Day 121/122 - Drive to Teslin and Watson Lake

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

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Yukon Motel and RV Park

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Today we leave Skagway and drive up over the mountain the same way we came - AND in the same conditions - Fog, Fog, and more Fog.  Nick decided that it would be easier if I followed behind and it would be less strain on the engine of the motor home.  So, I did just that.  It was pretty scary - thank goodness for those snow poles for the snow plowers.  I wonder how many go over that cliff.  The visibility in front was probably 20 -30 feet.  Side to side it was ZERO!.  I was never so glad to get over those 20 miles and see the fog come to an end at the border crossing. 

They seem to ask the standard questions as you go over 1.  do you have with you or ever possessed a gun; 2.  how much liquor are you carrying; 3.  are you carrying over $10,000 with you?  Ya, I wish!!!  and one that we hadn't heard before since she knew we were in a group - is anyone in your group carrying a gun!!  (Am I going to tell her even IF I DID know???)...strange.

Since we had been here before to Teslin, the drive was pretty much the same view only backwards!!  We pass the town of Tagish (pop. 100) there was a post there (Canadian Customs) in 1897.  Then past Squanga Lake (Indian for a type of whitefish found in the lake). Next we pass Johnson's Crossing where one of the original lodges was on the Alaska Highway.  It's history is related in Ellen Davignon's book "The Cinnamon Mine".  It is also apparently the home of the "world famous sourdough cinnamon buns."  Everyone seems to want to claim that they have the best around.  I know for a fact that they are HUGE!

We did go to the George Johnston Museum which was quite an amazing little museum devoted to this Native American man who lived in the area. 

Day 122 - Today we have a drive of only 122 miles from Telsin to Watson Lake, so everyone seemed to take it a little easier today than rushing out.  On this drive we pass the Dawson Peaks Resort (closed) which is another reference in a book by Sue Henry entitled "Dead North".  We pass, once again, the Continental Divide and this time everything from the MacKenzie River system flows to the Arctic Ocean and everything from the Yukon river system flows to the Pacific Ocean.

Today is a bright sunny and warm (63 degrees) and we are so happy to see the sun and clear skies.  We hear that maybe tonight may be our last chance to see the Northern Lights.  We are all excited!  However, it is estimated that the best time for viewing is between 1:30-3:30 a.m.!  What, do you remember we are ALL senior citizens here?  But, we do have a hearty group and about 12 of us get up, and YES we do see them.  They are green in color and not as bright or as dancing as we have seen in some of our movies that we have been to, but they are indeed amazing.  Unfortunately (but not really) the crescent moon is coming up and once that comes out, all else fails.  But the most amazing part of being out there for the 20 minutes or so was the night sky!  Wow, you do forget how beautiful the heavens are when you see them from a dark spot.  The Milky Way looked like you could reach out and touch it, and all the stars and constellations are so bright it's wonderful.  We saw a few shooting starts and a couple of satellites, so all in all it was a great night and we were all glad that we a tleast saw some of that spectacular event. 
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Pamela on

Love the lakes and landscape. So rugged and beautiful. What a thrill to see the northern lights in person. You will always remember that. :-)

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