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May 31, 2015 - The Yukon

Land of the midnight sun! How does anyone that lives here ever get any rest? Went to bed at 10:30 last night...still daylight. Sam woke up @ 3:30 this morning and it was daylight. Thank goodness for blackout shades. Today's journey is to make it to Watson Lake, 325 miles away. About an hour in to the trip, first stop was a place in the middle of no where that had a campground, restaurant and a 3rd generation owner that makes homemade cinnamon rolls. YUM! We are getting fatter by the day, but whats a person to do? Turn down a cinnamon roll?...

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May 27, 2015 - Toad River to Watson Lake

Tuesday May 27th Toad River to the Yukon. It’s been another productive day. We have seen about 6 Black Bears on our way to the Yukon Territory. Again driving through the Mountains for the first part of the day and then finally to some level ground. We stopped and Liard Hot Springs for a quick visit were we met up with a couple we met at dinner last night. The springs were too hot for us so we made it a quick visit. We developed a problem the steps as we took to the road today. As the day progressed the situation was getting worse with each...

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Alaska 2015

May 25, 2015 - The Alaskan Highway

Our Alaskan Highway saga begins. May 25th thru May 30th. We start our trek on the highway at mile post 0. The Alaskan highway was built in 1942. Our first day on the highway was greeted with mountains, high winds, rain and the worst roads you've ever been on. There is no human life on this road. We drove for miles and miles and didn't see another car or truck for hours. We finally made it to a RV park called Tetsa River RV Park. No WiFi, no cell phone, no TV. The morning started after a $90.00 breakfast and the RV would not turn off. That's...

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Rolling Vacation

May 14, 2015 - Liard Hot Springs BC to Watson Lake YT - 158 miles

Friday May 15 - 17, 2015 Watson Lake to Teslin Campground. 158 miles Just south of Watson Lake was a place called Albert’s Creek Bird Observatory. It is a bird banding station, only open a few months in the spring. Visitors are invited so we got up early and went out there. They were really busy. There are about 25 mist nets set up in this marshy area where they were working. They had a table set up and one person was recording the data, while another was taking birds out of little fabric bags. He would check for previous leg bands, measure...

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Aug 17, 2014 - Skagway to Watson Lake, YK

We left in rain and fog which got thicker as we traveled up the mountain out of Skagway. We were not able to see very much along the way. We did see a couple of bear and several hanging glaciers. The drive was mostly uneventful. However we were able to pay more than $7 a gal for diesel!

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Aug 5, 2014 - Watson Lake YT

Back in Watson Lake Yukon after an overnight stay in Whitehorse. Actually we are about 15 miles west of Watson Lake. Tomorrow we leave the Alaska Highway for good and turn south onto the Stewart Cassiar Highway. That road runs primarily north and south and is farther west than the north-south portion of the Alaska Highway. We are taking this route back for a change of scenery and to allow us to stop in Hyder Alaska. Hyder is a little dinky town in southeast Alaska. There is a small river near Hyder and this time of year the salmon are...

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Aug 4, 2014 - Cassier Hwy, YT

It was another travel day, Testlin to Cassiar Highway Junction, YT. We’ve been here before; we were at Teslin also, both coming and going. The only wildlife we saw was a huge porcupine. It was really big and he ambled off the highway as we passed. This time we had root beer floats when we got there. And a talent show. It was lots of fun with folks being funny and a guy that played a miniature harmonica. There was a gal that did two of Robert Service’s poems, ‘The Cremation of Sam McGee’ is always a hit. And I did a poem, too, ‘There Once...

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Alaska Trip

Aug 4, 2014 - Watson Lake, YT

Well, yesterday was a day-off (kind of). Got the laundry done, grocery shopping and just relaxed. We left Whitehorse this morning at around 8:00. was a pleasant drive, fairly level terrain, good gas mileage. We drove along Teslin Lake for quite awhile. According to Google... "Teslin Lake is 78 miles (125 Km.) long, 2 miles (3+ Km.) wide and reaches a maximum depth of 700 feet (213 m.)" It stretches from the Yukon, down into BC. Today we pulled back into Watson Lake (same campground as on the way up). Tomorrow we'll be stopping for a couple...

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2014 Alaska Trip

Jul 24, 2014 - Watson Lake, BC

Thur Jul 24 - Iskut to Watson Lake - 225 It's getting a bit chillier...temp is 43 this morning. We walked down to the small lake, hoping to spot a moose or bear, but nothing stirring this morning. No sight of the eagles, either. Les & I are taking Patty's & Steve's rig this morning so the sisters can visit. So nice of them to hand over their truck & RV to us...we waved goodbye & said "see you in 4 weeks!" Haha... It's overcast again today, and the scenery as we bounced along the Highway to Watson Lake was gorgeous with the Dease River...

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Jul 17, 2014 - Day 30 Watson Lake-Sign Post Forest

Tuesday and Wednesday saw us move from Toad River to Watson Lake, Yukon, with a stop in Liard Springs, BC. The stop in Liard, well let's just say we have had better. The WiFi worked only within the confines of the front room of the lodge, and then only sporadically. We did enjoy our time in the hot springs, a natural fed spring, set in the forest. Moose like to feed in the surrounding area for the minerals in the water grasses, but yet again, we didn't see any. Keeping our fingers crossed that we see moose soon. We moved on a day early so...

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Jul 11, 2014 - Watson Lake, YT

July 11... Long drive up from Fort Nelson to Watson Lake. Some long patches of construction (chip and seal) made it a very slow and dusty drive. Also, now have a small crack on the Escape's windshield. As long as it lasts till we get home. Saw lots of wildlife along the way... 12 black bear, a moose, 2 herds of mountain sheep and 2 herds of bison (one being quite large). Along with the scenery, it made for an interesting drive, well worth doing. The price of gas in Contact Creek, Yukon was quite a bit cheaper that Fort Nelson at $1.36.9 a...

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2014 Alaska Trip

Jul 2, 2014 - Alaska Tour - Watson Lake, Yukon Terr., Canada - Stop #4

Hello Everyone, Today we continued our Alaska Tour towards Watson Lake in the Yukon Territory of Canada! During our drive, we stopped at the Cassiar Mountain Jade Store where 90% of the world wide Jade is mined! This place was quite large, and busy. It just so happened that the Discovery Channel was there filming for an upcoming special on Jade to be aired sometime next year, and we were all asked to sign waivers just in case we were viewed during the show!! We then continued our drive to Watson Lake and arrived just in time to put up the...

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