Through Whitehorse, day 25

The Continental Divide. We got an early start (7:40am) heading south. As we started there was a beautiful string of Canadian Geese, lighted up by the sunrise, heading south. Just after that 2 young elk crossed in front of us. We crossed the Continental Divide, just as we did in Yellowstone the year before.
The Cassiar Highway has a lot of dirt parts. We pulled of the road at Lake Lebarge to visit Moms Bakery (owned by Tracy Harris, a former director of the Yukon Quest and a great baker.) We had coffee, looked at some of her pictures, including Mary Shields (see the Fairbanks). She has a local fox she feeds an egg a day to keep him away from her chickens (we had seen him on the way in. We purchased a giant cinnamon roll, sourdough bread and some halibut chowder and were on our way.
Scenes along the highway. We stopped in Whitehorse for window repair and to refuel. Window repairs are not done on Saturdays and diesel . . . ah, that is the question. We had seen pumps with no markings, pumps with a “low sulphur” sticker and pumps with “Ultra” written next to the low sulphur sticker. I can’t really say good fuel was available after Chicken until Prince George.
Fuel and coffee stop. If you ask about ultra or low sulphur diesel, you get a blank stare. We camped at The Cottonwood River rest area (dry) with a mountain and river view. Leftovers for dinner, a Scrabble game and to bed.
Camping at Cottonwood in the rain. Our open house video for the grand kids, nieces and nephews.

South towards Whitehorse, day 24

Gravel Lake. You can see the clouds reflected in it. Around noon, we bid farewell to the “Coast Guard” and headed southbound towards Whitehorse. We stopped to do a quick car wash that took just the first coat of mud off. The floor of the carwash was covered in mud. There was no soap setting just water under pressure.
This Christmas tree would show off all our ornaments! Next we stopped at Gravel Lake, an important bird migration spot. After being so careful for 500 miles a rock finally found it’s way to our windshield. I was a little upset (those who know me, know what this means).
Five Fingers area. We also visited the Five Fingers Rapids Recreation Site and later learned about a layer of volcanic white ash (possible from St. Elias) that covered the southern Yukon Territory. You can see this layer clearer at cuts in the road about 1 foot below the surface.
Five Fingers area. We stopped at Pelly Crossing, which is on route of the Yukon Quest and one of the many sites owned by the First Nation. It was here that Debbie lost her idealistic view of the indian way of life. Sadly the government dole system has taken it’s toll on some of the First People as it has on many Indians.
Steps leading down towards the river. Time to camp (dry) at Twin Lakes Government Campground.