Halfway up the Dempster - Artic or Bust!
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Anyway, we drove through historic
We made it to a
Then the next day as we headed for
So we took it! We had everything we needed and will see
Last night we stayed in a lovely Yukon Park called Tombstone Mountain and backed up to the river. It was only about 50 miles up the Dempster. It was raining and the road was filled with millions of potholes. One would gain speed (up to about 35 mph) only to be jarred back to about 10 mph. I could just imagine a tire rolling off. It was a good rest break with yummy microwavable chicken pot pies for a cozy dinner.
Today we made it to Eagle Plains Campground, halfway up the Dempster. To say the road is bad in places would be a vast understatement.
And dust! You have never seen such a dirty RV before. There is a layer of fine dust in the back windows as well.
The scenery is maganificent! This highway is absolutely stunning with the mountain range- we crossed the Continental Divide twice today. I realized today that my GPS is telling me elevation in meters too (of course), so forget what I said about 800 ft elevation, before. That would be 2400+ elevation! That makes more sense.
We got the kids’ bikes off and they biked in front of me some. That was about as fast as I could drive it, but when the only crazy fool on the road blew by us at about 90 mph, it scared us so badly that I didn’t let them go much longer after that. You can see for miles and I never saw him coming- thank goodness the kids were just in front of me and to the side.
Everyone else on the road seems very friendly and fun. I have to admit that it is the travelers that we enjoy most of all, not the service providers for tourists. They are rarely engaging, but the guys from
Guess what we got tonight? Our Artic Circle Certificate! They were giving them out in the lodge if you asked. Well, really you had to read the sign on the desk and run bother the bartender, but that’s how small places are run around here. Tomorrow, about 25 km north of here is the actual
Gas- we made it to the gas station halfway up the Dempster, the only one! This was the stretch of highway I was worried about and while Ciao Baby had less than an eighth of a tank, we didn’t have to use the spare 3 gallons. The bill at $1.78 per liter came to $181 and then my worst fear- the bank card was *declined*. I thought he was joking with me, but no go. So we had to dig out the hidden Mastercard (for emergencies- and they don’t take American Express in small towns) and it saved us.
But there was a pay phone and we’d fortunately bought another Canadian phone card yesterday (of course there is no cell phone service) and I was able to call Ned who will call the bank for me. I already have called them in advance of the trip to notify them, but maybe the $181 put them over the edge. We’ll get it worked out.
Jazy and I read “Tisha” which is a fantastic novel written about a young teacher who came to
Charles is reading “The Mad Trapper” which is also a true novel and tonight in the Eagle Lodge we saw many pictures and papers on the walls about that man- very exciting that it happened within about 15 miles of here! I love that the rivers that we cross and the towns we see have real significance for the kids now that they’ve read these fascinating books!
Mom, I know you’ll like a weather report, so here it is: Right now, at 10:00 pm, it is 68 degrees outside.
We’re going to try to make to
We’re having a good time- we know that the journey is the fun, so we try to stop at the historical markers along the way. We’ll be so happy to stop driving, though.