Cindy: Well, finally Chuck called in from the great white north! Gas and food is SO EXPENSIVE up in AK and Canada that Chuck is feeling the pinch and spending as little as possible on campgrounds, which means that he rarely has had access to wifi. Between that, and the extreme cost of roaming charges on the cell phone mean not a lot of chit chat on the home front - but he did check in today so I'm back to posting. If you'd like to find him on a map, look up Prince George on a map of British Columbia. That's the area he's in today, July 15.
Not too much to write about today. I waited until 8:30 to send my latest log updates to Cindy. By the time I had accomplished that and walked back to get the truck, the line of RV’s waiting for the dump station was about 30 long (everybody usually leaves between 8:00 and 9:00). I finally got my turn, filled up with gas and took off back south. As I was re-tracing my previous route, I didn’t take to many photos. One that I did take was of the massive piles of tailings along side of the road left over from when the big dredges were working the area. These piles went on for several miles on both sides of the road.
I finally stopped at a turn out at Dabergs Lake (near mom’s bakery) for the evening.
I took off fairly early as I wanted to get to Whitehorse before Cindy left in the afternoon. (That’s the only place that I had cell reception). I took a couple photos of scenery on the way that I’ve probably taken before but they still looked exceptional. I wish the camera would show them as well as the naked eye.
I made it to Whitehorse and called Cindy. Nothing really major happening at home. I stocked up on groceries and topped off with fuel.
I did see something that a lot of people don’t get to see. It’s an eagle’s nest I saw on the south side of Whitehorse. These things are huge. This one looked to be about 7’ to 8’ across.
I did take a photo of the continental divide from the back side.
Here is some graffiti, Canadian style.
I made it to just short of Watson Lake where I will be turning south on the Cassier Hwy (route 37). It’s part of the western access route that will ultimately take me down to Seattle. The only thing bad about going this way is I won’t be able to say that I drove the Alaska Hwy, BOTH WAYS, and survived. Maybe next time.