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RE: Driving Highyway 99 Lilloet to Whistler

Take a look at images from our trip with our F250 towing a 25' fifth wheel http://yukonsights.ca/20090917_LLH-Pemberton.html The truck brakes overheated on this piece near the end of the downhill travels http://yukonsights.ca/images/BC/20090917_LLH-NairnPP_486.jpg width=700 This is the profile from the GPS track - distance in miles on the bottom http://yukonsights.ca/images/BC/Lillooet-Pemberton.jpg width=800
sue.t 06/21/17 09:50pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Road Conditions Alaska and Yukon

Yukon's government is saying if the US doesn't get back to contributing funding for the Shakwak section, then the only affordable option could be to leave it as a gravel highway again. The reason it was paved was because the US requested it so transport trucks could travel to Alaska easier. Beaver Creek residents preferred the gravel highway because it could be maintained and weren't at all happy with the paving, which made it slower to drive into Whitehorse.
sue.t 06/13/17 09:34pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Road Conditions Alaska and Yukon

Joe, Yukon's population is about 38,000 total, with about 27,000 of those living in the Whitehorse area. Yukon's Premier recently visited Washington to press the US Government to reinstate its funding for the highway maintenance. No luck yet. It has been a few years since the US contributed to the maintenance and upgrades. http://www.cbc.ca/news/yukon-premier-sandy-silver-washington Climate change is affecting the highway more and more. Some sections of the highway in our area need to be upgraded every 2-3 years to deal with the frost heaves, potholes and cracks that open in the surface. The section between Destruction Bay and Beaver Creek is even worse due to ground conditions - lots of wetlands in that area. Beaver Creek is my hometown - I remember walking in the forest and sinking up to my thighs in the moss. In the good old days, 50 years ago, when the highway was gravel it could be graded every few months and smoothed out. Now, even my little Honda Fit will go for a flight now and then, and it isn't uncommon to see RVers with damaged hitches and axles. Read more about the Shakwak Project on this pdf: http://www.hpw.gov.yk.ca/pdf/shakwakprojectbrochure09.pdf
sue.t 06/12/17 09:53pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: WFi In theYukon,

The tourist info centre in Whitehorse also has Wi-Fi
sue.t 06/11/17 02:56pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: 89* in Fairbanks

The Richardson Hwy (between Tok & Fairbanks) is closed this morning about 50 miles south of Fairbanks due to a forest fire. They're trying to get it out but it is in an area of black spruce that is highly inflammatory. Let's hope it doesn't spread too far...
sue.t 06/10/17 08:28am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: WFi In theYukon,

Yup, the local internet service provider is the reason. The infrastructure is old and unreliable. Thus, I have satellite internet at our house, which is 5x faster than the DSL service we had previously, and for less cost.
sue.t 06/09/17 10:07pm RVing in Canada and Alaska

$1.169 per litre in Whitehorse now.
sue.t 06/07/17 08:45pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: How are the mozies this year?

No mosquito bites this year, yet. Not too many around, might be due to the winds we've been having.
sue.t 06/07/17 07:36am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Rear Kitchen

Haven't had any breakage or discombobulation with our rear kitchen fifth wheel, even though we travel the Alaska Highway and hit frost heaves all the time. The shocks seem to do the trick. Once I forgot to put the lid on the dog water bucket, and four hours of travelling later it was still sitting on the kitchen floor full of water.
sue.t 06/01/17 08:25pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Arrived Haines Jct..Winnipeg route

Oh oh, you'll have some more comments after driving from Destruction Bay/Burwash Landing to Beaver Creek.
sue.t 05/31/17 10:04pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Fuel Range

It's a good practice to fill up at half a tank. It's not uncommon for the rural gas stations to run out of fuel and have a three day wait for fuel delivery. Also carry enough cash to pay for your fill-up, because it's not uncommon for the debit/credit card systems to go down and if you don't have cash, you can't fill up.
sue.t 05/28/17 11:22am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Tuktoyaktuk

In June 2015 we drove from Tombstone Park to the Arctic Circle and then back to the RV at Tombstone in one day. http://yukonsights.ca/20150630_ArcticCircle.html There's some amazing scenery along the way http://yukonsights.ca/images/Dempster/20150630_Dempster_284.jpg width=700 My Honda Fit handled the Dempster quite nicely http://yukonsights.ca/images/Dempster/20150630_ArcticCircle_108.jpg width=700
sue.t 05/23/17 09:22pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Tuktoyaktuk

Being at or north of the Arctic Circle on June 21 is an experience that'll stick in your brain. The sun stays above the horizon. At Inuvik, the sun is high in the sky all night. For folks not used to all night sunshine, it can be a bit disorienting. Hubby wanted to hit the road late in the evening because he was wide awake in the sun. The drive north on the Dempster is interesting. Do check in at the Visitor Centre at Dawson City for the road conditions before heading up. Tombstone Park is worth of a couple of nights stay and there's good hiking in that area. Don't be in a rush - drive for the road conditions. Let the locals whip on by because they just need to make time and they know the road. The Yukon government's Dempster Highway Travelogue is a good resource.
sue.t 05/21/17 08:26pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Roll call Alaska 2017

May 12 - snow falling at Sikanni Chief, which is about 175 km north of Fort St. John. There's also a rainfall warning between Fort St John and Fort Nelson. This image will update automatically. On May 12 at 7:20 pm it showed LOTS of snow. http://images.drivebc.ca/bchighwaycam/pub/cameras/612.jpg width=500
sue.t 05/12/17 08:50pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2018

I'll still be here in Yukon waiting for y'all to drive on by via the Alaska Highway :B
sue.t 05/09/17 10:11pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: SpaceX - Satellite internet starting 2019

I live in an area without cell phone coverage and the local landline provider wanted about $8,000 to extend their service to our property. So I went with satellite internet via xplornet, which cost only $300 to install https://www.xplornet.com/ Amazing difference - download speed is FOUR times faster than what NorthwesTel (Yukon) offered and is much more reliable. Upload speed is also faster and without errors - with NorthwesTel I often had to re-upload images 2-6 times to have a successful upload. We also have VOIP (phone with the satellite service). It is very good! No delays, no pauses, no issues whatsoever - and we can call anywhere in North America without long distance charges. The internet in Yukon often fails for hours or days. We're no longer affected by that issue. The cost is also less per month. Latency isn't an issue because it is still faster than what the local service provider offered via DSL. Aging infrastructure along the Alaska Highway is the problem.
sue.t 05/07/17 08:05am Technology Corner
RE: Anyone feel this morning's earthquake?

The Yukon Geological Survey has published two videos regarding the earthquakes and the hundreds of aftershocks we've been having. What caused the May 1, 2017 earthquake? What does the epicenter of the May 1, 2017, earthquakes look like? We feel the occasional aftershock, the ones greater than 4.0M Some of the buildings in Whitehorse have been damaged. One government building remains vacant due to damage.
sue.t 05/05/17 01:19pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: King salmon fishing

Suggest looking into an offshore trip from Whittier/Seward/Valdez. My guess is that all king fishing will be pretty spotty (meaning shutdown) eventually this year. I hear that subsistence fishing on the Yukon River is shutdown already.
sue.t 05/01/17 08:44pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Anyone feel this morning's earthquake?

There were two earthquakes, plus aftershocks. The first earthquake was at 5:31 am and the second at 7:18 (Yukon time). Both were near the surface, along the Haines Highway in British Columbia, near Kelsall Lake. Some older buildings in Whitehorse were damaged (cracks), power was out in many places, some schools cracked too. There's been dozens of aftershocks, some felt, some not. We felt the quakes at our place - lots of rumbling but our house didn't shake too much. During the second quake I was driving the Alaska Highway so I didn't feel it because the highway is rough. Some people fell out of their beds, some dogs ran away, some cats got upset -- just about everyone felt it, from Atlin to Ross River, Haines and Skagway, up to Destruction Bay and more. The Alaska Earthquake Center was good mapping http://earthquake.alaska.edu/earthquakes Here's the CBC Yukon news article: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/earthquake-yukon-alaska-1.4093105
sue.t 05/01/17 08:38pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Taking a gun....worth hassle?

We live in the wilderness of Yukon and have never needed a rifle to protect ourselves from wildlife. We have a couple of local grizzlies, but they keep their distance. Same with the coyote and wolves, although the wolves killed an elk on our driveway last year. I grew up near Beaver Creek, Yukon, and again, never needed a gun for protection in the 1960s and 1970s. We could travel with our hunting rifles, but don't bother taking them with us because we don't feel the need to have them with us when we're camping. I did have to use my camera's monopod to push of a porcupine once, but that's it. Be sure to take your camera though... http://yukonsights.ca/images/Wildlife/20140624_Grizzly_36.jpg width=700
sue.t 04/27/17 09:32pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
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