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We are lucky to have had such a gorgeous afternoon in Washington's Olympic National Park!
Where are Kevin and Ruth right now? Near Port Angeles, Washington.

Where are they going next? Somewhere on the Olympic Peninsula, Washington.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

It was tougher than we thought it was going to be!

Gorgeous day yesterday, so we made plans to go for a hike. We decided we had better go up to "The Dome", as they call the viewpoint look off above the town of Dawson City. Of course most people drive up there, but we needed to get some exercise.

I mapped out the route ahead of time, and at 10 kms (6.2 miles) round trip, it didn't look like it was going to be that tough of a hike.

But it was tougher than we thought it was going to be!

Along the way, we stopped in at the Jack London Museum. The famous author had come to the Yukon as a young man in 1898 to strike it rich in the gold rush, but although he was not successful in the mining business, many of his future books (White Fang, Call of the Wild) were set in the Yukon.

Jack London Museum in Dawson City, Yukon.

This is the cabin he lived in when he was here.

Well, it wasn't the exact same cabin that he lived in but part of it was. The cabin was actually found on the banks of Henderson Creek, 120km (75 mi.) south of Dawson City. Jack never built the cabin but found it abandoned and fixed it up enough to live in. When it was found, he had written his name onto one of the logs within the cabin and this is how they knew he had lived there. The cabin was then dismantled and the bottom half of the cabin was donated to Dawson City and the upper half to Oakland, California where he grew up. Each cabin was then rebuilt using those same pieces and the other halves replicated with the plans of the original.

We think that curator Helen knows everything there is to know about Jack London!

Interesting place, and worth a stop. Jack London died in 1916 at age 40, and was one of the first commercially successful authors ever. 

We continued on up the hill and came across an interesting cemetery. 

Graves of Northwest Mounted Police officers. 
Look at the ages!

Old bulldozer.

Once we got out of town, the hill climbed steeply. We knew that you can also drive up to The Dome if you want to, and the road isn't so steep, but it's also a lot longer. As it was, the hike was about 5 kms (3 miles) each way.

Taking a break to enjoy the scenery.
You can get an idea of how steep it was.

In fact, the last one kilometer (.62 miles) took us a whole hour!

Where the Klondike River meets the Yukon River.

View at the top of The Dome.

The Yukon River looking south.

Dawson City.
If you knew where to look, Sherman is in this picture!

Back at the motorhome and I had a short nap and then we had an early dinner so that we could make it to the 6:30pm "Then and Now" walking tour put on by Parks Canada. They do quite a few historical tours, and we've done several and found them all worthwhile.

The ferry goes across the Yukon River.
Did I mention it was a beautiful day?

In the Bank of North America. 
See the gold bars?

The gold bars that you see in the photo above are actually made of lead. The fake bars are heavy! However, if they were real gold, they would weigh almost twice as much!

Our guide Justin, talking to the group.

We went into an art gallery with some odd stuff.

Then we went into the Red Feather Saloon that has been meticulously restored by Parks Canada.

Interesting tour talking about how things happened then compared to how they happen now. From banking, to the mail delivery etc.

Today, we were up early to go gold panning this morning. You can read all about that tomorrow!

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18 comments:

  1. After that steep hike I'm surprised you had enough energy to go on a walking tour

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    1. Yep, it's just like us to do something like that!

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    2. Only Kevin had one and yes, I am sure it helped! ;-)

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  2. Energy well spent! Love the pictures.

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    1. Thank you Peter! We were overdue for a bit of exercise! ;-)

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  3. Wow, the life expectancy of a Mountie is pretty short!

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    1. Back in those days it sure seemed to be that way!

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  4. Hey Kevin, we are in Dawson city for the music festival this weekend. I should be at the Gold Rush RV pArk by noon tomorrow and will get in touch when I get there. Dave & Melissa

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    1. Unfortunately we have already left! :-( I think Kevin has already sent you an email.

      We hope you have a good time there and sorry that we missed you.

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  5. Interesting history and great scenery:) It makes for a great day. I think I enjoy the history even more than the wonderful scenery.

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    1. Yep, it sure does! I think we tend to like the scenery more than the history but honestly we are happy with them both. :-)

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  6. Another fun day, good luck panning for gold.

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    1. Thanks George, I am sure we will be rich by the end of the day! :-P

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  7. To the top of the hill must have been a tough walk but you had good weather and were rewarded with wonderful views. I liked the story of Jack London's cabin. I loved his books as a teenager and still do. Thanks for all the pictures!

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    1. It was a great hike but the last kilometre was definitely steeper than we figured it would be but the view made it all worthwhile. :-)

      Yes, it was an interesting story about what they did with the cabin. We are going to have to get a copy of 'The Call of the Wild' to read now. I think maybe we both read it in public school but we aren't sure.

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  8. Great hike and lovely scenery. Enjoy your stay!

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