Monday, June 22, 2009

Dawson City,Top of The World Hwy,Chicken, Tok,Fairbanks

We keep promising picture’s, but we upload some when we have a good, fast connection. Dawson City is a really neat town as we said in our last update. We are glad we did the extra 300+ miles to get there. The next day we toured the #4 dredge. Wow is that thing big. Parks Canada does a super job with the tours. The Dawson City Museum is super.

The next morning we leave Dawson City Yukon for Chicken Alaska. We cross the Yukon River on the free ferry. This was our first time with the RV on a ferry. It was a great trip across. Took about 15 minutes. The first 20 miles of the Top Of The World Highway are spectacular. The scenery is beautiful. We climb and climb till we are at the snow line. We climb to 4,500 ft. Its about 7 miles up. Then we come to the US border and Customs. No problem at customs. Then from here the next 80/90 miles went downhill, but literally and physically. The road sucked, plain and simple. The road was potholes and washboard with shear drop offs of several 1000 feet. Why did we subject out truck and rig to such abuse? I guess to say we did it. We did break a spring shackle on the RV and cut a tire on the truck to the cords, so it has to be replaced The shackle was replaced with the help of our traveling friend Bill. He is very handy and undertook the job of replacing the shackle. With 3 jacks and a lot of muscle power we got it replaced. The tire has to be replaced. We would NOT do the Top Of The World Highway again. We traveled many miles at 10 mph, so it wasn’t the speed, it was the road. We stopped at the little town of Chicken, population 12 in the winter, 20 in the summer. We decided not to spend the night. A couple of hours were more them enough time.

We then went to Tok Ak. We spent 2 days there to relax and give our nerves break. We stayed at the Sourdough Campground. We had raindeer chili in a sourdough bread bowl. Very good. Then we attend the pancake toss. You get 2 pancakes and from about 15 feet you have to toss them into a bucket. If you get one in you win a free breakfast the next morning. Bob did get one in. We had raindeer sausage and sourdough pancakes for breakfast, with all the fixin’s.

We left Tok for Fairbanks. A pretty ride to our first “big” city in months. We are sill here now. We will leave here on Wed for Denali. There is a lot to do here. We toured the University of Alaska and their museum. We toured the Alaska pipeline and learned about its building and upkeep. We visited the pioneer village and toured all the old buildings. We took a bus tour of the town. We then went to the Alaska Salmon Bake. What a treat for the pallet. The salmon, halibut, cod where wonderful, and then add prime rib to top it off. Wow what a treat. Today is the summer solstice. They are celebrating 21 hours and 50 minutes of daylight. The celebration goes from 12 noon to 12 midnight. We also visited the city of North Pole.

From the dogs: What’s with all this daylight. We go to sleep and its light out, we get up and its light out. We can’t figure out when its time to sleep. When do we get dark time? Lilly is totally confused. She keeps getting up between 3-5 AM to go out. She has to wake the old folks and they don’t like it. Maybe they are mixed up. They go to bed when its light out-go figure, old folks.

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