Thursday, June 14, 2007

Watson Lake, Yukon

Posted on 6/15 from Whitehorse, Yukon

We awoke to beautiful sunshine and left the campground around 9. Along the way to Watson Lake we saw a red fox, a bear and another deer.

Watson Lake is the first town in the Yukon and is famous for its sign post forest. People from all over the world leave signs from their home towns. There are thousands and thousands of them (more than 63,000 as of 2006). We wandered around and finally found Denton and Aubrey, Texas so we took the kids pictures beside them.

We then went across the road and watched the show at the Northern Lights Center. It is a planetarium with a couple shows to watch. The first was about how big the universe is. The second was a 30 minute film of the aurora borealis (northern lights) set to music. How I wish I could see it in person some day. It is so unique, beautiful and fascinating.

We then motored north toward Whitehorse and stopped at a pull out along the road about 180 miles from there. It was a large flat field that allowed us to get way off the road. We were the only ones there so it was peaceful and quiet. We saw snow covered mountains all around us. These kind of free, open spaces are the best camping sites!

We had sloppy Joes for dinner and then watched Grumpy Old Men on DVD before bed.

1 comment:

  1. We used to see Northern Lights in NY,in the winter time. How late does the sun set now? You should be near the Arctic Circle by the last of June; it's a weird feeling when there's no night.