As Far North As We're Gonna Get
Trip Start Apr 10, 2005
25Trip End Dec 20, 2005
We drove the Klondike highway, approximately 500km north to Dawson City. We stopped to view the infamous Five Finger Rapids on the Yukon River that old-time steamwheeler boats had to carefully negotiate. It looks like a bit of safe fun if you've got an inner tube...but we didn't. We also stopped at a native centre where they have what they claim to be the world's only Mammoth Snare (lifesize). Apparently when Mammoths were becoming extinct, they became dangerous to humans, so they were hunted. But they weren't eaten because the natives didn't eat anything that eats humans.
Let me begin by saying that Dawson City is the most interesting, impressive, and entertaining stop we've reached on all our travels so far
Although we enjoyed the town tremendously, we did have to cope the whole time with choking smoke from a forest fire several miles away. It says a lot about the appeal of Dawson City that the smoke didn't dissuade us from sticking around.
You may be wondering about Steve. Yeah, he's still with us but not for much longer. Dawson City is his last stop on the Ford-Focus Wagon. Steve actually was dragged up on stage at Diamond Tooth Gertie's to participate in a dance number, and his performance was so good the audience voted him as the winner..you can see a photo or two of the event in the album
Before we left Dawson City, we were treated to one last experience: we got to see and touch the Stanley Cup! It turns out that in 1905, when Dawson City was known as the "Paris of the North", it played for the Stanley Cup against the (then) Ottawa Silver Seven (if i recall correctly the team name). It's been 100 years, and now the Cup is visiting the town in commemmoration. There's a photo of the cup for all to enjoy :)
We left Dawson City to travel the Top of the World highway (I think there should be highway trading cards with names like these...Top of the World, Going to the Sun Road, Sea to Sky, etc.) and enter Alaska USA along a dirt road ridgeline. Alaska here we come.