Days 86/87/88 Whitehorse, YT

Trip Start May 01, 2013
Trip End May 01, 2014

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Pioneer RV Park

Flag of Canada  , Yukon,
Thursday, July 25, 2013

June 26, 27, 28th Whitehorse, Yukon Territory (Pop. 27,000)...this is the first large town we have seen in a long time...probably since Calgary.

Day 86 (continued) It was a short drive to Whitehorse (considering some of the others) and we get here by noon.  We are lined up in our coaches like sardines in a can (but we knew that we would have some like this).  At least we are not dry camping (Like Laird Hot Springs) and we have full hook=ups here - power sewer and water.

We had a catered dinner at the clubhouse which was very nice.  It was pouring rain all afternoon.  The puddles looked like swimming pools.

Day 87 The next day we went on a long bus ride around the city and learned all about what goes on here.  Jack London spent time here navigating the Yukon River which is a very swift moving river and many were not able to do that.  So, he made a name for himself here before he started writing his novels.  We went aboard the SS Klondike which operated in the early 1900's  We saw an eagles nest with three large - ready to fledge "babies" in the nest.  That was my first sighting of eagles since I left home!  Tonight we are going to a Follies Show which should be lots of fun.  Today was cloudy, but no rain.  It is now 3:00 p.m. and the sun is just now coming out!  The follies show was fantastic - very talented group.  Great sunset at 11:00 p.m.

Day 88 - Today they have a breakfast for us and we are going to do our pot luck (that was cancelled earlier) in the evening, so the rest of the day is free time.  We are looking for a place to explore.  We ended up hiking up next to the Yukon River and crossing a suspension bridge to get there.  Nick did very well with his fear of heights.  We then went to the other side of the river where we went to a "fish ladder" for the Salmon to use when they spawn up this river.  Unfortunately, we are 10 days away from them getting here, but we did see how they do it.  There is a hydro-electric plant here with a dam, so these "fish ladders" guide the salmon to the sides of the river and they enter through a tunnel like apparatus that brings then past the plant.  While they are going through this tunnel, there is a group that catches each one and counts, measures, weighs and determines the sex and they keep copious notes as to how many pass through there each year.  Okay then.

Tomorrow we are on our 9 hour ride (336 miles) over rough roads where 35 is too fast.  So, we will be lucky to get there by that time.  So, we will take it slow and we get there when we get there. The sun won't be setting there until close to midnight, so it's not like we really have to rush!

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Pamela on

Beautiful country, resilient people :-)

Diane Ambur on

gorgeous sunset

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