2018 June 30 – Whitehorse, Yukon Territory (Part 1)

Since we were not traveling today we slept in until 9, then walked down the street to the restaurant in the neighbouring hotel for breakfast. .Our hotel – old, but well maintained and very quiet.

There is a Jack London Museum in Dawson City that I plan to visit.  The sculpture on the right is in honour of all the prospectors who opened up the north. We wanted to visit the Yukon Territory Legislative Building and it was right across the street from the Visitor’s Center.  Unfortunately it was closed for the Canada Day long weekend and would not open again until Tuesday.  Fortunately for us, we will be coming back to Whitehorse later in our journey so we will try get a tour then. Parks Canada adminsters the S.S. Klondike, the largest steam paddlewheeler to ply the Yukon River. I had to have my photo take in the red Adriondack chair.  When we drove across Canada in 2014 I had my photo taken sitting in all the red chairs we found in the various National Parks.    The fire box for the steam boiler.  It burned a cord of an hour.This is the vent tubes that sends the steam to the engine room.  The sand bag John is holding weighs 24 lb, the same weight as the chunk of galena (with silver and lead).  Each ore sack weighed five times that. By the time all these ore sacks arrived in the smelter in Kellog, Idaho they had each been handled about 18 times getting put on and taken off carts, boats and trains.Sadly, the upper decks were closed for renovations – although I saw no evidence of renovations going on.  We could peek through the kitchen to the officer’s and passenger’s diningroom.  The crew dining room was a lot more spartan.

There is a Beringia Museum near the Transportation Museum and there was an earthcache and a regular cache nearby so we stopped to find them and take a picture of the mammoths.  The parking lot was empty.  I would suggest, even though it is not strictly correct, to rename the place the Mammoth Museum or something like that.  Who knows what a Beringia is?  Why would you stop there?  And the parking lot at the front of the building was small and only for handicap parking.  You needed to drive back onto the frontage road, past a little wood grove to the main parking lot and then walk back along a trail through the bush to the museum.  I would think between the signage and the awkward parking the place loses a lot of business. I may be wrong; could be packed all summer. I have cut this day into two blogs because after we saw found the geocaches and photographed the mammoth sculptures we went to the Transportation Museum and you all know what that means!  Lots of photos of stuff and informational signage.

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