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Whitehorse

We left Carmacks this morning  for the relatively short drive south to Whitehorse, which we reached well in time for lunch. Somewhere along the way, we passed the ruins of one off the old roadhouses that were used in the stage coaching days. The information board described how one of the coach drivers, William Donnenworth…

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Carmacks

It was raining when we left Dawson City this morning but it mostly cleared up except for a few brief showers throughout the day. Our first few miles along the Klondike Highway were through the piles of rock left by dredges in the gold mining days. These stretched for a long way out of town.…

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Dawson City

We are in Dawson City for two days and we took the opportunity of having a rest day today, our second day here. We spent the morning walking around the streets of Dawson City taking in the architecture and the atmosphere of this town. We feel as though we are visiting the set of a…

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Top of the World Highway

We left Tok in cold and foggy weather. This didn’t look good for one of the ‘highlight days’ of our trip – our drve across ‘The Top of The World Highway’. This road extends 258 km from Tetlin Junction, about 17 km south of Tok on the Alaska Highway, to the Canadian Border and then…

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Travelling from Paxson to Tok

We were the only guests at the Tangle River Inn last night. As such, we had the  royal treatment – a tour of all the mementos in the lounge and the bar including a bear skin, a photo of Sarah Palin (I had to keep my mouth shut) and a certificate from the President’s office…

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Out in the Tundra

Our travels today have taken us into Central Alaska and to the Tangle River Inn, 20 miles out in the tundra along the Denail Highway from Paxson.. This place is a haven for fishermen but only offers very basic accommodation. I guess that our tour company, GoNorth, included it because the next town uo the…

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On Towards Palmer

We left Seward yesterday morning in bright sunshine (warm enough for just a short sleeved shirt) and retraced our way back along the Seward Highway to Anchorage and then on to Palmer. The area around Palmer is the food bowl of Alaska, where the long hours of summer sunshine encourage the the fast growing of…

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Seward and Kenai Fjords National Park

The town of Seward sits on Resurrection Bay, right at the end of the Seward Highway. Cruise ships and bulk coal ships dock here and the Alaskan Railway then connects them to Anchorage around 190 kms to the north. I had a great trip doing a cruise through the Kenai Fjord National Park, watching wildlife…