June 12 – Whitehorse, Yukon

A dreary day for a drive but at least it’s not raining.

272 miles and we did not see one animal except a large raven. All those warning signs and nothing!

And the worst thing is I got my first window crack (17 cm) – some dumb truck driver driving over the speed limit on a new chip and seal street – that’s how they improve the driving surface on the Alaskan Highway.

Did get a mobile window repair guy to come by and drill a hole in the window and epoxy it – seems to be holding.

First stop was along the highway as we begin to notice these rock piles in the embankment. People were using the larger rocks to create names and symbols. There were 1000’s of them along this stretch of highway – why? I’m not sure.

Second stop we did get a chance to stop at the Continental Divide – finally we are flowing west.

Third stop was at the Village of Teslin. It had the longest bridge over the Nisutlin Bay Inlet crossing on the Alaskan highway and had two of our passport stops (museums) for the Yukon.

Along the route there are numerous museums and curio shops to browse.

Did learn about totem poles and how they are designed to express family identities.

That is Lake Teslin and I think the next time we come, we need to stay here for a day or two.DSC_0026

Found a mile post.

And we stopped at Johnson’s crossing for a cinnamon roll – I will tell you that I liked the Testa River Camp ones better.

Finally arriving at Hi-Country RV Park in Whitehorse, Yukon. I was last minute on asking for a site and got a 20 amp and very small site. We did get to move to a FHU the next day but we get used to doing with whatever they have available.

Whitehorse is the capital of Yukon Province and the largest city. Even though this town is in the middle of the pristine wilderness bordered by mountains, it has all the modern day conveniences and stores – even two breweries. It is located on the Yukon River and dates back to the 1890’s and the Gold Rush Days.

1656 miles north of US border and 877 miles along the Alaskan Highway.

After the long drive and a good homemade pizza dinner we took the dogs and headed to Winterlong Brewery. Good beer and there were three local dudes sitting next to us – as usual we got involved in the conversation and they started telling us everywhere we should go and which breweries in Alaska were good and it was an enjoyable night visiting with the locals.

Tuesday is catch up day and the toilet valve is not stopping the water from filling the bowl – previous it was the flap to get rid of the water didn’t work. I know how to do this now – see previous Hinton blog about helping the repair man repair the toilet.

Took toilet apart and cleaned up the water valve (it felt sticky) and put back together – not fixed. It was time to move, so we tore everything down and moved to a larger spot.

Not to be outdone by the toilet (Brenda took off shopping and other things) I attempted it again and I won – it works normal.

Back to the ribs – I am smoking for 6 hours. Turned out delicious and fall off the bone.IMG_3288

After we had finished and I was getting ready to put the grill away, our neighbor stopped by and asked what we had smoked – we shared the joys of the Davy Crockett Green Mountain pellet grill and after two bottles of wine we returned home. They are from Saskatchewan and shared with us their opinion on the good and bad of Canada.

Wednesday is our day to explore the city. First stop is the S. S. Klondike,

the largest steam powered sternwheeler that hauled freight and passengers up the Yukon River during the gold rush. Did watch the movie and Brenda did get her dog tag as this is an historic site.

Then we stopped at the Yukon Brewery and tasted a few – they don’t serve food or have a pub atmosphere – so we moved on to the Burnt Toast for lunch and a Yukon beer.

Walked around town which had some interesting stores but not that many.

Seems there is a lot of new construction along the river.

Picked up the dogs and walked along their river walk. Nice area adjacent to the trolley – which isn’t running yet for the season due to some flooding adjacent to the tracks.

Was hoping to ride the historic trolley (narrow gauge track) here before I get to ride the U City one someday.

Did see some First Nation members at the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Center working on building wooden canoes by hand. Tradition is continuing to be passed on down.

The city has numerous murals that were well done.

Also found out that they have canceled the “Frantic Follies” a vaudeville act that has been going on for 47 years – again disappointed.

We did find the “Red Chairs” at the SS Klondike and got Hansel and Gretel to pose.DSC_0088

We did go to the Klondike Rib and Salmon for dinner – had Halibut. Part of the restaurant is in a tent and building and has been around since 1900. Good local food.

Took these pictures of some of the abandoned vehicles (in our campground) from the construction of the Alaskan Highway

– as you look at them you wonder who drove these and where are they today?

Thursday we are off to Haines Junction.

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