Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Day 89 - Whitehorse, YT

Today was a fairly short driving day. Just about 80 miles or so from Teslin Lake to Whitehorse, YT. We had a reservation for tomorrow but we went ahead and showed up a day early. They found a site for us and we will be switching sites tomorrow. I stayed at this RV park two years ago on the Ural trip and had no complaints. The sites have a lot of trees between the sites even though they are kind of close together. After getting set up, we headed for the visitors center to see what there is to do in Whitehorse. The main purpose for being there seems to be to use the free wifi. Everyone in the place was sitting around looking at their phones.

After the visitors center, we went to Miles Canyon about 8 miles from town. It is a steep walled, natural gorge that the Yukon River runs through. The water level now is about 10m higher than it used to be before a dam was constructed downstream. All of the pictures I've seen had a lot of white water. No longer after the dam was built.

I had wanted to visit Miles Canyon on other trips but it was always out of the way on a narrow windy road. Without any RV, no problem at all. We have been travelling everyday since leaving Oregon. No "down days". This is not really the way I prefer to travel. Heading east into Montana before heading north added quite a few additional miles to the trip. We are staying here an extra day as we are meeting up tomorrow with friends from Fairbanks who are just finishing hiking the Chilkoot Trail from Skagway to Lake Bennett.

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  1. When you have to go home to rest from your holiday, it has not really been a holiday, I agree and have tried to convince myself to slow down as well.

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    1. I kind of like the schedule of traveling for a several days then staying put for several days. But our tank valve issues kind of limited our flexibility.

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  2. Glad you are taking today off from driving. Good to have a down day to explore especially when it is cooler.

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    1. I'm starting to get spoiled already. It's 71°F and it feels hot...

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  3. I also prefer to have down days every two or three days in between, it certainly helps relaxing because even setting up and tearing down camp and moving in between can be stressful at times. Take it easy, Richard. Isn't that what vacation, camping and retirement is all about?

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