Muncho Lake Provincial Park Pullout

Where is Muncho Lake Provincial Park?

At another pullout. Unfortunately, two other motorhomes pulled in ere after I did. I stopped here because satellite internet connection looked promising from here. And so it was. So I am doing a little computer catchup tonight. Thsi road has a little light traffic. The ones I have been stopping beside had maybe a car every hour or so, and no traffic at night. This spot is on the Eastern half of the Alaskan Highway.

Last night I stayed somewhere beside a desolate highway, but I forgot to log the location.

I saw some of these on the highway today:

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Inuvik, NT, Canada (Tent Camp)

Where is Inuvik?

Inuvik is actually a town, when compared to many of the other places I have visited, with 3000 or so souls. It was built in last few decades, actually moved from another unsavory location. Actually not much of a tourist town, rather supports oil efforts in the winter season.

In the winter one can drive to the Arctic Sea on an ice road, which is not possible in the summer. I was supposed to go on a flight to Tuk, at the Arctic Ocean. But I had crossed wires with the tour agency, the only one in town, could not get on the flight, so I did not get the “dipped toe in Arctic” certificate.

But I did save $350.00 by the mix up, a tidy return on a days work, I would say!

About the only reason for being ere is so that one can say that they drove the Dempster Highway. I was there, so I did. having this task, I drove to the North limit.

Having parked the Barth at Eagle Plains, Annie and I were tent camping here. Found a campground just South of town. It started to rain before setup was complete. I put Annie into the tent with a scolding to stay, as I did not want a wet dog as my bed fellow all night.

Annie complied by poking her head out of the tent through the fly that I did not zip. And in swarmed every mosquito that ad not previously gotten in.

In case you haven’t heard, Canada’s mosquitoes are infamous. One good job our Border Patrol does is to keep Canada’s mosquitoes in Canada! However, even the typical Canadian Mosquito pales when compared to those in Inuvik. They are humongous. They fly in the wind, when all others hide. They fly in the rain, when all others drown. And they are vicious.

After finally getting into the tent, with no ground cloth, I spent the next hour squishing the skeeters against the tent. Most were bloated with my or Annie’s blood, so my tent is now spotted.

I may have mentioned that Annie the dog had ever been camping before. She actually did pretty well, especially looking out for herself. I failed to bring her sleeping pad, so when I awoke in the morning, I found that my legs had been pushed ff the thermal pad on which I spent the night, supplanted by a dog. She was suspicious that I was more comfortable than she, ad ha set about a system of discovery ad conquer during the night.

The night following the Inuvik trip was spent at an arbitrary pullout on the lower end of Dempster Highway. Annie likes these places, because she can explore with abandon, unlike an organized campground.

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Eagle Plains, YT

Where is Eagle Plains?

Ok, so I am now on the way to Inuvik. I am at the mid point, a small settlement (restaurant, gas station, motel, and all employees live in motel). Everyone stops here, at least for gas, as there is no other gas on the road. Your car has to go at least 225 miles without a fillup, or you are in trouble.

I had a restaurant meal, paid to park the Barth for two days, and turned in for the day. Skittles for desert.

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Dawson City, YT

Where is Dawson City, Yukon, Canada?

After a delay to repair a flat tire on the Jeep, I departed Chicken yesterday and arrived at Dawson, YT, Canada. The flat happened while in Chicken, fortunately, since they have the ability to plug a tire.

Back in Canada again!

A weather system came through yesterday which blew the smoke away and rained. However, this morn in Dawson the smoke is beginning to settle back in again.

I am investigating options for driving to Inuvik, Northwest Territories, Canada, near the Arctic Ocean, above the Artic Circle. I am told that the gravel road is a excellent and suitable for RV traffic. I am concerned about places to park along the way with a large rig, so I may drive the Jeep and tent camp along the way. I figure on 3 days minimum for the round trip, and four being more practical.

So I was in Dawson for 2 nights.

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General comments about roads, gas, etc.

Just a quickie – too costly to do a proper update on related blogs.

Roads:

The Taylor Highway is slow and rough. All road maintenance has been overlooked with defference to fire fighting, it seems. Slow driving in a RV, but look out for local hotdogs in trucks.

Do not recommend RV to Eagle – use towed vehicle.

Fuel:

Varies all over the place. Hint – always fuel in major junction/town, not outlying towns (this is where I usually run out of fuel because of poor planning). This will minimize costs regardless of what the price trends are.

I have seen lows of $1.83 diesel in Anchorage to $2.90 in outlying areas. Gas trends are same, only 5% higher in price.

In Canada, the same trend applies, but the cost is at least 20-40% higher than in US/AK.

The bottom line is, if you are coming, it really doesn’t matter once you commit – go for it. If you cannot afford the gas, then you cannot afford the RV (and I cannot afford either!)

I hear that fuel prices to Inuvik are up to $4.00/liter, at the half point. I will expand on this if I get more info, and internet oportunity.

Wish I had that 1.4 meter dish now!!

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