Mel, Anita, Marilyn and I met in Yukon Territory in the summer to 2004 with several objectives:
- go to Chicken (so named because nobody in town could spell 'Ptarmigan') to see where 'Tisha' taught;
- traverse some of the Yukon roads that we had not traveled before;
- enjoy some meals and a night at The Raven, a fine restaurant and hotel in Haines Junction.
In addition, Marilyn and I wanted to sample the Canadian ViaRail system--taking The Skeena to Jasper then returning down the Thompson River Valley on The Canadian to Vancouver, BC. NB: [click] means you can click the image for a larger, perhaps different, picture.

Marilyn and I flew to Whitehorse, then rented a car to drive to Dawson City, where an old sternwheeler, the Keno, is permanently dry-docked by the Yukon. [click]

We headquartered at the Aurora Inn, a B&B that serves wonderful meals and great coffee. The Armond's new camper is parked in front of the Inn. [click]

This is Robert Service's cabin in Dawson City, down stream from Lake Laberge on the Yukon River. "There are strange things done in the midnight sun, ..." [click]

We took the Yukon Queen II to Eagle, AK. The boat seats 60 passengers, and uses two huge water-jets to motor the craft on the 104 mile trip. [click]

Yukon River scenes: sternwheeler graveyard. [click]

Yukon River scenes: fish wheel trap for harvesting salmon. [click]

Yukon River scenes: the large number of canoes and kayaks on the River convinced us that we could run it in my rubber raft. We did so in the summer of 2006. [click]

The YQII's catamaran design allows for a very shallow draft. Here, it nosed ashore to visit a fish camp where the Captain's wife was staying. [click]

Old Man and Old Woman rocks*--past which the Yukon Queen II no longer sails. The smoky air is from forest fires. [click]
* The Legend: The first divorce resulted in the Great Spirit's' judgment that the divorcing people be cast into rocks and forced to look at each other for eternity.

The George Black public ferry crosses the Yukon River at Dawson City; the Armolds loaded for the crossing. [click]

After clearing customs, we camped that night along the Top of the World Highway. A noisily-chomping porcupine kept us company. [click]

Driving south of Chicken, we saw flames erupt alongside the Taylor Highway (5). We decided to boogie on towards Haines to get out of the thick smoke. [click]

A grizzly sow and two large cubs dined on grass heads next to Highway 3 in Kluane National Park. [click]

We found the Legend in the Haines Harbor, and chartered her for the day so Mel could fish. He caught a beautiful silver salmon. We had such a fine time that we decided to return for a longer trip, including Glacier Bay, in the summer of 2005. [click]

That evening, we dined on crab and salmon at our camp site on the Chilkat River. Our evening walk took us among a cow and calf moose and a hungry porcupine dining on clover heads. [click]

After bidding adieu to the Armolds, we went to Whitehorse. This painting on the MacBride museum depicts White Horse Rapids, after which the city was named.

The White Pass and Yukon Railroad runs on narrow-gauge rails between Whitehorse and Skagway. Marilyn and I were the sole occupants of the "English language" car. [click]

Alpine vistas along the RR route are just stunning--lakes, low forest, reindeer moss (lichen), glaciers, gneiss/granite rocks, ...[click]

This huge WPRR rotary snow plow was still in operation in 2011! [click]

After a night at Cindy's Place, a delightful B&B in Dyea, we wandered about Skagway waiting for our ferry. Above is a WPYRR steam locomotive. [click]

We boarded the Matanuska and went to our cabin. It made stops in Haines, Juneau, Petersburg, Wrangell & Ketchikan on the way to Prince Rupert via the Inside Passage. [click]

After a nearly sleepless night (so much activity on a ship!) I watched the lambent glow as the sun hit the clouds. [click]

We sailed into Auk Bay, below the Mendenhall Glacier, at Juneau. [click]

This house in Ketchikan had a boat garage rather than a car garage--a rational choice for the town. [click]

Totem Poles abounded in Prince Rupert. On the right are pole-segments in the Museum of Northern BC. [click]

Prince Rupert's Sunken Gardens Park is in an excavation originally dug for a Provincial Court House. [click]

Rainbow Lake was in easy walking distance from our Prince Rupert B&B. [click]

We boarded the Skeena Train early the next morning, then headed for Jasper. These mountains show their igneous intrusive structure (granite plutons). [click]

After leaving the Skeena River and a night in Prince George at Griffith's on Gilbert B&B, our train went past Mount Robson. [click]

We examined the rolling stock at Jasper, AB . [click]

In Jasper, we took the Tram up Mt. Whistler, then hiked to the top of the mountain, ...[click]

where we looked back into Jasper. [click]

Rugged, glaciated peaks surround Jasper. [click]

View from the top, toward town. [click]

Marilyn enjoyed the many summer flowers in our forest walk.

After a few days of exploring the Jasper area, we boarded The Canadian to ride the rails through the Thompson River Valley to Vancouver.

Vancouver is a beautiful city with bustling harbors, [click]...

the lovely, serene Van Dusen Botanical Gardens, [click]...

a vibrant Chinatown, [click]...

and the astonishing Dr. Sun-Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden. [click]

A fine sunset illuminated our final evening stroll about Vancouver.

Our flight home took us over Mount St. Helens, ...

and the Grand Canyon, with the Colorado running red at its base.

 
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