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17 January 2015

Yukon and Alaska Bound, Part 23. Dawson City to Mayo, Yukon.


Drive from Dawson City to Mayo


Bridge at Stewart Crossing
Bridge at Stewart Crossing

Stewart River
Stewart River

Town of Mayo
Town of Mayo

Float Plane terminal just outside of town.
Float Plane terminal just outside of town.
It's the 11th of July 2014 and we are leaving Dawson City, Yukon, behind. Liz is a bit sad to leave. She got quite comfortable with the little town and its friendly people.



The Klondike Highway #2 from Dawson to Stewart Crossing is in pretty rough shape. It must be tough to maintain roads up here with all the permafrost in the ground. Many places along this part of the road we could only average 60-70 km per hour.



At Stewart Crossing we turn on to the "Silver Trail", highway #11. To our surprise this road is paved and in fairly good shape all the way to Mayo.



We set up camp in "Five Mile Lake Campground". Five Mile is a territorial park and is well looked after with free fire wood.  The park is right on the lake.... you guessed it "Five Mile Lake".



The campsites are large and has pick-nick tables and fire pits. We are in site number 12 and even have some views through the trees to the lake.



After we are all set up, we take a drive in to Mayo.  We stop at the Minnet House which also serves as an the info center.


Five Mile Lake
Five Mile Lake

Anders talking to our neighbours
Anders talking to our neighbours

A hike in the woods is in order.
A hike in the woods is in order.

Liz is writing in her journal.
Liz is writing in her journal.

Reflections in the lake
Reflections in the lake
The whole town was a bit disappointing, no real pride of ownership.



It really could be a very quaint little town located right on the Stewart River.



Except for the newer sports-plex and school, most of the houses and buildings are not maintained at all.



The the general store looks like a dump from the outside, but to our surprise it is well stocked and very clean inside.



Back at camp our neighbours have now returned. They are from Lac la Biche in Alberta.



Our neighbours get some visitors and one of the men comes and visits at our site.



As it turns out, he is the fellow that was supposed to give us the tour up in Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories. Very nice man. We have a great evening with some good camp fire talks.



Tomorrow we will head up to Keno City and Keno Hill. More pictures here from the Silver Trail and Mayo.












































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