day and I had my O2, yeah, no grouchies for me.  But if we have any other concerns we will complain.

May 30, 2014 – Day 10
Early start to the day- no alarms-just up early. Put 280 miles on WeBe. Drove up Hwy 93 towards Jasper.  We knew what the first part of the drive looked like, since we drove it yesterday.  But we didn’t expect were the sport cars- low to the ground and revving their engines and flying down the pass.  There had to have been 15-20 of these cars and I don’t think they were following the 90 K/55 mph speed limit.  Stopped at Mistaya Canyon and took the 10 min walk to the river.  We were rewarded with beautiful carved walls and the greenish colored river flowing through it.  Of course it was uphill back to WeBe.  But worth the climb.
Looked for moose as we followed the North Saskatchewan River north.  Off in the distance we saw what looked like a rock formation called a pinnacle.  After reading the info on it it’s a dolomite pinnacle referred to as the Lighthouse Tower.  Saw some pretty waterfalls.  Finally we arrive at the Icefield Centre.  We assumed it was an interpretative center about the Columbian Icefield.  Well, it was a gift shop, café, restaurant and a place to purchase tickets to go up to the glacier on a specially decked out bus and then walk on the glacier.  Very disappointed, but they do have a theatre that is being remodeled.  There were several glaciers visible from the Centre which made the stop worthwhile.
Animals so far today would include: horseshoe rabbit, mountain sheep and a moose along with numerous signs for caribou crossing- now you know you are up north.
Stopped at Athabasca Falls.  It drops just 40 feet but it is through a short, narrow canyon and it was worth stopping to see.  Had a little lunch while watching a bus load of middle schoolers, which is always somewhat entertaining.  Than onto Jasper, which we skirted around to Hwy 16.  While passing through Hinton we shopped at the local Safeway.  Then angled up Hwy 40 north onto Grande Cache, our destination for the night.  Staying at the Grande Cache Municipal Campground at $32 for the night.  Went into town for dinner at the Wildflower and had great service and a pretty decent meal for being out in nowhere.  Gas was $4.91 a gal and we are getting 8 miles to the gallon.  TTFN

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Re: Our Grand Alasakan Adventure
« Reply #31 on: June 01, 2014, 11:17:28 AM »
May 30, 2014 – Day 10
Early start to the day- no alarms-just up early. Put 280 miles on WeBe. Drove up Hwy 93 towards Jasper.  We knew what the first part of the drive looked like, since we drove it yesterday.  But we didn’t expect were the sport cars- low to the ground and revving their engines and flying down the pass.  There had to have been 15-20 of these cars and I don’t think they were following the 90 K/55 mph speed limit.  Stopped at Mistaya Canyon and took the 10 min walk to the river.  We were rewarded with beautiful carved walls and the greenish colored river flowing through it.  Of course it was uphill back to WeBe.  But worth the climb.
Looked for moose as we followed the North Saskatchewan River north.  Off in the distance we saw what looked like a rock formation called a pinnacle.  After reading the info on it it’s a dolomite pinnacle referred to as the Lighthouse Tower.  Saw some pretty waterfalls.  Finally we arrive at the Icefield Centre.  We assumed it was an interpretative center about the Columbian Icefield.  Well, it was a gift shop, café, restaurant and a place to purchase tickets to go up to the glacier on a specially decked out bus and then walk on the glacier.  Very disappointed, but they do have a theatre that is being remodeled.  There were several glaciers visible from the Centre which made the stop worthwhile.
Animals so far today would include: horseshoe rabbit, mountain sheep and a moose along with numerous signs for caribou crossing- now you know you are up north.
Stopped at Athabasca Falls.  It drops just 40 feet but it is through a short, narrow canyon and it was worth stopping to see.  Had a little lunch while watching a bus load of middle schoolers, which is always somewhat entertaining.  Than onto Jasper, which we skirted around to Hwy 16.  While passing through Hinton we shopped at the local Safeway.  Then angled up Hwy 40 north onto Grande Cache, our destination for the night.  Staying at the Grande Cache Municipal Campground at $32 for the night.  Went into town for dinner at the Wildflower and had great service and a pretty decent meal for being out in nowhere.  Gas was $4.91 a gal and we are getting 8 miles to the gallon.  TTFN

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Re: Our Grand Alasakan Adventure
« Reply #32 on: June 01, 2014, 11:37:42 AM »
Thanks so much for posting. It was our plan to be on our way this year at about this same time but life got in the way.

We will be heading out out in early May next year. My wife's brother lives in Seattle where we can hang out if the weather is bad in early May.

We will be following your voyage very carefully. I also appreciate that you are posting you fuel costs. That will be very helpful.
Wayne
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mfreas11

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Re: Our Grand Alasakan Adventure
« Reply #33 on: June 01, 2014, 10:38:52 PM »
Hi Mom & Dad - glad to hear you are having a good time and have already seen some beautiful countryside. Also sounds like you are definitely having a few interesting adventures!

I can't wait to see Alaska with you in a few days and I look forward to seeing your pictures. Love and miss you both very much!!

Megan

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Re: Our Grand Alasakan Adventure
« Reply #34 on: June 02, 2014, 09:36:47 AM »
Good morning travelers...

I posted you a comment the other day, but I find it accidentally showed up as a reply to someone else.
Basically I said, Thanks for the birthday wishes and I wonder if your pictures aren't showing up because you don't have enough posts under you belt on this Forum, which I think might be the case on DISboards or CruiseCritic.

Anyway, I think your trip report is so informative and showing us all that there is a lot going on out there.

What a stroke of luck to have someone with a true life Disney story worth hearing show up as a good Samaritan.  I hope you have some more happy coincidences like that happen.

Happy Trails
Renee

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« Reply #35 on: June 02, 2014, 03:19:03 PM »
May 30, 2014 – Day 10
Early start to the day- no alarms-just up early. Put 280 miles on WeBe. Drove up Hwy 93 towards Jasper.  We knew what the first part of the drive looked like, since we drove it yesterday.  But we didn’t expect were the sport cars- low to the ground and revving their engines and flying down the pass.  There had to have been 15-20 of these cars and I don’t think they were following the 90 K/55 mph speed limit.  Stopped at Mistaya Canyon and took the 10 min walk to the river.  We were rewarded with beautiful carved walls and the greenish colored river flowing through it.  Of course it was uphill back to WeBe.  But worth the climb.
Looked for moose as we followed the North Saskatchewan River north.  Off in the distance we saw what looked like a rock formation called a pinnacle.  After reading the info on it it’s a dolomite pinnacle referred to as the Lighthouse Tower.  Saw some pretty waterfalls.  Finally we arrive at the Icefield Centre.  We assumed it was an interpretative center about the Columbian Icefield.  Well, it was a gift shop, café, restaurant and a place to purchase tickets to go up to the glacier on a specially decked out bus and then walk on the glacier.  Very disappointed, but they do have a theatre that is being remodeled.  There were several glaciers visible from the Centre which made the stop worthwhile.
Animals so far today would include: horseshoe rabbit, mountain sheep and a moose along with numerous signs for caribou crossing- now you know you are up north.
Stopped at Athabasca Falls.  It drops just 40 feet but it is through a short, narrow canyon and it was worth stopping to see.  Had a little lunch while watching a bus load of middle schoolers, which is always somewhat entertaining.  Than onto Jasper, which we skirted around to Hwy 16.  While passing through Hinton we shopped at the local Safeway.  Then angled up Hwy 40 north onto Grande Cache, our destination for the night.  Staying at the Grande Cache Municipal Campground at $32 for the night.  Went into town for dinner at the Wildflower and had great service and a pretty decent meal for being out in nowhere.  Gas was $4.91 a gal and we are getting 8 miles to the gallon.  TTFN

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Re: Our Grand Alasakan Adventure
« Reply #36 on: June 02, 2014, 03:20:26 PM »
May 31, 2014 – Day 11

Happy Birthday Burke- Hope you had a good one.

Today’s trails took us to Dawson Creek, BC.  178 miles today, the road much better than yesterday which was Hinton to Grande Cache.  Some hills to climb but it was mostly sunny, how we love the sun.  Once we left Grande Cache we left most of the mountains behind.  We are back to rolling hills, lots of trees, both pine and aspen.  Skirted around Grande Prairie heading to Dawson Creek.  Stopped to see the South Peace Centennial Museum.  This is a 40 acre pioneer village featuring vintage vehicles and working steam-powered farm equipment from the early 1900’s.  We weren’t sure what we were getting into when we pulled up in front.  It looked pretty run down.  But Laurie told us to go on in and poke around.  There were a few men working on the steam-powered equipment, fine tuning them for their big festival in July.  Everyone was very friendly and you could tell that it was a labor of love to maintain and continue to add to the place.  Really enjoyed visiting and would recommend to those traveling up to Alaska.  Had a little lunch and back on the road for about another 50 miles.  Rolled in to Dawson Creek and found Northern Lights RV Park, got set up and took the Trail Blazer to get washed, boy did it need it, WeBe next.  Stopped by the Visitor Centre, toured the Railway station and little museum next to the Visitor Centre.  Watched a great movie on the making of the Alaskan Highway.  Very interesting.
Group of Unity motorhomes, Class B’s gathering here for a caravan up to Alaska.  Nice folks.  Just sitting back and relaxing for the evening now that we have talked to the kids.  Congratulations to Mason for graduating 3 year old preschool.  TTFN

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Re: Our Grand Alasakan Adventure
« Reply #37 on: June 02, 2014, 03:21:32 PM »
June 1, 2014 – Day 12

Quiet day today, slept late and a huge breakfast and made our way downtown to the Alaskan Highway House.  It is a little museum with artifacts about building the Alcan.  A few facts for you:
After Pearl Harbor was bombed in 1942, it was built for a military route to support the airstrips that linked the Continental US with the Alaskan Territory
1,523 miles from Dawson Creek to Fairbanks
It took 11,000 troops
16,000 American and Canadian civilians
7,000 pieces of equipment
133 bridges constructed
8,000 + culverts installed
8 months, 12 days to construct
Open to the public in 1948
Over the years, road improvements have shortened the road by about 35 miles
At the end of the museum there is a video that was excellent.  Then went outside to take our picture at the famous Mile Marker 0 of Alaska/Canadian Highway. Pretty special.
In the afternoon we headed up to the Bear Mountain Wind Park- this BC’s first commercial wind facility.  After getting lost trying to find it and the last 5 miles was dirt/gravel road, we arrived.  These things are huge.  You drive right up to several.  They are 257 feet tall and weigh 236 tons each.  We hiked for a short time along the Rim Rocks trail that links the turbines.  While walking, we were trying to figure out the sound they made and the best way to describe it was the sound of a jet going far overhead but never fading away. On the way back we came across a moose with twin calves.
The rest of the day was pretty lazy, read, did laundry and talked with neighbors.  More exploring tomorrow so TTFN.

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Re: Our Grand Alasakan Adventure
« Reply #38 on: June 02, 2014, 11:08:54 PM »
June 2, 2014 – Day 13

What a beautiful day, highs in the mid to upper 70’s and barely a cloud in the sky.  Set out this morning for a bike ride on the Dawson Creek Walking Trail, I know that we weren’t walking but there were others riding bikes too.  A nice paved trail going through town past schools, library and parks.  Once we got to the end and headed back, we detoured and went into downtown to do the self-guided historic walking tour.  We had our trusty paper to guide us.  Most of the stops had a placard with a picture of the sight back in the days, 1930’s. Some of the buildings are still be used today. The old radio station that was originally built as a log cabin in 1935 to function as the town meeting place. In 1947 the radio station CJDC, the farthest north radio station in the British Empire, now stands with the station built around the log cabin, they even left one wall so people could see the logs.   There are lots of murals depicting the different time periods and gave you a glimpse of life back then.  All very interesting.  We stopped by the Alaskan Highway House again because we found out we could ask them to take our picture together in front of the Mile 0 Cairn, which they were happy to do.  Back on our bikes to head back to Webe but we passed a bakery with wonderful aromas coming from it.  We had to turn around and go inside and get a muffin to share when done with our ride.  Back to WeBe and I couldn’t believe how tired I was, I excused myself and took a power nap.  I must have needed it because I was dead to the world for about an hour. 
Lazed away the rest of the afternoon until we headed to the Wal-Mart to see about some black out curtains for the cab-over area when Megan comes to visit.  Had to buy a panel of and curtain and then start cutting and stitching.  I think we have something that should work for her.  Found a place for Jim to get a fishing license for a day of fishing here in BC, most likely in the Liard River area.  Bought a couple of sweatshirts at the Visitor Centre commemorating Mile 0 and then onto dinner.  Decided on Boston Pizza but it sure was expensive,  build your own pizza started out at $18 for a medium, then $4 more for mozzarella cheese, $3 for traditional pizza sauce and $4 for each topping and $7 for a dinner salad that we split.  After dinner we have just read about what to expect on the drive the next few days in “The Milepost”.  What a beautiful sunset.  I am still trying to figure out how to post pictures with this, will let you know if and when that happens.  TTFN

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Re: Our Grand Alasakan Adventure
« Reply #39 on: June 02, 2014, 11:15:35 PM »
When you click on "Reply" you will see "+ Attachments and other options" below the post window. Click on that and post your pics one at a time.
***Restrictions: 12 pics per post, maximum total size 2000KB, maximum individual size 250KB
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Re: Our Grand Alasakan Adventure
« Reply #40 on: June 03, 2014, 07:04:05 AM »
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Make that "When you click on "Reply"".  By the time you click on Post, it's too late.
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« Reply #41 on: June 03, 2014, 11:30:15 AM »
Make that "When you click on "Reply"".  By the time you click on Post, it's too late.
Good catch...... thanks, I changed it.
Wayne
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Re: Our Grand Alasakan Adventure
« Reply #42 on: June 04, 2014, 10:04:52 AM »
Excellent help with posting of pictures from the other people on this thread. Yeah!

Michelle, I can't tell where you are... are you near a city or just out in the wilds of Canada?
BC = British Columbia I know that much.  I think I better keep my road atlas here by the computer and you can say what town or city you are near.

Did you guys rent bikes where you were or did you take them with you?

Do you want to play Words with Friends?

Happy Trails,
Renee



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Re: Our Grand Alasakan Adventure
« Reply #43 on: June 07, 2014, 12:03:35 AM »
Hi Michele & Jim, Dick got his new computer and we finally able to read your blog. We have so enjoyed your wonderful travel journal!
Sounds like you are having lots of good experiences and it brings many memories of our trip in 2001,
Stay safe and we look forward to continued reading.

Dick & Sandi

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Re: Our Grand Alasakan Adventure
« Reply #44 on: June 07, 2014, 08:08:51 PM »
June 3, 2014 – Day 14

Put on some warm clothes today because a cold front is supposed to come through.  While getting things ready to roll, I thought about changing because it was so nice.  Well, as I sit here writing this the   snow is flying here in Fort Nelson, BC.  As a matter of fact the last 150 miles of our 278 miles we were snowed on.  It is a bit nippy here in WeBe.  We have the coach heater going and the space heater, with a cup of hot chocolate next to me.  Stopped in the Visitor Centre for a little info and timed it right that we were able to hear their first talk of the season about what to do and see in the Fort Nelson area.  They had some really nice photo’s and a wealth of information.  Got done and headed to the “Ye Olde Quilt Shoppe” to do some browsing and made a little purchase.  I think it will make a pretty quilt.  Nice ladies to help me since I am horrible and putting fabric together.  There is a fair amount of oil and gas development along the route.  Bought gas in the town of Wonowon (mile marker 101), it was $5.78 a gal, in Fort Nelson it was $5.44.  We can’t complain too much we knew it was going to be high, but we hoped it would be less.  We weren’t real impress with the dinner we had at the Triple G Hideaway Campground (where we are staying).  It was hot and the restaurant was warm so that help. TTFN

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« Reply #45 on: June 07, 2014, 08:19:09 PM »
June 4, 2014 – Day 15
Woke up to a cold wet morning.  The snow only accumulated on the grassy areas.  Got ourselves together for our short drive today.  On to Muncho Lake. Still BC Hwy 97 and heading west.  Yesterday coming into Fort Nelson we went over the lowest elevation on the Alaska Highway and today we will go over the highest elevation.  Spotted 2 black bears along the side of the road heading up to Steamboat Summit.  Shortly after this we hit snow again.  Elevation here peaked out at 3,500 feet.  We were looking forward to stopping in Testa River for what the Milepost calls some of the best cinnamon rolls.  We got there just before the 15 rigs of the Unity (Leisure Van) Caravan, plus a few other travelers.  The small spot was buzzing.  We took our warm rolls and ate them in WeBe with a glass of milk, yummy. Back on the road in the sloppy snow we go, but our tummies were full.  Lots of warnings in the Milepost about “stone sheep” and caribou on the road but we didn’t see one. Gradually we made it to Summit Pass, elevation 4,250 feet, the highest point on the Alaska Highway.  Plenty of curves and hills today with a few areas having little shoulder to them. Lots of creeks and rivers to go over with a couple having metal grate bridge, they reminded me of the “airplane bridge” we knew and loved growing up.  We loved it because it made the sound of what we thought was an airplane.  What imagination we had then.  We finally came around a bend and there was Muncho Lake, just as some friends (Karen & Bill), who drive up to their Alaskan cabin yearly, had told us.  Emerald green and blue water with forested mountains on one side and sedimentary rock on the other with white caps of snow all around.   It sits at an elevation of 2,680 feet, 7 miles long, a 1 mile wide and about 700 feet deep.  The color is reported to be from the cooper oxide leaching into the lake.  Breathtaking.  There is information in the Milepost about what is called an alluvial fan.  This forms when the mountains get heavy rains and the hillsides, which are mostly rock.  The rains wash down the sides of the mountains taking that rock and gravel through the gulley’s to the bottom of the hill and then spreads out in a fan shape.  We have now seen many of these in our drive today.
 Our stop for the night was to be at McDonald campground for $16.  That was the best deal almost so far, since we paid $7.90 per gal of gas, yikes, that one through the budget off.  Took a nice power nap and drove over to the wildlife lookout to see if we could spot anything, nope.  Back to WeBe for a little reading, then dinner and a nice walk.   It is 8 PM and the sun won’t set for a few more hours.  Thank goodness for blackout shades in the bedroom. 
TTFN

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Re: Our Grand Alasakan Adventure
« Reply #46 on: June 07, 2014, 08:32:37 PM »
June 4, 2014 – Day 15
 we paid $7.90 per gal of gas, yikes, that one through the budget off. 
TTFN
:o I hope that was an imperial gallon...... :-\
Wayne
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Re: Our Grand Alasakan Adventure
« Reply #47 on: June 07, 2014, 09:18:45 PM »
  If you haven't pased it yet don't miss Laird Hot Springs. We were there last year. You can pull your rig into the park and take a  quick relaxing dip and be on your way to Whitehorse. We loved Mucho Lake stayed a few days there" I am reliving our trip through you blog. Keep posting.
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« Reply #48 on: June 07, 2014, 09:24:08 PM »
that was a US gal and yes it was expensive but we didn't fill up.

June 5, 2014 – Day 16

Whew what a day!  We drove a whopping 43 miles today to Liard River Hot Springs.  After an early morning walk, we gather our things and drove.  We finally saw some stone sheep, they were licking the salt deposits on the road.  No rams, just ewes.  We drove along the Trout River, it was really cookin, lots of water coming down.   Mostly forest of lodge pole pine, aspen and paper birch. We crossed over the Liard River Bridge which is the only remaining suspension bridge on the Alaska Highway, it was built in 1943.  Found our campsite #25, set up and went exploring on the bikes for a little while.  Then headed out in the car to check on a possible fishing spot for Jim tomorrow.  Took a power nap, did a little more planning for the return trip home, had dinner and headed for the hot springs.  About a ¼ mile to the trail, about ¼-1/2 mile boardwalk in and then the hot springs.  Changed into swim suits and dipped in.  There used to be two pools but they closed the upper pool, water temps range from 100 to 126 degrees (they say).  There is a wooden deck with steps going down into the river pool.  Nice sitting and chatting with folks.  Nice changing area that is pretty new. Back here to WeBe and about ready to call it a night. TTFN   

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« Reply #49 on: June 07, 2014, 09:25:48 PM »
June 6, 2014 – Day 17
Nice relaxing day.  Made some awesome French toast with the sourdough bread we bought at Testa River.  Jim headed out for a little fishing and I turned on the generator (we didn’t any electricity at the site) and began working on another quilt.  Since they have generator hours (9-11 AM), had to turned it off and went for a walk around the campground.  Met up with Rita and Hap from Georgia, we originally met them at Lake Louise.  Visited until Jim drove up.  He was pleased he caught 2 grayling about 12-14 inches each.  He caught them in the Liard River.  He saw a black bear just sitting in the grass eating the grass, too lazy to even stand up.  Then he saw a bunch of stone sheep, (that’s not a bunch, it’s a herd, sure I’ve heard of stone sheep, there are a bunch of them over there).  That was a play on words that our family does, so don’t worry if you didn’t get it.  Got in a power nap and waited for it to stop raining so we could go to the springs again.  When it let up we headed over and enjoyed the waters until the lightening, then we got out.  Stood under the awning for a bit to see if rain would let up for us to walk back.  Had dinner and played some cards while we waited for the rain to stop again.  Then Jim built the best fire ever and we made s’mores.  When the logs were down to the last little bit I threw the liquid from a citronella candle on the fire, boy does that flare up and we had a mini fire tornado.  Couldn’t believe how long it burned.  Won’t be doing that again.  Back inside to write the blog and guess what it is doing, yes, raining.  Need to get the WeBe straighten up to head out tomorrow, so TTFN.

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« Reply #50 on: June 07, 2014, 09:51:33 PM »
June 7, 2014 – Day 18
Drove to Watson Lake today, a total of 143 miles.  Still beautiful scenery of aspen, lodge pole pine, paper birch and white spruce.  Didn’t have any steep uphill today.  Still on BC Hwy 97, when we went through to the Yukon it switched to Yukon Hwy 1.  There are several times that you go back and forth between BC and Yukon.  Wanted to stop at Whirlpool Canyon, but not adequate parking for us to get in and out safely.  This is where the Liard River and any debris in the water- swirls violently around a backwater created by the riverbank.  Sorry we couldn’t see it.  But we did see wood bison and 7 black bears.  Drove though Watson Lake to go to Baby Nugget RV Park.  Check-in and set up WeBe and headed back into town, about 10-12 miles.  Stopped at the “Sign Forest”, which is amazing to see.  Over 78,000 postings as of 2013.  Everything from underwear with writing on it to specially made signs with names and dates or cities.  Lots of license plates.  I told Jim we should just take the front plate off WeBe and nail it up there (our license plate for WeBe is WeBe II).  But no go, we still have both front and back plates.  Went over to the Northern Lights Centre, which it sort of like a planetarium for their presentation of the Aurora Borealis.  Visited the Visitor Centre and Edie was most helpful with Yukon info.  Watch their video and saw their display.  Headed to the liquor store for my bottle of wine and for Jim to get a fishing license.  We are both set now.  After dinner and a couple glasses of wine I think we will head up to the restaurant for some pie and ice cream, yummy. So TTFN. 

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« Reply #51 on: June 08, 2014, 03:48:43 PM »
We will be leaving NY July 1st. To follow your route. I am hopping we are not leaving too late. We plan to end up in Banf around Sept. 1st.
Like the part fishing.

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« Reply #52 on: June 08, 2014, 10:11:34 PM »
June 8, 2014 – Day 19
Woke to a cold wet rain.  Hard to get motivated to get outside and load everything for the day’s drive.  I was content to snuggle under the covers for a while longer.  But Jim insisted, so I got up.  By the time we were ready it was before 9 AM, pretty good for us.  Drove 251 miles today with lots of rolling hills and forest all around.  Rained most of the day, which meant the animals weren’t out, dang it.  We are still waiting to see our first caribou.  But we did have a real Alaskan Highway experience, we drove for about 10 miles on dirt/gravel, washboard road.  Jim became the master of dodging pot holes and boy is WeBe dirty now, not to mention the Blazer.  Good thing it was raining this morning or we were going to wash her.  For another day.  Drove past Teslin Lake, it is 86 miles long and 2 miles across.  Saw lots of other smaller lakes too.  Pulled into Pioneer RV Park in Whitehorse around 2, checked in and filled WeBe, yikes that charged scared me.  Gas mileage today was only 7.5 miles to the gallon.  Drove into town to scout the area, most everything is on about 3 different streets.  Stopped at the Visitor Centre to figure out what we wanted to do and watched their video of the Yukon.  Found a radio station and can you believe it, it was the Focus on the Family station out of Colorado Springs.  Also we found the airport so we can pick Megan up on Tuesday afternoon, we are so excited to see her and share our experience with her.  So far we have traveled 2,930 miles so far and I can’t believe Jim isn’t ready to kill me yet, thank God.
TTFN

zigmarie33

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Re: Our Grand Alasakan Adventure
« Reply #53 on: June 09, 2014, 10:07:14 AM »
Hey Mick and Jim   I just love your adventures. I plan on getting out the map.  The Pictures are coming through and are great.  It'll be great when Megs gets there.  I Ditto Renee's playing Words with Friends if you want. We have had a bunch of rain and a few tornado's with 6 of them yesterday and rained like crazy. Sunny and cool today.  Love you guys.

lucierenee

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Re: Our Grand Alasakan Adventure
« Reply #54 on: June 09, 2014, 10:14:02 AM »
Hi guys,
I really liked your picture of the hot springs.  I would love to sit there.
And the Sign Forest sounds intriguing.  Did a bunch of travelers just stick some bits and pieces in the ground?
And Megan's arrival will give you a third person in the card game - much better.
I think this mode of vacationing is suiting you guys nicely.
Don't forget to come home eventually.  Maybe you will have your quilt top done when you get home.  Can't wait to see it.
Keep on Keepin' On.
Renee

ArdraF

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Re: Our Grand Alasakan Adventure
« Reply #55 on: June 09, 2014, 06:27:12 PM »
Whitehorse has the Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre which is fascinating.  It covers the time when there was a land bridge between Asia and North America, a subject we don't learn much about.  When we were there it had a small café where we tasted Fireweed Jelly which was very good.  The Yukon Transportation Museum is nearby and it also is very interesting covering everything from sled dogs to float planes.

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jmfreas5

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Re: Our Grand Alasakan Adventure
« Reply #56 on: June 09, 2014, 10:42:49 PM »
Thanks Adraf, we plan to hit those 2 spots tomorrow.

June 9, 2014 –Day 20
Little late getting started this morning.  It felt good to sleep, like most mornings. Cloudless start to the day, it did get cloudy with a  sprinkle here and there.  Went to the suspension bridge in Miles Canyon, this goes over the Yukon River.  Back in the Gold Rush days this canyon was an “imposing Canyon” because of the narrow channel through the canyon and the Whitehorse Rapids.  Now they have built a dam and the rapids are gone.  It’s a very deep and swift moving body of water.  The dam was built to provide hydro-electric power to Whitehorse in 1959.  They also had to build a fish ladder for the Chinook salmon to spawn up stream.  These salmon mature 2-5 years in the Bering Sea and when ready to spawn they swim upstream for 1,875 miles in 3 months.  It was pretty impressive.  Downtown we visited the SS Klondike, a sternwheeler used to send goods to Dawson City until the Alaskan Highway was built in 1942.  Interesting vessel, it only carried 32 paying 1st class passengers and a few who stayed in steerage.  Nicely restored with a dining room, day room and Sun deck.  Small quarters with limited bathroom facilities.  Is wasn’t a very long journey to Dawson City, 1.5 days down and 4 days against the current back to Whitehorse.
Had a little lunch at the Bakery and went over to the McBride Museum with lots of Yukon facts and the true story behind the poem “The Cremation of Sam McGee”.  His cabin was on display along with a cabin for the Royal Mounted Police, a nice display of animals and First Nation artifacts.  We really enjoyed the museum.  Jim headed to the river for a little fishing and I went to get my nails done.  No one in this town has ever heard of silk nails.  They looked at me like I had two heads.  The young lady put a gel coat over my silk nails, I hope it works, it cost $57, I pay $25 at home.
Drove up to Fish Lake, we saw a couple of eagles and some fish rising.  But my stomach was growling and headed back to WeBe to eat.  Now it is time to do laundry and finish getting ready for Megan, yeah.
TTFN

jmfreas5

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Re: Our Grand Alasakan Adventure
« Reply #57 on: June 09, 2014, 10:47:23 PM »
Here is a pic of a piece of art work we saw in the front yard of a house in Whitehorse, Yukon.  It is made out of bicycle tire rims.  It caught our eye. 

lucierenee

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Re: Our Grand Alasakan Adventure
« Reply #58 on: June 10, 2014, 08:10:57 PM »
You seem to be stopping at a lot of bakeries.....hhhmmmmmmm.

I just googled and read the poem "The Cremation of Sam McGee".  Definitely, it had a surprise ending.  What is the true story about it?
So many fun facts and stories.

More please.
Renee

pattee8

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Re: Our Grand Alasakan Adventure
« Reply #59 on: June 11, 2014, 10:44:18 AM »
Hi Mick, Jim, and Megs,

Renee just came over to help me find you.  I guess I'd better get reading.  TTFN

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