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RE: Roll call Alaska 2017

Keep in mind that the 20-25 miles of road between Destruction Bay and the Alaskan border is all gravel (at least then) and don't try to hurry. Destruction Bay is historical mile 1083. Beaver Creek is historical mile 1202. The Yukon/Alaska Border is historical mile 1222. I assume you mean the 20 miles between Beaver Creek and the border.
sue.t 09/30/16 10:12pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Towing a fifth wheel back from anchorage ak February

In the 1960s I remember temps to -65F in the Beaver Creek area. At our current Yukon home, we had temps to -45 the first few winters. Then two winters ago it didn't go below -40. Last winter it didn't go below -30 and it rained in February. We're going coastal...
sue.t 09/26/16 07:40am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Towing a fifth wheel back from anchorage ak February

I'm curious, Sue, as to the temperatures you experienced on that 11 hour drive from Anchorage to home. . . Dale It was quite nice out - might have been below freezing here or there, I don't know though. I was inside my car most of the way :D
sue.t 09/23/16 08:25pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Towing a fifth wheel back from anchorage ak February

I have two pages of a drive from Anchorage to Whitehorse in my car in March 2013 http://yukonsights.ca/20140328_Anch-Whrs.html And another set of pages of a trip we took with the fifth wheel from Whitehorse to Liard Hot Springs in March 2013 http://yukonsights.ca/20130329_Rancheria-Liard.html Then we have two December trips with the motorhome http://yukonsights.ca/19981212_AlaskaHwy.html http://yukonsights.ca/20011215_AlaskaHwy.html
sue.t 09/22/16 10:28pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Dry camping for night at Victoria Coho ferry terminal

I did that about 20 years ago. It was noisy. Busy. Imagine it isn't much better now with the increased numbers of homeless people in the downtown area of Victoria.
sue.t 09/17/16 04:41pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Provincial parks payments

If travelling through Yukon, it is wise to carry enough Canadian cash to fill your fuel tank or buy some groceries. Reason is the "system" often goes down up here and credit/debit cards won't work; vendors can do only cash transactions until the "system" gets back online. Sometimes it takes a day... This past summer, the "system" failed numerous times. One of the failures was due to a contractor accidently cutting the single line that runs alongside the Alaska Highway; this cable runs along the ground surface in places so is vulnerable to damage.
sue.t 09/11/16 09:02am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Class A or 5th wheel best for Alaskan trip

If the flap is long enough to drag on the gravel when you hit a bump or dip, then it will churn up the rocks and toss them back.
sue.t 09/10/16 09:06am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: health insurance for trip to Canada

Try to find coverage that includes ambulance fees. In the north, an ambulance is often an aircraft. If you're near a community with an airport, it could be a plane but if you're along the highway it might be a helicopter. If you need to be evacuated to another hospital with a higher level of care (from Whitehorse) it is also usually by aircraft.
sue.t 09/10/16 08:59am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Class A or 5th wheel best for Alaskan trip

We've RVed in Yukon and Alaska in a motorhome, truck camper and fifth wheel. The fifth wheel is favoured because we can drop it at a campsite and go exploring OR DH can take off fishing while I enjoy some quiet time at "home" in the fifth wheel. It also came in handy when the truck needed a repair - we had a place to stay while the truck was in the shop. When towing, one still needs to be cautious of the frost heaves. Each year I see RVers parked on the shoulder of the highway with broken hitches soon after they've flown over a dip or heave. Also possible to break or bend a trailer axle. Northern roads can be tough on any vehicle - need to realize your rig's limits and drive accordingly.
sue.t 09/09/16 04:26pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Best time to cross into Canada for Alaska trip

The past few years, May and June have offered up the best weather in Yukon. August and thus far in September the weather has been variable. Thunderstorms and rain showers, then patches of sun. Not at all like the "old days" when late August and September were glorious with brilliant clear days and chilly nights. I've always enjoyed September camping but not this year - wet, overcast and windy with occasional sun. So here I am at home writing this note :( It isn't uncommon for Yukon to have grey skies through to December now. Other locals have also been commenting that our summer is May and June, and have been taking their camping/fishing trips then so they can enjoy the warm weather. It's unpredictable though. Can't even guess what next summer will be like. So just plan your trip and go. Enjoy your journey! Northern lights were visible in August - as soon as the nights get dark enough then there's potential to see them. My favorite website for monitoring aurora potential is: http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/products/aurora-30-minute-forecast Here's my page of aurora photos with links to more of my aurora photos: http://yukonsights.ca/Aurora.html
sue.t 09/08/16 08:45am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2016

Other than the wait times and pilot cars that section north of Burwash is much smoother than it was a month or so ago. With the rain the past week, the southern construction section nearest Burwash has become washboarded and rough. The locals are speculating that the construction company "took too much off the top" and it will be a difficult repair now. Folks in Beaver Creek wonder if it will be smoothed out before winter -- needs more grading to deal with the washboard.
sue.t 09/04/16 09:34am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Alaska kayaking

If you enjoy kayaking on lakes, then by all means take them. It is extremely soothing being out on a calm day on northern lakes... Kluane Lake, YT http://yukonsights.ca/images/AlaskaHwy_YT/20140823_KayakKluane_03.jpg width=700 Nabesna Road, AK http://yukonsights.ca/images/Alaska/20100823_Nabesna_1415.jpg width=700 Simpson Lake, YT http://yukonsights.ca/images/CampbellHwy/20150916_SimpsonLk_004.jpg width=700 Rowing too, on Kluane Lake http://yukonsights.ca/images/AlaskaHwy_YT/20150718_RowingAero_67A.jpg width=700
sue.t 09/03/16 09:35am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2016

We just returned home from a quick trip up to Beaver Creek and back to Whitehorse. The Alaska Highway between Burwash Landing and White River is under construction with long waits for pilot cars. Plan at least four hours between Beaver Creek and Burwash if you are southbound on the AK Hwy. We took five hours and the RV park owner in Beaver Creek told me it took motorcyclists four and a half hours on the same day. Be prepared to get muddy. Take your time on the paved stretches that look okay; there are some good frost heaves and nasty dips. A few are good enough to get airborne and some of those aren't marked. This 60 mile stretch is the worst I have ever seen it. Between White River and Beaver Creek it is quite nice now that construction is complete and the chipseal is down BUT keep your eyes open for crevasses that will toss your rig.
sue.t 09/03/16 09:10am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2016

Black bear at the salmon run in Valdez - Aug 25, 2010 http://yukonsights.ca/images/Alaska/20100825_Valdez_1635.jpg width=700 A gull at the same salmon run http://yukonsights.ca/images/Alaska/20100825_Valdez_1607.jpg width=700
sue.t 08/25/16 07:36am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Carsick dog

When our rescue moved in, he vomited on every car ride. It wasn't motion sickness, it was anxiety. Sometimes he'd toss it a few times during a single outing. I took him on car rides as often as possible and tried all the suggestions in an attempt to help him; nothing resolved the problem completely. Some trips he did okay, but on others he would get anxious. The eventual cure was a long road trip. The first day we drove for 12 hours - after half of the day it seemed to hit him that this wasn't too bad after all. Then the second day (which was also long at 14 hours)), he laid down and slept. It seems he just let it go upon realizing that car rides didn't hurt. Five years later, he jumps in all excited to go and then settles in for a sleep. He's very relaxed in any vehicle. He loves travel and RVing.
sue.t 08/21/16 09:00am RV Pet Stop
RE: When to be on the road out of Ak

It depends on your comfort level if there is an early snowfall, freezing rain, nights below freezing, closed campgrounds, etc. September is a favorite time to camp for us, but we've camped at temps to -40 so are well-prepared for it. If you're set up for drycamping and frost, then mid-September is do-able. End of March is quite nice at Liard Hotsprings :) http://yukonsights.ca/images/AlaskaHwy_BC/20130329_Liard_079.jpg width=700
sue.t 08/18/16 09:42pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2016

There's a forest fire burning on the north end of the Cassiar Hwy (Hwy 37), about 22 km south of the Yukon border. The BC Wildfire Service is warning of smoky conditions. http://bcfireinfo.for.gov.bc.ca/WildfireNews Check updates at http://www.drivebc.ca/#mapView&z=7&ll=59.367885%2C-130.715332 This image from the nearest webcam will update automatically http://images.drivebc.ca/bchighwaycam/pub/cameras/353.jpg width=600
sue.t 08/15/16 05:00pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Whitehorse Hi Country RV Park

People in the North are helpful. And businesses often make extra effort to satisfy their customers because we're a small place (only 37,000 total population in all of Yukon) so word of mouth is important to a business. If a business isn't reasonable, word spreads quickly. If they go out of their way to provide customer service, then that word also spreads quickly. On our last tourist trip to Yukon (in 2010 before we moved here) our dog became ill and we had stay in Whitehorse for several days while tests were run. The staff at the HiCountry RV park were helpful and understanding. Unfortunately, our dog was seriously ill and did not recover despite us making it to a specialist in Vancouver for her treatment.
sue.t 08/12/16 08:35pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Blueberry State Park

No, we haven't been into Alaska this year so can't give you any advice about its status.
sue.t 07/29/16 07:40am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Blueberry State Park

Blueberry Lake State Recreation Site in Alaska, on the way to Valdez? http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/aspunits/kenai/blueberrylksrs.htm http://yukonsights.ca/images/Alaska/20100824_RichardsonHwy_1502.jpg width=640 http://yukonsights.ca/images/Alaska/20100824_RichardsonHwy_1498.jpg width=640
sue.t 07/28/16 09:44pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
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