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.