Whitehorse to Tok, Alaska - miles 884 to 1314

Trip Start Mar 04, 2005
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Trip End Dec 31, 2014


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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

 I don't really have much to share about our time in Whitehorse. As I've previously mentioned, we spent time here on our last trip and pretty much hit all the highlites than.  We did make a return visit to the SS Klondike, part of the Canadian National Parks system, and found it well worth a second visit. 

After our second night we waved good bye to the Anderson's, Bell's & Stewart's.  They headed for Dawson City and the drive across the Top of the World.  Both places we had visited before and felt strongly that they should not miss.  That gave us two days in Whitehorse with the Zoon's!  Ken & I didn't do much - well, I cleaned the house again and did several loads of laundry along with some much needed shopping.  Henk & Betsy managed to stay busy taking in some of the local attractions.
 
Monday ( 06/13 ) found us heading out once again along the Alaska Highway.  We had just under 400 miles to travel and three days to do it in.  We pulled in to Kluane Lake Government campground early on Monday and settled in to two of the lakefront spots.  For a short time we actually had the whole campground to ourselves!  We've been here before and remembered it fondly - in fact, we were in the same two spots as last time when we traveled through with our friends George & Myrna.

We spent Tuesday here as well and enjoyed a much needed 'day off' from traveling!  The Yukon Parks provide free fire wood so given that it was a bit chilly we started our Tuesday fire around 12:30 and kept it going until we headed 'in' for the evening!  Quite possibly the longest campfire Ken & I have ever enjoyed! 

Wednesday found us heading out for what remained of our drive to Tok, about 235 miles in total.  All was going along smoothly until we hit some of that 'famous' Alaska highway road condtions.  I struggle for words to describe it and can only say that it was by far the worse roadway we have ever driven on!  And it went for well over 100 miles ( for those of you who may be coming this way - it runs from Burwash Landing to the US Border...you have been warned! ) Fortunately the scenery was beautiful so we didn't really mind driving slowly! 

We managed to get through the US Customs checkpoint with no problems and actually had a very pleasant conversation with the agent about the roadway we had just travelled.  Seems the U.S. government has been giving money to the Canadian government over the last several years so that they can repair/maintain their 'side' of the Alaska Highway.  He told us rather than getting better the roadway has continued to deteriorate and he has no idea where the millions in U.S. taxpayer dollars are going!  ( Ken will be writing a letter to our Senators in an effort to find out - that's how bad the road was! ) 

A short time later, over much better roads, we arrived in Tok.  We found our friends already settled in, they had in fact arrived on Tuesday.  All the stories still haven't come out about the trip across the Top of the World Highway.  Apparantly it wasn't in the best of condition and travel was slow and, at times, scary!  I am sure as time goes on they will see it in a different light and it will become on of the high lites of their time 'North'. 

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