June 21, 2015

Along the Road - Yukon Travels

By: Rob Lowe

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These photos were taken on a rainy Thursday, June 18th in a Yukon Provincial Park in Teslin where we stayed the night. The Sun was far from setting, just covered in rain clouds since it had rained a lot most of the evening. Before trying to go to sleep, I decided to take a walk around the campground at 10:30pm. Kids were playing on the roads and biking around just like they would do at 7:00pm at home. The park had no electricity (fairly common) and one hand pump for water, which I’d guess was drawn from the lake. It had a large sign over the pump warning us to boil the water for 2 minutes before drinking.  We’re quite comfortable camping without additional services since our RV is fully self-contained. We can go quite a period of time on battery power, backed up with a diesel generator and have a week’s water and waste tank capability. Amazingly, after more than a day of driving with no cell or data service, we had great phone and data service at this park. Fuel has been readily available at prices surprisingly comparable to home. It is in the $1.15 to $1.25/l (CDN) [$3.50US/Gallon] range.  We always run on the top half of the fuel tank.


One of the biggest challenges in adjusting to the 3 hour time difference (soon to be 4 hours) has been the virtually constant daylight. It never gets really dark at this time of year. We go to bed with the sun up and awaken to sun. It played havoc with the dog for a while, she’d want to get up before 5:00 am. It plays with all of us as well. You seem to have more energy and want to do more. As someone said: "You can get lots done with 18 hours of sunlight”. On the landscape photo you can see the lake that is beside the campground, the snow-capped mountain in the distance and a layer of clouds over the lake and below the mountain top. The weather is cool first thing in the morning however the days warm up quickly and become quite comfortable with temps in the mid-20’s C (70-75F).  

The scenery has changed to aspens, lodge pole pines and short, thin spruce. We’ve had rain many days, although generally only for a short period each day. There is not much indication of civilization as you drive the Alaska Highway in this area until you come to small villages of 10 to 50 people. Small stores sell all sorts of items travellers and locals might need ranging from a small selection of food, clothing, fuel, basic groceries and car/truck maintenance items. It is amazing what they can offer in these very tight general stores.  

I hope you enjoy our update and photos.


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