Friday, June 2, 2017

Weathervanes, Ships, Mammoths, Airplanes and more..

Whitehorse, Yukon Territories
Pioneer RV Park

There is so much to see and do in this town, you'd need to stay a lot longer.

Our first sight today was the world's largest weather vane.  How do you describe this to someone?  

The one thing I noticed in this area is there aren't the winds that we see in the southwest. The DC3 will move with 4 kilometers of wind.  When we came out it was turned around, so I'm sure it works.  

I'd heard a lot of people tell us not to miss the Yukon Transportation Museum. 

Once inside we realized why it was recommended.   Since it was by the airport, I expected to see airplanes but there was much more.

Bill and Harry are checking out the train car, which Bill noticed had a pot belly stove for heat. 

This car was used to bring railroad workers to the work site.

This isn't what I think of when something is called a stage coach.  

There were airplanes hanging from the ceiling.

Of course you expect to see a snowmobile in the Yukon.

We left that building and wound around to a big attached building.  This was used in the building of the Alaska Highway.  

How would you like to buy this REO for a dollar?  Well it didn't look like this when it was bought.

Someone was going to make this bus into a motor home, but ran out of ambition before he completed it.  He then donated it to the museum.  

These are actual floats that go on a plane.  I didn't realize that they do leak and there a place to pump out the water.

These skis are used on the planes to land in the snow.  

We walked back into the other section of the museum and there was Margaret and Charlie.  

There was an outside display area as well.  I think it's strange how these ships are so far from the river.

Next door to the Transportation Museum is the Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre.  We bought the combo ticket for both museums but I really didn't think I'd enjoy this one. I was wrong again.

We watched a very good movie in the theater and then a docent came out and told us to exit through a different door.

She was excellent and got everyone in the group to participate.  This was before the bows and arrow period.

We were taught how to hunt for food.

I was aiming for a bear and came pretty close to hitting it. Bill's went further than most people's.

We picked up our Yukon Passport which needed a stamp from the transportation museum so Carlena and I started walking back to it when we ran into Dana.  

She's staying at the other park in town. She wanted to know where we were headed when we leave here and none of us has a clue yet.  

It was still early so we stopped at the SS Klondike Historic Park.  I was surprised that there wasn't a fee to tour it. 

It was a much nicer day than the clouds show. Don't you love Carlena's new look?

The Klondike doesn't look very large in this photo.

Harry looks like a midget next to this paddlewheel at the rear of the Klondike.

I believe the video we saw said it takes a cord of wood for an hour.

We walked up a very narrow stairway to get to the upper deck.

It's difficult to see in this photo but the dining room  is through this door and looks very elegant.  

Some parts of the river are very shallow. All ships are removed from the water before the rivers freeze.

It was another great day.  I can't believe we did three different places in one day.  We still weren't ready to go home yet.  The Walmart is a very small one without groceries, but there was a Superstore that looked very busy.  Harry stopped at it, and it was a great find.  In Watson Lake a small bottle of non alcoholic wine was $15, the same bottle was $6.48 here.  It had great prices even without the conversion to US dollars.  
A little while ago, Bill took the trash out and noticed the motorhome that is next to Harry had water pouring out. Bill knocked on the door, but no one was home.  There basement door was open.  He turned off the water. Hopefully, they will return soon.

Turtle Safely.......


  1. More fun sites to see today and great photos.
    We never leave our coach with the water turned on just for that reason, could be flooded.

    1. It's not the first time we've seen that happen.

  2. I agree ... everywhere we went I wanted to stay another three days!! Glad you are getting to see all the good stuff!!

    1. We'll probably come back through here.

  3. Whitehorse is very neat. If you see Margaret and Charlie again tell them We said hi.

    1. I certainly will. Margaret is writing a blog titled travel buddies.


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