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Old 02-27-2010, 08:52 AM   #15
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I think Fairbanks is the place (maybe it's Dawson City, Yukon) where they play an all night baseball game on the summer solstice.
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They told us the last time we were up there the ball game is at midnight in Fairbanks.

They do that for the same reason you pee standing up....because they can.
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There's a mountain just outside of Dawson City you can drive to the top of. It's called Midnight Dome. It's a great view of the town and the Yukon R. There's a TV camera mounted up there that rotates and shows the view on a cable channel there. The Dome is high enough that the sun barely sets there on the solstice, and I think people used to have a big party, but it got out of hand and it was stopped. There isn't enough room on the summit for a baseball game, but you could have a good party.

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We will be working in Skagway selling T-shirts to tourists (not really, but close enough). Yes the campgrounds require reservations there. There are not many and they stay pretty full during the peak months of the summer.

I thought that Fairbanks reminded me of Moline, Il. with characters walking the streets. We were there last year on the solstice and they had a street fair and stuff. It was OK, but I would not drive to do that part again. Fairbanks has one of the finest museums that I have ever seen. It is located on the campus of the University of Alaska (Fairbanks) and is worth the trip.

Pikes Waterfront Lodge is a good place to stay and to eat. The food is good and the boat races during the solstice was cool. Again, characters abound.

Dawson City is very worth the trip. It is one of our favorite places. There is a Greek restaurant there that is the best that I have ever eaten. Gold panning is good, lots of places to see and tons of history. Dirt streets, boardwalks and even a casino with floor shows. Very cool.

The White Pass and Yukon train is very cool. Pick a day (Saturday or Sunday) when there are fewer tourists in town or join the crowd. Check the Cruise ship schedule to be in Skagway on a non ship day or maybe just one boat day..otherwise it is very crowded.

Driving the pass is very cool. It is still one of my favorite drives because of the dramatic scenery between Carcross and Skagway.

Anybody that gets to that part of the world this summer be sure to look me up. Most days you can ask for me at the Skagway Outlet Store (SOS). Ask any local, they will know where that is.

I will buy the first cool refreshing beverage at the local brewhouse!
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Old 02-28-2010, 07:59 AM   #18
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deauxrite,

Do you know if there is a road from Haines to Skagway?

I'd like to make both of those drives, but not twice.
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Steve, there's no road between Skagway and Haines. There is the Fast Ferry and it is fast. In '02, we stayed in Haines and then spent part of day in Skagway taking to ferry back and forth. I didn't get that excited by Skagway because it's very touristy, but Haines is more laid back. The Fast Ferry is a private company and not associated with the state ferry which visits much less often. The Fast Ferry makes the trips each way several times a day.

I agree Dawson City is cool and we have enjoyed our 2 trips there. Not sure about the ferry across the Yukon for the trailer to take the Top of the World Hwy. I hope it won't drag the rear bumper getting on and off.

Pikes in Fairbanks must be the restaurant I was thinking of—the name sounds familiar. I'm not sure I've ever been in Moline, but I'm not encouraged to go now.

Not sure how to deal with the reservations thing in Skagway. Since cell service is nonexistent for American phones (unless that has changed in the last 4 years) in NW Canada, we'd have to try to find wifi. Deaux', do you recommend a CG in Skagway?

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Campground? We stayed at the Mountain View RV park in July 2008. 12th and Broadway. (867) 668-5944. Within walking distance to downtown.
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Au Contraire..there is a road from Skagway to Haines. It runs through Whitehorse then to Haines Junction to Haines...total travel time about 7 hours unless you get hung up at customs. It is a lovely drive and usually produces lots of wildlife photos.

Camping in Skagway..they are all about the same. For full hookups try Garden City. If you can do without, I recommend Pullen Creek.

The ferry at Dawson usually works pretty well for RVs. The guys who operate it keep the banks carved down so that the bump getting on and off is not bad enough to make the trailer drag. Just go slow...on and off the ferry and on the top of the world too. Last year there was about 5 miles of pavement, the rest was gravel.
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Au Contraire..there is a road from Skagway to Haines. It runs through Whitehorse then to Haines Junction to Haines...total travel time about 7 hours unless you get hung up at customs. It is a lovely drive and usually produces lots of wildlife photos.

Camping in Skagway..they are all about the same. For full hookups try Garden City. If you can do without, I recommend Pullen Creek.
Technically true about the road, but even more technically, 3 roads, each with different names.

Thanks guys for the CG tips.

I just watching the US-Canada hockey game and it was a great game, but unfortunately, Canada won. Congratulations Canada. Not with the tension of the Miracle on Ice, though with a goal to tie at the end of regulation, the US looked like it could perform another miracle. Too bad there can't be 2 gold medals as both teams played so well (if the US had won, I guess I wouldn't want there to be 2 golds). I wonder what would have happened if Canada's cigar smoking, champagne swilling women's team had dressed as the men's team today—they would have probably crushed the US team. Those Canadian women are tough!

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Sounds like I am going to be behind you folks.

The wbcci caravan joins up at Dawson Creek on July 12 thru Sept 14 at Prince George. 35 trailers at present time.

I will post more on the schedule when I get time.
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Keep us up to date Wingfoot. Sounds like you'll be able to cover both the mosquito and no-see-um seasons.

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Thirty five trailers on the Alaska Highway in a caravan! Man I hope I am not behind that group!
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Wally used to string out a long caravan. Probably for impact. Today, we group up at a campground but, during travel, rarely more than 2-3 together. Hard to find pulloffs for more than 2 trailers.

However, it is still quite a sight to see a small convoy of airstreams running together. Rule of thumb is "if you can read the numbers on the trailer in front you are too close."

Al & Gracie Buchanan, wbcci 800, are leading this caravan to Alaska for the summer. They used to do British Columbia one year and Newfoundland the next. They have led caravans for approx 20 years.

I tried to talk a couple of my friends into going as a non wbcci group but, to no avail.

I have sure heard the muddy road & mud washing stories. Not looking forward to that part. Probably why certain stops are longer than would appear necessary.
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SteveH,

What areas of trailer are you going to cover? Black wrap around on left?, stone guard on left? What area of trailer?
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What areas of trailer are you going to cover? Black wrap around on left?, stone guard on left? What area of trailer?
From our '08 trip, I learned that most of the rock dings on the trailer come from rocks kicked up by the tow vehicle. So, this year I'm going to cover the front of the propane bottle cover, and all of the front of the trailer below the window rock guard, arond to where the segment protectors end.

On our '08 trip I only covered the areas that the segment protectors normally cover (the trailer was a '75, so no protectors on it), and all the rest of the front got dinged up pretty bad. The center of the front was suprizingly bad. That taught me the front tires of the TV kick up a lot of rocks that go between normal sized mud flaps, so this year I have added a center flap also to help with that.

When you drive on gravel roads, rock dings are inevitable, but all precautions help.
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