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Grizzlies, pancake toss, and Tok, Alaska – Greg and Bonnie’s RV Adventures

Grizzlies, pancake toss, and Tok, Alaska

June 22, 2014 - 10:37 pm No Comments
Alaska Highway

Alaska Highway

The long road ahead

The long road ahead

Campsite on Lake Kluane

Campsite on Lake Kluane

View from our campsite Lake Kluane

View from our campsite Lake Kluane

Lake Kluane

Lake Kluane

Grizzly on the Alaska Highway

Grizzly on the Alaska Highway

We made it!

We made it!

Pancake Toss, Sourdough Campground

Pancake Toss, Sourdough Campground

Did it get in the bucket?

Did it get in the bucket?

We spent last night on beautiful Lake Kluane near Destruction Bay, Yukon.   I saw this campground on our last trip here and thought we would enjoy it and we sure did.  The owners of the campground told us to take the spot on the lake using two sites since they were not busy. So we parked the RV parallel with the lake and had the entire setting right out our window.   I have to tell you we hardly slept a wink however.   Yesterday was the summer solstice, the longest day of sunshine of the year.   Honestly the sun was blasting down for 23 hours.  This is not an exaggeration!!!  From around 1 am to 4 am, the sky was like dusk, and then sunup again.   So we were very restless.  Tonight will be better.

We were only a few miles from the campground this morning when we came upon a beautiful grizzly bear right beside the road, grazing on the fireweed that is so prevalent here.   We were able to stop right in the middle of the road, not one vehicle coming in either direction, and we watched the grizzly for at least 15 minutes.  He was within 6 feet of the RV, and he never flinched.   Then two more occasions we saw grizzlies on our morning drive.   The Alaska Highway was practically deserted so we could stop any time we wanted.

The roads between Destruction Bay and Beaver Creek, going toward the Alaska border, were the worst we’ve had on the trip.  We were expecting this however, so we were prepared to drive this 100 mile distance around 25 miles per hour.  Lots of frost heaves, gravel, etc.  At least it wasn’t raining.  We arrived in Tok, Alaska with another time change.  I think we are about 4 hours behind eastern time.   After we checked into the Sourdough Campground, we stopped by a nice gift shop and bought a couple of jackets for ourselves.  Bought a couple of things for the grandchildren.  Then off to the grocery store.  Then an afternoon of doing laundry.

We met an interesting couple while doing laundry.  They work for the Milepost, the travel guide for Alaska.   They travel around Alaska each summer and update entries for the Milepost.   She gave us such good information about some boat trips and train excursions.  They knew absolutely everything about Alaska!!!

This campground  has quite the social calendar.  Every evening they have a “pancake toss”.   The campground has a cafe and they are famous for their sourdough pancakes.   Campers get two chances to toss a pancake into a bucket.  If you get a pancake into the bucket, you get a free breakfast of pancakes and sausage.  One gentleman actually got a pancake into the bucket.  Greg and I both tried, and came very close, but didn’t get it in the bucket, but it was hilarious trying.

They also had a husband and wife team who sang country music and were very good.  Everyone brought their chairs and we enjoyed an evening getting to know the fellow travelers.  One couple danced and we had a great evening.

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