Yukon Territory

Top of the World Highway from the Border to Dawson City

To see pictures of the Taylor Highway (Alaska side), see the previous day's travels.

11 September 2010 - Saturday morning

Tazz-puppy was restless very early this a.m.  She seemed uncomfortable so we took her outside just in case she needed to go.  Walking was difficult, and then she fell over!  Tazz could not get up on her own.  When we helped her stand, she could not maintain her balance.  So carried her back to the fifth wheel.  Thirty minutes later she seemed okay so we went outside again.  Tazz was enthusiastic and playfully running about.  The morning episode was very concerning but we were hundreds of miles from a vet so the only thing to do was move on.

The morning was crisp and cold with beautiful clear blue skies!

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Looking to the north approaching Swede Dome eastbound - N64 11.327 W140 22.481

Approaching Swede Dome a truck was at the entrance to the old mining road.

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Trucks exiting from the mining road near Swede Dome - N64 11.520 W140 21.800

A few kilometres later was the junction for the road to Clinton.  A half-century ago (or thereabouts) Clinton was an active asbestos mine.  I remember visiting as a kid and being astounded by the HUGE dumptrucks moving about the mine.  We would have stopped to explore some more but were worried about Tazz so figured we'd keep moving towards Dawson City.

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View to the east just past the Clinton Road junction - N64 13.222 W140 18.535

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Top of the World Highway - N64 13.819 W140 16.501

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View northward from the Top of the World Highway - N64 13.819 W140 16.501

Again, the mountains went on forever.  Rather than have me continue to take shots out the driver's window, Steve pulled over again so I could take some good shots! 

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View from Top of the World Highway - N64 11.225 W139 55.417

As usual, one of the scenery and one of the road ... 

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More gravel - N64 11.220 W139 55.387

Just a few kilometres later as we came around a corner, Steve spotted a moose on the roadside.  I took my first shots through the windshield ...

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Around a corner and there was a cow moose and calf ... had to take this shot through the windshield

Put the zoom lens on the camera and barely had time to get a couple of shots as the cow moose & her calf dived into the bush to hide from a vehicle coming the other direction.  ARGH! 

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Just as I got out of the truck, a car came from the other direction and scared the cow into the bush!  Damn!!

Steve pulled up to the spot where we saw the cow go into the bush and I climbed onto the fifth wheel.  I managed to catch another glimpse of the girl.  Love how the colours highlight her outline!

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She stayed in the bush near the highway ... this view from the top of the fifth wheel

Four more kilometres and we reached the rest area announcing that Dawson City was very near.  The GPS mapping showed some trails in the area so we went exploring.  

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View from the rest area at the top of the hill approaching Dawson City - N64 05.255 W139 36.855

Met a couple from Australia at the rest area and enjoyed a good chat.  Then headed off again to Dawson City, knowing our destination was very near. 

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View from the highway, looking southward on the Yukon River - N64 03.290 W139 28.244

Had to use all my feminine wiles to convince Steve to pull over on the narrow highway leading down into Dawson City.  The road continued to be very quiet due to the construction on the Taylor Highway on the Alaska side of this route so we took the chance of not impeding other travellers so I could take some pictures of the Yukon River and Dawson City from the west side of the river.

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View of Dawson City from the west side of the Yukon River - N64 03.303 W139 27.617

The highway continues downhill to the Yukon River and its ferry crossing. 

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Signs indicating the Yukon River campground and Dawson City are just 2 km further

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The highway is paved approaching Dawson City

At last!  The Yukon River and signs indicating the ferry crossing is just ahead.

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Approaching the ferry landing to cross the Yukon River into Dawson City - N64 04.616 W139 26.685

To see the ferry landing and crossing, visit my next page.  To see more of Dawson, you can also visit my page of images of the historical buildings in the city

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