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Another snowy drive

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Well, last year when we traveled between Prince George and Dawson Creek, the roads were snow covered; about a foot in some places. We checked the weather forecast last night and saw that we would have snow once again. However, this time it was rain and wet snow. There was never any snow sticking on the highway. We decided to drive past Prince George, since tomorrow's forecast is additional snowfall in Fort Nelson. So today we drove from Cache Creek to Chetwynd.

We saw several deer and 4 black bears (single sightings). One was a cub, climbing up the road bank. The bears looked very healthy. I managed to get one picture but I want to get a movie. We hope to see more wildlife tomorrow.

We plan to drive to Fort Nelson tomorrow.

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Cache Creek, BC

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Today we left Everett, WA and drove to Cache Creek, BC. It was a rainy, cloudy day. Everything is a lush green.
While we were in Everett we drove over to Mt. Vernon to see the tulips. The tulip festival ended last weekend, so the crowds were gone.....but so were the tulips! Evidently the tulips bloomed early this year. So the fields were not so spectacular. However, we did find some beautiful tulips still in bloom at the RoozenGaarde.
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Tomorrow we will drive to Prince George and the next day, to Dawson Creek. Hopefully, we will have some scenery and wildlife photos to share.

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Heading for Alaska for summer

Garry and I and Bella (the spoiled cocker spaniel) will be heading to Alaska on April 28. We will spend a few days visiting my brother in Everett, WA. We plan to tour the Boeing plant and the tulip fields in Connor. Then on May 1 we will head North. I have been watching the road reports in B.C. and Yukon. It appears that we will have spring conditions, with just a bit of snow along the highway....but not much. I am looking forward to viewing all the wildlife coming out to graze along the highway. Watch for pictures.

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Traveling to Alaska Once again in 2010

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Garry and I have been 'hired' as camp hosts for the Alaska State Parks system! We will be traveling back to Alaska on April 29, to spend the summer on the Kenai Penninsula. We will be hosts for the Johnson Lake State Park, which is just off the Sterling Highway, going south towards Homer.

I will once again post to this travel blog, sharing the sights and experience of traveling north to Alaska.

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Last entry to our Alaska Travel blog

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Today we are 15 miles from the U.S. border near Vancouver, staying in Chilliwaki B.C. We realize that we made one HUGE mistake on our trip. We came home too early.....we should have stayed in Alaska for the rest of the summer. It is currently 99 degrees here (record breaking heat here). Tomorrow we will arrive at my brothers north of Everett to visit for several days. We understand that tomorrow Seattle is supposed to break all records with over 100 degrees. So we checked on the temperature in Alaska and found that it got up to 68 in Anchorage today. You can see why we say we made a BIG mistake. It is very tempting to turn around and head north again!

This will be my last entry for the travel blog. We have enjoyed our drive down the Cassiar Highway. We spent on warm evening at the 10 mile lake Provincial park in B.C. The dip in the lake was very cooling right before bedtime. We stayed in Cache Creek last night. We HIGHLY recommed the Brookside RV in Cache Creek. They have a nice park and a very cool, inviting pool. Just what we needed last night.

Here are some of the highlites of the last few miles of our trip.
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Mountains near Hazelton B.C. This is a beautiful valley.
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Historic Indian village near Hazelton B.C.
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World's largest fly rod at Houston B.C.
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Hells Gate airtram, B.C. along Highway 1.
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Taking the tram ride.

Go to YouTube to see my Hyder Bears video.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9Kj8T2JAp4

We have thoroughly enjoyed our trip of a lifetime and are already talking about returning to Alaska. Maybe in 2011.
Till then, God Bless and Safe Travels.

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From Fairbanks to Hyder, Alaska

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We had a wonderful time in Fairbanks. We visited the Eldorado mine. WEIO_Fairbanks_030.jpgThis tour was recommended to us several times and we agree that it is fun and interesting.

We spent several hours at the World Eskimo Indian Olympics. What fun! We didn't get to see many of the games, but certainly enjoyed the Baby contest and Miss WEIO contest. WEIO_Fairbanks_091.jpg
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There were dances and handmade crafts to purchase. We were surprised this event wasn't supported more by the local people. If you ever get the chance to visit Alaska in mid July, be sure to take in this event.

After we left Fairbanks we took the Top of the World Highway to Dawson City. The U.S. side of the trip was dusty and bumpy. This would have been a fantastic view, but it was so smoky from the fires that we could hardly see over to the next ridge. WEIO_Fairbanks_144.jpg View of the US Canadian border on Top of the World Highway.

Dawson City had their busiest weekend, hosting their music festival. We hit the usual tourist spots and enjoyed the show at Gerties. WEIO_Fairbanks_178.jpgWe also drove up to 'claim 6' where the Canadian National Park owns a mining claim to try our hand at gold panning. Let's just say that it is a good thing we weren't depending on the gold to pay for the trip back home!

We headed down the Cassiar Highway to Hyder, Alaska where we are currently staying. WEIO_Fairbanks_181.jpg Lake Boya, on Cassiar Highway

WEIO_Fairbanks_182.jpg View of the Cassiar Highway

Hyder is noted as the 'Friendliest Ghost Town in Alaska'. The population of Hyder was once 10,000, but when it got down to 17 people, it was officially listed as a ghost town. hyder_bear_1_007.jpg
The reason people come to Hyder is to visit the National Forest bear viewing area on Fish Creek. When the salmon start coming in mid July, the bears visit the creek on a regular visit. On our first visit we watched 2 bears for about an hour. It was thoroughly entertaining. hyder_bear_1_015.jpghyder_bear_1_029.jpghyder_bear_1_017.jpgWho needs TV when you can watch something like this. We plan to go back a couple more times and get more video and photos. I am making a bear video which I will post on YouTube.
It is raining now in Hyder, so we are just having a quiet, rainy, relaxing day.

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Final weeks in Alaska

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It has been awhile since I last posted on our travel blog. We have been camping in places without WiFi access. It has been a nice change of pace to camp in more remote campgrounds rather than the RV parks. And it saves us about $30 a night!!Whittier_P..m_Sound.jpg
We spent a few days at Portage valley and took the tunnel to Whittier. This is a view of Prince William Sound from Whittier.
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This is my favorite picture of the trip. I was exploring Shotgun creek outside of Whittier. I saw the fishing boat coming into the harbor. I think the shot epitomizes much of the waterfront of Alaska.
valdez_022.jpg On the way to Valdez
The grandsons, Andrew and Cameron, arrived on July 2. We took them down to Valdez so they could enjoy the pink salmon run.
We were a bit concerned because the salmon were not ‘in’ yet and the boys were starting to get bored with fishing in Alaska. So we took them on a wildlife cruise on Prince William Sound. The boys thoroughly enjoyed the day. We saw sea otters, sea lions, dall porpoises, 2 humpback whales, eagles, puffins, ice bergs, and clear blue skies.
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Commercial fishing boats on Prince William Sound.
It was a wonderful day. (we understand that is usually rains in Valdez. While we were there it was sunny and warm every day!!)
The cruise took us up to the Columbia tidal bay glacier. valdez_209.jpgIt is the only receding tidal bay glacier in the world. It was amazing how quickly the temperature dropped! There were small ice bergs all around us. The boys were able to collect 2 small pieces of ‘ancient’ ice which are in our freezer. valdez_228.jpg
I have been given specific instructions to bring the ice home, no matter what!
The pink salmon fishing wasn't as good as anticipated. valdez_054.jpg
Once the fish came in, the boys were able to catch some. They did get their limit one day.

After the boys left we headed back towards Fairbanks where we will take in the World Eskimo International Olympics July 14 and 15.
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We finally got to see a full view of Mnt. Denali. They say that only about 30% of the time it is clear and one can see the entire mountain. They are not kidding! This was our third opportunity to see the mountain. Since it is so smoky now, I had given up. But while we were leaving Byers lake campground one morning, I looked to the left and THERE SHE WAS!!

We did spend 2 days at Chena Hot springs. That is a very interesting resort where they are using geothermal energy to develop power for the resort. They had a large greenhouse that is providing vegetables for the restaurant. I highly recommend this side trip for anyone. And the hot water is so soothing!!

After our time here we will go over to Dawson city, Yukon and see the views on the Top of the World Highway. We plan to spend 2 days in Dawson City, then it is time to head south for home.

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Alaska Fireweed view at Valdez

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Hope, Alaska and more fishing

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We managed to take a day off of fishing and did some sightseeing. We drove over to Hope which is one of the first gold rush towns in Alaska. Hope was formed before Nome and Dawson city. It is about 15 miles off the Sterling Highway. Skilak_lak..ing_021.jpg
The view of Turnagin Arm from Hope.

Skilak_lak..ing_017.jpgThe tiny town of Hope is quaint, with buildings still in use from 1896. We visited the small museum which has a very nice display of artifacts from the gold rush days. Skilak_lak..ing_023.jpg We tried to make it look like we caught Bella in Hope, but she didn't fully cooperate.
Skilak_lak..ing_029.jpg We saw a four-wheeler with several old license plates, including this one. We looked around for Sarah, but didn't find her!
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View of Chugach mountain range and lupines from the Sterling Highway.

Later that day we drove the Lake Skilak loop road which is off the Sterling Highway. This is a wildlife reserve; but we didn't see any wildlife that day. However, the scenery was outstanding. The forests are so thick, lush, and green.Skilak_lak..ing_040.jpg Garry and I at one of the Skilak lake overlooks. That is the Chugach mountain range in the background. Just behind those mountains is Steward.
Skilak_lak..ing_038.jpg You could hardly see the damage from the old fire at this point.
Skilak_lak..ing_041.jpg David Webb at the Skilak lake overlook.

We have put in several days of fishing. The reds are running so strong on the Russian and Kenai River. On June 23, all three of us got out limit. 18 fish! It took quite awhile to do the cleaning, fileting and packaging. Our little freezer in the camper is full, so we have shipped fish home to our family. Fishing for salmon has been such fun; a memory that will last forever. When they call the Russian River 'world class' fishing, they are not kidding. It is not uncommon to hear French, German, Japanese, Chinese, English and a native dialect during a day of fishing.
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Skilak_lak..ing_016.jpg The salmon have been averaging about 10 pounds and 27 inches. They can put up a good fight.
Skilak_lak..ing_007.jpgAll of us caught our limit on this day. It was quite the haul!
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Fishing Update

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We picked up David, our son, on June 18 very early in the morning at the Kenai airport and took him straight to the Russian river that morning. It was a good day of fishing! They had just increased the limit from 3 to 6 fish. It was definately combat fishing but we managed to get away without any major wounds. I saw one guy with a hook in his lip and a lady get a cut lip from the heavy weight flying back. Russian_River_001.jpg
This is the ferry that takes people across the Kenai river, so they can fish the Russian river.

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Fishing with 1000 of our new Alaska friends. Garry says that Alaskans must not work in the summer; they go fishing!

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Linda with her catch for the day.

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A good catch for the day!

Yesterday we went on a halibut fishing charter out of Seward. Thankfully, the weather was fairly calm, so no one got sick. We had sunshine and calm waters for most of the fishing. It was the first time for all of us to go out halibut fishing. We all got our limit, along with some interesting rock fish.
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David with one of his Yelloweye fish. They are very colorful, interesting fish.
One guy caught a trophy size Yelloweye and gave it to us. I understand they are excellent on the barbque. Most of the halibut were around 15 to 20 pounds. I am glad we went, but I must admit, I enjoy flyfishing much more. Just give me my fly rod and get me on the Russian River so I can catch more sockeye. However, our little freezer is getting very full. We plan to send David home with 100 pounds of fish!

We did see some humpback whales while on our charter. They didn't get real close to the boat, but I was able to get a couple of pictures. 8Russian_River_019.jpg
The grey back in the background is one of the whales. I think out of 8 pictures, 5 were just ocean water!

They next few days we will continue to fish the Russian, then we will take a King charter. That will be my next entry time. So wish us luck!

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Firshing the Russian River

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We finally made it to the Russian River. We have been fishing the last 3 days. I was able to catch my limit on one day. Garry is practicing his 'catch and release' techniques. Russian_river_019.jpgHe has snagged quite a few fish and lost quite a few. Hopefully, tomorrow will be a better fishing day for him.

We did see a brown bear across the Kenai river. Russian_river_023.jpgIt was just as much fun watching the fishermen all scramble to safety. The bear was most likely a 2 year old; he wasn't very good at catching fish yet!

Russian_river_006.jpgWe tried our luck at clamming near Ninilchik; not exactly our favorite thing to do. Saw lots of eagles though. Russian_river_009.jpgWe drove on down to Homer just to check it out. It is a very nice little community.

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Seward and Kenai Fjord National Park

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We have been here in Seward for 6 days now. We LOVE Seward. It is surrounded by massive, snow covered peaks. Everywhere you look is another postcard view.
Seward_Ken..our_002.jpg View from our campground. Bella enjoys the new seaweed smells!

The town is small and visited only about twice a week by cruise ships. We are parked in the City Campground with a view of Resurrection Bay and the mountains. Each day we have watched sea otters right from our RV.

We took a 6 hour wildlife cruise into the Kenai Fjord National Park. Seward_Ken..our_032.jpg
We saw Orcas, a humpback whale, a black bear, sea otters, porpoises, sea lions, puffins, and many other birds.
We went up close to a glacier and witnessed calving of the glacier. Seward_Ken..our_035.jpg
Hogart glacier in Kenai Fjord National Park

It was spectacular. The sounds of the glacier range from thunder like, to shotguns, or explosions (when the calving occurs). I could have watched the glacier for hours, waiting for the next show.
Seward_Ken..our_020.jpg Another spectacular view on the Kenai Fjord cruise.

One of the reasons we are staying longer in Seward is because the sockeye are running up the Resurrection River. Since this is salt water fishing, you can snag 6 per day. On the first day, I 'skunked' Garry by catching 2 and hooking on to 6 or more....I lost count. Seward_Ken..our_062.jpg
Garry caught one and maybe hooked another 2. However, the next day he made up for it by catching one and I caught nothing!! Yesterday we both caught one. But we learned a good lesson, too. We had the fish on a stringer in the water and when we were ready to leave, NO FISH!! Evidently, during low tide the stringer started floating down river. Another fisherman saw some guys catch it and just add the 2 fish to theirs. They didn't even try to find the owner. He told Garry that the same thing happened to him last year. So, next time we will be sure the fish are further away from the water and not easy for someone to walk away with. We didn't come home empty handed though. A very nice lady was upset that someone would do that, so she gave us one of her fish. She told us she already had about 75 lbs. of fish in the freezer anyway!!
For all you Idaho salmon fishermen, I want you to know that 'combat fishing' here is NOTHING like combat fishing on the South Fork of the Salmon River. This is almost like a picnic. You don't get snagged on trees and rocks; there is plenty of room for you to fish.

We plan to fish today and tomorrow and then will head up to the Russian River, in time of opening there.

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Denali National Park

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I haven’t posted since we were in Haines. We have seen lots of beautiful scenery and had some exciting times since then.
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On our drive from Haines back to Haines Junction we saw a very large grizzly right at the side of the road. He wasn’t too excited about having us stop the pickup to take a few pictures, but he stayed around long enough for me to get a good shot. These bears are simply beautiful. They are so massive, with thick fur waving in the wind. I can’t get enough of them…as long as there is a safe exit for me. However, not a single bear has been aggressive. It is true, they are more afraid of us, then we of them.

We stayed one night in the tiny town of Tok, Alaska. I’m glad we are here now to visit and not the winter time. Evidently, Tok is the coldest town in Alaska. It can get down to 70 degrees below zero. We talked to a sporting goods store manager and he said it isn’t uncommon for it to be 30 degrees below zero for several weeks. BRRrrrrrr.
We stayed 3 nights at the Riley Creek campground in Denali Park.
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You cannot drive to Alaska without spending some time at the park. And be sure to spend more than one day. We took one day just to visit the Visitor centers (there are 3 of them), view the exhibits, and watch the movies. My highlight was watching the sled dog demonstration. Those of you who know me, know that I AM a dog lover. They have about 30 working sled dogs at the Park Headquarters. They use the dogs to make patrols in the winter. These are very friendly dogs, who love the attention. They were quite interested in me since I smelled like a dog to them! Notice the kiss I received.
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On our third day we took the Tundra Wilderness Tour, an 8 hour narrated bus tour into Denali Park. It had snowed last night, so we had a cold, windy but sunny day on the tundra.

Denali_Park_084.jpg Denali Park view during Tundra Wilderness tour.

I highly recommend this tour to anyone who wants to learn more about Denali and have a chance to see some wildlife. The tundra is a different terrain from anything I have ever experienced. There are mountains all around, braided rivers, glacial valleys, and rolling tundra. It is such an immense, beautiful wilderness.
I was the first person to site wildlife; caribou in a distance. We also saw golden eagles, arctic ground squirrels, snowshoe hares (lots of them), dall sheep, bears, a coyote and a lynx. We did not see any wolves or Denali mountain. She was covered by a large bank of fog and clouds. Maybe we will get a good view on the way to Anchorage tomorrow. There is a cow moose and calf staying right around the campground. Evidently, this is a major calving area due to all the cover and willow. However, the grizzlies know that too, so it isn’t uncommon to see them nearby. We learned that only about 20% of the moose calves make it through the year since they are prime food for the bears. I told Garry that this is just the balance of nature here in the Denali wilderness. We need to remember that there are actually more moose in the park by far, than grizzlies. There are only about 300 bear in the park. Denali_Park_094.jpg Two grizzlies on braided river in Denali Park

Our next drive is to Anchorage where we will spend 2 days. I need to take the dogs to a ‘doggy do’ place for baths. They have done quite well, but are getting just a bit dusty. We will do some sightseeing in Anchorage and then drive down to Seward.

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Haines, Alaska

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What a magnificent drive on Sunday! We left Whitehorse early morning and drove to Haines, Alaska. We drove through the Kluane National Park in the Yukon. Canada’s highest peak, Mount Logan, was beautiful against the clear blue sky. Haines_Kluane_006.jpg
Kluane National Park

The drive down Haines highway was spectacular. We were surrounded by snow covered peaks. The icefields here are the largest in the world outside of the polar icecaps; imagine that! The highway climbs above the tree line to a tundra meadows. Haines_Kluane_015.jpg
Haines Highway view

I really don’t know how Garry could drive and keep his eyes on the road! We love the Sawtooths in Idaho, but these mountains are incomparable. A picture simply does not do justice. I hope you enjoy just a few of my favorite pictures.
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View from our RV park at Haines

We stayed at Haines, at the Oceanfront RV park. Haines is a quaint, small town. The people are very friendly. A Holland America Cruise ship arrived this morning, so town was buzzing and the shops were doing a good business.
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Cruise ship leaving Skagway

Tomorrow morning we are taking the 'fast ferry' to Skagway for a quick visit. Since we leave at 6 a.m., we will have breakfast in Skagway, then visit some of the shops and museums and then head back around 2 p.m.

Just one more story and word of advice to any other RV travelers to Alaska. All along while planning this trip, Garry would say"We are going to have so much fun." Finally, the realist in me had to make a comment. I told Garry that there was no way we would drive over 6000 miles without having something go wrong, and that some days would not be fun. Well, it happened in Haines. We planned to stay at the Chilkoot State Park. The road was very rough and steep into the park. We attempted one spot but decided it wasn't a good fit for the 5th wheel. So we decided to come back to town and stay in an RV park. When we turned the corner out of the campground we heard a sound...not a good sound! Unbeknownst to us, the tailgate had dropped and when we turned the corner the 5th wheel caught the tailgate and literally bent it in half!!! It was a struggle to get the tailgate loose and off the pickup. After Garry calmed down (which took awhile), he did smile and said it could have been worse. So we now have a piece of wood wedged in the back of the pickup to prevent things from slipping out. I am not sure if he thinks I jinxed the trip by saying we would have problems. And, don't forget the advice, do not attempt to stay at Chilkoot State Park!!

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Whitehorse, Yukon Territory

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We are in Whitehorse now; parked at the local Walmart. The weather is sunny, partly cloudy and some wind. We toured the Klondike, the largest sternwheeler to run the Yukon river. It was fully restored to the 1937-40 period and is now a Canadian Historic Site.
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We had a wonderful dinner at the Klondike Rib and Salmon. I had the bison steak and Garry had the halibut fish and chips. I highly recommend it; a fun atmosphere, friendly staff, and good food. Tonight we are going to the Frantic Folies, a gold rush vaudiville show.

Today's wildlife included several moose and a black bear. Tomorrow we will drive to Haines, entering Alaska. Finally!!
Whitehorse_002.jpg The mighty Yukon river

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Dawson Creek to Yukon Territory

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We arrived today at the Continental Divide RV park, between Watson Lake and Teslin. There is still snow piled in the RV park; they are just getting opened up for the summer.
What a drive we had yesterday from Dawson Creek to Liard Hot Springs. It was truly a wildlife day. The first part of the drive to Fort Nelson was uneventful. Garry said it was like driving on a straight road in the desert, except there were trees along both sides of the road. It was a welcome sight, viewing mountains outside of Fort Nelson. We weren't very far outside of Fort Nelson when we saw our first Black Bear, foraging alongside the road.

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We saw another black bear, stone sheep, Bighorn sheep, buffalo, and caribou. This was truly a wildlife viewing day! We have been getting on the road early, which could be one of the reasons we have been so lucky to see the wildlife. Our guide books do recommend driving early morning or evening in order to see wildlife.
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The Sentinel and Stone Range are fully covered with snow. Many of the lakes are ice covered, just starting to breakup. Alaska_Daw.._Lk_022.jpg Stone Mountain Range

Alaska_Daw.._Lk_024.jpg Summit at Stone Mountain Range

The dogs are doing pretty good, enduring the long rides. Bella is afraid of the big trucks and the bridges with overhead support. So she has been quite nervous today! Of course, both dogs were excited to see the wildlife, barking wildly.
Alaska_Daw.._Lk_009.jpg Bella giving her best smile.

We stayed at Liard Hot Springs last night. Garry was told that gas was reasonable there; well forget it. It was the highest priced gas we have bought so far. $5.60 a gallon!! Most gas has run about $3.00 a gallon. We did enjoy a nice soak in the hot springs. It is a short walk to the hot springs, through a boggy area. Yes, we encountered our first Alaska Giant Mosquito. Those things are HUGE!!!

We were on the road early again. We weren't down the road 4 miles before we saw our first black bear. But the highlight of the day's drive was spotting a Grizzly bear and 2 cubs. They cubs were obediently following Mom. They gave us a show of their playful energy. I did muster the courage to get out of the pickup so I could get a good picture. (Yes, the bears were on the other side of the road, completely uninterested in us). I also saw a wolf, at the edge of the forest looking out towards the highway. Garry wasn't able to stop, but I am sure the wolf would have run off. Now I know that some of you are thinking it was more likely a coyote. But I know the difference between a wolf and coyote. And it was most certainly not a dog that far out in the wilderness.
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We didn't get a sign made for the signpost forest at Watson Lake, but we found one with our name (thanks to the Webbs from Alberta!!)
Alaska_Daw.._Lk_046.jpg Bella, Gershwin and Linda in the Signpost Forest, Watson Lake, Yukon
We will drive to Whitehorse tomorrow and plan to stay at Walmart. I will write again once we stay at the next RV park with wireless.

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