Lough Leane as seen from Killarney National Park, Ireland.
Where are Kevin and Ruth now? Killarney National Park, Ireland.

Where are Kevin and Ruth going next? Back to the Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland!

Monday, June 18, 2018

Mayo to Keno City, Yukon and mama bear with cubs!

We camped at the free campground in Mayo on Saturday night. There are actually two, one by the river before the bridge as you enter town, and one closer to town. We think the one before the bridge as you enter town is probably the better one.

We did some time on the internet and had some breakfast and then we took our "Walking tour of Mayo" pamphlet and went to explore the town!

It's actually the history of the town that is more interesting than the town itself. But, as you're wandering around looking at the old buildings, it's fun to read the stories in the pamphlet relating the buildings to what was happening in this area 75 or 100 years ago.

The Binet House, now a museum.

Old warehouse.

Not everything is old!

Typical house.

View from the town of Mayo.

The Anglican church.

They must have to start the fire on Saturday to warm the place up enough for Sunday!

The church "facilities"!

Old bus. 

These old towns have lots of "stuff" just lying around. Old machinery, stuff that broke and couldn't be fixed. And then what do you do with it? Well, it just sits.

Old shed.

The old Catholic Church is pretty.

Quite a few abandoned properties. 
There is a beware of dog sign on the left upper corner of the building.

Guard Dog.
Mean, Silent, Fast.

Roofing made from tin gasoline cans cut  and straightened.

We ended up walking almost 4 kms (2.5 miles) just in town. We had some lunch, and then fired up Sherman to take us another 50 kms (30 miles) along a gravel road to the mining town of Keno City.

That's Haldane Mountain. We hope to hike to the top tomorrow!

Beautiful scenery.

The road was in better condition that we anticipated, at least for the first 40 kms (24 miles). It was only the last 10 kms (6 miles) that was rough. So we just took it slow and avoided the potholes and soft spots.

And, along the way we stopped for twenty minutes to enjoy some more wildlife!

At first, we just saw this big bear. It's a black bear, despite the brown color!

Oh! There's a little one!

There's actually two little ones!

And in fact, there were three little ones. I couldn't get a photo of all three little ones together with the mom.

We continued the short distance to Keno City. Found the campground, and got ourselves settled in for $15 CAD ($11.50 USD) per night. We went and paid at the museum, but we didn't go in the museum. Instead we went for a hik up Sourdough hill to get a view of the town...

Keno City, Yukon.

Sherman, camped at GPS 63.907679, -135.300789

Hanging Macrame Hammock Chair


  1. Beautiful photos again. Love the bear pictures. How far away were they from you?

    1. Thank you Rita! We weren't far away at all, they were just on the other side of the road but we were in the safety of Sherman at the time.

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    1. I mentioned to Kevin and if someone had the money and the know how they could make themselves a neat looking RV with that old bus!

  3. Chris, I thought so, too. Looks like 1950s or early 1960s and remember the style as a kid. Someone with a lot of ambition and $$ could make that bus a great RV.

  4. You didn't mention Sherman in the Keno City photo. He can be easily seen just above the river.

    1. You are right, Kevin did forget to mention that. We ended up climbing to the top of this hill yesterday and you could still see him clearly even from the top. :-)

  5. More bear shots! Your camera does great closeups...hope you weren't that close!

    1. Thanks Cheapchick! Actually we were quite close. The bear and her cubs were just on the other side of the road from where we were stopped on the road in Sherman so we were nice a safe inside.

  6. It’s all so very interesting - so much to take in - so thankful for following in your posts of the beautiful land north of us. Thank you so much for sharing!!!!!!!

    1. The history around this area is really interesting and so are the people. It's a shame that more people don't take the time to stop by. It has been a fun visit. So glad that you are enjoying the stories. :-)

  7. Hope you have your bear repellent when you hike!

    1. Yes, we always have our bear spray and our air horn! :-)

  8. We sure are enjoying your updates. You are visiting some lovely places (and great views!!) We are camphosting near Victoria, BC and have been telling lots of people who are on the trek to Alaska to visit your blog. Hopefully a few will stop and enjoy a little more than to whip through Canada as fast as they can.....

    1. Thank you so much! We hope that some will also take their time as well, there is just so much to see out there, especially in some of these off the beaten path kind of places. :-)

  9. Love seeing the pictures of those old towns very interesting. Great photos again. Looks like are both enjoying your adventure. Looking forward to the next post!

    1. They certainly are interesting, especially if you love old things! ;-)

      We are having a fantastic time! :-)


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