Just when we thought it couldn't get any better we hit Alaska and the Yukon.
Skagway is a gold rush style tourist town with many of the original buildings from the 1890's, including the boardwalk. The town is as busy with tourists today as it was over a 100 years ago with stampeders. We avoided the crowds by camping out at Dyea flats, a picturesque estuary ideal for encountering wildlife.Whilst we were there we were fortunate to see the pink salmon spawning. We also watched a Grizzly bear doing what Grizzly bears do, near the creek, and Bald Eagles galore.
|Cruise ship coming down the main street of Skagway|
|Starting the trail to gold.|
|The only remains of a town of 10000 gold seekers!|
|Awaiting the right moment to make baby salmon.|
|How the other half travel.|
The drive from Skegway to Carcross, on the South Klondike highway was spectacular. The mountain passes and landscape were breathtaking with a mixture of alpine vegetation, crystal clear lakes and temperate rainforest. Apart from a scare with a smokey car, the drive to Whitehorse is one of the many highlights of the trip so far.
|looking back to Alaska|
|We even found a beach.|
Whitehorse, capital of the Yukon, was another unexpected highlight - a blend of old and new. We were able to deal with domestic duties, hike a historical canyon, viewed the world's largest fishladder, took a picturesque walk around the river and learnt about Beringia during the last ice-age.
|OK - Where are the shops!|
|Typical Whitehorse skyscrapers|
|Hanneke demonstrating her dental skills.|
|The world's biggest fish ladder|
|Who would want to be a Salmon?|
Camping in Canada has been an enjoyable experience so far. Long days, great tent sites and an occasional bear wandering past your tent.