Our trip to Alaska and Yukon with Ryjo Tours- June 1 to 21, 2016
1 A short history of this famous highway. There will be one more slide of this sign in next frame.
2 This one is easier to read
3 Dawson Creek, B.C. Mile "0" of the Alaska highway.
4 Just outside of Dawson Creek is part of the old highway, along with a bridge that was not rated for the weight of our motor coach, so we turned around at the bridge, stopped for this photo op, and took the newer by pass.
5 June 3. Day 3. We stopped at The Fort Nelson heritage Museum. Excellent stop. I used to run one of these mower when I was in grade school, mowing hay in Dad's sloughs. In those years many of the sloughs were bone dry.
6 Wally trying to ride this bike at the Heritage Museum. The rear wheel also swivels. He lasted a few seconds. Another half hour he could have mastered it.
7 One of the hotel gyms I made use of.
9 June 4, day 4 of our trip. Stopped at Toad River Lodge. Mile 422.
10 Many of the business areas have no commerical electrical power. They rely on their own fuel supplies. In this photograph you see fuel available for tourists.
11 June 4. Liard Hotspring Lodge. We stopped here to use the Liard Hot Springs.
14 This guy was just behind the lodge
15 A 1/4 mile hike to the hot springs.
17 Beautiful ferns as we walk along
18 Heading in.
20 John, from Watrous, relaxes at the springs. Many people chose not to go in.
21 Al photographing a group of ladies, using their cell phone. We had to communicate by sign language as they had zero hearing.
22 Done for the day. I believe we were in there for about an hour.
24 We saw dozens of cyclists, from around the world, traveling this highway system.
25 Wally & Doreen. June 4, 2016.
26 Al & Marion
28 At the Yukon sign stop we met this man from Montreal, Canada. He had left Montreal last fall and spent the winter months touring southern U.S.A. We was of course also heading to Alaska on the same routing as we were.
He was very bilinqual.
29 June 4. We visited the sign forest at Watson Lake, B.C. I actually went back here again early next morning as there was another geo-cache nearby that I had missed the first day.
30 Marion's signage.
31 We won't have any issue ever finding this again because it is 15 feet away from a geo cache hide.
32 Geocache is right behind this signage.
33 Looks like someone from Hawarden was here in 1990
35 A Ham operator from 1969. There were three of us that had ham licenses on this trip.
39 June 07, 7:09 am. I climbed partially up a mountain trail to find a geo cache hide at this signage overlooking Dawson City.
I was the only one on our tour that got this view of course.
40 Hiking up the trail to the geo cache.
41 Wild roses
42 I walk part way over that footbridge. Many eagles right in this area.
43 We have a guided tour on June 8th of the Goldbottom Gold Mine. This is one of the gold mining TV series that we watch back in Saskatoon.
44 We had to use the companies small bus to get to the site as these roads are not meant for tour coaches
45 The water blaster nozzle
47 Our guide. She has been into gold mining since she was a teenager. Very knowledgeable and self that in all kinds of plant life in this area.
48 She used to run this gear when she was younger. On this part of the tour our party was split into two groups.
While we toured the gold mine site the other half of our coach passengers were touring Dredge #4.
50 From tons of rock and dirt, comes some refined bags that contain gold and needs further refining.
51 So the final amount is in that blue dish at the left.
52 The material that comes out of the ground sticks to a magnet.
53 The final product is dumped in this turning wheel. The heavy gold will enter the centre, exit, and the waste dumps out in the front and falls down that chute.
54 There is the gold heading towards the centre.
56 One ounce of 99% gold, worth about $1500 in todays market.
57 One of the big nuggets found at this mine.
58 More gold.
59 Material and goodies found at this mine site.
60 We went past another working gold mine that is also the subject of a weekly TV series.
61 These guys all managed to get out of the way, but our coach did slow down to make sure no one got hurt.
62 DREDGES: These are tailings left over by the huge dredges that operated here over the years. Miles of them.
63 Here is Dredge #4, the one we toured. Thisi is a huge complex. It is currently being restored.
64 Details of Dredge 4
65 The interior of Dredge #4.
68 This cylinder turns.
69 This shows you the size of some of the gears.
70 Where the 2200 AC volts was converted to DC volts to run this machine. We are talking 1905 era here.
75 This is where the tailings would be carried out and left in huge piles as you saw in the image taken from the highway earlier.
77 June 9, day 9. We get up early to catch the 7:30 am ferry across the Yukon River. However this was delayed as Department of Highways vehicles got precidence ahead of us. This is a very fast flowing river.
78 On the gravel stretch of the Alaska highway after getting off the ferry. Alaska is some miles ahead of us.
79 There is snow at these elevations although we are generally below 3000 feet in elevation above sea level.
81 Border crossing but in some cases these check points are 20 miles or so away from the actual border
82 As soon as we crossed the USA border we were on new asphalt for a few miles.
84 At the Alaska border. Day 9, June 9, 2016
86 Too bad the entire highway is not like this high quality for the entire routing.
88 Back to gravel/clay. Terry says good on sunny days, not so nice to drive on rainy days. We have good weather the entire trip.
91 Morning coffee stop at the Chicken Gold Camp. June 9
95 These are the bathrooms at Chicken Creek Cafe
97 Home made pies.
99 Many hats have been left here.
100 The sign at the Chicken Creek Saloon.
101 Al & John relaxing at Chicken Gift Shop
102 My last image taken at Chicken.
103 On our way again
104 Result of forest fires some years back.
105 June 9. We stop for a photo op at Mile 1422 of the Alaska Highway. Carol is holding the Yukon flag. We later purchased one to fly at our cottage.
106 Taking a river cruise with Riverboat Discovery III Terminal tours on June 10. This is a fish catching wheel that turns and the fish are flipped into the bucket.
107 And here is one of them.
108 Fish drying on the line
109 Another view of the fish wheel.
110 After the cruise we had a tasty noon meal served by the tour outfit.
112 June 10th. We stop for a photo op at this sign post.
114 We are now at mile 1523
116 Evening meal at the Alaska Salmon Bake. An outdoor event. June 10
117 Denise pays our way in.
118 Roast beef and salmon. I missed out on the cod
119 Wood burning BBQ'd salmon steaks. Very good although I would prefer my salmon not quite so well done.
120 Some of the old gear at the Salmon Bake site.
123 A mallard wanders by
124 Still at the Salmon Bake. I meet to German speaking folks. Cousins. One lives in Fresno, California. The other one in Steinback, Manitoba.
Carrol spoke to them in low German. I stuck to high German.
125 Relaxing at the Dimond Center Hotel in Anchorage, Alaska.
127 At our favorite restaurant in Whitehorse, Yukon. Klondike Rib & Salmon BBQ.
The female owner grew up in Humbolt, Saskatchewan. We went back here 3 or 4 times.
128 Visiting with the owner who grew up and graduated from high
school in Humbolt, Saskatchewan.
129 Checking out the selfies we are taken during our various stops at her restaurant.
130 The Halibut, fresh from Alaska, was awesome. Next stop will be Daswon City, Yukon.
131 Wally and I took the local Dawson City LRT ride and met up with two of the follie dancers from the previous nights show. These ladies run the LRT during daytime hours.
132 This is the lead singer that performs at one of the night clubs in Dawson City. Marion and I took in all three shows
She also works as a hostess/waitress at Sourdough Joes. Excellent food here also.
133 Ordering at Sourdough Joes
134 One of their creations
135 The Nickels had a cabin in Dawson City. Marion and I had a motel unit nearby.
136 At the Downtown Hotel, Dawson City, at 9pm every evening they feature the human toe touch your lips affair.
137 They mean it. I had to sign a legal form before taking part.
138 He explains the rules
139 My drink was 1 oz of Glenfiddich Scotch.
140 Signing the legal forms.
141 The toe nail was gross. However the toe is well pickeled and kept in salt.
142 Here we go
143 Success: the toe touch my lips and I did not swallow or injure it.
144 Human toe ready for the next in line and it was mainly young ladies, lots of them.
145 Shopping in Dawson City, Yukon
148 Dimond Center Hotel in Anchorage, Alaska. A lovely place to stay.
We stayed here on our way up and on our way down. This image taken June 15 on our return leg.
149 River Boat Cruise in Fairbanks, Alaska.
150 The King Salmon were running and we watched some of
the weigh ins from the fishing derby. 18 to 25 pounds.
151 June 14: Anchorage, Alaska. Evening meal at the Perfect Cup Restaurant in the Dimond Centre. Awesome seafood chowder.
152 Our lodging on June 15th. Tok, Alaska. Rustic, but OK for one night. And there really is no where
else to stay.
160 June 16. We stop here for an excellent lunch.
161 June 16th. We stop at Destruction Bay Lodge. Lunch compliments of Ryjo Tours.
163 Local crafts on display here
164 Our host top left getting the BBQ ready.
169 He is also a singer, poet, song writer, besides serving up an excellent meal. He came to the Yukon from Vancouver 30 years ago and never left.
170 Some where along the routing on day 16 we stopped at this multi million dollar museum.
173 My last image in the museum.
174 Upon our arrival at the Best Western Gold Rush Inn in Whitehorse we were met by a mountie and his wife.
the RCMP facility is just across the street. He and his wife were going out to an evening function and he knew our coach was arriving so
lots of people did a photo op. Note, he is a "tall" mountie.
176 June 16. Back at our favorite restaurant again in Whiehorse Wally only had this for an evening meal.
177 I had the seafood chowder. Excellent.
178 On our way to Skagway, Alaska
179 Photo stop at Bove island
180 Bove Island, Yukon
184 Entering Alaska for the second time. June 17, 2016
187 Rough country.
188 Eight miles to the border stop.
190 We are now in Skagway, Alaska. June 17
195 I climbed up a steep mountain for some ways. Never found the geo cache but did find a homeless man camped out.
196 Bridge on the way to the geo cache.
198 On the way down from the cache hide that I never found I visited with some folks from London, Ontario.
He worked for Avco Corporation during the same years I did. 1963 to 1975 except he was always in Ontario whilst
I transferred around three provinces. I believe his name is "Larry".
199 Main street of Skaway, Alaska
201 Red Onion Saloon
202 Red Onion Saloon
204 My chili was good
205 We are now on the White Pass & Yukon Railway narrow track guage. This trip is not for people who are scared of heights or rock slides.
207 The sign you see when you enter the Skagway Brewing. Us five had lunch here.
208 Lunch at Skagway Brewing
209 Not sure what the message is here.
210 I found a geo cache at this old train in Skagway
214 Our train will go over that threstle.
216 One of our stops.
223 Multi thousands
225 There is your green jade. Not dark jade so this will not be processed
227 Two guys from the UK, biking to the Bering Strait.
228 The other UK bike.
229 The UK guy who has been biking for 2 1/2 years. South Africa, South American, USA, and now Yukon heading to Alaska.
230 And there they go, heading north.
231 Here is where we stayed the evening of June 18. Northway Motor Inn at Dease Lake, British Columbia.
The "shack" is 200 feet away from this motel.
232 No restaurants at this stop, only a small grocery store that was already closed when we got here. The people here at "the shack" served us a delicious meatloaf evening dinner, outdoors.
The grocery store supplied us with Egg McMuffens for breakfast and a picnic lunch for later in the day.
233 Our meatloaf evening mealing. EXCELLENT
234 The menu prices for tourists wandering through this area.
235 Here comes our breakfast at Dease Lake.
236 And picnic lunch was being back on ice for later in the day.
238 A photo stop on the Stewart-Cassiar Highway. On our way to Smithers, B.C. for the night. This is June 19
239 At 10am, June 19th, we stop for 30 minutes at the Tatogga Lake Resort.
240 Fresh and just out of the oven.
241 Some of the interior of the Tatogga Resort
242 Stopping at Meziadlin Lake, B.C. for our picnic lunch. June 19
244 There is a glacier nearby and the winds blowing that day certainly cooled the temperatures down
246 Some folks from our tour group.
247 June 20. Smithers, B.C. to Hinton, Alberta. We arrive at McBride, B.C. and stop here for the afternoon break.
I walked 200 meters to this signage, Gigglin' Grizzley's Pub, as there was a geo-cache container hidden in those boulders.
248 Mt. Robson BC.
249 The last geo-cache I find on this trip, under a mail box in Hinton, B.C.
250 Nova Lodge, Hinton, Alberta. Close to the Yellowhead. A good hotel.
251 Somewhere along the way in the last two days I picked up a book for free at a book exchange outlet.
252 These passengers, from North Battleford, sang a 5 minute song re Terry's tours. To the tune of "Jesus Loves Me".
256 The last evening meal, Hinton, Alberta.
257 And it was excellent.
258 June 21. Lunch at Kingsway Mall in Edmonton, Alberta. Ukranian fare.
259 Jim Bright and his wife met us for lunch. Jim worked in Flin Flon, Manitoba in the mid 60's at the same time
we were posted there. They now live in Edmonton.
260 Just east of Lloydminster and we see the crude oil tankers bound for Memphis, Tn.
261 Saskatchewan scenery on last day of our trip
262 We get held up in North Battleford by more crude oil heading south.