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Jun 17, 2019 - Dawson City, Yukon

Dawson City was a strange little town with very big history!! Dawson City, Yukon is the heart of the world famous Klondike Gold Rush. On August 17. 1896, three Yukon "Sourdoughs": George Carmack, Dawson Charlie and Skookum Jim founded gold on Rabbit Creek, (now Bonanaza Creek), a tributary of the Klondike River. Gold seekers heading to the Klondike in 1898 were required to pack and carry their goods over the Chilkoot Pass. The list of supplies required for each man included 400 pounds of flour, 100 pounds of beans and 100 pounds of sugar to...

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Alaska 2019

Jun 17, 2019 - Dawson City, YT

Today's journey was 156.3 miles in 3 hours. We made reservations ahead in the campground in town so we could walk everywhere. We made a couple of stops at rest stops with historical markers. There were some rough patches on the road and some frost heaves appeared more than half way, but smoothed out the rest of the way. Lots of purple flowers along edge of road and trees forever in our line of sight. We crossed the Stewart River, then met the Klondike River that flows into the Yukon at Dawson City. There was some altitude changes. As we...

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Jul 24, 2018 - Dawson City, Yukon

We made it to Dawson City, the town where the Klondike Gold Rush of 1898 was centered. The road had some rough spots and we have gotten into the north where the road buckles due to frost heaves. When you see the warning sign that showa three humps you know to slow down or you will have things in the trailer rearrenged for you. The caravan had a trip on an excursion boat, the Klondike Spirit. It took us about a mile up and down the Yukon River from Dawson City. The weather has been really ward here and almost no rain the last ten days or so....

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Jul 9, 2018 - Whitehorse/ Kolondike Hwy/Dawson City YK

We enjoyed a nice and restful three days in Whitehorse. It is the capital of Yukon with 28,500 residents. That is a lot considering the Yukon has a total population of 38,300. Imagine that, only 9,800 people in the rest of the entire province. There are probably more moose than that!!!! We took a 5 k walk on the Yukon River and a little tour of the fish ladders. The salmon are so smart here that they know how to swim up ladders. Well, at least about 2% know how. We then toured the Klondike Paddlewheel boat. This was the lifeline that...

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Jun 28, 2017 - Dawson City

DAWSON CITY, Yukon: We left Whitehorse and drove on up the Klondike Highway to Carmacks and overnighted. Don and Ron tried fishing in the Nordenskiold River that ran behind the RV Park but didn’t have any luck. The only wildlife we saw on the way up was a big fat porcupine waddling along the side of the road. The next day we headed to Dawson City. Lots of wildflowers on the side of the road and it mostly wandered along beside the Yukon River. One thing I found very interesting was that in the old days when they brought everything north by...

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Jun 20, 2017 - Into The Klondike

We flew from Fairbanks to Dawson City on a chartered Boeing 737. There are 35 of us on the tour so had plenty of room on the plane. The airstrip was very short and because of the permafrost in the Yukon the airstrip was only gravel making for an interesting landing. Dawson city became the centre of the Klondike gold rush in the late 1800's and hasn't changed much from those days. A lot of the buildings from those days are still standing and quite a few have sunk slightly into the permafrost. The roads are unsealed and the sidewalks are...

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Jun 13, 2017 - Up to Dawson City, Yukon Territory

Our highway north of Carmacks was rough with a LOT of frost heaves. So far this is the roughest drive. The road repairs are marked by little orange flags and we can easily see the repairs because they are darker asphalt, but the frost heaves are not marked and are harder to see. Sometimes they are a sharp jolt, other times a slight “whoop-dee-do”, little roller coaster. There is a lot of infrastructure repairs and maintenance happening on bridges and road surfaces. Must have been a rough winter. The hills in this area were named Cutters...

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Jun 2, 2017 - Road to Dawson City

Cowboy eggs, sausage and a glass of milk for breakfast. skipped the morning swim so we can head down the road to stop at Moose Lodge for more pastries. Followed the Yukon river most of the way to Dawson City, discovered that the king salmon Run Upstream for 2600 miles. Did good normal tourist things in Dawson City, swam in the river, walked around town and looked at Old buildings that were falling down, check out the saloons and had dinner at the downtown hotel. Live music from a local piano player, he was very good. Cross the Yukon river...

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Aug 23, 2016 - Dawson City

We meant to say something before we left Alaska about the state of the roads--they are always being repaired, and they always need it. Repairs are done by the Alaska Department of Public Roads, DPP, which many Alaskans call the Department of Parallel Ruts! At any rate some of the Yukon Territory roads are not that much better. It's the weather, of course--the freezing and thawing wreaks havoc with the asphalt or gravel. And the roads are so long and remote! You can count on encountering road repairs at least once on any given day. Monday we...

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Aug 12, 2016 - On to Dawson City

Found a softball tournament going on. 5 teams only. One Inuvik team made the long journey,but the 2nd couldn't get thru as the road was washed out. I think these teams were about one level below the beer league I played in. We were the bottom level in Muscatine!! Mandy was about as fast as one guy when she was in 8th and 9th grade! Sigh, the game is about done for.... Both pitchers were in their 50's....

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2016 Trip to Alaska

Aug 3, 2016 - Tok to Chicken and on to Dawson City

July 27th, 28th and 29th We spent our last night in Alaska at the Walker Fork River after driving from Tok to Chicken. It was the worst road conditions of the trip and there were a couple of times we thought the bottom had fallen through the floor of Morris. As a bonus for our last evening we were only one of 3 campers in the site and had the benefit of the cleanest pit toilets in my entire camping experience. Rain showers predominated during the evening and into the night but by the next morning they had stopped for which I was extremely...

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Jul 28, 2016 - Dawson City, Yukon

From White horse on we are in GOLD country. Mostly placer gold which is found in the gravel above bedrock in old stream beds which are mostly buried and are probably also under permafrost. This gold is flushed or dredged out of the gravels by huge water jets called monitors or by huge floating bucket chain dredges which float in pools of water and move around the valleys carrying the ponds with them. We saw one of the largest dredges still in existence near Dawson City where the great gold rust of 1898 occurred. Dawson City is where Mel got...

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