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Gold Fever

Last week took us deep into Klondike country, from Whitehorse up to Dawson City and then into Alaska.  It turns out that the gold rush isn’t quite over yet.  We met more than a few prospectors who have claims in the area and are still dredging the creeks and streams for a bit of pay dirt.

We had heard all about Dawson City before arriving.  We expected a cheesy Disney style gold rush reenactment town.  But it seems pretty legit.  Al the streets are still dirt, and most of the buildings look original.  We had a great time cruising around town on the bikes and went to a few pubs to see some local music.

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And of course we went to Diamond Toothy Gerty’s along with all the retiree RV crowd to watch the cabaret show.

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On the side of the Top of The World Highway, we met a guy standing knee deep in a stream. He showed us the handful of gold nuggets that he had collected so far this summer… him and his buddy have been dredging the same area every summer for 10 years.

There's gold in this here creek

There’s gold in this here creek

Top of the world highway

Top of the World Highway

Chicken, Alaska

Chicken, Alaska

In Tok, Alaska we met a local gold miner, who let us park the van at his place for the night.  A real nice and interesting guy, he took us to the pub to meet a few of the locals.  Small town Alaska… no rules, no big deal.