Bill & Deanie's Trip To Alaska 2012

  June 13th June 14th

Spent the morning around the trailer. Deanie did biscuits and gravy for a breakfast treat. Our normal “traveling” breakfast is bars that are eaten in the truck as we ramble down the road.

Just before noon we got to Whitehorse. We needed a few groceries. I took a few pictures in the market. The milk/dairy area was still pretty bare. Only a few varieties of fresh produce on hand. They are still trying to catch up on restocking after the road was washed out. We heard on the radio that this was kind of a wake up call for them, as they had forgotten how dependent they were on the AK Hwy. Seems strange for a place that is kind of “way out here” to not have an emergency plan in place at all times.

We needed to get a printer cartridge. Another “trailer bumping down the road problem”. We have a Brother “All-in-one” printer. We have a spot for it under our TV in the trailer. So we brought it on its first road trip. We didn’t realize that the ink cartridges are not sealed. It’s kind of like the difference between a ballpoint pen and a fountain pen. You remember fountain pens. The cartridge couldn’t take the big potholes and frost heaves of our trailer. A few days into the trip black ink spilled out all over the counter. What a mess! Finally we’ve dried it all out and cleaned up. We are ready to try again!

An important “feature” of our boon docking is our little generator. We have a 1000-watt. I found it doesn’t work with our converter. When hooked in to trailer the overload light comes on. So we have adopted the extension cord through the window method to watch TV and movies! Of course Deanie has the job of taping the window shut each time to keep the “Far North” version of mosquitoes out. Think about a normal mosquito on steroids. Our day in Whitehorse was nice.

We revisited a few of the places we went in 2001. One is The Beringia Interpretive Center. Beringia was the huge land area that formed during the last Ice Age and created a land bridge between Asia and North America. During the last Ice Age Yukon was ice-free because it was very dry. Highlights of the Center include the reconstruction of the largest wooly mammoth ever recovered in North America, a real mammoth tusk and the remains of a Yukon horse. We also went to the Yukon Transportation Museum where we saw a very interesting Army vehicle. No idea what it was though, maybe you could help me here? Those two museums can be visited for $9. We also went back to the Miles Canyon area. A really great trail system on both sides of the river, allows one to explore over 7.5 km of the area. We took pictures at the bridge that crosses the canyon. The walls are made of basaltic lava. Core drilling near Whitehorse rapids shows that the lava reaches 110 meters thick.

Late in the day, went back to the campground for dinner and a movie.

Update: It’s June 14th and this morning the temperature is 42 out.  High clouds today.

June 13 at Wolf Creek Campground, YT & sites at Whitehorse
 
 
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Afeter 4 days grocer stores in Whitehorse were practically empty.  Two days after Hwy opened still no dairy or produce.  Territory business has  a "just in time" model for economic marketing and distribution.    For all Yukon history, settlements wisely stockpiled food and supplies.
   
   
Yesterday's picture of railroad station in downtown Whitehorse compared to this shot in winter This is the 1000 mile Yukon Quest, the toughest sled dog race on earth.  The race is from Fairbanks, AK to Whitehorse, YT.  Starting places vary, but it's always grueling.
   
Some of the vehicles on display at the Yukon Transportation Museum.
   
No these aren't snowshoes.  Well not for people anyway.  They are for airplanes!  They take off the wheels and put these on to land on the snow.
   
Ok so this is the Army's rig.  Any idea what it is?  I never asked  (duh).
   
Yukon River entering Miles Canyon.
   
  Note the Basaltic canyon walls.
   
We are trying to get more "people" shots in this trip.  Sometimes "the people" don't want to comply!
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