Happy Trailer's Alaska Journey 2008 travel blog

Downtown RV Park

The guys with Archie

The Sign Forest

Dave and Jane near Chesterfield County, Va, sign- their home

Lynne and Mike near Titusville sign (home to their permanent lot)

Pam near Mercer, Pa sign (used to live there)

Ric checking- so many signs, some loose like this Sheffield, Al sign

Alaska Teaser - Forget me nots, the state flower

Finally, we are back with our blog! To keep you up to date with our whereabouts and still catch up with the blog, you need to know that we are now back in the lower 48 in Whitefish, Montana!!! As we stayed in Fairbanks, went to the Arctic Circle, back to Tok, on to a small generator only town of Chicken, Alaska, took the Top of the World Highway (dirt), went through Canadian customs again, crossed the Yukon River to Dawson City, Yukon, with our RVs on a ferry and zipped though Canada on the Alaska Highway boondocking most of the way, with stops at Liard Hot Springs and Jasper and Banff National Parks and finally through US customs at Roosville, Montana, we had no means of getting on the internet. We had very little phone service, but now, finally, we are able to get our broadband internet back so we can continue to catch up. Thank you all for your patience!

On our last episode we crossed into the Yukon Territory to Watson City, home of the famous Sign Forest. We came to the end of the Cassiar Highway which had been great until near the end when we had to cross this huge mudhole, almost getting stuck. We heard that later that same day a motorhome did indeed get stuck and had to wait a long time to get pulled out. We were very lucky.

We joined the Alaska Highway near Watson Lake and spent the next few nights at the Downtown RV Park owned by Archie Tannock, originally from Scotland. Now Archie seems to own most of the town and has astute opinions on both Canadian and American governments. We all enjoyed conversations with Archie and Jane found it a challenge wheeling and dealing with him over souvenirs. We would see Archie again on our return trip.

We were real interested in visiting the Sign Forest at milepost 635 on the Alaska Highway north of Watson Lake because we planned to make our own sign to place when we made our return trip taking the Alaska Highway the whole way back. The Sign Forest was started by a homesick American soldier, Carl Lindley, during the construction of the Alaska Highway in 1942. Travelers are encouraged to add their own signs, which now number over 70,000. It was quite impressive and we looked forward to leaving our mark.

Also, most of us were getting comfortable with things Canadian like kilometers and liters(not fuel prices), loonies($1) and toonies($2), "ay?" at the end of sentences, and poutine. Poutine is french fries covered with gravy and cheese and seems to be on most Canadian menus. Though extremely fattening, poutine is surprisingly tasty and we just had to try it.

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