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

July 16th, 2011 Yukon River Campground 62 degrees with high clouds with possibility of some sun. Starting mileage 11909 Crossed by ferry to Dawson City. Checked out the very small farmer’s market and bought a large sack of really fresh, washed Swiss chard for $3.50 and 1 zuke for $2.00. Town is absolutely full of people!! Lots and lots of them are young people in for the Music Festival plus the usual crowd that come to town on a Saturday to shop. Drove around town and read the historical signs on about half of the buildings. Looked at the fully restored Robert Service’s and Jack London’s cabins which were less than a block from each other. We then toured the ½ of the City Museum and watched a black and white, very interesting, d... read more
AK2 July16Bronze tribute to sluice box miner
AK3 July16 Anglican church
AK4 July16 Brewery Wagon

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

Sunday, July 17 Yukon River Campground 11:00 when we left camp. 59 degrees and clearish. Mileage at 11936. Slept in a bit and then had French toast that Valerie made out of the fruit bread. It took us an hour to cross this morning on the ferry as there were many vehicles waiting for a turn. Our book warned that it could take as much as 3 hours to get across. They take tour buses, 18 wheel trucks, and tankers on this small ferry. Drove into Dawson City and parked near the gazebo to listen to the music being played. After listening awhile, we went down the road to the south, where we had seen an RV Park that also had a gas station in front. Filled Rosie with gas--$101 worth. That included a fee of ... read more
AK2 July17 Dawson City News
AK3 July17 Dawson City Music Fest
AK4 July17 raft or houseboat drifting down the Yukon River

North America » Canada » Yukon » Dawson City June 17th 2011

Where can you go to have a human toe cocktail? Dawson City! Where can you go to try your luck for gold? Dawson City!! Where can you go to find a never setting sun? Dawson City!!! And so, here we are! Coming into the city was a unique sight, there are massive tailing lines of rock and stone all along the highway and that stretch for further than you can see. It is a strange landscape, BJ and I couldn’t figure out if this was natural or brought here from the gold rush. BJ guessed right, all the stone was here from the early 1900’s when a dredge was operating just outside the city. It would tear up the Earth looking for Percer gold and deposit the gravel and stone behind it as it went. After ... read more
Taking gold from the Yukon
Cha-Ching!!
The Sour Toe

North America » Canada » Yukon » Dawson City June 17th 2011

I was thinking about it today and I realized that I had no concept of what remote meant. Sure, it’s a vague idea in my mind that you are far from others, that there isn’t another town or community for a while, but I come from Alberta, and generally speaking you can find town within an hours drive from one another. On the road up here I started to figure out that there are places where a sign post reads 363km to Eagle Lodge- and they mean it. There is nothing at all for another 363km. Nothing, no town, no community, no village…. nothing. Just road, trees, space. Out here in Dawson City you find people who came for varying reason, some to find a summer of adventure, others to try their luck with gold. But ... read more
Now that is remote

North America » Canada » Yukon » Dawson City August 4th 2010

We started the day by calling Jodie to wish her a happy birthday! Then we drove out to “the creeks”. The road was built at the top of the hills because at the bottom, were the gold claims, and also, there was soft muskeg and other road-building problems. We came to a park sign explaining roadhouses. It seems that a roadhouse was built almost every mile in the area, providing food and shelter to the miners and those traveling to and from the creeks. It made us curious about Rich’s great-grandmother’s connection to roadhouses since she ran one in California after the gold rush. Something else to research. We found Caribou Creek and took pictures up and down, where the family claims were. A claim was five hundred feet of creek bottom and a thousand feet ... read more
A Roadhouse
Dominion Creek
Dawson City from Downriver

North America » Canada » Yukon » Dawson City August 3rd 2010

We started the day thinking that we needed to call Jodie and wish her happy birthday. She didn’t answer, so we sang her a message. Next, we stopped at the museum and archives. We had a lot of questions and weren’t sure how to find the answers. The young ladies there tried to help us, but we weren’t having much luck with our ideas. While they were dragging out files and looking on the computer, Rich was looking at a file of old newspaper reports about each claim. He thumbed through and found the claims on Dominion Creek. There, in black and white, was A.L. Stewart and his brother and another partner, owning four claims! We wrote down the numbers and locations. We were jazzed! Then, we went to the mining claims office to see where ... read more
Robert Service Cabin
Gold Dredge

North America » Canada » Yukon » Dawson City August 2nd 2010

Hey, thanks for your comments. Glad you're all enjoying the blogs! The towels we had used to soak up the rain on the roof of our slideout on the camper have finally dried after nine days! The day started sunny and warm. We set out from Chicken on the gravel part of the Taylor Highway. The Milepost warns that "all gold-bearing ground in this area has been claimed. Do not pan in streams or trespass on claims." Then, it says, " Steep drop-offs, no guardrails, soft shoulders. Pull over for oncoming motorcoaches." They mean tourbusses! About 43 miles later, we came to the outpost called Boundary. The Boundary Roadhouse was one of Alaska's first. Then, we came to the actual international border. It's called the Poker Creek Border Station and it's the northernmost Border Post in ... read more
Alpine
The Yukon
Dawson City

North America » Canada » Yukon » Dawson City July 29th 2010

Well folks, We just heard the road is now open to Chicken Alaska..........we're on our way! Hopefully I can blog somewhere en-route. oh....I'll try those photos again from the previous blog (for some unknown rerason the website wouldn't allow me to upload. Talk to you soon! Nevil... read more
Bob & Doug from Lethbridge. Two of the nicest Guys you could wish to meet!

North America » Canada » Yukon » Dawson City July 29th 2010

Hi Everyone, As the heading states, We come to a decision today as to which way we're heading. I guess we find out soon so watch this space for more news. In the meantime, I've posted up 2 photos. One of Bob & Doug from Lethbridge and the other of Bob's bike a Yamaha XTZ750 Super Tenere. Those of you that know me well can appreciate how my heartstrings were tugged at the sight of this motorcycle! Bob, Doug, Thanks for your company guys. I really would like to meet up again in southern Alberta soon. You're great guys! Regards to all.....Nevil... read more

North America » Canada » Yukon » Dawson City July 29th 2010

Hello Everyone, Well as you can see we're still in Dawson awaiting road opening to Alaska. We spent our time cleaning and maintaining the bikes today as well as visiting dredge number 4, a national historic site about 12kms out of town. It's HUGE ....see photos. At present i'm sat in the Dawson public library using their router for internet access. The internet cafe here shuts down at 5pm so i can't always get to it in time. According to the local info centre, we should be a go for Alaska tomorrow as they anticipate the road opening in the morning. If this is the case, Adam and I will roll out of town toward Delta Junction tomorrow and on toward Prudhoe Bay. Saying this, Adam may have trouble getting past the border due to his ... read more
The largest dredge in the Yukon worked its way inland for 12 kilometres.
This is where they build KTM's actually!




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