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RE: Retreating Yukon glacier makes river disappear

In this case, the glacier has receded a bit, so the melt from it no longer split north and south. Instead, it all flows south which is downhill, thus nothing going north to Kluane Lake. A lot will depend on the outflow area at the north end of the lake, at the Kluane River. Plus there's more evaporation in this warmer weather we are having now.
sue.t 06/18/16 01:46pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Retreating Yukon glacier makes river disappear

This change to the water is actually a return to what existed 350 years ago. The water from the glacier is now flowing south to the Pacific Ocean rather than north to the Bering Sea via Kluane Lake, Kluane River, Donjek River, White River and the Yukon River. A research paper by the University of Alberta predicted this 10 years ago: https://www.ualberta.ca/~areyes/BertoPage/Publications_files/QR_kluanelake.pdf
sue.t 06/18/16 09:42am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2016

From a news article: Provincial officials say it could take weeks to rebuild sections of Highway 97 through the Pine Pass and reconnect Northeast B.C. to the southern reaches of the province. The highway is currently closed between Chetwynd and the Mackenzie Junction after a torrential downpour this week washed out several sections of highway and rail lines through the pass. See more at: alaskahighwaynews.ca/regional-news/pine-pass-rebuild-could-take-weeks
sue.t 06/18/16 09:27am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Retreating Yukon glacier makes river disappear

The picture being used by CBC is of my dogs at Kluane Lake at the end of May, looking west up the Slims River valley. In the picture, you can see where the water levels usually are. http://yukonsights.ca/images/AlaskaHwy_YT/20160521_KluaneLk_16.jpg width=700 When I visited again in early June, Slim's River was completely dry and there was a sandstorm blowing across the lake. The mudflats visible in this picture were usually under water. http://yukonsights.ca/images/AlaskaHwy_YT/20160604_Kluane_51.jpg width=700
sue.t 06/18/16 09:24am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2016

Dawson Creek has declared a state of emergency due to the flooding in the city. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/family-with-baby-rescued-by-helicopter-hundreds-of-properties-stranded-by-b-c-floods-1.3640292 The article also states, "Highway 97 near Chetwynd, which links the Peace region to the rest of B.C., remains closed with multiple locations completely washed-out or severely damaged, especially in the area of Pine Pass." Pictures from the article: http://i.cbc.ca/1.3640602.1466191085!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/hwy-97-washout.jpg width=500 http://i.cbc.ca/1.3640589.1466180255!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/original_620/dawson-creek-flood.jpg width=500
sue.t 06/17/16 06:48pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2016

HEAD'S UP to those travelling north through Prince George and Dawson Creek. Highway 97 north of Prince George (at Pine Pass) is closed in both directions today, due to flooding from heavy rain. Here is the article from CBC. Keep up to date and check status of the closure at http://www.drivebc.ca/
sue.t 06/15/16 07:10pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Visa & Wal Mart

I still have my original non-chip card that needs to be swiped and still use it at all retailers in Canada, including pay-at-the-pump. No problems, other than the cashiers who are confused by it. Some cashiers in stores figure I'm senile and tell me to put it in the chipped card slot, one tried to grab it from my hand (at Walmart) and scolded me for swiping it. Maybe she was too young to know about the non-chip swipe cards. The older cashiers keep telling me to hang on to that old card, saying they're more reliable, less issues with the, etc. My chipped card from another bank required a PIN at all instances. I refuse to go with what is called the "Tap & Go" cards. On my husband's card, we had that option removed.
sue.t 06/12/16 09:15am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Probable Bear Mauling, Anchorage

In Yukon, someone reported that a bear charged them alongside the highway. Turned out that person was approaching the bear with her cubs to get a SELFIE. I've seen tourists trying to get selfies with elk during their rut, and with bison in northern BC. Not a good thing to do. I still don't get the selfie thing.
sue.t 06/10/16 07:42am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Robert Campbell Highway in YT

Gas is usually available in Ross River and Faro. Ross River sometimes runs out of fuel. Last time we were in Faro, the unmanned pumps were out of order for a couple of days - the computer needed rebooting apparently. The gas station is just some pumps and a computer - credit or debit card needed.
sue.t 06/07/16 11:13pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Robert Campbell Highway in YT

There are several construction zones on the Campbell Highway north of Watson Lake. According to Ross River residents, the highway between Faro and Ross River is terrible. No improvements in recent years. When we were last on it, it was BAD. It was also a bit rough the west side of Faro. See updates here: http://www.511yukon.ca/ This September 2015 image is typical for the construction zones http://yukonsights.ca/images/CampbellHwy/20150916_Liard-SimpsonLk_122.jpg width=700
sue.t 06/07/16 11:11pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2016

You need to use the Editor Functions in the Advanced Post Form option to make a clicky http://ramblingrvrat.blogspot.com/2016/06/destressing-from-drive-on-top-of-world.html?m=1
sue.t 06/07/16 06:54am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Well, that wasn't very pleasant.

We were once searched heading into Washington State at the Peace Arch Crossing at 10 p.m. First the sniffer dog went through the motorhome. Then the agents while we waited inside the building. An hour later they came out with our California oranges and told us we could continue on our trip to Oregon. They took the oranges but left the grapefruit, bananas, and all the other fruit. They also left it tidy although I could tell every cupboard, drawer and storage space had been shuffled about.
sue.t 06/02/16 06:58am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Top of the World Highway

Each year I see a handful of RVs sinking into soft shoulders along the Alaska Highway during my commute to work. Saw two motorhomes parked on the shoulder of the Klondike Highway tilting badly due to the soft shoulders and needing to wait for tow trucks. I also see some with broken hitches stopped on the Alaska Highway waiting for repairs at one of the bad frost heaves. The Top of the World and Taylor Highway are not the only areas with challenges.
sue.t 06/01/16 10:25pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Top of the World Highway

On one of our crossings eastbound towards Dawson City, as we approached the border crossing a motorhome was stopped in the middle of the highway westbound. There wasn't any room for us to go by him. He was sitting in the driver's seat, we thought he'd get moving as we approached. Nope. We stopped, got out, waved at him, knocked on the MH door, waved again, honked horn...no response. He sat staring forward, not acknowledging our presence in any way. So I checked the highway shoulder and the ditch, and we towed the fifth wheel down into the ditch and around the motorhome so we could continue our journey. He had driven the easy part of the highway, still had the narrow, windy part to go. Don't know how he managed. Don't know why he didn't pull into the Davis Dome Wayside to take a break, he was just a short distance past it.
sue.t 06/01/16 10:15pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Top of the World Highway

It doesn't change much year-to-year, although spring can be a bit worse than the fall after the improvements are done for the season. The highway isn't open or maintained in winter, so in spring there's lots to do to get it ready for the summer season. The Alaska side (Taylor Hwy) tends to be worse. The Yukon side (Top of the World) runs along rocky ridges without rivers/marsh/muskeg so is usually in better condition. We drove through in 2010 after a major washout on the Alaska side and lengthy closure while it was rebuilt. No problems towing our 25' fifth wheel through with the F-250, but we weren't in a hurry and usually plan two days for the trip between Tok & Dawson City. Taylor Hwy (Alaska side): http://yukonsights.ca/TaylorHwy.html ToW Hwy (Yukon side): http://yukonsights.ca/TopOfTheWorld.html
sue.t 05/30/16 09:49pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2016

A friend just posted this on facebook: A very interesting Day 7: Fort Nelson BC to Watson Lake Yukon! 514km/320 miles. Got snowed in trying to cross the summit near Summit Lake! Got pushed out of a drift by 2 Alaskans when the plow plowed me in - then got rescued by a driller called Earl who hopped into the Merc and drove her over the summit and down the other side for me with the confidence that only a local with a class 1 licence could have - thanks to his mate too for picking him up on the other side! In the end I was the only vehicle to go over heading North! It was a lonely highway! Crazy conditions and I'm now proud to own a few more grey hairs!
sue.t 05/29/16 08:16pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Are we too long to enter Canada?

You won't need to stop at the weigh scales. The safety checks are usually on the highway by a weigh scale though, although the one that told me a running light was burned out was at the junction of two highways and manned by RCMP officers.
sue.t 05/29/16 08:14pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Are we too long to enter Canada?

The custom agents don't enforce motor vehicle regs - the weigh scales will though. Also at the safety checks that are set up randomly throughout B.C. Every vehicle is stopped and subject to a safety and paperwork check - they check for overweight vehicles too. Been there, done that ... at one stop our paperwork wasn't in order for the trailer insurance. We had done our part but apparently the trailer was still registered to a previous owner in Alberta because the paperwork for the transfers wasn't completed correctly a few owners back. We had to park the trailer until the paperwork was sorted out and in order. At another safety check, I was told one of the running lights on the trailer was burned out, but they let me go without penalty. They checked everything thoroughly to make sure the trailer was loaded correctly and within the tow limits of the truck.
sue.t 05/29/16 12:40pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2016

It might be starting to melt, but still pretty thick on Steamboat, which is known for thick fog. I remember my Mom making my sister get out and walk on the highway alongside the ditch in the dark, so we wouldn't drive into the ditch in thick fog. Again, this image will update automatically as the day progresses. http://images.drivebc.ca/bchighwaycam/pub/cameras/484.jpg width=500
sue.t 05/29/16 09:37am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2016

Even with snow tires and chains, I wouldn't be tempted to drive through this area with fresh snow on the ground. This was last September on a sunny day :B http://yukonsights.ca/20150915_Tetsa-Liard.html http://yukonsights.ca/images/AlaskaHwy_BC/20150915_TetsaRvr-Liard_090.jpg width=700
sue.t 05/28/16 12:08pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
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