Alaska 2007 travel blog

View of 2004 fire burn

Fields of Fireweed after the burn

Fields of Fireweed after the burn

Fields of Fireweed after the burn

Chicken

Chicken

Chicken

Chicken

Chicken

Chicken

Sample of the gravel road out of Chicken


Chicken 7/14/2007

After our sourdough pancake breakfast we were off to Chicken. Chicken got its name because the gold miners which created it did not know how to spell ptarmigan which is an Alaskan chicken. It was a beautiful morning for a drive, partly cloudy and cool. The drive is only about 70 miles over a good chipseal road. The road has two names Taylor Highway or Top of the World Highway. I must say Top of the World seems appropriate. You can see for miles in nearly all directions. The pictures just do not capture the view. Most of the area was burned in 2004. This made for some amazing fields of Fireweed. It almost hurt your eyes. The last 3 miles to Chicken the road turns to mud, dirt, and gravel. We were lucky we made it to Chicken just before the afternoon showers hit. The road from Chicken to the Canadian Border continues to be mud and gravel. The emphasis is on mud. You should see the rigs which come in to Chicken from Canada. They are a mess.

Chicken does have a post office which receives mail twice a week. Summer residents are around 25. We stopped here for the day because there is free gold panning. I got a chance to use Jim Boyds gold pan which he lent to me before the trip. Thank Jim. Sue and I both had fun but no great success. The gold here is very fine and hard to get very much unless you are very lucky. The campground has a local mine dump a truck load of paydirt and the rest is up to you. We did have electric via generator and internet via satellite here. The internet however was very slow. The plan is to stay here until we have a nice morning and then leave for Dawson City. We were not able to visit the real old town site. It is located on private property and you may only visit on a guided tour. Sue had read the book Tisha which is about Chicken school teacher. She wanted to see the old school.

Tonight it looks like we will be leaving in the morning.

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