Posted by: sunnyharvy | June 30, 2015

South Klondike Highway

We turned off the Alaska Highway near Whitehorse, Yukon onto the South Klondike Highway towards Skagway, Alaska.

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This specimen lived up to Al’s greatest fear.

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Another Emerald Lake. Think this might be our third.

The town of Carcross, YT lies about halfway down this stretch of the highway. Once a hunting and fishing camp for Inland Tlingit and Tagish people, Carcross became a key stopover and supply center during the Klondike Gold Rush. We were pleasantly surprised to find more going on in this tiny town than expected.

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The White Pass and Yukon Railway, extending from Skagway through Carcross to Whitehorse, was completed in 1900. With the completion of the railway, Carcross became a major transportation centre. The Carcross railway station is designated under the federal Railway Station Protection Act.

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This guy truly loves his job.

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The S.S. Tutshi was a historic steamer that burned almost to the ground while being restored. The town made the best of a terrible situation by erecting this informative memorial around the remains.

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Many of the homes in the area seem pretty rustic, but all the people we came into contact with were jovial and welcoming.

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Recently built area for tourists to shop, dine, and explore the culture.

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We were lucky enough to meet Tlingit artist  Keith Wolfe-Smarch in his carving shop.

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His son designed and carved the mask on the right.

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Railroad bridge across the narrows.

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At approximately 1 square mile, The Carcross Desert is often considered the smallest desert in the world.

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Not only does Carcross have a desert, but it also has a sandy beach!

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I never expected to see this in the Yukon… did you?

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Responses

  1. What is the body of water in the last photo? How is the winter in Carcross? Those rustic houses don’t look very insulated. So interesting to go on this journey with you via your blog!

  2. very cool!! sand sand everywhere

  3. Really enjoying your pictures of your Alaska travels. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Hi Al & Leslie. We enjoyed meeting you guys in October 2013 at Mt. Mitchell on the Blue Ridge Parkway. We were the ones who stopped by and had a look at haRVy, but I suppose that doesn’t narrow it down very much since you have probably had countless folks coming by for a look since then. 🙂 Here’s a photo we took … http://mikefandersonphotography.zenfolio.com/p809518122/e4d7d8aa1

    Sorry we have been lurking here all this time without saying hi, but we have followed you from that day and have all your posts and always enjoy each new one. We had a year and 8 months left before retirement when we first saw you and have now been retired for about a month and are itching to get out on the road ourselves.

    We hope you guys continue to have wonderful days and experiences ahead and we will continue our own virtual travels along with you, looking for the next interesting adventure around the bend!

    Mike & Cheryl

    • Glad you are enjoying my blog. Thanks for saying Hi. When will you be getting back on the road?

      • Been taking a long time trying to decide between selling the house and going full-time in a Class A or going with a smaller leisure van B/B+ like you guys for some longer trips and then keeping the house for awhile as a base.

  5. I would advise starting small (of course, we love our Class B) and keeping the house (rent it out if possible). You can always sell the house and go with a bigger RV later, if you decide you need the space. Even after 21 months, we still don’t feel the need to upgrade as we love the flexibility of small. Good luck. Let me know if you start a blog. Glad we’ve inspired you!

    • We’ve looked at just about every configuration and every manufacturer that puts some kind of conversion on the Sprinter because we really have wanted to try to stay with a Sprinter based solution. We are giving a second look at a privately owned and built conversion on a 2007 (Dodge\Mercedes). He has done a nice job buying the shell and building it out himself, but he doesn’t have a roof AC, so I’m wondering if you guys have one (I couldn’t tell if there was one up on the roof or if that was just the window opening I was seeing), and if you have found the need for it often? I know you have stayed usually in more moderate climates. If you only have the dash air, how have you found that keep things cooled, even if just while you’re up in the front seats driving?

      • I sent you an email to further this conversation offline.


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