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Jun 21, 2017 - Wednesday, June 21st 2017 - Summer Solstice on the way to Dawson City, YT

We left Carmacks at 8 am and crossed the Yukon River for the first time in our lives. The Klondike Highway is actually quite good with some exceptions. The scenery is mostly mundane with some exceptions. We learned to look out for the little red flags planted along the road advising that bumps or potholes are ahead. Early in the drive we spotted a young Grizzly Bear on the roadside munching on Dandelions. Over the week end we learned of a 16 year old boy being mauled to death by a Black Bear in the outskirts of Anchorage, Alaska's largest...

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Jun 20, 2017 - the long road back to Whitehorse, YT and north to Carmacks on the Yukon

The day of our departure from Hains was a bit dreary and clouds hung in the mountains. By 5:30 am two cruise ships past silently up the Lynn Canal to Skagway. The second of them clearly a Holland America liner. While I kid Carlotta that she probably would rather be sipping wine and enjoy the luxury of a verandah cabin on board, I must confess that there are times when I feel so too! My argument on the subject of cruising on the ocean in the lap of luxury vs cruising on land in a motor home is that the earlier version requires very little...

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Jun 19, 2017 - Monday, a mostly rainy day in Haines, AK

Our plans to ride up the 9 miles to Chilkoot lake and try a little fishing went down the drain as intermittent rain showers graced the morning. Haines is entirely dependent on good weather to be high on the appreciation list at least for visitors. We decided to tour the famous American Bald Eagle Foundation and were in time for the 12 noon Aviary presentation. Two young women, both apparently college ladies doing a summer stint gave us an excellent presentation about raptors. The museum hosts hundreds of superbly preserved animals in a life...

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Jun 18, 2017 - a sunny Sunday in Haines, AK

The day started early as Josef insisted to be woken at 5:30 am. He obviously had big plans with the fish he was to catch in the little bay this day. I am normally the first one up but this day's awakening went awry. When I looked on my trusty alarm clock it was 6:17 am and I was in shock. Josef was not terribly upset and said that he will rise at 6:30am. And so it happened. He had his kayak all set to go and rolled it to the boat launch. I followed him with final instructions. As Josef paddled away apparently a happy fellow it dawned on me...

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Jun 17, 2017 - the drive to Haines, Alaska

We did break camp at 8 am sharp but discovered that our fresh water supply was near empty. I made a reservation in an Ocean view campground but did not yet have confirmation. If the place was full we would have to opt for one of the two public lands campgrounds which typically do not have water or electricity. It was incumbent upon us that we should add to our fresh water supply, which usually takes 15 - 20 minutes. Now we were on the road and I had to look out for a truck stop fuel station equipped with an air pump that would produce more...

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Jun 16, 2017 - The drive to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory

we did enjoy Boya Lake PP a great deal. Carlotta and I did the hike along the wooded shoreline in alternately sunny and then overcast weather. Josef was in hot pursuit of the elusive fish. While I am a dedicated fisherman I have not proven to be a very successful "catcherman" to be of great guidance to the boy. Also if truth be told my daytime job of driving the Beaver is demanding at times. We have been blessed with alternatively good to fair weather and thank god in Boya Lake no trace of the mosquitoes that plagued us at Meziadin Lake...

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Jun 14, 2017 - 0n the road to Boya Lake Provincial Park

We had mounted the motor scooter the previous afternoon and looked forward to a short 201 mile ride to our next campsite at Boya Lake Provincial Park along the Cassiar Highway 37 North. It turned out the the road to Boya was not as good as what we had previously experienced on Highway 16 or even at the beginning of Highway 37 until Meziadin. However we spotted a Bald Eagle squabbling with some crows on a Lodgepole Pine and 4 black bears along the roadside. Quite often I had to reduce the speed to some 40 - 45 MPH. Then it turned out that I...

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Jun 13, 2017 - a ride to Hyder, Alaska, USA

Meziadin Lake is some 58 km from Stewart, BC, Canada's northernmost ice free port. Directly adjacent lies the southernmost village of Alaska, USA. This was too much of a temptation to pass up. After all, we could just turn around the Beaver head home and declare victory ! We did make it to Alaska! As Carlotta graciously chose the rest and tranquility of Meziadin Josef and I mounted the black stallion and rode off into the adventure of discovering Stewart and Hyder. I actually had hoped to exchange currency into Canadian dollars at a bank in...

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Jun 11, 2017 - off to Meziadin Lake

The loading of the scooter onto the back of the Beaver was a swift operation and soon we were on the road after a brief stop to replenish the diesel fuel that feeds the Beavers needs to master the open road. While diesel fuel is $ 4 Canadian, the currency exchange to US $ makes it about US $ 2.50 - 2.60. Not frightfully high. Not so when buying other items such as groceries. We noticed fresh ears of corn at Walmart in Bellingham, WA for US 25 cent a piece. In Prince George, BC we paid Canadian 87 cents a piece at Walmart which is quite a...

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Jun 10, 2017 - Sunday in Smithers, BC

after a long drive from Williams Lake, BC we enjoyed the comforts of our campground in Smithers. It offered the pleasures of hot showers, a lovely surrounding of a golf course, verdant green of abundant forests and towering snow capped mountains. Life was good. The Sunday tradition of American breakfast was an additional bonus and enjoyed by all. The lady at the check in office mentioned that fishing would be good at a Native American, in Canada called First Nation reserve at Moricetown Canyon, some 30 km distant. Being primed for action...

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Jun 9, 2017 - Oh Canada

On Wednesday, June 7th Mark flew home to Virginia on an afternoon flight from Seattle and Carlotta, Josef and I headed back to where we came from and on to Bellingham, WA where we filled the Beaver with diesel fuel at Costco and shopped for several items of supply. We noticed several young Asians in expensive cars filling 5 gallon cans with gasoline. They all had BC license plates. When I asked a BC resident who was also filling up why this would be he mentioned that gas prices are higher in Canada. I managed to borrow an empty gas can for...

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Jun 8, 2017 - Boeing aircraft factory, Everett, WA

on Wednesday early at 7 am we departed for Seattle and Everett, Washington after filling our propane tank (32 gallon) and diesel fuel tank (100 gallon). The latter at Costco in Portland at $ 2.29 per gallon, a price we will surely not see again on this trip. once on the open highway, I-5 north the Beaver purred along. At a rest stop Mark took over the wheel and drove the rest of the way. The traffic through Seattle was predictably busy but we reached the Boeing plant in good time for the 2:30 pm tour. Carlotta decided to sit this one out...

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