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May 20, 2019 - Blog Eleven - Dawson City (Yukon)

Blog Eleven – Dawson City Friday 17 May 2019 Up early again today for our drive to Dawson City. We were showered, fed, packed and on the road by 8:00am. We headed straight out of town on the highway along a fairly good road. There wasn’t a great deal to see along the way however we did go past quick a few large lakes some of which were still frozen over but we didn’t stop until we swapped drivers about three hours down the road. Shania took the reins and drove with a snoozing co-pilot until we reached a rest area for lunch. We had a quick...

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Aug 9, 2018 - Nugget City to Dawson City

Gord was up early, battened down the hatches and left me sleeping. By the time I woke we were almost to Rancherea. We stopped for breakfast and continued on. We did not remember the road. We went up and down hills, past mountains on an almost straight road. We passed little lakes. Swan Lake was long and narrow with mountains on one side. 3 black cubs ran across the road. From a hilltop we spotted Teslin Lake. We crossed the bridge and stopped for much-needed gas. There is a little wildlife museum that we visited. It is well done with each...

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Jun 2, 2018 - Dawson day 2

Dawson, day 2. June 2 This morning, we walked and walked and walked, over 10,000 steps before noon. We covered most of the streets in the city and did a bit of shopping. There are numerous historical buildings and markers all over town, so we stopped and read about the history of Dawson city. One of the most interesting, was a marker about Joseph Ladue. He was the founder of the Klondike Gold Rush City, Dawson City. He was born in Schuyler Falls, which is about 10 miles from Plattsburgh! The restaurant where we ate last night, was Sourdough...

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Jun 1, 2018 - Dawson, Yukon

Dawson City. June 1 It was 43 in Whitehorse this morning and rained a bit. Our bus left as scheduled this morning. So far we haven't had to wait for any late people. It's nice leaving the driving and planning, etc to others. We started out along the Alaska Highway then turned onto the Klondike Highway. It is a bit desolate, but we did see several cars and campers and one set of motorcyclists along the way. The views were beautiful. Our bus has to be weighed at certain points, and was 6970 KG today. Dawson City population is about 1400...

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Aug 6, 2016 - Dawson City - Day 2

Another busy day of touring: We stopped at the Farmer's Market and picked up some fresh veggies and acquired some local "art". We then went to a tour and poetry lecture at the Robert Service cabin. After that we toured the Dredge No. 4; it was a gold mining dredge used in the 50's, a flood in 1959 tipped the dredge over and the mining was ceased at that time because of the cost to get the dredge up and running again. Later in the evening, we drove up the dome road to "The Midnight Dome" and took some pictures over looking the city; this is...

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Alaska 2016

Aug 5, 2016 - Dawson City Yukon Territory Canada

First day in Dawson City, it was raining in the am, so we went to the visitor center to find out all there is to see in this town (and there is quite a lot of history). We toured the riverboat SS Keno, the Dawson City Museum, Klondike Mines Railroad, and in the evening we went to the casino, Diamond Tooth Gerties, and took in the musical show; on our way out of the casino we decided to drop $5 in a slot machine and pulled out $100. Of course we put $20 back in trying to make our winnings bigger as all good gamblers would do, but we did walk...

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Alaska 2016

Aug 13, 2015 - Day 11

The meandering and mighty Yukon River is spectacular, although at places pretty muddy. The Yukon is larger than life and desolate at the same time. There are few people in the Yukon, around 33,000 a few years ago. And 25,000 of them are in one place, Whitehorse. At the peak of the gold rush in Dawson City, which is where we are tonight, there were upwards of 20,000 people--down today to less than 2,000. Learned a lot about Dawson city by taking a walking tour--see the pics. Dawson grew fast and crashed almost as fast. Most of the gold rush...

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Jul 15, 2014 - Dawson City

TUESDAY, JULY 15 Nice hot shower – great start to the morning. First stop was a tour of the steamship SS Keno. This is a smaller sister ship to the SS Klondike we toured in Whitehorse. This ship was built to sail the shallower waters of the Klondike River and its tributaries. Its main job was delivering supplies and mail throughout the Klondike. Again costumed interpreters were employed. After we just had to try the sticky buns and the Cheeckos Bakery. On Monday there was a closed sign on the door because they sold old early – easily...

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Jul 14, 2014 - Klondike Hwy/Dawson City

MONDAY, JULY 14 We were on the road for 7:45 and arrived in Dawson City about 2:15. The ride was long. The Klondike Highway was: 1) smooth, 2) rough as a washboard, 3) dusty 4) winding? The answer – all of the above. We would be riding along pleased with the ride and come to gravel area that was rough and dusty and go on forever. Then smooth again and we’d come to construction. Again we had a lead car leading us through the construction area. They were putting down gravel, leveling it, watering it down and then doing it all over again. This...

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Jun 19, 2014 - Dawson City, Yukon

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BRIAN! The Coal Miner’s Campground had good Wi-Fi, great food at a small diner and a great view of the fast flowing Yukon River. My hamburger with bacon sandwich was $8.25, but it was delicious. On our way we soon saw a coyote, he just stood beside the road so we got a good picture. The drive seemed slow today, we traveled about 250 miles, the scenic road was sometimes rough, and we didn’t see any more wild animals. We arrived at the old gold rush town of Dawson City, YT at about 5pm. The highlight of the day was a walking...

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Aug 11, 2013 - Chicken AK to Dawson YT

This morning we crawled out of our home away from home and the skies were clear, with the temperature 13C (56F). During the last evening we heard a few large explosions, we were a little concerned as they sounded like shot gun blasts. We found out this morning that it was from the local Chicken saloon. If the bar tenders can persuade their customers to remove their underwear, they will shoot them out of a cannon. That sounds like a fun place to hang out; we did not even know the place was there. (It is good that we just found out about it...

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Alaska Bound 2013

Jul 17, 2013 - Chicken to Dawson City, YT

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 Weather: Raining in the 50’s and rained off & on with low visibility Temp: 50’s and 60’s It is hard crawling out of a cozy warm sleeping bag when there is rain falling on your tent. We ate breakfast under the tailgate of the Tahoe watching it rain. When we thought it had slowed down, we quickly dismantled the tent, stuffing the dripping tent in one garbage bag and the fly in another, threw the bags in the back of the Tahoe and started driving out the lane when Wilmer had a message on the dash saying his left rear...

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