May 28: Klondike River Yukon Campground, YT
From Whitehorse, we headed north on the Klondike Highway on another detour from the Alaskan Highway. This was the trip of The Road Less Taken. If the Minnie Winnie crowd was going one way, we were going another. On this leg of the trip, we spotted Black-billed Magpie, an Artic Ground Squirrel, Surf Scoter and a Red-breasted Merganser.
As testament to the fact that the Northwest is still cold in the spring, Fox Lake still had ice on it. And as a testament to true rustic camping, here is an RV camped at Fox Lake complete with its satellite dish since missing TV while in the great outdoors seems to be unacceptable. Just for the record, we do not know if the TV in our RV worked or not. We were never tempted to turn it on even in RV sites with cable hookup.
Miles Canyon outside of Whitehorse provided one challenge to prospectors heading north. Five Finger Rapids provided another. Only the eastern-most channel of the five narrow channels is was deep enough for the sternwheelers. A cable was attached to the rocks so sternwheelers could winch themselves up stream. It took 15 – 20 minutes and nearly a cord of wood to pull the sternwheeler through the channel.
Businesses popped up along the Klondike Route to serve those traveling north to seek their fortune. The remains of the Montague Roadhouse have been preserved.
Some interesting geology and flora exist in the North country. Below is a picture of some composite rock and also some tundra vegetation.
Numerous lakes dot the landscape along the Klondike Highway. We caught this picture along the way.
And finally we arrived at the Klondike River Yukon Campground. After quickly setting up camp, it was time for Happy Hour.
Next on our itinerary, Dawson City, Yukon.