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Alaska Trip - Weeks 3 to 4

Alaska Trip - Weeks 3 to 4

After leaving Whitehorse, we had another day of beautiful scenery. On June 1st, we arrived at a one horse town in the Yukon Territory called Pelly River Crossing. This was just a one-night stop at an abandoned government campground (62.8264, -136.5845). At least it was abandoned while we were there. By morning, there were 5 campers using the campground for the night. However, it looks like they may open it again for the summer. The next day, we arrived in historic Dawson City. We crossed the Yukon River on a small ferry to reach our campground of choice. We stayed two nights (June 2nd and 3rd) at the Yukon River Government Campground (64.07176, -139.48562). Government campgrounds in the Yukon are $12 CAN a night for dry camping, which was $9.77 in US dollars.

The main downtown area of Dawson City has been mostly renovated to look like it did in the early 1900's. This gave the town a charming quality to it. While touring the town, we visited "Dredge #4", the largest wooden dredge ever built. It was pretty interesting to learn how these large machines operated. This dredge was pulling out over 50 pounds of gold from the ground every 3 days! But it wasn't an easy job with the ground being frozen by "permafrost". It would take up to 2 years to prepare (thaw) the ground before the dredge could be used. There's still plenty of active gold mines in the area. We also saw the "Keno" stern-wheeler, which was a smaller paddle wheel boat than the "Klondike"which we saw in Whitehorse. We also visited a "reconstructed" cabin used by author, Jack London. One of our "highlights" for the day was having drinks in "Bombay Peggy's", a restored brothel. Diesel was $3.71 US a gallon. (Read the entire article for more details and photos)

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Guest — Becky Fuller
WELCOME to our great state. Enjoy it all. So very much to see. Give us a little notice if you can. Our few elec sites could be ful... Read More
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Guest — De'Etta
Beautiful photos of a lovely place.
Thursday, 11 June 2015 13:28
Guest — Rocky White, CMSgt USAF, Retired
We did Alaska with a tour company in 2008 - when gas was the most expensive it has ever been. Gasoline in Tok was $4.55 a gallon ... Read More
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Photo Show of Our First 2 Weeks in Canada

Here's a short video show with a variety of photos taken during our first 2 weeks of our 2015 RV adventure to Alaska. These were taken in British Columbia and the Yukon Territory of Canada.

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Teslin Lake Campground, Yukon, Canada

Here's a short aerial video of Teslin Lake Government Campground in the Yukon Territory, Canada. I filmed this with my 3DR Iris+ quadcopter (drone), using a GoPro Hero 3+ camera. I'm still learning how to best make these videos. This video was made using a GPS assisted "loiter" mode, which created much of the jitters. The Drone kept wanting to adjust itself to remain in the correct location. I'll have to try other modes for the next video.

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Guest — De'Etta
One of our favorite assignments was Elmendorf. It's great fun to track you up the Alcan. The drone is taking some good shots........ Read More
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Guest — Joanie
Keep your dronie taking those videos. Love 'em.
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Alaska Trip - Week 2

Alaska Trip - Week 2

After leaving Quesnel, we moved another 170 miles to the small town of Mackenzie (May 20th - 21st). We've been moving slowly, ensuring we enjoy the trip. Why drive all day, just to get exhausted? We may have some long stretches, but we're all much happier if we keep our journey to under 4 hours a day. Mackenzie is a little off the main route, 17 miles each way to be exact. But there were two reasons we decided to make the detour: 1) They have the worlds largest tree crusher on display (huh?), and 2) they have a free city campground.

The Mackenzie Municipal Campground (55.32513, -123.093) was pretty nice, allowing "tourists" to stay in the dry-camping section free for 2 days. So we took them up on the offer! The "tree crusher" is a huge steam-roller type machine used to drive over (crush) trees. Most of the trees in the forests here are small Spruce, Aspen, and others that I don't know. Nothing like the huge Jeffrey and White Pine trees we're used to in California. These trees are easily driven over and flattened when you're drving the Worlds Largest Tree Crusher, which was only in operation for 10 months. We also visited nearby Williston Lake, which is the largest manmade reservoir in North America. (continue reading, as there's much more and more photos)

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Larry, you're doing a good job on your blog. I so remember the Liard Hot Springs. One area was super hot so stayed out of there.... Read More
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Guest — Becky Fuller
Are you on the south side of the big fire crossing the Parks Hwy?
Monday, 15 June 2015 21:42
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Our Alaska Trip Begins

Our Alaska Trip Begins

Connie had a great time with daughter Leslie and grand-daughters Kaylee and Khloe at their "tea-party". We attended another soccer game with Khloe then spent our last day in the Seattle area making some final purchases for our Alaska trip.

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We left the Seattle area on May 12th and headed North to Arlington, WA. Using the Casino Camper website, we stayed a couple nights at the Angel of the Wind casino. We met up with friends Bob and Joyce Childre, who will be traveling with us for the next few months. They made the Alaska RV trip 5 years ago and jumped on the chance to go again. Although electric RV sites were available at the casino for $15, we decided to dry-camp for free. Unfortunately, it seemed our batteries weren't doing as well as they should. To play it safe before the big trip, we decided to "bite the bullet" and replace the 6 house batteries in the motor home. The old batteries were about 7 years old. $1100 later, we now have new batteries and are set to dry-camp without issues (or use the generator much). One of the reasons we stopped near Arlington, WA was to visit Larry's sister and her family. We had a great dinner and visit with Wendy, Kenny, Matthew, Christopher and their families.

Our next stop was at a hidden city campground (Riverfront Park) in Sedro Woolley, WA on the Sagkit river. A RV site with water and electric was $15 a night. I took some time to play with the Drone and make a short video of the campground. We also made a trip to a local casino and exchanged some US dollars to Canadian dollars. Whew! We got lucky, as the exchange rate is the best it's been in over 4 years. $1.20 Canadian for $1.00 U.S.

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Guest — joanietstevens@gmail.com
Thought I just wrote on this comment page....not here. You guys have already seen some fascinating and beautiful country. Glad y... Read More
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Guest — evaal35_99@yahoo.com
Love the use of the drone. What brand?
Thursday, 11 June 2015 10:19
Larry Farquhar
I'm using a 3DRobotics Iris+ with a Tarot 2D gimble and a GoPro Hero3+ camera. Love it!
Thursday, 11 June 2015 10:54
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