Blogs from Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada, North America - page 10


North America » Canada » Yukon » Whitehorse August 6th 2008

Le slogan du Yukon est "Larger than life", histoire de remettre un peu les choses dans leur contexte. Le VTT dans le Yukon prend toute une autre dimension. Il y a plus de 5000km de pistes dans les montagnes qui bordent Whitehorse. De quoi s'eclater pendant des annees sans jamais faire le meme parcours. A chaque tournant un lac, un canyon, une immensite, un ours parfois meme. Les pistes sont souvent tres etroites parmis les arbres et tout aussi techniques et physiques. On sent l'adrenaline monter a devaler ces pistes au bord du precipice. C'est maintenant notre cinquieme jour a Whitehorse et on comptabilise deja pres de 7 heures de VTT, c'est une experience a lui tout seul, quelque chose d'unique auquel on devient tres vite addicte. Apres l'effort le reconfort, et le reconfort c'est le ... read more
Miles canyon
Le couple "Brodie"

North America » Canada » Yukon » Whitehorse August 5th 2008

Hello all! We left off in Inuvik! Our stay of almost three weeks in the small community, was a great experience. The most unusual feature of the town (in summer) is that it doesn't get dark... We sat out until 3 in the morning to watch the sun not set. It simply bounces off the horizon and goes back up. It's kind of weird having no sense of what time it is. On our last night in Inuvik we went for a stroll along the river front and got invited onto a house boat by a bunch of locals, we then spent the evening drinking red wine and playing musical instruments in a singalong. Next morning we hitched a ride south... To Whitehorse. Kelly drove us the whole way, stopping for a night near Dawson. We ... read more
Kelly, our fantastic driver!
our yard sale in Whitehorse
our yard sale in Whitehorse

North America » Canada » Yukon » Whitehorse July 14th 2008

Day 15 (July 12, 2008) Goodbye Valdez, Hello Yukon Territory (Again) As you recall, I spent the night at the Sea Otter campground right on Valdez Harbor. I awoke this morning to bright blue skies with just a whisper of white clouds. The air was crisp and you could see your breath…calm and the harbor was like a sheet of glass. Hated to leave this setting but I had a deadline to make to get close to Haines for my ferry ride to Bellingham. I slept very well in the cool night air. I had asked the night before where was the best place to get a good breakfast and the reply was the Totem Inn and Restaurant. And they were right. I usually try and get a real good breakfast, coast through lunch and then ... read more
At the top of Thompsonson Pass - Valdez
Thompson Pass
Worthington Glacier near Valdez

North America » Canada » Yukon » Whitehorse July 7th 2008

There’s a land where the mountains are nameless, And the rivers all run God knows where; There are lives that are erring and aimless, And deaths that just hang by a hair; There are hardships that nobody reckons; There are valleys unpeopled and still; There’s a land — oh, it beckons and beckons, And I want to go back — and I will. -Robert Service, from Spell of the Yukon Well Faithful Reader, I have returned from yet another excursion into the great wild yonder, and while my written recounting of the events that have unfolded will in all liklihood be quite similar other such entries, I do think that my pictures will be quite neat and I even have a video that I'm about 40% sure I can figure out how to attach. So if ... read more

North America » Canada » Yukon » Whitehorse July 6th 2008

Hi guys, As you an see I am making up time and getting my blog entries posted on the computer. As I mentioned WiFi is not always available. In fact, coming through Yukon, cell phone service was not available. I had to purchase a phone card to call my family to let them know where I am at. When your family does not hear from you and knowing you are in a part of North America where a person can disappear and never be seen again, well, if give a peace of mind. Did I mention that I ran into rain again today? I know, it's a broken record.... I crossed into Alaska today from Yukon. Yukon is huge, more than twice the size of Great Britain and larger than all the New England states put ... read more
S.S. Klondike in Whitehorse, Yukon
Old wooden bridge on ALCAN Highway
Go North To Alaska...I can prove I was here!

North America » Canada » Yukon » Whitehorse July 2nd 2008

Hello from Whitehorse, the last night of our holidays, we are a day behind oz so it's Tuesday night at 8.20pm. We leave Wednesday at 11.55pm and arrive back in Sydney on Friday morning. Our last travel blog left us at Raspberry Island and we were supposed to do a half day bear view via sea plane in Katmai National Park, home to over 2,000 brown bears and at 3.00am that morning the wind shook our cabin and continued to do so until we we left at 10.00am. Unfortunately we did not get to do our bear view and this was probably the one thing I was really looking forward to doing out of all the trip, I had planned the trip around going to Kodiak Island for bear viewing, little to say we were both ... read more
Dining Room
Dog Yard

North America » Canada » Yukon » Whitehorse June 23rd 2008

We arrived in Whitehorse after a days run from Watson Lake. The terrain was not as mountainous and scenic as the day before, but lots of lakes and rivers and beautiful nonetheless. The town of Whitehorse is rich in history from the gold rush days, and does a booming tourist induscry. As the weekend we are here corresponds with the summer solstice, it also attracts tourists to see the very long days. In fact, on the night of the solstice, we left Whitehorse on a motorcycle ride that didn't start until 11 PM, and we didn't return until nearly 2 AM - all in daylight. Whitehorse is a town of about 24,000 people and is the capital city of the Yukon territory. The main industries here are mining, tourism, and government. As a territory of Canada, ... read more
11:30 Sunset
Fish Ladder on Yukon River
Braeburn Lodge

North America » Canada » Yukon » Whitehorse June 19th 2008

Hi everyone! Here is what we've done in the last few days. Enjoy! Our route has been: Prince Rupert then to Nisga'a Memorial Lava Bed Provincial Park then to Stewart/Hyder (short hwy into Alaska #37A-a must see), then north to Whitehorse, Yukon! There were a few stops in between of course! A big thank you to Todd and Jillian for their hospitality in Whitehorse! All we can say is that the views up here are stunning and breathtaking! See photos. I write this from the ferry docks in Skagway, Alaska (pics to follow when I can download them). ... read more
waterfalls in the park
our companions
hiking to the volcanoe

North America » Canada » Yukon » Whitehorse June 16th 2008

Haines Junction has a monument which has all of the animals you will find in the region on it. There is also a Quonset Hut which is a church. As a typical tourist a took a few pictures as we were out for our morning walk. Leaving Haines Junction, we are headed for Whitehorse. As we traveled along the Alaska Highway today, a coyote was grazing on the side of the highway and was very curious of me as I snapped a few pictures. In Whitehorse, we were able to get the van serviced, for the second time in 3 weeks. We have put on another 4,000 miles since we last passed through here. The service man tried to charge me $63 for an oil change. I told him I was in 3 weeks earlier and ... read more
Dave walking in Haines Junction
Mountains from Haines Junction Center

North America » Canada » Yukon » Whitehorse June 11th 2008

No more of parental rules! We're heading for the snow! Good riddance to those grown up ghouls! We're leaving! Yukon Ho! - Bill Watterson Hello everybody, Soarpheat here and once again, I've decided that the goings-ons of my life were interesting enough that someone other than me might be interested in them. As in like times past, that means that I am continuing in my trend of proudly putting many details of my life in a public forum and thinking that somebody somewhere might find them. I kind of sound like a weirdo when I put it that way. As is hopefully obvious by the location I listed, I'm currently chilling out in the Yukon Territory of Canada, the town of Whitehorse to be more specific. Now you may be asking yourself, "Self, why is he ... read more

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