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Jul 25, 2016 - Whitehorse, Yukon

July Long drive to Whitehorse, YT, 272 miles. If you ever make this trip be prepared for hours and hours of driving. Although the roads are good it can become quite tedious. We are enjoying listening to audio books as we travel which makes the long hours pass more quickly. I, Mel, read James Michener’s book “Alaska” in the early 1960’s while in the navy. I am reading it again during this trip as a way of enhancing the adventure and pleasure. I am finding it to be a very good way of getting more out of the experience. Following the book’s...

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Jul 24, 2016 - Watson Lake, BC

Today, we drove to Watson Lake, in the Yukon Territory. We saw a herd of wild buffalo along the side of the road. I also saw a juvenile bald eagle. The town is known for their Sign Post Forest . It was started in 1942 by Carl Lindley, a soldier that was working on the highway. In 1992, he and his wife came back and replaced the original sign that had rotted. Since he put the original sign up, more than 75,000 thousands of signs have added to the collection, including our traveling caravan.

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Jul 15, 2016 - Day 19 Watson Lake

Day 19. Downtown RV Park. We picked up the AK Hwy this AM. Had a slight mishap before we left. One of my eggs got frozen. I let it thaw a few minutes, then cracked it. It came out all in one piece. Funniest looking thing sitting in the fry pan. Tasted fine.The drive from Ft Nelson to Munche is the most scenic on the AK Hwy. Last time we missed it because it was raining and snowing. It was awesome!! Also along the way we're the famous CINNAMON BUNS! Totally the best ever! Made my day. Saw 2 bears and several bison. Could tell when we were...

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Alaska...Again 2016

Jun 20, 2016 - Watson Lake

We left at about 1030 for Watson Lake, just a few hours away. Looks like we are playing leap frog with the Fantasy Caravan. We all stopped for gas at the same place. I spoke to a few of the caravan members, easy to spot as there are signs on their rigs and they are wearing name tags. They seem to like their experience. They tend to be older and like the camaraderie and that all their arrangements are remade. Which is the reason we are not on a caravan, we want to make our own arrangements and go at our own speed. Stayed at Downtown RV in...

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Jun 19, 2016 - Watson Lake

We departed Liard River Hot Springs, bid farewell to the people we met at Liard, a couple on a Goldwing, Darlene & David, and Andy from Hawaii with his treehouse tent (see photo), we didn't want to leave the springs, but we have many miles to travel. We headed to Watson Lake where the sign post forest is, found Jan & Dick Nagel's sign from 2005. We spent the night at the Downtown RV Park, Ken got the truck & camper washed, and we bumped into Henry & Veronica from CA again, we ended up visiting with them at their motorhome until 1 AM...we...

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Alaska 2016

Jun 13, 2016 - Watson Lake Yukon

We stayed at Watson Lake for a few days since we had heard that the fishing was good and the famous Sign Post Forest was here. Here we are at the Sign Post Forest. The sign post forest was started in 1942 by a homesick U.S. G.I. While working on the Alaska Highway he erected a sign on a post that pointed the way and stating the mileage to his hometown, Danville, IL. Others followed his lead and travelers are still doing it today. Currently there are more than 75 thousand signs posted. It’s a sight not to miss. Carin found a sign from...

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Alaska 2016

Jun 10, 2016 - Dawson Creek to Watson Lake BC

On the road from Dawson Creek to Watson Lake there weren’t many animals at all. I got tired of seeing trees, trees and more trees. And they are not big trees. The black spruce and lodge pole pine are the two main trees in the Yukon. We didn’t even see a bird! We did stop to see a couple beaver dams, but never saw a beaver until later in the trip. Since there wasn’t anything to look at we decided to just drive all day (283 miles) and get to Summit Lake (Stone Mountains) in the early evening. One thing to keep in mind when looking at the...

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Alaska 2016

Jun 9, 2016 - Watson Lake Yukon

Another great animal spotting day. We saw Caribou, Buffalo, A black bear with 2 cubs, a couple of other bear, stone sheep and had a dip in the liard Hot springs. Mom parked us great in a pull through campsite. Dad is all proud that all everything on the RV (except the rear stabalizers) are working again. It’s been 48 hours since we have seen a bear in a campground so I get to sleep outside again. 2 nights in a row with SMORES…Mom is claiming to out of hershey’s chocholate bars.

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Apr 18, 2016 - Day 8 - Sheep, Bison, and Bear, Oh My!

Uh Oh!! Alcohol. The other day I was looking for something and I looked in my leather jacket pockets. I didn’t find what I was looking for. I did find 4 chocolate bottles with alcohol in them. Well they used to have alcohol. They are so old that the alcohol has been absorbed into the chocolate. Oh no, I didn’t declare them at the border. When I told Margie, she told me that it did say on the declaration list that alcohol included candies. I did tell the Border Services Agent about 2 airline size bottles of alcohol, and they are concerned...

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OTR with M and R

Feb 24, 2016 - Beaver Creek, YT to Watson Lake, YT

2-24-16 Beaver Creek, YT to Watson Lake, YT After a good night's sleep, I started at first light which was around 8:30A. A bit chilly today, about 0 degrees, still, well above average for this country this time of year. The road between Beaver Creek and Haines Junction is usually a nightmare of frost heaves and potholes. This time it was much better than normal. Still not good, but I think freezing then adding snow and ice improves this road. A pleasant surprise. A bit windy, but the skies are clear, the roads are dry (or well sanded). The...

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Aug 16, 2015 - Watson Lake

I just wanted to get you to date on where we are and where we have been. Internet is weak, so pictures will have to wait. On Thursday we got up and prepared to leave Valdez for Tok Alaska. We are beginning to head back south and hope to be out of Canada in about 8 to 10 days. The drive from Valdez to Tok was one we had partially driven before, but the route along Wrangell-St Elias National Park was driven in the rain and we kinda wondered what all the fuss was about. We heard there were tall mountains in the park but saw nothing from the...

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Aug 13, 2015 - Starting Home

2015-08-13- Heading Home We left Haines via ferry on August 11th and arrived in Skagway around 2:00 p.m.. The drive up from Skagway would have been a spectacular one except for the fact that not only was it raining but the fog was so thick that you could not see vehicles coming from the other direction which is a problem when there are no shoulders, and there is an 11% grade for 11 miles. We traveled through an area called the tortured forest because the black spruce trees on the tundra are sculpted not only by the snow but by the...

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