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Jul 6, 2010 - Back to Chicken and Tok Alaska

July 6, 2010 day 31 It rained heavily about 4 am this morning and there was thunder that woke me up. At least the rain was washing some of the dust off the truck. Carol and Stacy headed out about 8 am to drive to Chicken via the Top of the World hwy. The morning started out with high fog but cleared about 10 am. We spent the morning exploring more of Dawson before heading back the way we came. It was 1 pm by the time we were on the ferry for the return trip to Tok. About 10 miles out of Dawson we saw a moose and 2 babies in the middle of...

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Jul 4, 2010 - Chicken AK

I am posting this a day early anticipating we will be in Chicken on July 4th. It is July 3ed as I write this. I went gold panning today and had a good time but no gold. Today we did a walking tour of Dawson and I continue to learn how tough was for the poor fools who came up here in 1897 to get rich in gold. Most of the gents who did get rich did it by mining the miners.

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Off to Alaska Again

Jun 27, 2010 - OMG! Road to Chicken

Today we all left early because we had to line up to cross the Yukon River on a ferry - not a large ship but a ferry similar to those that cross the Mississippi River. When we crossed there was us and one other RV - so not too large. It didn't take took long, but the real adventure was waiting for us on the other side - the Top of the World Highway. Highway is a term they use very loosely in the part of the world - it was actually a narrow, winding, dirt and gravel road with few guardrails, soft shoulders, and stepp grades. It is a cloudy,...

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North to Alaska-2010

Jun 21, 2010 - June 21, Chicken Alaska

We broke camp at 8:25 this morning. We started up the Top of the World Highway under partly cloudy skies and were driving at about 25 MPH. The views were exceptional. Soon the clouds rolled in. We still had good views but it would have been better if the sud were out. As we neared the US boarder it began to rain. That wouldn't have been a problem except once we crossed the boarder the roan was dirt. The road became slippery. The RV became dirty and we slowed to 10 MPH. We arrived in Chicken about 3:00. We traveled 108 miles today. Sally saw...

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Jun 18, 2010 - Chicken, Alaska

We got a late start this morning and then had to wait in line for an hour to get the ferry across the Yukon River. We didn't do a lot of stopping on our way up the Taylor Highway, also known as the Top of the World Highway. And it doesn't take long to realize why they call it that. We started climbing immediately and continued to climb for mile after mile reaching a height of over 4,000 feet. We were actually driving across the tops of mountains. That is no lie. The Canadian side of the road is fairly well maintained. There are some...

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Jun 16, 2010 - Top of the World Highway to Chicken, AK

Well……we safely made it over the “Top of the World Highway” . For those unaware of this “highway” it is the only road that directly connects Dawson City, YT to Alaska, it is only open from spring when the ice clears the river to mid September. The TOW Highway is a narrow winding road with steep grades and very few guard rails. To get to the highway you must first cross the Yukon River by way of a small ferry. Once across the river we started our 108 mile ride to Chicken, Alaska. The road is mostly gravel, but has just unbelievable views...

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Jun 14, 2010 - Chicken, Alaska

Rather than take the easy route south, we decided to go to Chicken, Alaska, from Tok. It was actually an uneventful and short trip of 80 miles and the road didn't become gravel (dirt)until 2 miles out of town. The story goes that the early settlers needed to give the town a name. They all liked the name "Ptarmigan" (the bird), since they were everywhere in the area and were a staple in their diet. After much discussion, they realized that no one knew how to spell Ptarmigan. So, it tastes a lot like chicken and they knew how to spell that....

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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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Our Casita Travel

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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