Last night in Canada for a while

Trip Start Jun 19, 2009
Trip End Jul 26, 2009

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Cottonwood Park

Flag of Canada  , Yukon,
Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Today I traveled from Dawson Peaks Resort (east of Whitehorse) to Kluane National Park (west of Whitehorse).  About 7am, I crossed the Nisutlin River bridge near the village of Teslin.  This is the longest bridge on the Alaska Highway.  It was still very cloudy.  Finally, the clouds broke mid-morning and I enjoyed a bright and sunny day.  It warmed up quite a bit and I just needed a light windbreaker.  The major stop of the day was Whitehorse.  It is the "big" city in the Yukon, and the territorial capital. I think the population is about 15,000.  But it has both a Wal-Mart and a Starbucks!

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.  An interesting "complication" of this isolation is the fact that there are no electrical outlets in the bathrooms, only in the laundry building.  So I dried my hair, charged my electrical devices, worked on this blog, and (next morning) brewed my coffee in the laundry room.
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.
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sueonthego on

Re: Ted & Pat
Glad your recovery is going well. I've prayed for it daily. Tonight is my first night in Alaska...the mosquitoes have certainly tried to welcome me!

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