Toad River to Watson Lake
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Watson Lake, Yukon, Canada
Stopped to help an RV on the roadside; spent about 2 1/2 hours trying to find and fix a radiator leak. During this process, a group of caribou and a wolf crossed the highway just down from us. Followed the RV to Laird Hot Springs to make sure they made it OK, which they did. Along the way saw more Stone Sheep and Buffalo.
LAIRD HOT SPRINGS: Spent about 2 hours in the springs, which are really hot--sure felt good!! This is such a magically beautiful place and is definitely a MUST SEE spot!
Crossed into the Yukon Territory and, of course, had to have a picture with the sign. Traveling into the Yukon Territory equates with rugged adventure, and here we are venturing into it! As Randy pointed out, I'm really doing "rugged" sitting in my comfortable chair, feet resting on the foot stool, observing the magnificent surroundings out the front window of an RV.
Arrived in Watson Lake in the late afternoon. The campground is just a gravel parking lot with RV's parked right next to each other. As bad as it is, it's the best in town. You can walk to everything since the town is only about 3 blocks.
Northern Lights Centre--space displays and 55-min. movie (half was about space program; half about northern lights (native myths and what really causes them). The filming was not great quality; more darks and lights rather than color changes.
Walked around Wye Lake, which was supposed to be 1 mile; however, it was definitely longer; took us almost an hour. There was still snow on the one end of the trail--no flowers at all; darn! The Lady Slipper Orchid grows wild here.