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Ethel Lake to Dawson City, North Klondike Hwy, Yukon

4 September 2012 - Tuesday

It rained hard during the night.  It was raining in the morning when we woke up too.  It was very wet! After a quick morning walk with the dogs, we headed out.  It was impossible to take decent pictures because it was raining too hard.

The road was slick too.  In places it was soft, VERY soft.

Ethel Lake road, Yukon
Leaving Ethel Lake in the rain

As we continued north on the Klondike Hwy the rain continued with thick overcast skies.

North Klondike Highway, Yukon
Crossing the Stewart River, looking eastward

Further north, the skies began to brighten.  This cheered us up considerably!

North Klondike Highway, Yukon
Heading northward on the North Klondike Highway

The rain came and went.  In places the highway was damp from recent rain showers.

North Klondike Highway, Yukon
Some overcast, some rain, some clearing

As the highway turned westward, the skies became more blue. 

North Klondike Highway, Yukon
Along the Klondike River, approaching the junction with the Dempster Highway

It was refreshing to have clear skies again!  Upon reaching Dawson City, we figured the dogs deserved a walk and some exploring.  There's a nice waterfront trail along the Yukon & Klondike Rivers.  Kodi enjoyed dipping his toes and a cool drink. 

Klondike & Yukon Rivers in Yukon
Apparently some Shar Pei aren't fond of water.  Not so with Kodi, who is a Traditional Shar Pei

Dawson City, Yukon
Looking northward towards Dome Mountain

We have visited Dawson City many times before.  If you're interested in seeing images of most of the sights here, please visit my Dawson City page.

Historical building in Dawson City, Yukon
Each visit I check the Strait's Auction House building.  It has changed significantly since 1986 and 2008.  See here for more pictures of the changes through time

A quick drive by the Robert Service cabin too ...

Robert Service Cabin in Yukon
Robert Service Cabin.  See here for more images of this historical site.

The Yukon River campground suits us so we took the ferry across. After settling in, it was time to walk the dogs.  North of the campground along the river there is an paddlewheel "graveyard".  We first visited this spot in 1986.  Each year the boats have collapsed more. 

It appeared someone had been busy building some log pole structures along the waterfront.

Yukon River, Yukon
The paddlewheel graveyard north of the Yukon River campground on the west side of the river

There were numerous tent campers on & along the waterfront.  Some seemed to be full-timers, possibly unable to find accommodation in Dawson City.  Some were smoking & drinking.  We minded our own business, nodded greetings and carried on by.

The evening was pleasant back at the campsite.  Tomorrow we hoped for clear skies for one of our favourite drives, across the Top of the World Highway.

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