Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Whitehorse, Yukon Territory

We are at our camp today at the Whitehorse Hi-Country RV Park with Tab and Deanna. We enjoyed good weather today for a change!

We left shortly before noon today and went sightseeing. We drove down to the riverfront and toured through the Klondike which is a sternwheeler that plied the Yukon River from Whitehorse to Dawson City during its heyday. It is indeed an interesting story of how the boats were in service in the rivers for 7 1/2 months. They were actually pulled out of the river before the water froze and put back in once the spring thaw occurred. They often used horses to winch them up broadside out of the water.

After touring the boat, we traveled across the river and visited the world's longest wooden fish ladder. It was constructed so that the salmon would be able to swim back up river to their spawning grounds once the dam was built in Whitehorse. I really can't imagine the fish using such a long and circuitous fish ladder, but apparently it works.

Later in the afternoon, we drove to a couple museums. We visited the Beringia Museum which depicts the history of the area while the land was still attached to Russia. The focus was on the animals present during that time, like the wooly mammoth, and how they migrated across the land to end up in the Yukon and other local areas where their remains have been found. It was quite interesting.

The last museum was the transportation museum which showed the various means of transportation used in the area here and on up into Alaska. One area was devoted to the vehicles used to build the Alaska highway. Out in front of the museum in a DC-3 mounted on a pedestal. It spins on the pedestal and acts as a weather vane. It is amazing to see something so large and heavy spin with the slightest breeze!

Tomorrow we are headed for Dawson City. We will be there for a night and a day of sightseeing, then we hope to cross the Yukon River on the ferry and head to the Top of the World Highway in Alaska.

Having a great time!

Till next time. . .


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