Day 5: 23 July 2006
Watson Lake, YT
Baby Nugget RV Park
We're beginning to see some animals along the road - horses, bear, and bison, mostly. We saw some Stone Sheep, too - only live in a very narrow band around Stone Mountain. The mountains are getting bigger (Northern Rockies and then into some other ranges).
The drives are so nice - and the roads are so much better than expected (so far!). Richard and I feel sorry for the locals (locals covers a big area, here - anyone that needs to use the Alaska HWY on a regular basis) - some in our group, as well as others, cause what we've termed Northern Fogey Chains (like the Fogey Chains we lived with on the Cape) - people driving at almost half the speed limit. Many of the local people seem to drive at twice the speed limit - probably to make up for their loss of time! There are also lots of big trucks and equipment because of the numerous oil fields across the area - they travel quite fast, which makes going too slowly even more dangerous.
Watson Lake is the location of the famous Signpost Forest - a lonesome GI, working on building the HWY in the early 40s, nailed up a sign pointing to his hometown. Others followed suit, and the place is huge, now. The Germans bring over very big highway signs from their towns - must be a trip getting them on the plane over J The group hung a sign, and we plan to make one and put it up on the way back 'out'.