Capital City Stay
Trip Start Jul 27, 2010
42Trip End Jun 28, 2012
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Hi Country RV Park
We have been in Whitehorse, Yukon for the past 2 day. Nice town, 25,000 of the 35,000 residents of the Yukon live in Whitehorse, the capital. We are staying in a larger campground just blocks from the downtown area. And, between us and the downtown area is the airport. Little loud here sometimes.
As I mentioned previously we got our first stone chip in the window when a semi passed us. It hit right on the driver’s side too. After Ken spent hours trying to get Allstate to ok a claim for it (there seemed to be a problem since he’s “an American in Canada”) he took it into a shop and it cost less than $30 and our agent said send it to him and he’ll get it paid back. Gotta love insurance.
We played 9 holes of golf at a nice little course yesterday, pretty challenging. There was one fantastic par 3 that had the tee boxes up on a cliff. It was great, until you had to drive the cart down the steep switchback. That was a little scary. Expensive to play golf in the Yukon, almost $100 for 2 carts and 2 rounds of 9 (Allison was free, they don’t charge kids to play). They have 2 golf courses here. The one we played only had the 9 holes.
Beringia is the name for this area from thousands of years ago, when the Bearing Straight closed and animals and people migrated here from what we know as Siberia. We went to an Interpretive Center (museum) after golfing and learned more about the area, people, animals. The horses way back were like the size of a Greyhound, there were HUGE beavers, and the Giant Sloth bones they have are unreal. Nice mammoth bones too. They are doing excavations here in some caves farther north that are really showing some of the First Nation (native Indian tribes) lives from way back with some of these animals.
We had a great steak dinner when we got back from the museum and then went for a nice little hike, maybe a mile total. There is huge Marsh Lake (about 20 miles long) that you follow until its damned at the northwest end of it as you drive into Whitehorse from the east- that is the mouth of the Yukon River. The river flows through downtown Whitehorse. We drove a couple miles east of town, closer to the mouth of the river to an area called Miles Canyon. At one time it had been called The Grand Canyon here.
I’ll let the pictures tell the story, we had fun, really beautiful. We have been entertaining ourselves in the evening with games and movies. Since we had electricity it was movie night. We have now watched all the Alien/Predator and Alien vs. Predator movies.
We leave today. As the crow flies we are not far from Alaska. It’s 2 hours to Skagway. We have seen quite a few cruise ship buses up here. We could go there and catch a ferry for Anchorage. We will wait on that until we leave for Tahoe (we want to take the ferry down the inside passage). We decided we want to go to Denali before we go to Anchorage. We didn’t know if we would have time or not. The Alaska highway actually ends before getting to Fairbanks. A couple hundred miles before. And then from Fairbanks we will head south to Denali and then go to Anchorage. We think we will get to Alaska day after tomorrow and Denali sometime next week.