Alaskan Trip Journal

Date: Sunday, July 20, 2003

Starting Location: Dawson City, YT

Destination: Whitehorse, YT

Trip Description: Laura and I did not want to wake up this morning. We had a really exhausting day yesterday. We reluctantly prepared the RV for departure. We decided to spend a few hours in Dawson before leaving. This was time well spent. Dawson is a really interesting town. Parks Canada has been acquiring property and restoring buildings to their 1898 appearance.

Dawson City was founded during the Klondike gold rush of 1898. Stampeders would take steamships from Seattle or San Francisco northward to Skagway or Dyea (Alaska). From there, they would haul their ton of supplies up either the Chilkoot or White Pass trails to Lake Bennett. During the winter of 1898, they built boats to take them down the Yukon River to the goldfields near Dawson City. The worst part of the journey was the fact that after making the monumental effort to get to the Yukon, the goldfields were already claimed. I'll post a link to more information about the Klondike gold rush when I get a chance.

We had lunch at Sourdough Joe's on Front Street in Dawson. I had a salmon sandwich and chicken soup with a Yukon Gold Ale. Laura had a corned beef sandwich. After lunch, we walked around town some more. We passed by a replica of Jack London's cabin. He came to the Yukon in 1897 to find gold. He didn't find any gold, but his experiences would be useful in his literary work (Call of the Wild, White Fang).

Laura did most of the driving today, as I was worn out from yesterday's drive. The road to Whitehorse was generally in good shape. That makes for an easier day. We arrived in Whitehorse around 8 PM. I fixed up some pancakes and sausage. We watched TV for awhile, then decided to get showers. One peculiar thing I have noticed is the large number of pay showers. Today, we each received a token for 8 minutes of hot water. Being clean has a price.


ferry across the Yukon River

downtown Dawson City

Joe sleeps in the car too!

Jack London's cabin (replica) in Dawson