Dawson City, June 2014

Click for 36 pics in Picasa. North America is famous (infamous?) for the size of its portions. Braeburn Lodge is a roadhouse on the Klondike Highway in the Yukon Territory of Canada, and it is famous for its cinnamon buns. It is so famous that the airfield over the road is named Cinnamon Bun Strip. One of our group asked for a small cinnamon bun, but the answer was “I am not known for small cinnamon buns”. So, all or nothing, Lance tried a standard Cinnamon Bun (see pic). Well, not being known for letting a meal defeat him, he did finish it too. Over three days.

Lots of interesting sights along the way to Dawson City. Five Finger Rapids was just one of the many hazards that folk rushing down the Yukon River to the goldfields in home made boats had to face. The towering rocks make five fingers of water. Also lots of RVs towing cars, and roadhouse stops like Moose Creek pictured.

Dawson City is on the junction of the Klondike and Yukon rivers, and was the centre of the gold rush excitement. Our excellent tour guide Claudia demonstrated gold panning at the exact location of the finding of the first nugget, in a creek named Bonanza Creek following the discovery. And we did a little successful panning, using pans spiked with paydirt. There are reminders everywhere of the huge amount of effort that has gone into the search for gold, enormous dredges, machinery, mines, railways, bridges, mullock heaps and tailings.

We saw the cabin that “The Bard of the Yukon” Robert Service chose to live in. His most famous poem starts “There are strange things done in the midnight sun”, and many locals can recite it.

Robert chose to live with no power or running water, and guide Claudia told us that she lives “off the grid” in a mountain cabin during the long Alaskan winter when there are no tours. No refrigeration needed, and water fetched from a nearby spring that never freezes.

Dawson City still has wooden sidewalks and wide unpaved roads. It really gives you a feeling of how it would have been when it was the centre of the gold rush.


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