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Jun 14, 2010 - We just traveled the worst highway in the US

June 12, 2010 Toured the first nation’s Cultural House. They are called Tr’ondek Hwechi’in but the locals call them HAN. We saw a movie, crafts, displays, and the gift shop. The Commissioner of Yukon has invited us to her “tea” in the afternoon from 3 to 5pm at the Commissioner’s House on Front Street. She also has a formal “ball” at night but since neither Lowell or I have brought our formal wear, we had to decline her invitation. At the tea we were served a great variety of finger sandwiches, tea, coffee, and lemonade with many delightful...

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Sep 7, 2009 - Chicken & 2 moose & Gold

Chicken add Gordon’s gold picture, and my gold picture It’s still beautiful out, woke up this morning and everything had frozen hard over night. I told Gordon, it’s so nice to be able to get up and turn the furnace on; we can’t do that at home. He’s heading out the door at 8:30am without his coffee, in the freezing temperatures, to pan for gold! Gordon’s finding gold, but he has to figure out a way to get the black sand out of the bottle so you can see his gold. I think I’ll buy him one of those magnified bottles so it looks like he has...

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Aug 27, 2009 - Chicken, AK

An early start this morning to get across the Yukon River on the ferry. This is the last ferry on the road from Whitehorse to Tok via Chicken. Three previous ferries have been replaced with bridges and this ferry is free, compliments of the Yukon Territory. It runs as long as the river stays free of ice and then people cross on foot as it freezes up to 5' thick. The ferrymen are wizards at parking up to two motorhomes, a car and a fifth wheel on all at once. We had about 3” between our side mirror and the boat and got off with nary a...

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Aug 20, 2009 - Top of the World!

Yesterday, we bid our friends Carol & Bob Lockridge goodbye, and set out for Tok. The day was rainy and foggy, and provided a rather uneventful drive up the Richardson Hwy and Tok Cutoff. Should have been able to see several beautiful mountains, but clouds hid them. After spending the night in Tok, we headed for the Taylor Highway, on our way to Chicken. The road up to Chicken was fairly smooth, just some frost heaves, and we stopped in beautiful downtown Chicken for some shopping and lunch. It's a unique little town, left over from the...

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Jul 28, 2009 - Day 30

Day 29 We woke up in Dawson at a reasonable time and were packed up for noon. Greg had promised a friend that he would touch base with a friend of hers that lives in Dawson. It took a bit of time but we did finally meet up with her for a few minutes. In the meantime Terry went to get some stickers for his bike and we all had breakfast at Klondike Kate’s. In the end we got out of town before three and I counted us lucky. The ferry across the Yukon River runs 24 hours a day and is free. We said goodbye to Dawson and crossed the ferry to the...

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Off to Alaska

Jul 24, 2009 - Leg 16, Dawson City, YT, to Chicken, AK, Thursday

Top of the World Highway (Thursday, July 23, 2009) We have heard war stories about traveling the Top of the World Highway. They are true! We crossed the Yukon River via ferry at Dawson City right after breaking camp at 6:15 AM, traveling on the Top of the World Highway. It began innocent enough, alternately changing from pavement to good gravel to pavement, etc., with sure enough “top of the world” views. Then, it became gravel, followed by washboard gravel. In some places we drove between 5 to 10 MPH. Kay handled the height, without...

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Jul 23, 2009 - Dawson City,Yukon to Chicken, AK

July 22 Dawson City The men cooked breakfast for all of us. They did a fantastic job and we (the woman) voted that they should cook every Wednesday for us. Casper and I went into town exploring and shopping. Travel meeting was at 8pm with instructions on tomorrows road problems and tips for the day. July 23 Travel from Dawson City to Chicken, Alaska Wow, the road turned to a dirt road at the U.S. Border. I am not sure which is worse. Gravel or Dirt. We were so excited to see a yellow line in a road that I took a picture. And BLACKTOP....

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Jul 21, 2009 - Top of the World Highway and into Alaska

Today we left Dawson City and crossed the ferry on the Yukon River to drive the Top of the World Highway into Alaska. The road follows a ridge with spectacular views over the surrounding area. However the condition of the road was at times interesting particularly the first 25 to 35 miles from Dawson City where we rattled and rolled along the road. All guide books tell you to allow plenty of time for the drive as the road is consider narrow and winding and the road surface can be bad at times. The last fifteen miles to the Canadian/US...

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Jul 8, 2009 - Chicken, AK and Top of the World Highway, AK & Yukon

Upon leaving Valdez we made a B-line North on the Richardson Hwy, back to the Alaskan Hwy at Delta Junction, then headed West toward Tok, AK. We stopping 40 miles short and camped at Bear Creek roadside, traveling 350 miles. The few pictures that we took coming out of Valdez are in that folder. The haze you see in the pictures (past and present) is mainly smoke from forest fires. The next day we got into Tok (the only town in AK the you must go through coming and going) we fueled up, got provisions, dumped, ate some great pancakes at Fast...

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Jul 1, 2009 - Conquering Top of the World Highway and Gold Mining in Chicken, Alaska

Day 50 108.0 miles today (Top of the World Highway); 5516.8 total this trip. July 1, 2009 I feel vindicated and relieved. Susan and I have been having a running discussion on whether it was wise to take our 45 foot motorcoach on this Alaska trip. The main bugaboo was concern over whether our coach was too unwieldy to take to the varied & older parks we would be required to park it. Also concerns about the amount of damage & abuse this large very expensive coach would be subjected to on the Top of the World Highway, the Alcan and other dirt...

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Jun 29, 2009 - Chicken, Alaska

Chicken, Alaska – June 29-30, 2009 We left the RV Park in Dawson City around 9:30 to get in line for the ferry crossing the Yukon River. This ferry is operated by the Yukon government free of charge. Most of our group was going to leave between 6:00 and 8:00 so we thought it would be better to leave later to avoid the rush. Big mistake. We were 14th in line at 9:45 and didn’t get our turn until 1:30. The ferry could only carry between one and two RV’s depending on the size and two or three cars so it took a long time. After finally getting...

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Jun 23, 2009 - Chicken, Alaska!

It was a fantastic drive along Top of the World Highway today after ferrying across the river from Dawson. The road goes along the top of a mountain range and you feel as if you're on the top of the world looking out on mountains all around you. There is no way to take pictures to see this, but we tried. The road is dirt, but not bad. Then we hit the border (any firearms? any produce? have a good trip - the friendliest agent yet) and, oh my gosh, the road was the pits!!! I was going between 10 and 20 just about all the way to Chicken....

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Alaska '09

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