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Published: June 17th 2010
Gena & I got up early today so I could take the trailer to a welding shop in Haines Junction (They were supposedly opening at 8 AM) - - I couldn’t get anyone to respond at the welding shops, so Gena & I went on to Whitehorse to find a welder. We were to meet Kerry & Charlie at Lake View Marina whenever we got there. In Whitehorse we found a good welder that told us he could do our job at 2 PM. We told him we would be back at 2. We went into town to Walmart, Canada Tire, the Carhart store, a grocery store where Gena found a cake for Charlie & Kerry’s 39th wedding anniversary, and McDonalds for lunch. Ran into Charlie & Kerry at Walmart. They went on to Lake View Marina. We went back to the welder’s at 2 and by 3:05 were on our way. They straightened out the two bent supports, re-welded the broken connection, and welded on diagonal supports made from 1.25” square structural steel tubing. They did a really nice job and I thought that the price they charged was really reasonable.
We headed back into town so Gena
could take pictures of down town Whitehorse for Mother. Then got back up on the Alaska highway and headed towards Jake’s Corner. Just before we got to our designated meeting place, we met Charlie & Kerry headed back our way. The campground where we had planned on staying was out of business. To make a long story a little shorter, we drove on down to Atlin and wound up staying at Norseman RV Park. The owner, Norm Vig, came out to meet us. I told him I am Arden Hixson’s son. His eyes lit up and he said he remembered Arden and Marion well. Norm told me that he had once told Dad that Norm wanted to buy the campground, didn’t have enough money, didn’t like banks, and could Arden loan him some money. He said that Dad’s reply was: “If I had that kind of money, I would have already bought it !”
Atlin has a bunch of new buildings, most of the old ones, and almost every business in town seems to be for sale. The small boat harbor has been enlarged and rebuilt. All the roads in town are paved.. The people in the spaces next
to ours were grilling rainbow trout that they had caught at Como Lake, just outside of town. The road down was mostly gravel, but MUCH better the the paved roads we drove over yesterday between Tok, AK and Burwash Landing, YT.
Just before we went to bed, Kerry and I were standing outside enjoying the view when Kerry turned to me and asked: “Is that real or fake?”. He was pointing at the top of a power pole across the street where a Bald Eagle was perched. Sure enough it was real. He sat there preening himself for about 15 minutes. Between Charlie and me, we must have taken over 50 photos. She got a great one of him flying off when he finally left. Also saw two moose in a field about a mile out of town and got good pictures of them. Tomorrow, guess we’ll try to get to Watson Lake, YT.
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