Today was the first day since North Dakota that we started with a clear sky. Left Watson Lake at 7:30 AM. This was the best scenery of the trip so far. One of the things that has surprised us is how few vehicles there are on the highway. From Dawson Creek to Fort Nelson the traffic was much heavier but for the last two days it seems like we have had the entire highway to ourselves. The woman who owned the campground at Sikanni Creek said it was the oil and gas development in the corridor up to Fort Nelson that accounted for the heavy truck traffic there.
The views today of mountains and lakes were really splendid. Click on an individual photo to see it enlarged.
This view coming up to the bridge over the Nisutlin Bay where it flows into Teslin Lake is really stunning.
We arrived in Whitehorse about 2 PM and got the next to last spot at a nearby campground. First stop was into Whitehorse to get the oil changed. I wish I had taken a photo of the rig in the bay….Before I pulled in they guy asked if I knew how high our coach is. I had done a rough measurement but not exact. He said the bay opening was exactly 12 feet to the top….I drove in very slowly while all watched….it seemed to clear by only 2 or 3 inches.
We have now driven almost 4000 miles since we left Fripp Island (two weeks ago tomorrow). After the oil change we made a stop at the Liquor Control Board for some wine and beer. Prices in Canada are about 2 1/2 times what they are in the US!
Then on to tour the SS Klondike II. First we saw an 18 minute film about the riverboats that ran the Yukon River between Whitehorse and Dawson City…the river was incredibly important then before the road …..the trip downstream to Dawson City, almost 360 miles, only took 36 hours….trip back to Whitehorse took 4 1/2 days. The Yukon River was very treacherous. The boats only ran about 5 months out of the year because the Yukon freezes solid by early October and remains frozen until the end of May.
This grand old paddle wheeler has been completely restored …It is much larger than appears in the photos and it had some very elegant interior rooms for paying first class passengers
We are only 600 miles from Fairbanks and may make the Alaska border Friday.