Bill & Deanie's Trip To Alaska 2012

  June 14th June 15th

Started the day in Whitehorse with a dump and fill! We filled up with fuel and paid $1.33.9/liter. They had an RV dump and it was free with the $150 of fuel! We continued north. Traveled from Wolf Creek Govt. campground in Whitehorse to a small “free” municipal campground (McIntyre Park) near the little community of Mayo, YT. Off the AK Hwy is route 11, known as the Silver Trail. We have not visited this area before and thought it was worth the side trip.

The road Whitehorse to our camp today was rough in spots. (What a surprise!) Looks like the road crew had been out recently and patched some of the roughest areas. Didn’t see any animals today except for a coyote that crossed the road right in front of us. Lots of signs saying to watch for Elk, but we never saw any. The campground sits right on the Mayo River and we are within a few feet of the rolling, rushing river.

The Mayo River supports Chinook Salmon, Northern Pike, Grayling, Burbot and several other species of fish. Studies have found that the Chinook Salmon use many of the small side tributaries of the Mayo River. First Nations and Yukon Govt. are creating more of those tributaries to help protect the salmon from the predatory Northern Pike. We walked down the river to a salmon restoration area.

Tomorrow we will continue to the historic town of Dawson City, YT. We have decided to stay a couple of days and have made reservations at the Bonanza Gold Motel & RV Park. It’s a Good Sam & Escapee discount park and sits on mine tailings for $35/night.

June 14 at Wolf Creek Campground, YT to McIntyre Park Municipal campground (near Mayo, YT)
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Montague Roadhouse first built in 1900.  This is the third one built in 1919 after fires destroyed the other two. 

The territorial government contracted the White Pass & Yukon Route (WP&YR) to build a winter road from Whitehorse to Dawson in 1902.  The 330 mile road was substantially shorter than the winding river route used in the summer by sternwheelers.  Horse-drawn  stages traveled from 6am to 6pm and took five days to complete the trip.  The one-way fare was a steep $125 and passengers paid extra for their meals and accommodations en route.

Deanie walkng around inside the structure.  Inside there was a rusted hulk of an old stove and what looked like a caved in basement.

Sign at the roadhouse says this:

Stage drivers were called skinners and had names like “Dummy” Coghlan, “Hard Face” Ned Reeves and Joe McDonald “The High Priest”.  They wore raccoon coats tied with a long red sash and soft buckskin gloves; when it was cold they sometimes held the reins with one hand and pounded the other hand against their shoulders to keep up the circulation.  According to one traveler, passengers were expected to “carry enough overproof rum to keep the drivers happy with hot rums in the long evenings:.

So here is your homework for the day!  What kind of a plant is this?  This was a large bush (there were many) right by the roadhouse.  It was getting ready to bloom? put on fruit?
This turnout gives you a view of the Five Finger rapids.  It's named for the 5 channels, or fingers, formed by the rock pillars.  They are a navigational hazard.
This was taken at an overlook on the Silver Trail road coming to Mayo, Yt.
A view out the back window of the 5th wheel.  Now this is camping!
Camping site for the night at McIntyre Park, Mayo, Yt.  Right on the river and free!
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