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Published: August 8th 2013
View on the way to Whitehorse
Today in real time is Wednesday August 7, day 39 of the overall trip and day 22 of the tour. We can't believe we have been gone over a month. We've been having such fun filled action packed adventures in places we have never heard of each full of its own charm and history. Add in the normal mundane activities of chores and I haven't taken a minute to blog. That's why I'm glad Leisel wrote about the amazing ferry ride and the Top of the World Highway. So let's back track to some places leading up to that.
Last I wrote we stayed over night in Teslin. The drive from Teslin to Whitehorse was 106 miles.
Whitehorse - Day 6-7-8 July 22-23-24
The capital of the Yukon Territory since 1953, Whitehorse is on the upper reaches of the Yukon River in Canada's sub-artic region. More than 2/3s of the population of the Yukon Territory lives there where the world-famous Royal Canadian Mounted Police Territorial headquarters is located. I searched everywhere for a mounty in a red uniform and even asked someone if they still did that and the answer was sadly "no". This city also hosts the
Viewpoint of the Yukon
annual Yukon Quest Sled Dog Race.
We stayed at the Pioneer RV Park. The first night the Park owner treated us to a home cooked meal and we were entertained by, Jack one of our fellow tour participants. He played a lot of fun songs and sing alongs.
The next day we went on a bus tour of the city we stopped off at a viewpoint of the Yukon, then the SS Klondike. She was launched in Whitehorse in May of 1937 and continued carrying passengers and cargo until 1955. Sternwheelers were first used on the lower Yukon River in the 1860's. We went by a fish ladder, and the visitor center where we watched a movie of the beautiful summers in Whitehorse. I'm waiting to see an honest video of the Winters that dip to -40 degrees. No one seems to be talking about those. We had a delicious fish and chips lunch at Klondike Rib and Salmon. That night we went of Frantic Follies Vaudeville Show and had a wonderful evening of song and dance and lots of laughs. We were introduced to some of the famous stories of Robert Service the Bard of the Yukon.
One of the men from our group was picked by the dancers and after being sung to was inducted into the Honor of the Garter. We then had a beer at the Dirty Rottin' Bastard Pub. A fun evening and even at 10 pm it was still light out.
Day 8 Wednesday July 24 was a free day so a few of us went over to Muktuk Adventures a Sled dog kennel. Frank Turner a musher is the owner. There were over 100 dogs, we were allowed to walk amoung them and observed them being let out for a run to the river to swim. It was quite amazing seeing them run by and impossible to capture on the camera. Our guide was so knowledgable and is also a musher with one whistle they returned to her from their free run. After that we went to lunch then drove around town a bit and found the eagles nest by the river the power company made a pole for it several years ago. We saw the babies popping their heads out. I went to collect feathers and was warned by a local to watch out for poo and while I
The Fish Ladder
was talking to someone else from our group a baby fluffed its feathers and out came a plop as big as an egg. It missed us. Pat and I ended the day with a walk to the bridge over the Yukon that we had seen the day before on the tour.
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