No Need to Dawdle

The internet in Whitehorse is pretty bad, so I had a frustrating night there trying to get work done and ended up going to bed way too late. I needed to be out of my spot by 11 Thursday morning and still had errands to do, so the morning was pretty painful. I managed to get to two stores and then lost time back tracking to Canadian Tire to get my debit card. It’s the new kind with a pin number and I’m not used to not getting my card back immediately after it’s slid through the card reader. It was therefore much too late to get groceries and beer. I decided that I could get some beer in Watson Lake and that I didn’t need to ‘stock up’ on groceries since I’m heading back into civilization anyway.

So, I pulled out of Whitehorse at 11 and headed straight for Nugget City. I stopped in Teslin for lunch fixings and a nice picnic since I’d been given a ton of veggies before pulling out of Dawson. Teslin is still the prettiest spot in the Yukon in my mind!

Teslin Lake

Sometime after Teslin I started to get quite sleepy, so I pulled over for a leg stretch at George’s Gorge:

George's (Gorgeous) Gorge

The ride from Whitehorse to Nugget City is one of my favourites; the road is in good shape and you can actually enjoy the scenery. It’s not a technical drive at all, so I was still reasonably coherent when I pulled into Nugget City. It’s a good thing for that since my friend Amber threw herself into my arms the second I stepped out of the rig! We haven’t seen each other since May of ’09!

Forget setting up beyond plugging in the rig; I was quickly spirited away to the lake where a pair of trumpeter swans were swimming.

The male got spooked by a beaver and took off to make sure everything was good.

beaver coming up for air

After two days of hard driving, it was great to get off my butt and get some exercise in fresh air! By the time we got back to the main part of the property, I was famished, so I headed to the restaurant and grabbed a beer after putting in an order for a chicken stir fry .

Amber works late hours so she came back to see the cats on her break around ten, then showed me the digs she’s had all summer. It’s a fifth wheel, the second one I’ve visited this summer, and I have to say I really like the way they are split into several levels…

Since there’s no cell service at Nugget City, I couldn’t get online, so I went to bed at a much more reasonable hour and slept well. This morning I had time to eat breakfast before Amber scared the living daylights out of me by sticking her face up against my back window and then rocking the rig so I’d noticed her. I just about hit the ceiling! She helped me pack up, we did the round of good-byes, and then she became the first ever passenger I’ve carried in this rig, traveling with me from the RV park to the restaurant.

I pulled out of Nugget City around 11 and drove to Watson Lake. After getting gas, groceries (including the black bread and gyoza I can only find here), and enough Yukon Brewery beer to get me through to next spring, I’m now parked downtown and plan to do at least an hour’s worth of work. I’ll then meander down to Liard hot springs, then I will have a couple of overnight options. I’d really rather not go much further than Liard tonight since I’m beat. I need to start boondocking; I’d forgotten how expensive it is to stay several nights in a row at an RV park!

And, so, another summer in the Yukon draws to a close…

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11 Comments

  • Sounds wonderful Rae… I really envy you the hot springs right now as I continue to finish out my rig. I have always wanted to see Alaska and have loved your postings and pics.

    Merci bien,
    Remi

  • Ah… THAT is why the preoccupation with beer! You wanted the Yukon beer! I have never tasted it. That beer you owe me will have to be the Yukon variety… Some day!

  • I didn’t realise I sounded so preoccupied with the beer! 😀 I currently have Yukon Gold, Discovery Fireweed Honey Ale, and Midnight Stout Espresso in the fridge. Are you planning on coming to Oliver this fall? If so, what should I save for you?

  • Going to Alaska is truly the trip of a lifetime. The landscapes will haunt you forever. Good luck getting there!

  • No, I don’t think I will be in Oliver this year. Our paths will cross again and there are many versions of beer! 🙂

  • Not going to Oliver?! I think this is the first year that you won’t be going through there!

    There is no beer like Yukon Beer. Especially Yukon Gold. That stuff is magic.

  • […] friend Amber from Nugget City lives in Summerland during the winter; that’s just an hour and a bit from Osoyoos depending […]

  • Haha! I remember that rae! Scared the living heck outta ya too! I’m still sorry about that! It’s memorable though! 😉

  • You’re just an evil woman, Amber darling. 😉

  • Haha. Oh so evil! Evil but cut is what I like to say!

  • You are indeed adorable! 😉

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