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Welcome! This is the path of our Alaska adventure. We started by flying to Whitehorse for 2 days (1-2 near the center of the map, took a motor coach (Canadian for "bus") to Dawson on day 3, to Fairbanks on day 5, flew on a bush plane to Fort Yukon above the Arctic Circle on day 6, took the McKinley Explorer to Denali Park for day 8 & 9, on to Anchorage on the train (with some side trips thrown in) (10), Got on the cruise ship Zaamdam on day 11, cruised all day and night and up the Glacier Bay on day 13, and on to Haines (13), then cruised to Juneau and Ketchikan and left the ship at Vancouver. On every stop we took exciting side excursions by bus, plane, and train to see the sights, especially the Alaskan and Yukon Territory wildlife. This album is the story of the first half of that tour, and it concludes in the "Yukon Territory and Alaska 2013 Part II" album here on Slickpic.
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We started by flying from Los Angeles to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. This is the Vancouver Airport from the Fairmont Airport Hotel.
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The next day we flew on to Whitehorse, and this is the Klondike sternwheeler on the Yukon River in Whitehouse, Yukon Territory, Canada. This is a replica of one of the steam boats that carried the Klondike Gold Rush (1896-99) prospectors and supplies up to Dawson City in the 1890's. The earliest steamboats on the Yukon were in the 1860's, but in 1900 the White Pass & Yukon Route completed its railroad line between Skagway, Alaska and Whitehorse, and by the late 1920's the last steamboats were abandoned on the banks of the Yukon. But for many years they were the only feasible means of travel to cover the 4,000 miles from San Francisco or Seattle.
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Part of downtown Whitehorse taken from the motor coach. We had just met our tour director Jaclyn Fischer and driver Dan, who proved to be an excellent guide also. Our hotel is the green building on the left ahead.
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Sharon in front of the Westmark Hotel, Whitehorse
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Welcome Dinner at the Westmark Hotel, Whitehorse. Jaclyn is talking to John Turner and his wife, lois, is seated by them.
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This is the engine house near the hotel in Whitehorse. It is the place from which I took the aurora (Northern Lights) the first night in Whitehorse. The green transformer I used to steady the camera is in the lower right. The aurora photos can be see with descriptions in another album "Aurora Photos Whitehorse, Yukon" on this Slickpic site.
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Whitehorse Cultural Center, the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre, highlighting First Nations culture and traditions
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First Nation canoe and shield
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Royal Canadian Mounted Police Headquarters in Whitehorse. Colloquially known as The Mounties, and internally as ‘The Force') the RCMP is both a federal and a national police force of Canada, unique in the world as a national, federal, provincial and municipal policing body. Formed in 1920 by the merger of the Royal Northwest Mounted Police (RNWMP, founded 1873) with the Dominion Police (founded 1868). The former was originally named the North-West Mounted Police (NWMP), and was given the Royal prefix by King Edward VII in 1904. Sergeant Preston Of the Yukon was a radio series (created by George W. Trendle, of The Lone Ranger and The Green Hornet fame in 1947-55) and also a TV series that was purposefully kind to the reputation of the venerable crime-fighting force. As an officer in the Royal Northwest Mounted Police, Sergeant Preston trekked through the rocky terrain of Canada astride his horse Rex, and acting alone, with his dog Yukon King, tracked down and caught criminals in the Yukon.
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World's only (?) 3 story log cabin. Built on a bet after he build the two story one across the street.
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The path of the salmon from the Pacific to Whitehorse, 3,200 Km or nearly 2,000 miles in 3 months. 4 to 6 years after they are born here, they will spawn very near where they were hatched in the tributaries or headwaters of the Yukon. It is the longest salmon migration in the world.
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Whitehorse fish ladder on the Yukon River giving route for salmon around hydro electric dam. Screens protect adult fish on their way upstream, but babies could get through screens and die in turbines coming back downstream, hence the extra need for fish ladder. It is a series of stepped pools rising over the change in water level. This power plant supplies all the electricity for hundreds of miles (not particularly large, now up to 40 megawatts, but a measure of just how many people are in the area.
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Chinook Salmon in fish ladder step heading upstream toward but around the dam
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This was in the McBride Museum of Yukon History in Whitehorse. It was free, and well worth the time to visit, for the fine collection of stuffed Yukon animals upstairs. I got a kick out of this display (darn physicist).
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