Both Barb and I feel as though we are on the tail end of our Alaskan adventure as Fairbanks was the point where we start a more southeasterly route back towards the lower 48. We have been in in Canada and Alaska for over 3-1/2 months and have less than 3 weeks before we hit Montana. That said, we are both fighting the urge to speed up our pace south as we are looking forward to seeing our daughter and her family in Salt Lake, pick up our 5th wheel, sell the camper and start our next adventure. We do this all the time, feel the need to speed up, hurry up and get home (wherever home is). The good thing is that we recognize this in ourselves and each other and resist it as there is still so much to see and do on our way back down!Leaving Fairbanks we drove through North Pole where we stopped and talked to Santa and told him how good our grandchildren Dylan, Kendall and Lily were this year.
Then on to Delta Junction, the end of the Alaskan Highway
We ended the day in Tok where we did nothing more than fill up at the Chevron, use their free dump, fill up with water and spent the night in their parking lot. We had explored the town on the way up so we did not feel the need to doing any more. We did of course have to take a picture of the angry incinerator barrel to taunt our friends Steve and Linda who had a “run in” with this barrel the week before……
|Blueberries and Cranberries|
|Berry picking Barbie!|
Chicken is a very interesting little town consisting of a couple of fuel stations, restaurants and gift shops. With a population of 23 in the summer and 7 in the off season this town has no power service so everything is run on generators. For those of you who don’t know how the town got its name….it was reportedly named Chicken after no one could agree how to spell Ptarmigan. Well, let’s just say they embraced that name and made the most of it…..
|An old dredge|
After catching up with Ben and Jo we headed down the road, crossed the border into Yukon and following the Klondike Loop and Top of the World Highway (TOTWH). This is an absolutely beautiful drive with most of it being high up on the mountains overlooking the valleyed landscape below. We spent the night on a roadside pullout about 30 miles before Dawson City with not another vehicle going by after the border closed at 9:00pm.
|Daisy on "Top of the World"|
Our first stop was Klondike Kates for dinner. This is a cute little restaurant with typical Yukon prices, we each had an appetizer (bbq poutine and chicken wings) and water for $40. Then it was off to Diamond Tooth Gerties (opens at 7:00) for the 8:30 Cancan show. The show itself is $12 each but you get a card and go for as many times as you want during your stay. It is an interesting and funny show with a lot of audience interaction. If you are in the front few tables there is a good chance you will be singing or even dancing up on stage! Luckily we were seated at the bar (go figure) and out of range of the performers. This is good entertainment and well worth it if you are in town.
For those of you who really know me, you know I can be somewhat of a germaphobe so you could say I was a little more than hesitant to do the Sour Toe. But I had been spouting my mouth off about how I was going to do it and even have a bet with my son-in-law who said I would not follow through. Arriving at the Sourdough there were instructions on how to do the Sour Toe. First you had to order a shot from the bar that has to be a minimum of 80 proof (probably to kill any germs). Then you go over to a table at the side of the bar where the toe is displayed on salt. The modern day Capt. Dick records your name and explains the rules. There are only a couple of rules; 1) The toe must touch your lips, 2) You cannot throw up 3) You cannot let the toe go past your lips.You would not think the last rule was even necessary but it is. There have been cases where drunken partakers have actually swallowed the toe! There is a $2,500 fine for anyone who swallows the toe. In fact this is the 7th toe since they started this drink in 1973.
First let me tell you the toe is downright gross looking….
|Am I really going to do this??|
|I think I am going to puke!|
We were planning on spending 4 days in Dawson City and Barb got behind the wheel to find us a spot for the night. Next thing I knew we were an hour outside Dawson City heading for our next stop! So much for slowing down!!!!!