Watson Lake, Yukon, Canada
Trip Start Jun 25, 2009
73Trip End Sep 10, 2009
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Where I stayed
Downtown RV Park
We missed last night's 8:00 meeting. Art was already in bed and I didn’t want to venture out to battle with the mosquitoes. If we had gone, we would have known that we could have slept in. We can’t check in to our next campsite until 3 p.m. and it’s not too far away.
When we looked out the window, we noticed that Bob and Kaye had a flat tire on their toad. (That’s what RVers call their towed vehicles.) Bob was looking a little baffled about how he was going to go about changing the tire and was beginning to unload the stuff they had packed in the back to get out his jack. Since Art had a jack in the basement of the motorhome, he offered to help.
Bob, Art, Richard, and Ron (mostly Art) got the tire changed while beating off hoards of blood-sucking insects. The road continues to bruise our caravan’s equipment. Several rigs have rock chips in their windshields now along with the other mishaps they’ve endured.
When we got on the road, we immediately saw several black bears. We stopped and took video of one that was close to the side of the road. A black mink crossed in front of us and a red fox ran along the road with a grouse in its mouth. We also saw a few buffalo.
There was evidence of a large forest fire in the area. We found out that it happened in 2004 and actually hindered the progress of the Gulfstreamers Caravan that visited Alaska during that year.
The only stop we made was at a roadside coffee shop to stretch our legs. It was only around 11:00 a.m., so we had some time to kill. We arrived in Watson Lake, where we are spending two nights at the Downtown RV Park, at about noon.
Watson Lake is our first stop in the Yukon Territory
Watson Lake is home to the Signpost Forest where visitors are invited to leave evidence of their presence in town with whatever kind of sign they wish to tack onto a post. Since it was still early and we didn’t see any of the other rigs from the caravan, we decided to park and take a look at the signs.
We drove down a side street, got fuel, and stopped on the side of the road for lunch. We tried to make a few phone calls, but even though our phones indicated that they were roaming, we couldn’t get through to anyone.
As we finished up lunch, we started seeing some of the other rigs coming into town. Our Wagonmaster, Les was amongst them. He called to us on the CB radio and beckoned us to follow him to the RV park. We were going to be able to check in before 3:00.
The RV park is like none we have ever encountered before
One nice feature is that they offer a free RV wash. Well, let me put it this way…they supply the water, bucket and hose. You supply the soap, tools and elbow grease. All the same, it’s nice to have a spot to get some of the road grime off. It probably took Art and me at least an hour to hose off, scrub and rinse the motorhome, PT and trailer.
I did some laundry and took a shower while Art headed to the grocery store to get some fixings for chow mein. Wagonmasters, Les and Jean, accepted our invitation to dinner and arrived at 7 p.m. We had salad, chow mein, and rolls, with strawberry shortcake for dessert. I thought dinner turned out great and hope that Les and Jean enjoyed it as much as we did.
While we were serving dessert, Beverly, one of my game-playing buddies popped by and joined us. After everyone left, Art and I cleaned up. He went to bed and I was just settling down to work at the computer when Casper, another gamer, knocked. I put on my bug suit and walked to their motorhome. Tonight we played Scrabble and Spite and Malice.
It is 12:30 a.m. when I’m writing this and it is still quite light outside.