Cruising the Cassiar Highway (Mukluk Annie's closed in Teslin)
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No gas in Carcross this morning. Although the truck was â€śon the way,â€ť we confirmed that Tagish, up an â€śexcellent roadâ€ť had gas pumps and so we headed out. Fortunately, all that was accurate. It is smart, as my Lazy Daze friend, Joan, says to â€śdrive on the top half of the tank.â€ť Roads here are so desolate that we even fill up at Âľ tanks to be safe. And we filled our extra gas tanks, that weâ€™d emptied for the ferry (although you can store the gas tanks in the â€śpaint roomâ€ť on the ferry, along with your loose propane canisters), just to be safe.
We were excited to go again through Teslin, where the artist we met in
We stopped at Mukluk Annieâ€™s to try to make it to the famous salmon bake. Closed! We were so disappointed!
As we drove through the empty parking lot, we saw one man: Mr. Mukluk Annie (weâ€™d met Annie during breakfast our first time through town). (Note: This is Mukluk Chuck, I later learned). He said theyâ€™d closed 2 days ago and were retiring, heading to
He kindly let us use their free dump station (he pays $600 a month for it) and fill our water. (None of the Provincial campgrounds up here have station or water - if they do have water, they recommend boiling it!). So we were grateful. I took a picture of the gorgeous pink Fireweed plants beside the water- their top was blooming while the bottom petals were folded. Two weeks until winter in that symbol.
Mukluk Annieâ€™s has the most creative marketing Iâ€™ve ever seen (free RV parking, free car wash and 8 pm houseboat ride with purchased Salmon Bake dinner, etc) and it works!! Stopping at Mukluk Annieâ€™s is a basic requirement along the Alaska Highway.
The Cassier (Highway 37) has indeed been a beautiful road headed south through
We have 200 miles to go before we reach the road that weâ€™d take to
We were so excited about possibly seeing bears on the Cassiar, as it apparently has even more wildlife than the
Speaking of the Dempster Highway (way back), a nice family here in our Lionâ€™s Club campground (just south of
Gasoline in Canada is very pricey: $1.54 per liter (x 3.8= gallons) and after filling up numerous times today, Bank of You-Know-Where put ANOTHER block on my Visa/debit card! They did that both times in Eagle Plains on the Dempster Hwy - I think I was very clear when I told them to NEVER DO THAT AGAIN. Regardless of that, and the fact that I've given them my itinerary prior to the trip and during the last conversation, they still blocked it. Most places in Canada don't accept AmEx, so I'll have to straighten that out again. At least this place took AmEx and it was less than the $181 Dempster tank filling cost.
Weâ€™re backed up to another gorgeous river tonight. Thereâ€™s a path from our campsite down 15â€™ to the river. I can hear it now as I type. It is wide, glacier blue, and shallow but very fast. I wouldnâ€™t want to cross it!
Note from 8.17.09: Sadly Mukluk Annie's remains closed after the 2008 season, confirmed by 2009 RV'ers online.
Here's my blog about our visit there in July 2008: http://tinyurl.com/pvta9r
Here's an article about this classic place. Interesting that they were planning to retire to Arizona: http://www.yukon-news.com/news/5426/