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North America » Canada » Yukon » Dawson City September 17th 2012

August 2007 Dawson City, Yukon... Slow rush and Holly's Place Back in Dawson City we were on the lookout for Eric but still could not find him. However got a tip from a local girl to check out the Pit. It was the local bar that Eric had refered to and although I am not much of a bar guy we enjoyed the good music of the house band. I notice a young couple that was sitting across from us but we did not connect with them. The next day however while I was sitting at the local internet café this guy comes up to me and says:” I think I am doing the same thing as you” I was a bit surprised about his comment since I was not really doing anything and replied: “ ... read more
The Ferry
The Lookout
Holly and Kirsten

North America » Canada » Yukon » Dawson City September 1st 2012

First impression of Dawson City... Between Whitehorse and Dawson City on a stretch of 600 km, there were only a couple of little towns with a few houses. The road was carved out of the forest and seemed endless. The trees looked sometimes like pipe cleaners and there were big piles of trees and bushes along the road where they ad been stacked after the widening of the road corridor. We stopped at the fife finger rapids, some beautiful lakes and kept on driving through the forest. We stopped every opportunity and on a potty break for Koya, I spotted a huge porcupine and quickly grabbed my camera and went hunting. This was a rodents with a coat of sharp quills, that defend them from predators. Most mature porcupines are about 25–46 in long, including tail. ... read more
Pocupine
Five Finger Rapids
Yukon River

North America » Canada » Yukon » Dawson City June 27th 2012

The day of my oil change dawned well. It had looked like it was going to rain again. I had endured rain the night before, but the tent proved to be up to the challenge. Of course, I discovered that I should have wiped up water from between the tent and the tarp I put on the ground before I left for my day the day before. When I went to go to bed, there was water that had soaked through the canvas of the tent. Live and learn, and nothing by the blow up mattress was wet. I cleaned up the rest of the water and got to sleep. In the morning, the sky was clear and I was able to put everything away without any rain. But by the time I had finished, it ... read more
Danoja Zho Cultural Centre
Inside the Danoja Zho Cultural Centre
The Top of the World Highway

North America » Canada » Yukon » Dawson City June 26th 2012

The tour group I had met in Inuvik was also experiencing Dawson City. Some had taken a trip up the Top Of The World Highway the day before, and now they were back in town. One of them, Alice, hadn't gone and I met her the day before. She mentioned that she had heard of the Paddlewheeler Graveyard. That sounded intriguing and nostalgic. She was going to go and find it, and I asked if I could go along. I was welcome. We met at 9:30, along with their tour leader Tony, and took the ferry (another free one, do you hear that provinces?) across the Yukon River. Then we walked through the government campground and onto a path into the forest. When the river is lower it is possible to walk along the sandy bank ... read more
Sternwheeler Graveyard
Sternwheeler Graveyard
Sternwheeler Graveyard

North America » Canada » Yukon » Dawson City June 25th 2012

First a rant, then on to less upsetting topics. (And I hope nobody would be unkind enough to suggest that they are also boring or useless topics at hand.) To be honest, when I heard about what was entailed in the latest budget this past spring, I wasn't too concerned. There were going to be cuts to Parks Canada, and that was likely going to result in cuts to some services that were offered by Parks Canada. Big deal, I thought. I've seen it before. So more things like the Cave and Basin in Banff were going to be privatised and there would be fewer manned booths when entering a national park and having to buy a pass of some sort. Sure it was going to be sad for those who would be out of a ... read more
Janice in the Post Office
Post Office Boxes
Post Office

North America » Canada » Yukon » Dawson City June 20th 2012

I got up and wanted to find out about the solstice. I couldn't remember which one moves from the 21st to the 22nd. I thought it was probably the summer solstice because that would make the halves of the year between winter and summer more equal. If it was December that went from 21 to 22, then it would really skew the halves, at least to my way of thinking. So I went to McDonald's for breakfast and searched it. Drat it!!! This was the summer solstice. And it had moved because of the leap year this year. I cogitated for a moment and just decided that I didn't care. When I was little there was no question that summer began on June 21st. So I don't care what the astronomers say. I could go on ... read more
Scenery
Tage Cho Hudan Cultural Centre
Five Fingers

North America » Canada » Yukon » Dawson City September 2nd 2011

Dawson City, once the largest city west of Winnipeg, now 1,800 year-round residents. We are at 64º N in September and the sun still sets past 10. We Left Tyson and Opal's in the early afternoon with the goal of going as far north as we could in a day. About 30 miles into the ride we got to Moricetown. They told us we would know where we were when we saw the river turn sideways and go through a canyon. That is exactly what it looks like there. They also said there would be people fishing there too, and there were. We went down to the canyon to watch them haul in the fish. They kept throwing the smaller pink salmon back, and keeping only the larger coho and chinook salmon. We asked a guy ... read more
Tyson Changing the Tire
Tyson and Opal
The River Turns sideways

North America » Canada » Yukon » Dawson City August 8th 2011

August 8, 2011 DAWSON CITY, YT Today is our 47th Anniversary!! What an interesting place to be spending it. The tour bus picked us up at 10:00 a.m. and took us up to the top of “The Dome” for a view over the city of Dawson and the surrounding area. From there we traveled out to one of the largest Gold Dredges ever built which operated from 1905-1965. Dredge #4 was designed in Ohio, but many of the parts were built on-site here in Dawson City, and then it was put to work in the Klondike River valley. As you can tell from the pictures, it was designed to move huge quantities of dirt and the dredges dug up this entire river valley and all the feeder river valleys for miles around. The valley is now ... read more
2011-08-08  Dwason City welcome sign
2011-08-08  Dwason City - Dwain & Lorraine at top of the Dome with Yukon River in background
2011-08-08  Dwason City - looking down on the city

North America » Canada » Yukon » Dawson City August 7th 2011

August 7, 2011 TOK, AK to DAWSON CITY, YT UNBELIEVABLE!! There was a light rain through the night and this morning the skies are clear and sunny!! Just enough rain to settle the dust on our road today as we take a left turn out of Tok and follow Hwy 5, Taylor Highway, also known as “Top of the World Highway” to Dawson City. This road is 40% paved and 60% gravel, very winding and narrow with sheer drop-offs (no guard rails) and hairpin bends. It is open for only 4 months during the summer season. As we climbed farther and farther up the mountains into the tundra we were very fortunate to have clear vistas of the surrounding mountains - almost 360 degree views. The old settlement of Chicken was an interesting stop. In the ... read more
2011-08-07 Tok to Dwason City - Top of the World Hwy
2011-08-07 Tok to Dwason City - Driving Top of the World Hwy
2011-08-07 Tok to Dwason City - sign on Top of the World Hwy

North America » Canada » Yukon » Dawson City July 22nd 2011

July 15th, 2011 Yukon River Provincial Park, Dawson City, Yukon Territory, Canada. 58 degrees and raining. Starting mileage 11892. We drove out of the campground after placing our florescent orange safety cones across the end of the driveway to mark our space, and then paying for 3 more nights at the ranger station. Less than a block away was the ferry crossing of the Yukon River into Dawson City. The ferry loaded about 4 cars and us on. Same type of ferry we have been on before when we crossed the Mississippi River from Tennessee to Missouri and in Romania crossing the Danube River. We first drove to the Visitors Center for information on things going on in town and a map of the Park-owned buildings. Bought 2 annual senior passes for National Parks of Canada ... read more
AK2 July15 Display  at the Parks Visitor Center
AK3 July15 Tailings from top of Dome Mountain
AK4 July15 Bladder Campion




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