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Published on June 23, 2017, by admin in Alaska Trip.

The campground north of Chicken was completely full by dinner time. I guess it was because I left Dawson so early is why I beat everyone there. Just as I was eating dinner two pickups came in, one pulling the other. I later found out that a young couple had broken the universal joint on

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Published on June 23, 2017, by admin in Alaska Trip.

The line waiting for the ferry to cross the Yukon River can be more than two blocks long. If you wait in that line it may take you several hours before they load you for the trip to the other side. I decided to get up early and board the ferry before the big crowds.

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Published on June 21, 2017, by admin in Alaska Trip.

The one show everyone talks about when visiting Dawson is the stage production at Diamond Tooth Gertie’s Casino and Dance Hall. There are three shows nightly, and I decided to go to one of the later ones in hopes of avoiding the crowds. I found out that it doesn’t matter when you go because it

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Published on June 20, 2017, by admin in Alaska Trip.

This morning I walked down to the visitors center just in time to take the walking tour of Dawson. It was quite interesting and fun. The guide took us to different places and told us some history of the building, then this lady dressed up in 1890’s clothes came out and pretended she was telling

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Published on June 19, 2017, by admin in Alaska Trip.

I didn’t tell anyone because I didn’t want them to worry, but Minnie did not want to start well after I left Whitehorse. Two times when I stopped at roadside historical areas, Minnie cranked for several seconds before starting. The last hundred miles to Mayo were made without turning the engine off. All last week

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Published on June 18, 2017, by admin in Alaska Trip.

Yesterday I finished fastening the panels to Minnie’s roof and today I connected up all the wiring. With the wire I had left from the stand out panels I made a jumper cable that I can charge my engine battery if it gets low. I guess tomorrow I will head for Dawson City. This has

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Published on June 16, 2017, by admin in Alaska Trip.

I got a little ambitious this morning and started the process of mounting my other two solar panels on Minnie’s roof. I worked a few hours removing the old legs from the panels, cutting mounting bracket from a piece of stock angle iron, and attaching the brackets to the panels. The place on the roof

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Published on June 15, 2017, by admin in Alaska Trip.

I found a hiking trail up the road a bit from my campsite. The trail cuts up steeply along the hill and comes out high above the river. From the top there are nice views in three directions. You can tell that the mountains are not as majestic in this area as they are along

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Published on June 14, 2017, by admin in Alaska Trip.

I road Honda to Keno City today. Keno is 35 miles northeast of Mayo, at the end of a gravel and dirt road. The loose gravel road made it seem longer than 35 miles and it took me almost an hour to get there. I was bundled up in three jackets because the temperature was

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Published on June 13, 2017, by admin in Alaska Trip.

I left Whitehorse this morning and drove north on the Klondike Highway for about 200 miles. It drizzled most of the morning with heavy fog in the mountains. The road was not too bad but once in a while there were a few rough spots. I don’t mind the rough spots near as much as

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Published on June 12, 2017, by admin in Alaska Trip.

There was a strong wind this morning but it was out of the south and I was headed north. It’s not too often I have a tailwind, so Minnie climbed up over the pass with ease. I stopped at a few overlooks that I missed on the way down but didn’t linger very long in

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Published on June 11, 2017, by admin in Alaska Trip.

This picture has nothing to do with Alaska. My Daughter Karen and Grandson Noah on Graduation Day! My plan is to head back into Canada tomorrow. I need to do laundry and fill my propane before heading north again. I will probably spend the night at Whitehorse Walmart after taking care of a few chores,

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Published on June 8, 2017, by admin in Alaska Trip.

They were called Stampeders. The Tlingit call them a name in their Native language that meant greenhorns. They were mostly young men, coming from all over the world, headed to the Klondike to make their fortune in the newly discovered goldfields. They came by the thousands, landing in Skagway on large ships and transferring their

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Published on June 6, 2017, by admin in Alaska Trip.

The weather has been gorgeous today. I think it hit 80 this afternoon. The snow up on the mountains is shrinking with all the warm weather and sunshine. The only drawback will be the bugs coming out to feast and the sun shining in the window at 11 pm when I’m trying to sleep. There

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Published on June 5, 2017, by admin in Alaska Trip.

In the morning I moved about 5 miles to another campground. I’m just across the inlet from my last camp, but I like this campground a lot better. For one thing it has cell service. I’m only getting three bars of 3G, but it seems like lightning compared to what I got across the river.

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Published on June 3, 2017, by admin in Alaska Trip.

Friday, June 2 I waited until about 10am before I road into Skagway. The temperature was still in the 50’s, but I drove slow enough that the wind didn’t penetrate my jacket. I stopped a couple of times to check out some sights I missed on the way in. One turnout on the Dyea road

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Published on June 2, 2017, by admin in Alaska Trip.

During the night at Whitehorse Walmart, I was awaked by the heavy patter of rain on Minnie’s roof. This was the first rain since entering Canada over a week ago. I was hoping the rain would pass soon and give me a few more good days. The next stop was in Skagway and there is

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Published on May 31, 2017, by admin in Alaska Trip.

As I travel further north into the Yukon I can see the influence of the Native culture. This is the land of the Tlingit people. For centuries the Tlingit have hunted, fished and trapped the Northwood. When the white men came to this region they brought with them many diseases that the Natives had no

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Published on May 31, 2017, by admin in Alaska Trip.

Two silly traditions along the Alaskan Highway in Watson Lake an beyond are the Signpost Forest and Rock Signs. The Signpost Forest has thousands of signs nailed to wooden posts over the last few years. Many of the signs are homemade and others just highway markers. A lot of the signs depict a travelers information

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Published on May 30, 2017, by admin in Alaska Trip.

Today was a wildlife day. Shortly before I reached Fort Nelson I saw a black spot up ahead beside the road. I knew immediately that it was a bear, so I stopped and took a few pictures. He seemed not the least bit frightened at Minnie parked a few yards away and continued to munch

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Published on May 29, 2017, by admin in Alaska Trip.

I left Grande Prairie quite early and drove to Dawson Creek, mile zero of the Alaskan Highway. I took all the obligatory pictures of the sign post, looked around in the museum, and watched the movie of the construction of the highway back in the early 40’s. I hadn’t pictured Dawson Creek as so large.

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Published on May 27, 2017, by admin in Alaska Trip.

Tonight we are in Grande Prairie, Alberta at yet another Walmart. I was going to stay at a campground or RV park to fill and dump, but I found a rest area with a free dump so there is no need to pay to park tonight. This Walmart has a small parking lot with limited

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Published on May 26, 2017, by admin in Alaska Trip.

I drove to Edmonton today. The traffic was pretty bad all the way. I thought I would see a lot of camper trailers going north but there were very few. From Lethbridge to Calgary and a little beyond I could see the snow covered Rocky Mountains off to my left. After I got through Calgary,

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Published on May 25, 2017, by admin in Alaska Trip.

I’m still at Lethbridge Walmart along with several other RVers waiting for the wind to let up. It was so bad last night that my fridge flame blew out and I awoke to a fault code on the display. I talked with a few of my fellow travelers parked beside me that confirmed they are

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Published on May 22, 2017, by admin in Alaska Trip.

Another cold morning in Butte, Montana. I packed up early and headed up interstate 15 for 170 miles. A quick stop at Butte Walmart for a couple grocery items, a gas fill up in Helena, and a break at a rest area, were the only diversions to the drive. There is a neat canyon just

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Published on May 19, 2017, by admin in Alaska Trip.

One day before my time expired at Blacksmith Canyon, we were hit with a snowstorm. It only dropped two inches but it was enough that it would have made packing everything a mess. I decided to push departure for a couple days to let things melt and dry out. Thursday morning dawned bright and clear

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Published on May 5, 2017, by admin in Alaska Trip.

The temperature hit 80 degrees here in Northern Utah today. With all the snow still high up in the mountains, this warm weather has turned the snow into raging rivers below. The stream beside Minnie has become a class 3 rapids, creating waves of water tossed by the boulders, and running so fast and furious

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Published on May 3, 2017, by admin in Alaska Trip.

Driving up into a picturesque valley of the Bear River Range in the Wasatch – Cache NF, I found this pretty little campsite. I’m still in Utah but getting close to the border of Idaho. This camp looks like a wonderful place to stay for a few days. I have been consistently moving north and

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Published on April 28, 2017, by admin in Alaska Trip.

The last time I visited Great Basin NP, I found a nice, free camping spot about 5 miles from the park. The wind for the past few days has been blowing too strong to make travel pleasant, so I decided to hold up at my previous discovery until the weather returned to more normal. The

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Published on April 24, 2017, by admin in Alaska Trip.

I left Ash Fork early and headed west on Interstate 40. Already the wind was blowing strong from the south, broadsiding Minnie with gusts after gust, causing me to hang furiously to the wheel with white knuckles. I don’t like wind. If I could wait it out, I would gladly stay put, but the forecast

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