Tue, Jul 18 - Fri Jul 21(Whitecourt, Alberta and Dawson Creek, British Columbia):
After a night at Whitecourt, AB we got to Dawson Creek, BC, the beginning of the Alaska Highway, the next day. . While we waited there for Neal, we went to a pioneer village, to a museum where we saw a presentation on the Alaska Highway, and drove up the Alaska Highway to the Kiskatinaw Bridge.
Sat, Jul 22 - Thu, Jul 27 (Fort Nelson, BC, Watson Lake and Haines Junction, Yukon):
We were rejoined by Neal and drove through beautiful scenery to Fort Nelson, BC, where we spent Saturday night. Sunday we drove to Watson Lake, Yukon, in the rain, through lot's of very rough road construction, got a rock on the windshield, lost a wheel cover off the van and the bottom plate off the trailer jack. It took 9 hrs 15 min of steady driving to go 283 miles. Watson Lake is the home of the famous sign forest. When the US Army built the highway during WWII, they started posting signs here showing how far it was to their homes, and people continue adding signs to this day. There are now about 40 acres of just signs. Monday, we drove 379 miles in 11 hours to Haines Junction, Yukon. Tuesday we took the van to Haines, Alaska, for the day, and saw museums, totem poles and old Fort Seward. We returned to Haines Junction for the night. On Wednesday, July 26, we split with Neal, again, with him going north to Dawson City, Yukon, while we continued west into Alaska, driving all day in the rain, through a lot of road construction, to the town of Tok, Alaska. See picture of Mile Post. At this time, we were leery of steep mountain roads because our van was under powered and had trouble on long steep grades. We were climbing a steep grade, with the pedal on the floor, at about 15 MPH, when a guy on a mountain bike passed us and disappeared around the next curve. Now, that's embarrassing!! Neal was going to places we were afraid to tackle, but we went everywhere he'd been on the way back, after we got up our courage. While at TOK, we saw several trailers, loaded with horses belonging to the RCMP. They are putting on a show in Anchorage. We were still in TOK Thursday, when Neal came over "Top of the World Highway" from Dawson City, Yukon. We have 19 hours of daylight.
Fri, Jul 28 - Mon, July 31 (Anchorage, AK, area):
We drove 313 miles, through lots of construction, to Eagle River, AK, near Anchorage to the home of our nephew, Danny (Cpt. James D. Roland, US Army), his wife Paula, and daughter Lauren. On the way we saw Mantanuska Glacier and a flock of Dall sheep, high up on the side of a mountain. We visited, washed clothes,and rested, then went to see the RCMP riding show on Sunday. We've been 5,995 miles since leaving home. Monday, we drove to the Anchorage Visitor Center museum for a film on bears, to the Chocolate Factory, the Fur Shop and the Ft Richardson Wildlife Museum.
Joe and Nancy Sue, On the Road, Alaska
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