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September 8, 2015 Dawson City, Yukon

Dawson City From the Dome

Dawson City From the Dome

Killing Time in Dawson City

With the repairs done on the Prius, life has become a little more bearable here in Dawson City, at least now I can get out and explore a little and thus relieve the extreme boredom of the past two weeks. The weather has been quite nice during my stay here with only a little rain and several glorious autumn days, but I am starting to feel the cold weather closing in, with heavy frost on the car each morning and temps dropping below freezing almost every night now.

I am still waiting for my Pressure Pro Tire Monitoring System to arrive. Even though I have towed my motorcycle trailer or the Prius behind this motorhome for almost 70,000 miles now without a TPMS, because of this incident, I now am leery of moving until I get this system installed. Today was the day the system was scheduled for delivery but it did not show up. The folks in the RV Park office have scared me with tales of how it takes 3 – 5 weeks sometimes to get packages delivered up here, and I simply can’t wait that amount of time.

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Dawson City From the Dome

Dawson City From the Dome

I made another trip up to the dome late this morning and finally got the shot of the town, without the usual morning fog hiding it.

Yukon River From the Dome

Yukon River From the Dome

The autumn colors are starting to fade, but the islands in the river still have their aspen fringes showing.

View From the Fire Tower

View From the Fire Tower

On my way back down from the dome I took a dirt road that looked like it might lead to even higher ground than the dome. It eventually came out at an old fire tower, at a considerably higher elevation than the dome. In the image above, you can just see the road to the dome on the far right. A spectacular panoramic view from this location.

Yukon Foliage

Yukon Foliage

I took an afternoon trip out the Upper Bonanza Road to check out Dredge #4, a restored gold mining dredge that was the largest dredge deployed here in the Yukon. A very impressive piece of machinery indeed. But I was more interested in the colorful aspen and birch displays along this road.

Yukon Foliage

Yukon Foliage

Yukon Foliage

Yukon Foliage

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Fall foliage here in the far north  certainly can’t compare to autumn in New England as far as the range of colors go, but on a gorgeous blue sky day like today, the aspens and birches still put on a pretty decent show.

Sure am hoping my package comes in tomorrow and I can escape Dawson City. I am becoming desperate to start moving a little farther to the south to be sure I avoid all chances of snow at the higher elevations on the way home. As I drive by all the tailings ponds in the morning, it is a little ominous seeing them starting to ice over.

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September 6, 2015 Dawson City, Yukon

 

Morning View From the Dome, Dawson City

Morning View From the Dome, Dawson City

Back Up to the Dome and Top of the World Highway

The image above was taken from the very spot where the young partiers were celebrating last evening. Alone up here this morning, I would have to say the atmosphere is much improved and the view is decidedly different with dense fog hiding the Yukon River below and the rising sun gently lighting the distant mountains.

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Along Dome Road, Dawson City

Along Dome Road, Dawson City

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This morning the sun was hitting the aspen groves along the side of Dome Road. Fall foliage comes much sooner here than it does back in New Hampshire.

Prius Repaired

Back in Action !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Minus a wheel cover, but it sure is nice to have the Prius back in action!

Morning View From the Dome

Morning View From the Dome

View From the Dome, Dawson City

View From the Dome, Dawson City

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The two images above were taken from the same spot looking to the southwest from the top of the Dome. The top one this morning and the bottom late yesterday afternoon, atmospheric conditions and light very different.

Morning View From the Dome

Morning View From the Dome

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I had hoped to get some morning light shots looking down on the town of Dawson City from up here on the Dome, but the fog above the river this morning has the town completely obscurred, will have to come up again a little later in the morning tomorrow, after the fog has lifted.

Return to the Top of the World Highway

Two weeks ago when I descended to Dawson City, I wondered if I left the Top of the World just a tad too early to catch the peak brilliance of the autumn colors on the tundra. Little did I know then that I would still be here two weeks later, so this morning I headed back up the Top of the World Highway to see what the color looked like and just maybe find some more caribou.

Fading Colors Along the Top of the World Highway

Fading Colors Along the Top of the World Highway

Faded Colors, Top of the World Highway

Faded Colors, Top of the World Highway

Faded Colors, Top of the World Highway

Faded Colors, Top of the World Highway

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What I found was that the tundra autumn colors probably peaked during the time I was marooned here in Dawson City.

Faded Colors, Top of the World Highway

Faded Colors, Top of the World Highway

Faded Colors, Top of the World Highway

Faded Colors, Top of the World Highway

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Still quite nice, but the yellows were fading fast and the brilliant reds and oranges were turning to more subdued rust tones. Think more pastels than brilliant, vibrant tones, yet still very interesting and so different from foliage back east. And, alas, not a caribou to be seen, anywhere, guess I really had no idea how lucky I was that day a few weeks ago when I found an abundance of them up here.

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September 5, 2015 Dawson City, Yukon

View From the Dome, Dawson City

View From the Dome, Dawson City

The Prius Is Back in Action !

The facility where the Prius was repaired shares a building with the NAPA Auto Parts Store and it was there, on two seperate days, where I ended up shoulder to shoulder at the parts counter,

Jim Thurber

Jim Thurber

Gene Cheeseman

Gene Cheeseman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

first with Jim Thurber and then with Gene Cheeseman of the Discovery Channel’s “Gold Rush” reality ( sort of, at least ) series. Kind of interesting to find that these guys do actual work up here. I am a little embarrassed to admit that I do actually enjoy this show and it was kind of neat to run into these guys. If I had had wheels at the time, maybe I would have been tempted to follow them back to their respective mining operations.

Anyhow, at 4:30 this afternoon, I walked across the highway from the campground to pick up the repaired Prius at the repair shop. It is missing a wheel cover and the rear plastic body panel certainly looks a little ragged ( it will be replaced at a later date when I get back to the lower 48 ), but boy, is it nice to have wheels again!

I immediately drove back over to the campground and loaded up my photo gear and two anxious pups and headed up Dome Road to check out the sights.

View From the Dome, Dawson City

View From the Dome, Dawson City

Autumn arrives early this far north as the aspens have all turned now and are starting to drop their leaves. The Bonanza Gold RV Park where I have been marooned is on the right side of the image above in the whitish strip of development along the highway.

Dredge Tailings

Dredge Tailings

That rather unique pattern of what look like stacked wafers is the aftermath of one of the many gold mining dredges that worked this region many years ago.

View From the Dome, Dawson City

View From the Dome, Dawson City

Quite a view from up here …

A Seat with a View

A Seat with a View

…with a nice spot to sit and enjoy it. This would be a wonderful place to just sit and soak in the magnificent views, but not this evening as a small group of young locals are partying here with rancid rap music ( ? ) being blasted from two of their pickups, much to the dismay of a van full of oriental tourists trying to take in the sights up here. Me, I’ll just come back up in the early morning tomorrow. I vividly remember being up here 22 years ago and being absolutely devoured by mosquitos as I tried to get some photographs. As has been the case all summer long, no bugs whatsoever this evening, probably the result of a few recent nights with some hard frosts.

Along Dome Road, Dawson City

Along Dome Road, Dawson City

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September 1 – 4, 2015, Dawson City, Yukon

Sunset Over the Bonanza Gold RV Park

Sunset Over the Bonanza Gold RV Park

Still Waiting in Dawson City

After almost four months in Alaska, it is kind of nice to again have a tiny bit of dark sky at night. This is the first sunset I have witnessed in a long while, and this was taken around 10:30 at night.

The Prius’ Fate is Finally Decided

Having spent a couple days and many, many emails, haggling with my insurance adjuster over the fate of my Prius, I finally asked to speak (via email, of course) with his supervisor. After doing my due diligence and finding some reasonable numbers for salvage value for the Prius and replacement costs of a comparable vehicle, plus studying Florida insurance regulations in regards totalling a vehicle, my two emails with the supervisor resulted in a reversal of the adjuster’s determination to total the Prius. Much to my financial delight, the Prius will be repaired and I now have a light at the end of the tunnel and I may just get out of here yet.

As of Sept.3rd, all my repair parts are now in and the Prius is scheduled to enter the shop for repairs on Friday, the 4th, and possibly be ready to go on Saturday!

I have now been sitting here just outside Dawson City for two weeks and have to admit to be getting more than just a bit anxious to get on the road again. But even if I get the car back Saturday, I still have to stay here awaiting the arrival of my Pressure Pro tire pressure monitoring system, supposedly due here on Tuesday, the 8th.

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