June 24, 2006 6:45 a.m. Destination Watson Lake
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We decided we needed to rest from driving today so only drove 3 hours. We are in Watson Lake, Yukon Territories. This was another of the major construction bases the highway and also a major airbase for the transportation of goods and planes to Russia during the Lend-Lease program of WW 2.
One of the most fascinating things here is the Sign Post Forest. A young soldier, wounded while building the highway helped to redo the army signpost for the area. He asked if he could add his hometown to the sign. He was given permission and now 64 years later there are over 60,000 signs in the "forest".
Watson Lake only has 1700 people and the main industry seems to be tourism. We did get our first stamp in our Yukon Passport at the Northern Lights Center. We watched a show on the Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis.
We will head to Teslin tomorrow and on to Whitehorse the next. Lots of things to do and see in both of them.
We have finally found an RV park with Internet. I have been able to download everything and get it sent of to everyone. Will also get all the addresses in for the Kodak Gallery and then you can see all of the pictures I have taken.
The trip has been wonderful so far, the weather has also been good, not sure how long it can last. The scenery is spectacular, each turn is another vista. Miles and miles of wide open spaces, mountain ranges, and even some wild animals. So far, a moose, buffalo, lots of deer, Stone sheep and wild horses.
Will get back on the Internet as soon as possible.