Day 121/122 - Drive to Teslin and Watson Lake
Trip Start May 01, 2013
172Trip End May 01, 2014
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Yukon Motel and RV Park
They seem to ask the standard questions as you go over 1. do you have with you or ever possessed a gun; 2. how much liquor are you carrying; 3. are you carrying over $10,000 with you? Ya, I wish!!! and one that we hadn't heard before since she knew we were in a group - is anyone in your group carrying a gun!! (Am I going to tell her even IF I DID know???)...strange.
Since we had been here before to Teslin, the drive was pretty much the same view only backwards!! We pass the town of Tagish (pop. 100) there was a post there (Canadian Customs) in 1897. Then past Squanga Lake (Indian for a type of whitefish found in the lake). Next we pass Johnson's Crossing where one of the original lodges was on the Alaska Highway. It's history is related in Ellen Davignon's book "The Cinnamon Mine". It is also apparently the home of the "world famous sourdough cinnamon buns." Everyone seems to want to claim that they have the best around. I know for a fact that they are HUGE!
We did go to the George Johnston Museum which was quite an amazing little museum devoted to this Native American man who lived in the area.
Day 122 - Today we have a drive of only 122 miles from Telsin to Watson Lake, so everyone seemed to take it a little easier today than rushing out. On this drive we pass the Dawson Peaks Resort (closed) which is another reference in a book by Sue Henry entitled "Dead North". We pass, once again, the Continental Divide and this time everything from the MacKenzie River system flows to the Arctic Ocean and everything from the Yukon river system flows to the Pacific Ocean.
Today is a bright sunny and warm (63 degrees) and we are so happy to see the sun and clear skies. We hear that maybe tonight may be our last chance to see the Northern Lights. We are all excited! However, it is estimated that the best time for viewing is between 1:30-3:30 a.m.! What, do you remember we are ALL senior citizens here? But, we do have a hearty group and about 12 of us get up, and YES we do see them