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Aug 18, 2019 - Watson Lake, YT

Today we drove 270.7 miles in 4.5 hours to Watson Lake Downtown RV Park. We did stop for a lunch break along the highway at 11:45 just before going back into Yukon Territory. This section of the highway travels back and forth along the border of British Columbia, crossing many times. We also crossed the Yukon River that measures nearly 2,000 miles and is the fourth longest river in North America. It is the principal river of both Yukon and Alaska, draining 3/4 of Yukon and 1/3 of Alaska emptying into the Bering Sea. It is also the “focal...

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Aug 18, 2019 - Watson Lake Yukon

Made it back to Watson Lake today, just an overnight stop The roads were great but believe it or not, we were in Snow half the day. Snow in August geeeesh! 34 Degrees out right now and there is Snow in the forecast, Hoping we get out of here in the morning.

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North to Alaska 2019

Aug 7, 2019 - Alaskan Highway Canada

Our first few days on the way to Canada were slowed with mechanical issues on our vehicle, then food borne illness. But that's all behind us now and we have traveled through British Columbia, and are on our way to Whitehorse in Yukon Territory. We are blown away by the beauty and vastness of the Alaska Highway through Canada, and enjoying every day in this amazing territory

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Jun 14, 2019 - Watson Lake YT, Sign Post Forest

Today’s trip will also be long since we are in catch up mode to reach our friends and resume our journey. The trip to Watson Lake, Yukon Territory from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. was 320.2 miles in 5.75 moving hours. We did stop to make lunch and to photograph some bears, moose and bison several times along the way, adding to our travel time. There was rain, lots of rough road, gravel sections, crews filling potholes, road crews kicking up dirt as they were scraping the edges of highway making big dust clouds. We crossed the Northern Rocky Mountains...

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Jun 9, 2019 - Watson Lake, Yukon, Canada

Watson Lake is the first Yukon community encountered by the northbound traveler. The Signpost Forest is Watson Lake's most famous attraction. It was started in 1942 by Carl Lindley, a homesick American GI, while working on the Alaska Highway. When repairing a directional post, he decided to add a sign for his hometown of Danville, IL. and inadvertently started the huge collection of signs. It is still being added to daily by visitors who wish to promote their own communities. It is estimated their are over 88,000 signs.

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Alaska 2019

Jun 4, 2019 - Downtown RV Park

Very active day for animal viewing. On the drive we saw so many bears, we thought we must be in Chicago. 13 adults and 2 cubs, 2 Moose, 2 Stone Sheep, 11 Wood Bison and one crane that was brown. Marci has become the official animal tallier. On a side note... It is much easier to get pictures when you have someone else with you to take the pictures while you drive. We actually stopped for each of these animals pictures, even the ones that refused to pose. We made it to the Yukon, we are at Watson Lake tonight, home of the signpost Forrest. I...

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North to Alaska 2019

Oct 3, 2018 - Watson Lake, Yukon

We stopped for ond day at the same campground we stopped at on the way up. It was nothing fancy, just a flat open campground in a sandy bottom. It was right near the cutoff for Hwy 37, the Cassiar Highway that goes from the Alaska Highway south to the Yellowhead Highway that runs west from Edmonton to Prince Rupert on the coast of British Columbia. Shortly after starting down the Cassiar you cross into BC from the Yukon. The road passes through some very remote areas and smaller settlements. We drove south to Dease Lake and stopped for one...

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Aug 15, 2018 - Muncho Lake to Watson Lake

What an interesting day. I’m finally in the Yukon Territory (just). I’ve read that the road crosses the border 6 times before it decides to stay in the Yukon. Because they talk so much about the Yukon being one of the world’s great wilderness areas, I was curious how it compared to the Pilbara & Kimberley, Western Australia’s most remote areas. This is what I found out: Pilbara 510,000 sq km Yukon 482,000 sq km Kimberley 423,000 sq km It’s hard to get definitive population figures, especially as the Kimberley & Pilbara fluctuate so much...

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Canada 2018

Jun 26, 2018 - The Sign Forest

June 17th Visiting the Sign Forest & hanging our sign was more fun than we thought it would be. Ya gotta find just the right place to hang the sign & then reading some of the others hanging there...was awesome. The Sign Forest is one of the most famous sights to see along the Alaska Highway. Visitors from all over the world have been hanging their signs there since 1942. So far there are over 77,000 signs hanging in the forest today.

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Jun 26, 2018 - Watson Lake

JUNE 17th One of the must see's on this trip was the Sign Post Forest in Watson Lake, Yukon. People from all over the world stop in to hang their own sign (like leaving your mark). We have friends in Picacho, Az (Don & Beverly) that do great wood works, we asked if they could create a sign for us to hang & they came up with a beautiful one for us. So Watson Lake was a must stop.

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Jun 14, 2018 - Travel to Watson Lake

Travel to Watson Lake, Yukon Territory; 204 miles (drive time 4:00) for a total trip of 3144 miles and drive time of 57:50. We saw a lot of wildlife today, including 3 moose, 4 bear, 10 bison (in three locations), and about a dozen stone sheep. We stopped at Laird Hot Springs where Jim took a dip in the hot springs (great), we also enjoyed the drive and scenery today. Muncho Lake was particularly beautiful. Traffic the last two days has been light and the roads have been good for the most part. Most of the roads have shoulders and forgiving...

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Aug 18, 2017 - WATSON LAKE

Aug. 6 – 18: WATSON LAKE: Next stop was at Kenny Lake near the entrance of the Wrangell-Saint Elias National Park and Preserve. We took a shuttle into McCarthy & Kennecott (which are advertised as ghost towns in the park.) We were told that 40 miles of the 80 mile highway into the towns were gravel, very narrow and extremely rough. It was as advertised and we were very glad to have had a driver, as it also took 3 hrs to drive in and another 3 to get back out. Kennecott mines operated from 1911 until 1938 and had the richest copper ever...

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