Yukon - Heading North

We are on the Alaska Highway in the Yukon. Stopped at Watson Lake for info and diesel - then went about 70 miles west for a campsite. It is about 200 miles from here to Whitehorse.  Stopped in a gov’t package store and got a 6 pack of Yukon Lead Dog Ale  - about 7% - nice malt  - not too hoppy.  We will do a brewery tour tomorfrow in Whitehorse.   The same store also sold fishing licenses there  - $35 for a season license - and a small book of regulations  (unlike BC).  Same building does drivers licenses and plates.  We visited signpost village by the info center - unbelievable number of signs from all over the world.

This territory seems more laid back than BC.     It is actually pretty flat here,  we are on the Yukon Plateau but coming in to the mountains now.    The road is much better than the north end of Cassier Highway,  so far.     It is about 700 miles to Alaska now.   Staying at the Rancheria RV Park for tonight.  Rancheria River was named by a California gold miner.


The Yukon Territory is real interesting so far. We are camped near a very high/fast stream that has Grayling in it – but it is moving too fast to catch fish – although I tried.

We are quite sure we saw an otter in the stream – moving downstream fast.

Talked to a camper – and he is heading to the Russian river in Alaska – the salmon are running. He was there in the military.

We are tempted to get there where the fishing is good - but we want to spend some time in the Yukon too. We will come back along this section of the highway - although a lot of the route will be different. Heading to Whitehorse tomorrow - where about 3/4 of the people in the Yukon live - 24,000 out of 32, 000.




Coldest morning of the trip 36 degrees F. - about 2 Celsius. The “Call of the Wild” YYEEEOOOWWWW is when your butt hits an outhouse seat at 36 degrees. We are at 60 Degrees North – close to the latitude of Anchorage. It is not getting dark out - the sun goes behind the mountains, but it was light all night. We put curtains in all the windows at night to make it a little darker.


It is hard to explain to Effie that she has to sleep some normal hours anyway, she is would like to do walks at 2 AM, But she is getting used to things. She is still finding strange smells every day. Would love to know what sometimes. She is not used to bear, caribou, or moose smells. She is really having a ball with the cool weather, it suits her. She gets more walks here than she does at home, and in all new places. Two nights ago she let out a couple of loud barks in the middle of the night - something must have been prowling around the van.

People seem to get a big kick out of her - most are not used to Newfoundlands. There are a lot of husky type dogs here.


Campsites certainly aren’t full – or even close - maybe it will get busier when school gets out, and the people work their way up here. The economy must change things too Diesel was about $1.03/liter is Watson Lake and about 1.12 Canadian along the road. Gas is more expensive. Had two fill ups in BC and figure on 2 in the Yukon, Will have to go online and check Alaska prices. Hope they are better than here. Glad I am getting 24 – 25 mpg instead of 14 or 10 or 5 mpg like some of these RV’s. About 8000 miles so far, trip may be a few more miles than we figured - some due to driving around the US National parks for sightseeing. Not too many roads to drive around in the Yukon – at least paved ones. We don’t use the GPS much except for occasional planning purposes. Not that many road choices here.

At the Yukon info center, we picked up a interesting little booklet called “The Last Great Road Trip”.

About going through the Yukon and Alaska - some Robert Service poetry included.


more later