Published: July 28th 2011July 28th 2011
July 21 and 22nd, 2011 Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Wal-Mart Parking lot. 60 degrees and sunny. Mileage 12519
These two days we set aside to stock up and get ready for the next ten days or more before we get to the next big town of Prince George in British Columbia. First thing on our list this morning is laundry. I did two large double loads while Valerie worked on her computer at the next door McDonald’s.
After folding all the clothes and linens, we drove around and looked at the horse park area that was to have a show this coming weekend. Had lunch watching the ground squirrels go in and out their holes and then pop up to look around [standing up like meerkats]---they are really cute even if they do cause a lot of problems with their holes.
Drove back into Whitehorse proper and found the GMC dealer and made an appointment for the following day to get my door fixed. Filled up with gas on our way to the riverside city park where they hold a farmer’s market every Thursday afternoon during the summer at 3:00. Food, crafts, plants, and produce were for sale. A very
nice little market and we bought a strawberry/rhubarb pie and some cheese bread that was curled around like a big cinnamon roll. A lot of rhubarb is grown in this area.
Drove out along the Yukon to where the river went into the deep and very narrow Miles Canyon. Before it was dammed up, this stretch of the river was treacherous with rapids that had to be bypassed. The rapids were so bad, that they were known as the greatest peril to the stampeders on the gold trail of ’98. In fact, the town was named after the rapids that someone decided looked like the flowing manes of charging white horses.
A couple of entrepreneurs, in 1897, built a tramway system from the beginning of the rapids into Whitehorse. Where goods and men had to wait became a tent town named Canyon City. Valerie walked out on the bridge over this section and took pictures. Just as she did a paddle wheeler tour boat went down the river. In 1900, the railroad was completed via White Pass from Skagway to Whitehorse but this route was still used to get goods to Dawson City.
Drove back to Wal-mart
parking lot for a rest and then made up our beds---which is a real chore---and put away clean clothes. Had dinner. Soon, Jim, Diane, and Rocky pulled in alongside us. They had been out and about also.
While I washed up dishes and did some cleaning, Valerie and the 3 Houchins took a short walk along the river. They saw several beaver, some white crowned sparrows, and ducks, and a whole bunch of gulls.
July 22, 2011 68 degrees, with clear skies but clouds to the Southeast. Starting mileage is 12542
First on today’s agenda is grocery shopping at the very large, very nice, Canadian Super Store. We have always enjoyed looking at the different items that are sold in different places. Bought a loaf of grainy bread with dried cranberries and it is really good. Because people come from hundreds of miles around to by their groceries here, they sell everything in HUGE quantities—like frozen bags of 20 or more pork chops, boxes of pounds of bacon, cases of anything you want. It is also interesting to see the different brands of stuff---like Kraft peanut butter. Some items like dried cranberries were actually cheaper than buying them in
Atlanta, but most prices were higher than Atlanta. So, as our souvenirs of our trip, we are bringing home a humongous jar of three fruit marmalade, ginger marmalade, and a big sack of dried cranberries. As usual, we bought enough groceries to last for 10 days which we expect will get us to Prince George, BC.
Made our 1:00 appointment with the GMAC dealer to have the door latch adjusted on the passenger door. It was binding and I couldn’t easily open it up. After that was fixed, we drove to the library for Valerie to work some more. Drove back to Wal-mart parking lot and had dinner. After dinner, I walked with Valerie and the Houchins on the same trail as they did the night before. No beaver. No ducks. Just a couple of sparrows!!!
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