Last night in Canada for a while
Trip Start Jun 19, 2009
31Trip End Jul 26, 2009
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In Whitehorse, I visited the SS Klondike historical site. I took the guided tour of this last paddle wheel steamboat on the Yukon River. The tour was informative and well done. I also stopped to get gas and some groceries at Wal-Mart. It was interesting to see a Canadian version of Wal-Mart. Lots of the labels and signs were bilingual - but with French as the second language
Stopped briefly to see the Canyon Creek Bridge, still standing from the original construction of the Alaska Highway. It is probably safe for light vehicles, but could not support the heavy traffic the modern highway can.
No animals sighted today. Interesting that I've seen no major wild animals since I've been in the Yukon. Talked with another family last night, and they said the same thing. Anyway, the campground where I am tonight is apparently in good grizzly habitat. Maybe I'll get lucky and see bears - from a safe distance, of course! But the campground owner said that there had been no grizzlies here for a week. There are NO garbage bins here...all campers are asked to take their garbage with them. This is to discourage the grizzlies from visiting the campground property.
My site at Cottonwood Park is overlooking the Kluane Lake. It's windy and I can hear the waves being washed up on the rocky beach. The water is way too cold for swimming. The campground is very nice, and even has a wildflower garden! The tent/unserviced sites are along the shore of the lake. The campground is "off the grid" because of its remote location; the owners generate their own electricity for the property
On the trip so far, I've seen license plates from every US state except Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. In Banff and Jasper, I heard quite a few different foreign languages (in addition to French, which is one of Canada's official languages). Fun!
Signal strength is low, so I wonder if anything but text will load today. Another effect of isolation.