June 4: No internet for the last two days. We have now covered Smithers, Watson Lake and Whitehorse and now Dawson: I’m behind on blogs. We’ve had some long days, the run from Smithers to Watson Lake was 530 miles. We are now in the Yukon Territory and it feels like it. First, it is cold, second, daylight last until midnight, third, fuel stops are far apart and fuel is not dependable (we nearly ran out when the stop we planned did not have fuel)
and, finally towns are isolated (no urban sprawl here!) and definitely feel like outposts.
The weather has been a factor too. We’ve had lots of on again, off again rain sometimes mixed with snow. Then this; I was driving, Ed was navigating and the windshield wipers quit. You may remember, back in the lower 48, Ed disassembled the temporary repair the ERA mechanics concocted and replaced wiper parts that we had shipped in. All has been well since then, other than an occasional clicking noise. Ed knew that the fuse box had corrosion in it. He couldn’t see it, but he could reach it with his hand under the dashboard on the driver’s side. He reached under, pulled the cover off, and started twisting fuses. The wipers started again.
Our scenery has been dramatic. I can’t begin to post all these pictures. On the day from Smithers to Watson Lake we saw 7 black bears and a fox. Others have photos of Caribou and Moose but the rarest animal that I photographed was a black gopher. Seems this guy is very elusive at least according to the photographers who were patiently waiting to get his photo.
This is a typical scene in the parking lot every afternoon and on days off.