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Jack London's cabin and food cache at Dawson City.

Richard and the Hanson's - 10PM on Dome Hill behind Dawson City.

Beautiful view from Dome Hill @ Dawson City

Robert Service cabing and reading of The Cremation of Sam McGee and...

Days 11-14: Dawson City

July 29 to August 1, 2006

Very dusty trip, over some pretty rough roads, to this point in our travels. There is a very short window of time to do road repairs here, so many of the paved roads undergo work during 'the season'. So far, we've only had one tiny window chip, and that occurred (and was repaired) before the Tour began. A number of others in the group have had chips and cracks, though. This campground, in Dawson City, has full hook-ups (meaning water, electricity, and sewer - we've not had many nights with full hook-ups, but all the parks have been OK) - plus, there's good WiFi, which is great.

Here at Dawson City, we've visited a huge gold dredge (now a monument, and managed by Parcs Canada), done a guided walking tour of the City (City is definitely a misnomer, here!), been to Diamond Tooth Gertie's for some gambling and a show, and been up to the Dome (a mountain behind the City), in addition to going through several museums. Today (our last day here), we'll go pan for gold and prepare for the ferry crossing and the Top of the World Highway drive very early tomorrow morning. Most of the group is leaving to do that today, as another group will be lining up for the ferry in the morning. It apparently takes about 4 hours to ferry one group of about 21 rigs across, so two groups would be a very long day! We're planning to head out at 5:30 with another couple. The ferry only takes 2 rigs at a time, and is a very tight squeeze. I'm not looking forward to that, or to the Top of the World drive. Hope Richard gets enough coffee in him before we do all that :) However, we'll also be traveling into Alaska (first stop is at Tok), which means Nizhoni gets to meet more Border Guards.

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