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I wanted to get a picture at the arctic circle and this seemed like a great time to do it. Mark N mentioned that there should be lots of animal sightings along the way too, so bonus!  Mark decided he would go up with us so off we go.

 

We leave the campground at 8:00am (early for Mark) with a smile and Jim driving. I brought along a bottle of beer that I have been saving from South Dakota that I wanted Mark to try, so this seemed like a great event to toast once we get to the circle.

 

The scenery is spectacular, we get to see quite a bit of critters: moose, fox, black bear and waterfowl. We did get an additional bonus, a tundra fire! That will come in a different blog post.

 

It ended up being a really long day, but I would definitely do it again. Leave at 8am and return to the RV at 12:30am… but the company in the car made it that more special.

 

Here are the pics I want to share!

 

 

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our toast!

 

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The beginning of the hwy

 

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our first moose sighting and he was a LONG way away!

 

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another shot right before he went into the brush

 

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two cow moose were found at Two Moose Lake, who would’a thunk?

 

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running to catch up with her friend

 

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couple of guys that were riding the gravel road all the way to Inuvik! They were on an adventure.

 

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black bear that was on the road

 

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glacial ice on one of the lakes

 

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just love the various blue colors in the ice, it gets so thick

 

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the two buddies by the lake

 

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heading into the brush

 

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One of the foxes that we saw

 

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here is the other, they were so cute!

 

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lots of iron in the dirt, made everything red

 

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The back window just wouldn’t stay clean

 

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where there is smoke, there is usually fire (more to come)

 

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the dirt/mud is so fine, it looks like a new paint job

 

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it’s official! we made it to the circle

 

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all three of us

 

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the beer that we toasted with

 

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you can see why the back window wouldn’t stay clean Winking smile

 

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every where you looked, it was just beautiful

 

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and we had an almost full moon, so get a neat landscape picture with it

 

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the almost setting sun on two moose lake

 

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the color in the sky once we finally make it home

 

like I said, it was a long but glorious day. It will always have a special place in my Alaska trip memories ~ Kim

June 25th, 2014 | in RV'ing Lifestyle | Leave a comment

This is the town where you make the decision, fish or cut bait. Well, it’s really more about do you go over the “top of the world” or not. Our small band of 4 decided that is exactly what we are going to do. It’s an adventure, we will never be back this way again, so “let’s do it!”.

 

But not only that, there is fun stuff to do IN Dawson City (Yukon) and around the area. The town has maintained it’s historical integrity since it was where the first gold strike was found in the Yukon. Stuff to see, learn and very interesting walks given by the town.

 

There is also a drive up to the Arctic Circle if you want (and yes we want), suppose to be a pretty drive and potential of seeing lots of critters.  I am going to break our Dawson trip down to a few pages just so that you can see it all without going blind Winking smile

 

So this page will be about the views in town, the historical buildings, our walk and anything else I can think of to put here.

 

Here goes…

 

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really interesting RV that we saw on the drive and then again in the park. They are all set with with a motorcycle and bicycle on both ends of the rig and surfboards & kayaks on the roof. And, don’t forget the Newfoundland dog inside with the 2 guys.

 

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This was just a cool cloud on the drive, Jim and I both thought it looked like a puppy dog, the head is on the left.

 

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welcome to Dawson City!

 

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all sorts of houses to be found, old, new and in-between

 

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one of the local churches. The buildings in town either are renovated or at least built to look like the historical building of the late 1800’s, early 1900’s.

 

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What they do in the winter, curl! Winking smile

 

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really nice front on this newer hotel

 

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this is again, one of the older homes, love the dog looking out the window

 

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this is what happens when the permafrost melts under your buildings, they start to sink. They left these building this way as a way to show tourists what happens.

 

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more store fronts

 

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the Red Feather Saloon. the original burnt down, but they rebuilt it from old pictures and it turned out really nice

 

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The local dance hall where they put on shows

 

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Klondike Kates has some good food. She really existed and even more interesting, she died in Bend, OR.

 

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The SS Keno, which you can tour.

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One of the original 2 banks in town, this one will get renovated next year. Robert Service worked as a teller here for about 1 year

 

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the car ferry across the Yukon, it’s the only way to get across here in town (and yes, we take our RV across it, more on that in another post!)

 

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Our young walking guide. Nice kid, knew a LOT and the government pays him to do his job thru the visitor center

 

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Cave Man Bill’s “home”. He actually live in the cave here across the river from town. I guess it is really nice inside!

 

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The original newspaper in town, thrived until the mid 60’s

 

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The backside of the mortuary, it shows 3 different era’s of building, log cabin, wood siding and then tin siding

 

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the walking group (including myself, Jim and Mark N) heading into the other bank to look around

 

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The interior has been restored and it was nice…

 

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inside the Red Feather Saloon, all rebuilt based on photos

 

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selfie thru the mirror

 

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local bar that we had to check out and have a beer, it closes at 8:00pm

 

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This is the bar itself

 

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This bar takes over when the other closes and is open until 2:00am. We had a beer here too Winking smile

 

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some of the art work in the 2nd part of the bar, done by a local artist

 

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more of the “interesting” art work

 

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view of the town from top of the Dome

 

 

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nice place to see that view!

 

more coming soon on Dawson City and area ~ Kim

June 25th, 2014 | in RV'ing Lifestyle, Scenic | Leave a comment

The next stop was a one-nighter, they sure make a lot of stops here! Actually, it’s very refreshing to move slow and take your time. In our “normal” traveling, depending on where we are going and why, we would travel up to 350 a day or 6 hours…

 

So far, I think our longest day has just been over 200 miles or 4 miles (while in the RV). There isn’t a lot of road, but we are still in the Yukon. There is more road here (Yukon) than in Alaska, but not by much Winking smile

 

It was just Mark N. and us, so we worked hard. We did a little hike along Moose Creek (with the mosquitoes) looking for what else, moose, but no sightings. Only their scat.

 

After the hike, Mark needed to make room in his freezer for his Salmon or Halibut, so he shared some homemade turkey stew with us, I had some excellent sourdough bread, so we added that.  For dessert, what else! S’mores! it did rain on us, but we were done for the day so that was good. It also helped to put out the fire. Smokey the bear would have been proud.

 

So, here are some photos to remember the drive & stop by:

 

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the boys chowing down

 

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Mark’s wonderful stew & the sourdough bread

 

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Moi roasting my marshmallows for my s’mores

 

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perfect finished product!

 

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view along the drive to Moose Creek

 

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wild roses

 

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stairs to the river and no, we didn’t go down, it would have taken us ALL DAY to get back up Winking smile

 

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This guy was just walking against the traffic, pulling a wheelchair with all of his “stuff”, whatever that might be

 

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Moose Creek Lodge – they serve breakfast, lunch & dinner and there are rooms too!

 

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mosquitoes outside the lodge

 

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another scene in front of the lodge

 

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on our hike

 

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the only critter we came across… and he was mad!

 

another great, easy travel day ~ Kim

June 18th, 2014 | in RV'ing Lifestyle | Leave a comment

Ok, this is another 1 night stop. Mark was down the road at Coal Mine, Jim and I stayed at Hotel Carmacks (there were not any sites big enough for us at Coal Mine, besides, we like wi-fi and hook-ups).

 

The little burger joint at the Coal Mine were touted as being the best in the world, so we had to give it a try.  They were good, but not the best.  We then went down to Mark’s site and chatted with him before heading back to ours.

 

Not much to share, but what I have, here it is…

 

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the only live critters we saw on this leg of the drive Winking smile cute little foal

 

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we are always being taunted, but no such luck. the caribou are at their calving groups which are not here

 

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this is an old roadhouse that was used during the gold rush and beyond until the road was paved

 

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where the world famous cinnamon buns are made daily, they sell over 100 a day

 

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another famous item, the biggest cinnamon buns you have ever seen, suppose to feed 4, Jim and I did split one Winking smile

 

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Welcome to Carmacks!

 

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late night color (right around midnight)

 

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more color & cool little cloud

 

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the famous burger…

 

and we continue down the road ~ Kim

June 18th, 2014 | in RV'ing Lifestyle | Leave a comment

The drive from Carcross to Whitehorse was uneventful. We stayed 1 night and then took off for the next short drive to Carmacks.  The important thing was that I got my laundry done while doing a little happy hour with the group.

 

We did talk Mark into going to the Mile Canyon with us, it is a mile long canyon along the Yukon River just outside of Whitehorse.

 

Here are a few pictures taken along the way…

 

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Welcome!

 

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This is a truly working weather vane, the plane turns as the wind moves it

 

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a really fast boat on the Yukon River while walking along the Mile Canyon

 

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wildflower along the trail

 

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we even got to walk across a suspension bridge (Free!)

 

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The group went to dinner together at the Klondike Rib & Salmon place

 

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another view

 

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the gang

 

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Their specialty… Jim and I shared it, it was very good.

 

that’s all folks! ~ Kim

June 18th, 2014 | in RV'ing Lifestyle, Scenic | Leave a comment

We left Skagway a little after 4:00pm to drive to Carcross. We get to go across customs once more into Canada. We are going to stay at a local RV park that was free since they had not gotten it ready for the season yet. No hook-ups, but nice place, nice sites. We get up early in the morning to check out the cute town before we continue our journey to Whitehorse and then slowly work our way to Dawson City.

 

The bakery in Carcross had really yummy stuff, we got a couple of cinnamon buns (mine with raisins, Jim’s with almonds & peaches). We also go a huge loaf of sourdough bread and I enjoyed that a LOT.

 

I didn’t get away without buying myself a little souvenir, a laser worked metal wall hanging of a wolf’s head. I am going to be doing a lot of decorating in the beer room with Alaska stuff Smile

 

Here are a few of the pictures taken that morning before we continued the days journey to our next stop…

 

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They decorated all of these buildings in totem style abstracts and are just gorgeous

 

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They are café’s, souvenirs, visitor centers and other types of merchandise

 

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back side

 

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This was a church that was established in 1904. I wanted to get the only view of the snow capped mountains in the picture

 

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Totem figures

 

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this way to the bakery!

 

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the shop where I bought my metal art. He has some really great stuff

 

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the general store, I bought a t-shirt here too Smile with tongue out

 

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who knew there was a small desert in Carcross? a really good sized sand dune

 

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Emerald Lake. The color was awesome and the green rings were really pretty.

 

We are now on the road to Whitehorse for a night or two…

 

stay on the right side of the road ~ Kim

June 18th, 2014 | in RV'ing Lifestyle | Leave a comment

This is our travel day out, BUT… we wanted to ride the train up to White Pass and the group was doing the steam train and it only ran on Thursday. So, we do the train and then leave for the next adventure.

 

We get the RV ready, do all the stuff we do, and we take off to ride the train.

 

It was a fun trip, lots of Kodak moments and nothing more fun than riding an old steam train.

 

White Pass Summit Excursion

 

There are several departures during the day but only a few times a week does the steam train travel!

 

Here is that journey before we leave Skagway for Carcross…

 

June 18th, 2014 | in RV'ing Lifestyle | Leave a comment

The next thing on the list was rain and cold… I did laundry, we hiked up to the falls behind the Gold Rush Cemetery and went to a Salmon Bake for dinner.

 

The Salmon Bake was in “Liarsville”, where all of the newspaper journalists stayed during the gold rush. They are the ones that did all the advertising, getting people excited, etc.  It’s just too bad that most of the people that finally made their way to Skagway and up the Chilkoot Trail, didn’t find gold since all of the claims were already staked. It’s an interesting story…

 

It was a little cold & dreary at the dinner/show, but we did our best to enjoy ourselves. I would think it would be much more enjoyable if the weather co-operated.

 

So here are the few pictures from the day…

 

 

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selfie on the bus

 

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our tour guide and bus driver (Buttermilk)

 

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Jim and Mark

 

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tents similar to what the journalists would have used

 

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Trading post (souvenirs)

 

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the show (plus a recitation of one of Robert Service’s poems)

 

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Jim helping some of our group pan for gold

 

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the important place, where to get a cold beer

 

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the salmon on the grill

 

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one of the dogs, Dolly; this is a malamute (big one!)

 

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Marker for the fallen US Marshalls during the gold rush

 

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Reid Falls

 

It was a slow day due to the weather, but thankfully, it perks up ~ Kim

June 17th, 2014 | in RV'ing Lifestyle, Scenic | Leave a comment

We love Skagway!!! Even though we got to (almost) sleep thru a 5.8 earthquake (see earlier post). That was exciting Smile

 

Our drive into Skagway was interesting, many of the other Loosey Goosey group didn’t want to do it, they were scared of the roads, long ascents & descents and on top of it, there was a 12kim of gravel… We took it slow and easy and it was a piece of cake. Worth the drive, we had great weather and the scenery was amazing. It was so different than anything we had seen before.

 

It was also about going thru customs (again) since we were leaving British Columbia, Canada into Alaska (for 4 days). It was smooth sailing heading in.

 

We got our bearings, checked out a couple of sights, went down to the marina where the cruise ships come in and decided on what we wanted to do for the other days. Mark N & Sue/Jon Glick were joining us for the next day, so we had a full day to play and then it was a boat ride (next blog post) and a train ride (the next post after that). 

 

So here are the pictures to go along with the drive day and our first full day in Skagway…

 

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Happy Toes as we leave Teslin, BC

 

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reflections along the hwy

 

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more reflections

 

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our critter for the drive, a porcupine

 

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the mountains were just beautiful as we drove

 

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More mountains

 

As we were driving, we saw that there was a suspension bridge that crossed a river (can’t remember the name). I decided it was a kodak moment so we stopped. You couldn’t even LOOK at the bridge unless you paid $18 can for each adult. Oh well, we are on an adventure…

 

 

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Jim applying to be a Canadian Mountie

 

 

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It was cold and windy, Jim wasn’t so excited. This is as far as he would go.

 

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I on the other hand, wanted to cross but Jim wouldn’t let me. He wanted back in the nice warm RV.

 

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around the top of the pass to Skagway, it was a frozen world up there still

 

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Lots of ice on small lakes, snow & clouds but we were lucky, we could see it all. It was all clouded in the next day for the other 2 rigs to come in.

 

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small waterfalls everywhere

 

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it’s official, we are in Alaska, turn on the cell phone, quick!

 

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it’s always interesting to see what over achievers want to do. This bike rider was going up the long incline

 

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another waterfall

 

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our RV pulled over (it was a Kodak moment) so I took a picture of it too

 

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more intrepid riders, they were on the “older” side. More power to ‘em!

 

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Skagway harbor

 

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only one cruise ship in on Sunday

 

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some store shop fronts

 

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Jim & Mark N. in front of Skagway Brewing Co. to do a little beer tasting!

 

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totem poles on the side of a shop

 

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the beer list, the Spruce Tip Blonde is what they are known for and the most sold. I liked the IPA the best Winking smile

 

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Our tasting samples, in the order as the board above

 

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More store fronts

 

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we had dinner at the brewery the following day, the food was excellent!!!

 

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more store fronts, but what is important here is the quilt shop! it was awesome

 

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the lilacs were in bloom

 

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I asked them if they could do Salmon fish & chips (they only had halibut on the menu). They did just for me!!! and they were AWESOME!

 

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this is Mark’s burger, he could barely get his mouth around it, but he managed

 

 

We also drove up the old Dyea road to see if we could find the beginning of the Chilkoot Trail. This is the trail that the gold miners had to trudge up to get to Dawson City from Skagway. The whole story is amazing, so many didn’t make it and once they got there, most of them found that all the gold claims were already gone.

 

 

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Dave/Lois checking out some reading panels along the way

 

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The view from the panels; the miners would ferry up the river when the tide was high

 

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Part of the Klondike Gold Rush Nat’l Historic Park

 

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whimsical stop along the drive

 

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looking at the RV park from up on the cliffs

 

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looking down towards the harbor, lots more cruise ships today

 

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I think the cutest of the tourist transportation in Skagway

 

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The Gold Miners cemetery… locals and miners that didn’t make it were buried here.

 

So far, so great Smile 

 

on to the next adventure!  Kim

June 14th, 2014 | in RV'ing Lifestyle, Scenic | Leave a comment

We headed onto Teslin, 1 day behind the bigger group and we won’t see them again until either Fairbanks or Denali. That’s why it is called Loosey Goosey Smile We do want we want, when we want to! Our plan is to stay one night here.

 

We stay at a campground on the lake, they have a decent restaurant and a great souvenir store along with a small museum with really well done stuffed animals. Jim and wandered thru there for awhile.

 

Again, we did get to see a few animals along the way, but the scenery is getting better again (not that is was every bad…).

 

Jim and I have never traveled like this before, we usually put in a full day of driving (up to 6 hours) and then stay awhile. These stops are usually less than 200 miles apart so we get there much earlier and have time to do stuff during the day.

 

Here are the photo memories from this drive & stop:

 

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we have NO idea what this guy was doing, he was just walking down the hwy with a card full of his stuff

 

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watch for Caribou! (but we never saw any)

 

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another brown black bear

 

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here he is a little closer

 

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there was this rock graffiti all along the drive, any blank dirt shoulder had some type of writing in it using rocks

 

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another brown black bear, seem to be prevalent along this route (brown ones that is)

 

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we just keep trucking down the road

 

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the mountains are full of snow

 

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You go where the road takes you

 

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one of many of the types of stops along this part of the Alcan…

 

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Jim, can I keep him?

 

Nice break, but it’s time to continue on down the road ~ Kim