Larry & Cheryl's 2019 Travels travel blog

Pelly River to Dawson City

Pelly River Bridge

Pelly River flows on into the distance

 

More winding highway

The little red flag mean there is a frost heave here, look...

Lots of curves

Pretty purple flowers on the highway

Civilization runs thru the forest

Funny metal sculptures of animals

In case you didn't see the real animals

And even a Moose

Stewart River

The road splits at Stewart Crossing

Turn left for Dawson City

Colorful graffiti on the rocks

 

The double set of red flags marks a rough road patch

Rough road sign

Long and winding highway ahead

Gravel Lake

Food for wildlife

Ducks from this lake

Lupin

Fireweed

Tintina Trench

Warning for rough patches

Highway follows Klondike River northbound now

Klondike River coming into Dawson City

Dawson airport

Dredge tailings in Bonanza Creek

Welcome to Dawson City

Tailings line the Klondike Highway

Postcard of Bonanza Creek goldfields & tailings below.

Ancient landslide is landmark for river travelers

Our RV Park downtown

Ancient residents of the area

Glaciers and Land Bridge

Model of a Gold Dredge

Turn of the century bordello

Come on up, fellas.

Main Street - Dawson City

School mural painted by the children

Look, my street !

Building over 100 years old

Old fashioned clock on the river levee

Paddle wheeler on the Yukon

Turn of the century fashion

Teaching us Dawson history by way of a Game Show

Dawson City historical figures

The Spell

Stern Wheelers brought people up the Yukon at turn of the century

Whitehorse to Dawson Road


Today's journey was 156.3 miles in 3 hours. We made reservations ahead in the campground in town so we could walk everywhere.

We made a couple of stops at rest stops with historical markers. There were some rough patches on the road and some frost heaves appeared more than half way, but smoothed out the rest of the way. Lots of purple flowers along edge of road and trees forever in our line of sight.

We crossed the Stewart River, then met the Klondike River that flows into the Yukon at Dawson City. There was some altitude changes.

As we passed Gravel Lake we learned that it is an important wetland for migratory birds in the Spring and Fall. Because of its location on the Tintina Trench Corridor, unusual birds are seen here including Ruddy Ducks, Black Scoters and American Coots.

The Tintina Trench which extends hundreds of miles across Yukon Territory and Alaska is the largest fault in North America and 1 of 2 major bird migration corridors in the Yukon.

After arriving and setting up we had lunch then walked the front street of town, visited the Visitor Center where we learned more about the sub continent of Beringia. ("So for most of the time from about 30,000 to 18,000 years ago, the land bridge was nearly 1,000 kilometers [620 miles] wide in the north-south direction."). Read here about Beringia.

We then had ice cream and came back to sit outside. We are crammed into the corner of the RV Park but that gave us a secluded wedge between our coaches in the shade of cottonwood trees.

We met a Corona, California couple with their parents who came over to chat. They came over when they saw our "So Calif" sign on rig. After social hour Ron & Tina invited us to come with them for pizza dinner, then graciously paid for ours saying we had spent enough money on this trip already (referencing the repair of our transmission).

We all went to see a "Vaudeville" type show that taught us about some historical people in Dawson. George Carmack who first discovered gold in Rabbit Creek later named Bonanza Creek. Father William Judge, a Jesuit priest who tended to the miners sins and their syphilis, built the first church and hospital. Mme Emilie Tremblay, one of the first women to climb the Chilkoot Trail up to the gold fields bringing civility and opening a dry goods store in town with her husband.

We had some light rain after 10 p.m. and the sound on our roof distressed Daisy so that I had to give her a Xanax to calm her.

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