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Hiking the Chilkoot Trail

January 10th 2014 9:26 am
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After our hiking in the mountains above Skagway,we explored the Gold Rush cemetery here. Soapy Smith,a Klondike era con man is buried here. Soapy and his gang ruled Skagway during the Gold Rush. The Chilkoot Trail starts at the old Dyea townsite just outside of Skagway. This trail was used by thousands of gold seekers to cross the mountain pass into Canada and reach the Klondike gold fields. My dad has hiked this trail in the past but had not been on it since Sept 2001 and he wanted to see it again. This was my first time on the Chilkoot Trail! We hiked it to the Chilkoot Pass and back,spending 2 nights on the trail. Gold Rush era artifacts could be seen along the trail. Some pix with descriptions follow.

Gold Rush cemetary and the Chilkoot Trail

 

Skagway,Alaska

January 5th 2014 9:01 am
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Finally after crossing much of Canada,we arrived in Skagway via the south Klondike hwy. This marked my 2nd time in Alaska and the 12th time for my dad! We began by hiking the Upper Dewey Lake trail which ascends steeply for 3 miles into the mountains above Skagway. The trail eventually emerges onto alpine tundra by 2 lovely mountain lakes. We stayed in a nice cabin up here on night 1 then explored the area the next day. We then hiked back down to sea level and out to a campsite by Alaska`s Inside Passage where we pitched our tent for night 2. After dark,a cruise ship sailed by departing Skagway. All lights were ablaze. It reminded my dad of the Titanic! Pix with descriptions follow.

Dewey Lakes trail,Skagway Alaska

 

Arrival in the Yukon

January 3rd 2014 8:21 am
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Heading north from the hot springs,we arrived in Canada`s Yukon Territory just outside of the small town of Watson Lake. There is a Signpost Forest here where people from all over the world erect signs. The tradition was started by a homesick GI during WW 2 who put up a sign pointing the way to his hometown. Leaving Watson Lake,we explored a portion of the South Canol road. This is a remote road thru the Yukon Territory. It was constructed during WW 2 to service an oil pipeline. The canol road affords a wilderness driving adventure! Finally we arrived at Whitehorse,capital of the Yukon Territory. There are miles of trails here along the Yukon River and much history from the Klondike Gold Rush of 1898. The south Klondike highway branches off here from the Alaska Highway and leads to Skagway Alaska. Finally after a long drive,we were about to arrive in Alaska! Some pix with descriptions follow.

Arrival in the Yukon

 

Arrival in the Yukon

January 3rd 2014 8:20 am
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Heading north from the hot springs,we arrived in Canada`s Yukon Territory just outside of the small town of Watson Lake. There is a Signpost Forest here where people from all over the world erect signs. The tradition was started by a homesick GI during WW 2 who put up a sign pointing the way to his hometown. Leaving Watson Lake,we explored a portion of the South Canol road. This is a remote road thru the Yukon Territory. It was constructed during WW 2 to service an oil pipeline. The canol road affords a wilderness driving adventure! Finally we arrived at Whitehorse,capital of the Yukon Territory. There are miles of trails here along the Yukon River and much history from the Klondike Gold Rush of 1898. The south Klondike highway branches off here from the Alaska Highway and leads to Skagway Alaska. Finally after a long drive,we were about to arrive in Alaska! Some pix with descriptions follow.

Arrival in the Yukon

 

Soaking in the Hot Springs and a buffalo stampede!

December 31st 2013 12:21 pm
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First off,let me just say Happy New Year to all my wonderful Dogster pals!
Continuing the narrative of our recent Alaska trip,I am posting a link to some pics taken at the Liard River Hotsprings. The hotsprings are located about 470 miles up the Alaska Highway and Dad stopped there to soak in them for a few hours. It had been a raw chilly and rainy day so the hot springs were most welcome! We camped there overnite then after another soak in them the next morning,we continued up the Alaska Highway. Soon after leaving the hot springs,we came upon a herd of buffalo grazing by the side of the road. Dad got out of his car to take some pics of them and they began to all run away at once,causing a stampede! It was a thrilling sight!

Hot Springs and Buffalo

 

Starting up the Alaska Highway

December 27th 2013 9:24 am
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Traveling west across Canada,we finally reached British Columbia and Dawson Creek. The Alaska Highway starts here. We arrived on a warm sunny mid Sept day and stopped at a few provincial parks along the way as we traveled north. Alas the warm weather didn`t last and day 2 on the Alcan was chilly and rainy. We did a nice hike anyway back to a small lake tucked away in the Canadian Rockies. Then it was on further north to soak in the hot springs! Some pix with descriptions follow.

Heading up the Alaska Highway

 

Western Ontario,Manitoba and Alberta

December 26th 2013 12:12 pm
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We continued our journey across Canada,passing a few landmarks in western Ontario before entering Manitoba. We camped at a nice Provincial Park shortly after crossing the Manitoba border and hiked a short bit of the Trans-Canada trail. Saskatchewan was rather flat and not really all that scenic but some more nice hiking was had once we reached Alberta and Vermillion Provincial Park near Edmonton. In Alberta,we saw our first Alaska road sign as we started up the approach route to the Alaska Highway. Some pix with descriptions follow.

Western Ontario,Manitoba,and Alberta

 

Heading west across Ontario

December 24th 2013 12:49 pm
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Just a few more pix from our Alaska trip this past fall. After leaving Niagara Falls,we traveled the Trans Canada Hwy across Ontario,stopping to hike the shores of Lake Superior. Some pix with descriptions are here via the following link. Merry Christmas to all my Dogster friends!

Heading west across Ontario

 

Niagara Falls

December 15th 2013 1:16 pm
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Dad and I arrived home a week ago,3 months to the day that we left. It was a long but exciting trip! We began our voyage by visiting Niagara Falls then driving the Trans Canada Hwy across the Canadian Provinces. A link to our Shutterfly pix taken at Niagara Falls is below. Clicking the arrow at the top will advance the photos.

Niagara Falls

 

A great trip!

November 24th 2013 6:00 am
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Well it sure has been a while since I last barked the reason being that while on the road,my dad was using a kindle to access the internet at wifi spots. It is very time consuming to enter things via a kindle thus we have just been posting things on FB. Finally here at my cousin*s place in FL we have a real computer to work with!

We started out by visiting Niagara Falls then traveled across Canada passing thru Ontario,Manitoba,Saskatchewan,Alberta,BC and finally the Yukon before reaching Alaska. We spent almost a month up in Alaska and had a lot of nice hikes there. Famous musher,Hugh Neff,winner of the Yukon Quest,even gave my dad an hour long dogsled ride! Upon arriving back in the lower 48 we explored several states out west,visiting the North Rim of Grand Canyon,Colorado*s Great Sand Dunes and Bryce Canyon in Utah. We are now at my cousin Julie*s place in warm sunny FL before heading north to chilly Philly! Dad will post links to pix when we are home shortly. It has been a super trip!

 
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