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Arrive at Dawson City, the Klondike Gold Rush City

Thursday, June 7, 2007

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We pack up (again) and leave Five Mile Lake Yukon Govt Campground. Very nice campsites, but it is off the main drag without any hook-ups. There were only four campsites occupied last night.

The highway doesn’t have spectacular scenery as some highways have had on this trip, but the wildflowers along the road make the drive very enjoyable.

We have hit very little road construction in Canada, but that is going to change today. We stop on the way to Dawson City for road construction that consists of six miles of one lane traffic. The traffic person explains to us that there will be at least a 20 minute wait for a pilot car, who will lead us through the construction. So we turn off the engine and read (and listen to Joe complain). After about 20+ minutes, we see the pilot car leading a parade of vehicles from the other direction. Then it is our turn to follow the pilot car through PILES OF DIRT AND MUD! The pilot car stops several times to make sure that all of the vehicles are following him (and probably to make sure they don’t get stuck – we use the 4-wheel drive occasionally during the drive). I guess they ripped up the blacktop and are adding more dirt to make the road higher before replacing the blacktop. So a slow, interesting drive that is sometimes stressful for the driver.

At Dawson City we splurge for a campsite with full hook-ups. What is unusual about full hook-ups at this place is that it includes HBO! I’m wondering if we can stay here til Sunday night to see the finale of The Sopranos? Hmmm…probably not.

We drive into Dawson City to the Visitors Center, watch their movies, pick up some more info, and then drive back to the campsite to cocoon the remainder of the evening. Of course the evening here last past midnight. At midnight it’s still very much day – I go outside at 11:45pm and take this picture.

Posted by jengelman 08:42 Archived in Canada Tagged family_travel

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