There was a museum with a lot of interesting data on the beginning of the highway and the people involved with the making of the highway.
Here are a few pictures taken along the way.
Dawson Creek area
One of the travel days we made a stop at the Signpost Forest.
The group also added one of their own.
Here are a few more pictures of the Sign Post forest.
Watson Lake YT
The next stop was Whitehorse for a couple of days, one of the days was a free day so we had some time to shovel out the coach and get some laundry done. We have been seeing lots of animals along the way but don't get pictures as most of them are along the road and we can't stop.
One of the things we did in Whitehorse was to tour the SS Klondike.
There was lots of beautiful flowers as we drove along the road.
Here are a few more pictures of the area.
Our next stop was Dawson City where we take the ferry across the river and start the Top of the World Highway, more about that later. Dawson City is like stepping back in time. The streets are still all dirt and all the sidewalks are really boardwalks.
Here is our tour guide explaining the Sourtoe Cocktail and the history and no we did not try it.
Here is a link to the history of the SourToe Cocktail.
We also took a tour of a Dredge. Dredge#4
History of Dredge 4
Here are a couple of pictures of the ferry crossing.
More pictures of the area.
The ferry crossing started the 100 mile Top of the World gravel road. They use the term gravel loosely as any gravel on the road is either on the side or all washboard.
Most of the time I was driving only 10 or 15 miles per hour.
The views from the highway were pretty amazing but I would never take it again.
We also crossed the border into Alaska while on this road.
We spent the night in Chicken Ak. Interesting town the total population is 3. They have a campground and a gift shop, of course, and a little café.
Our next stop was Tok, Ak. where everyone got together and helped each other wash the RV's. They were pretty disgusting.
More pictures of the area.
Top of the World
Here are pictures that were taken as we drove along the Alaska Highway.
And that brings us to Fairbanks, where we are now. I will let Robin do this part of the blog as I was playing hooky through some of it.
We had two full days of touring. The 1st day started with a trip to the University of Alaska Museum. Like most museums, art and history of the area were the topics.
This first picture is of a outhouse, pretty fancy.
Lunch was provided at the Chena's Alaskan Grill. Linda joined the group for the second half of the day which was the Discovery Steamboat cruise on the Chena River. This cruise took us to where the Chena River and the Tanana River join. Notice the change in the water color, the clearer, Chena River, is fresh water, the cloudy water, Tanana River, is moving Glacier flour, very fine silt.
The cruise provided awesome scenery, we also stopped at the Trail Breaker Kennels, Trail Breaker Kennel, which was established by Susan Butcher, 4 time Iditarod Champion. Also stopped and got off the boat at the Chena Indian Village. For more info about this cruise Riverboat Discovery Tour.
Second day began with a visit to the Visitors' Center, off to the Ice Museum, unlike most museums.
Lunch was on our own, afterward we boogied to Gold Dredge #8.
Two LONG, enjoyable days followed by two days of R&R. Fairbanks, Alaska