Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Day Seven - Up To Inuvik

Our first time on the Dempster, 17 years ago, resulted in four flat tires. But, we had fantastic weather, and therefore, the gravel highway was in fantastic condition. Having been raised in Saskatchewan, neither of us are strangers to gravel roads, and so we thought nothing of tackling this 750km stretch in Canada's north. We were a little unprepared back then. This time, we had two full spares, and Todd had packed a variety of tools. We made it to Inuvik without any trouble, except for some weather. Around the Arctic Circle crossing, it got a little rainy. The road was slick, and no matter how slow we went, the mud was so slippery in places, that the camper was sliding around uncontrollably behind us. That was a little scary. A lot scary, was when we drove up into some low lying clouds that had us driving nearly blind.  With steep drop offs on either side, and no guard rails, it was a very tense 3 or 4 kilometers.  It really was a short distance that we were in such dangerous conditions, thank goodness. My husband, who doesn't get nervous easily, was not happy at all through that.

Inuvik is a town of just over 3000 people, and it is home to the "Igloo Church" and North America's northernmost mosque. There are two schools with a total of just over 600 students. I'm not sure why, but I took almost no pictures in Inuvik. Maybe my clicker finger was tuckered out from the hundreds of photos I took while on the Dempster.  Or maybe, I was just getting plain tired. A week on the road is fun, but it's exhausting.

Ogilvie Ridge Viewpoint Km- 259

Arctic Circle Crossing Km-405

This is where we went up into some low lying clouds for a few kilometers. Very Scary. Km-465
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Peel River Ferry Km- 539

After The Dempster

We found a carwash straightaway!
Jak Campground, on the outskirts of Inuvik.

Jak Campground

Visitor Center - Inuvik
Sorry about this terrible photo of the "Igloo Church." My son took a quick snapshot out of the truck window,
and it's all we have.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Day Six - Dawson City and the Start of the Dempster

Dawson City was the center of the Klondike Gold Rush, and that is, of course, the draw for tourists. You can pan for gold, (we didn't) dine out, drink a sour-toe cocktail, (disgusting) or just walk around,
which is mainly what we did. There was a farmer's market at which we got some fresh produce and some local art.

This is where you go to get your sour-toe cocktail. Yes, there is an actual mummified toe in your drink. No thanks.

The Kissing Buildings. Just better in black and white.

A short drive will take you to awesome views of the Midnight Dome.

After our tour of Dawson City, we headed back to The Dempster and began our long drive to our goal destination.

Start of the Dempster

We saw one moose at Two Moose Lake.

Our stop for the night.

A beautiful, quiet campground. That is, until some extremely rude people showed up and got obnoxiously drunk
in the middle of the night. It was our only encounter with 'bad' campers. And we didn't interact with them, just
had to listen to them going on all night.

The next photos were all taken through the windshield on my phone as we drove. Just to give you an idea of the fantastic scenery.

Kilometer 70

People drive, bike and hike The Dempster.

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km 189 - Sapper Hill

km 193 - near Engineer Creek Campground, our first night stay on The Dempster