Woohoo, our 2nd Canadian Province. I guess we'll have to buy the Canadian extension of the sticker map now. This was at the northern end of the Cassiar Highway, a very scenic drive.
That's Laurie in the midst of the Watson Lake Sign Post Forest. People come from all over the world and leave signs. It's a lot of license plates, but also a lot of custom signs of towns or things like our little custom welcome sign we put out front of the motorhome. Some people went to great lengths to bring something cool to leave behind. Laurie read there are something like 85,000 signs.
Laurie's not the first Razorback in Watson Lake. Lonoke is just outside Little Rock.
Nisutlin Bay Bridge over the Teslin River. This is the longest bridge on the Alaska Highway.
The SS Klondike, perched where they last hauled her out on the banks of the Yukon River, Whitehorse.
At the Yukon Transportation Museum. This old DC-3 "Goonie Bird" is the worlds largest wind vane. In only 4 knots of wind, it will spin to face it. It works, we saw it. They did some pretty good engineering to balance it that well.
Miles Canyon on the Yukon River. Just upstream from Whitehorse.
Okay, this is one of only 2 accidents we've seen caused by road hazards. This fellow went over a "frost heave" to fast. The freezing and thawing causes the roads to get pretty bad undulations, but they're pretty well marked. This was a particularly bad one that snapped the trailer's hitch. The other accident was a work truck hauling a cargo trailer that was way off the side of the road on a curve, overturned in the bushes. Not sure what happened with that one, the scene was empty and just marked with an orange cone.
Okay, 1130pm in Dawson City. We were walking back from the Can Can show and were treated to a double rainbow that was about as intense as any I've ever seen. The base was particularly bright. Almost midnight, normally too dark for rainbows right?
Dawson City as seen from Midnight Dome. The bright splotch at left is where they dredged up gravel from the Klondike Valley and just left it there.
The Tintina Trench from the Alaska Highway. One of the many geological structures caused by the glaciers up here.
This guy is going from the Artic Circle to the tip of Argentina. Looks like a tank, but pretty trail worthy. You see all manor of rigs up here, from high dollar Class A diesel coaches to ratty old Class C motorhomes from the 70's. There's something for everyone.
Dredge #4, now a National Park of sorts. These machines would float on a little pond in the river and scoop in tons of gravel down to the bedrock, run it through a sluice to shake out the gold, the spit the useless gravel out the back into a long pile called a "tailing." It floated, so it was easy to move up stream after it had dredged a section. The tailings go on for miles as they work the dredge up the river valley.
The ferry that will (hopefully) carry us over the Yukon river and on to Alaska. I took this picture from the tour boat.