Drive to Alaska - Stop #3

Trip Start Nov 21, 2010
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Trip End Nov 01, 2014


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Flag of Canada  , Yukon,
Monday, December 27, 2010

It's been a pretty drive today. We drove more snow-packed roads and today was the first day we didn't get some flurries or fog (yes, fog...it seems strange when you know it's 15 degrees F below outside); they sky actually opened up and we got some sun. Even had to put on sunglasses. The sun barely broke the horizon at it's noon height, it was maybe just one hand above the horizon (mountainous, so it was seemingly lower). By 3:30pm the sun had set in Whitehorse - we pulled in at 1:30pm and it was just about out of view.

Anyway, interesting bit of info for you here. Doug and I were trying to guess the population of the Yukon Territory (YT), which we got to last night when we stayed in Nugget City. Anyway, we had barely seen a handful of cars. We figure we probably saw about 25 total, including those stopped at every gas station and town we stopped in AND passed along the road. So, we figured about 4,000 people lived up here...somewhat jokingly. We learned, however, that Whitehorse, the BOOMING metropolis of YT has an intensely large population of 20,000. The REMAINDER of YT contains about 8,000. Our AAA book actually listed the populations of towns of 150 or less. These people barely have others to communicated with. It's a little crazy...but if you want to be 'backwoods', here's your place...

Few more pictures of the road. We haven't seen the Northern Lights yet, and only had one animal sighting. We saw reindeer. They were chillin' in the road, moved out of our way, then went back into the road. They don't use salt up here, so we've figured anyway, so we have no idea what they were doing in the road. Oh well.

A note to worried mothers: We are safe, we are even in civilization tonight. We have nourishing food for our drive tomorrow, and we will reach back onto US soil by tomorrow night (Tok, Alaska)...that is, if they let us back into the country. We have plenty of water and emergency provisions for our drive...we also have a watch dog and an Army Ranger. We don't, however, have working cell phones (mostly no service), and when there is service we worry for the $500 cell phone bill we'll be returning to when normal life must restart. We love you.

Night friends!
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