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RE: No excuses, no backup, but would like to recover HD data

During my one and only hard drive failure, when nothing was accessible on the laptop's hard drive, booting with the emergency repair disk worked but the drive was not repairable. Then I was able to use good old fashioned MS-DOS to 'see' the drive and access files. This gave me the opportunity to copy the files important to me. Then off it went to a shop (we were on the road so I didn't have all my computer trick stuff with me and didn't have access to the internet where we were in Yukon). The shop tried all their tricks without success. So I reformatted the drive, reloaded the operating system and programs, copied back my files and carried on. The drive still continues to work without problem four years later.
sue.t 07/21/14 07:49am Technology Corner
RE: Boondocking in Hyder?

That's a bad spot in the road...here's how it looked in September 2007! http://yukonsights.ca/images/CassiarHwy/20070903_SalmonGlacier4.jpg width=700
sue.t 07/20/14 09:57pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: New fifth wheel, over weight for my 2006 Dodge 2500?

Our 25' fifth wheel, with a GVWR of 7,000 lbs, has our 3/4 ton F-250 PSD just a couple hundred pounds under the truck's GVWR of 8,800 lbs when its loaded for a weekend trip, fresh tank full of water. When we're loaded for longer trips, we're a couple of hundred pounds over the truck's GVWR. With the 25' fifth wheel, we know the trailer is there if we hit a frost heave but otherwise it runs very smooth and easily.
sue.t 07/20/14 01:29pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: backing up ITunes

There are detailed and easy to follow instructions here http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4527 Which I used when needing to reformat the hard drive of the desktop with our iTunes music. Most of our music comes from historical CDs, not the iTunes store. Years & years ago it wasn't so easy to transfer music to a new computer or hard drive. Now it is very simple. I used an external hard drive to copy the files over to, reformatted the drive, then decided to load the tunes to another desktop instead. It was seamless; just needed to link the program to the location where I copied the library. The instructions explain it step by step.
sue.t 07/20/14 01:18pm Technology Corner
RE: Banned items for border crossing into Canada

What they don't see, and if you don't declare, could result in your vehicle being seized, as well as the items you didn't declare. Or if the lack of declaration is less serious, then a substantial fine put upon you to retain ownership of your items, and you'll be asked to do a U-turn to keep those items in the US. So, if you feel the need for your firearms, then brush up on Canadian law regarding firearms and the paperwork required to cross the border with firearms. Also note that the requirements for Canadians to take firearms into the USA is far MORE onerous and more lengthy process - up to three months to get approvals in place. Dog food generally isn't a problem IF it is in its original packaging and made in the USA. Dogs must have up-to-date rabies certificates. Same when we Canadians wish to cross into the United States. Alcohol can cross the border with you. If you wish to take more than the quantities permitted for personal use, then a duty must be paid. Same when we Canadians wish to cross into the USA. Do be sure you have valid passports. Canada doesn't require passports to cross into our country BUT the USA requires passports to return, so Canadian officials will check to ensure you have what you need to return home without problem.
sue.t 07/20/14 09:12am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Crossing US Canada and back conflicting info on dogs

A health certificate is NOT required. Proof of up-to-date rabies vaccination is required, but not always looked at. Visit here for complete info and confirmation for your pet: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/animals/terrestrial-animals/imports/policies/live-animals/pets/dogs
sue.t 07/19/14 09:14pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2014

Smitty, no picture can show what this place if all about. Pictures capture an image but cannot capture the emotions or response of a person to that visual. Each person has a different experience. Some hate it. Every moment is a trial. Others love it. They feel the awe and learn more about themselves through the adventure. They experience an inner change through being on the land without outside interference. Some are neutral. They see the landscape and enjoy it. The adventure is good. But it is a more technical experience without deep feeling or emotions being tumbled. One of my finest memories is drycamping one autumn evening alongside the Yukon River many miles northwest of Dawson City. Not another soul around as we camped near the historic village of Forty Mile. My husband was sitting by the campfire staring out at the water flowing by, then tears began flowing. I asked if he was okay. He said he couldn't describe what he was feeling. Then I knew he got it! And I think you may have got it too!
sue.t 07/19/14 09:12am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Do you use your external gas grill?

We've been happily using the RVQ that attaches to the side of our fifth wheel for nine years without any issues or problems. With the quick connect/disconnect it is convenient. Our RVQ works fine for veggies and steaks, just took some practice to get the temp setting right.
sue.t 07/16/14 07:11am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Forest fire causing closures in Banff National Park, Alberta

Coquihalla Highway in B.C. is also having fire problems http://www.kelownanow.com/news/news/Local_News/14/07/15/Fire_on_the_Coquihalla
sue.t 07/15/14 09:24pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: tay away from Muncho Lake, BC

We preferred MacDonald campground...the sites are generally larger and are also further from the highway so a bit quieter. The sites are lakefront, made it easy to launch the kayaks.
sue.t 07/15/14 05:23pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
Forest fire causing closures in Banff National Park, Alberta

Headline: Spreading Creek Wildfire Rips Through Banff National Park Date: July 15, 2014 A wildfire straddling the border of Banff National Park is burning faster than officials have seen in years. Hot temperatures and low humidity and precipitation has caused the so-called Spreading Creek wildfire to rip through 6,800 hectares of land so far — about 2,500 of that in the northeast area of the national park. The fire, however, is a controlled burn, with 150 firefighters, 12 helicopters and various heavy equipment being used to manage the blaze, according to Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development. Officials told 660 News the fire now covers an area the size of Red Deer. Alberta Wildfire Information Officer Geoffrey Driscoll says the fire, which is contained, is in an area where they were planning to do a prescribed burn. There is no urgency to put it out, he said. The blaze, which was sparked by lightning on July 3, has caused several backcountry and highway closures, including intermittent closures the Highway 93 North, also known as the Icefields Parkway. Parks Canada officials told the Calgary Herald closures on the Icefields Parkway could continue for the next six to eight weeks, but they will aim to keep it open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. when traffic is busiest. For more information on highway closures, click here. For more information on campground closures, click here This article is at http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/07/14/spreading-creek-wildfire-banff_n_5584749.html
sue.t 07/15/14 05:10pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Which first - the Cassiar or the Alcan?

Alaska Highway southbound - Sept 17, 2007 http://yukonsights.ca/20070915_HeadingHome.html#17_September_2007 Cassiar Highway southbound - Sept 10, 2009 http://yukonsights.ca/20090910_KeaneLk-MorchueaLk.html Cassiar Highway southbound - Sept 16, 2010 http://yukonsights.ca/20100916_BigCrk-Kinaskan.html We prefer the Cassiar southbound in September because there is less industrial traffic. Mid-September on the Alaska Highway between Fort Nelson and Dawson Creek is very hectic with the gas/oil companies trying to wrap things up for winter. Very busy with trucks going too fast in both directions and most camping facilities are packed with workers. After 2007 we decided to not drive the Alaska Highway in late September again, just too crazy. We prefer the more leisurely drive of the Cassiar Hwy.
sue.t 07/13/14 01:08pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Which first - the Cassiar or the Alcan?

Roads are rarely icy, unless a freezing rain storm hits which we had one year near Fort Nelson. The Alaska Highway is usually bare in winter, the road crews do such a great job. When we drove a Class C to Yukon in December (twice), only had all season tires on. We didn't have any problems.
sue.t 07/13/14 09:52am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Which first - the Cassiar or the Alcan?

If going north on the Cassiar, fill up with fuel at the junction of Hwy 16. Then Bell II (250 km from Hwy 16 junction) and Dease Lake (235 km from Bell II). Both Bell II and Dease Lake facilities are open year-round. We've driven south on the Alaska Highway in mid-September without issue. We've also driven the Alaska Highway with an RV in winter so aren't as concerned about snow. The highway crews do a good job keeping the highway clear. If there is a snowfall, you may prefer to pull over until the storm passes and the crew get the job done. Most of the lodges outside of the communities along the Alaska Hwy and Cassiar Highway close after Labour Day, but it varies. For instance, Contact Creek on the Alaska Highway is open year-round. Most of the tourist attractions close in early September.
sue.t 07/13/14 09:11am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2014

It is wise to not use the highway shoulders regardless of how solid they look from the driver's seat. Soft shoulders are all along the Alaska Highway. Unless you see other tire tracks on the shoulder (meaning it is likely a popular photo stop), don't pull your RV onto the shoulder. Even then, be careful...where I pull off with my little car might not take the weight of your rig. I see a handful of RVs tipping well into the ditch each summer on my drives between Whitehorse and my place west of Whitehorse. This year also seeing a fair number of trailers with axle and tire problems. Usually leaving the trailer behind with a tire or two off then driving into Whitehorse for repair.
sue.t 07/12/14 10:53am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Have you ever wished your truck was smaller?

F-250 7.3L PSD, 4x4, shortbox, supercab - Have loved it for 10 years now. Perfect truck for towing the 25' fifth wheel, carrying the 8' camper, hauling construction materials or toting our kayaks (not all at the same time) yet still fits easily in the city.
sue.t 07/10/14 09:11pm Truck Campers
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2014

Tok to Whitehorse has taken us 3 days stopping at Snag Jct Gov CG & Pine Lake Gov CG. Snag Junction CG is a nice quiet spot. We used to swim there when I was a kid, and then skidoo there in winter! We almost stopped at Pine Lake Gov CG last night after an overnight at Congdon Creek Gov CG on the shores of Kluane Lake and then lunch at Dezadeash Lake Gov CG, but decided to boogey the extra hour from Pine Lake to get home instead. :B You likely passed our friends in their rental RV, heading towards Beaver Creek yesterday (Wednesday) from Kluane Lake where we had overnighted with them. Doesn't sound like they were one of the broken down ones though! They're hopefully on their way over the Taylor and Top of the World Hwys to Dawson City today.
sue.t 07/10/14 06:01pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Have You Ever Wished Your TC Was Smaller?

We have a comfy 25' fifth wheel for destination touring so the 8' camper is for our off-road adventures where towing isn't an option. Thus, smaller and lighter were requirements for the camper. Plus a toilet. And no slides, which aren't a great feature in the north -- dust has another way of getting inside and the slides can unseat on the rough goat trails we tend to bounce down. Plus slides added weight - we needed to stay under 2,000 lbs. Our 8' camper is very comfy, certainly better than tent camping. And safer as the bears are unlikely to swat us awake in the night. And towing the boat is easy, even though our 8' camper hangs off the shortbox.
sue.t 07/10/14 10:43am Truck Campers
RE: How late in the fall can one stay in Alaska

We've camped the Alaska Highway in December 1998 and enjoyed it so much did it again in 2001. The RV was a bit fussy at -40 though.:D http://yukonsights.ca/images/1998Dec/Dec1998_037_Kluane.jpg width=640
sue.t 07/09/14 09:53pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Bucket List Trip in Early Planning Stages

Most of them were "Adventurer", a brand I was not familiar with before driving through BC and the Yukon. The Adventurers are the product provided by a major RV rental agency in B.C. and Yukon -- Fraserway RV. In the north, Fraserway is the preferred rental agency with European tourists and they usually choose the 4x4 trucks with campers. Most of the rigs you see are rentals! However, after a few years of renting the RVs, Fraserway sells the rental units. In Yukon it is a good way to get a quality camper that has been maintained very well. Buying a second-hand unit from Fraserway is usually less expensive than buying privately. The Adventurers used to be constructed in the Lower Mainland, then moved to Washington State in recent years. I've heard, but don't know for sure, that the quality of the product deteriorated with the move which is unfortunate.
sue.t 07/08/14 09:16am RVing in Canada and Alaska
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