Too hot to handle

We struggled again with the van today – after changing out the radiator there is still air in the cooling system which just doesn’t want to go anywhere. Unfortunately, when there is air in the system it will not function correctly until it’s released (i.e. burped). In the...

Staying cool

Today after work we continued the van projects. I worked on removing a faulty coolant hose that was installed by a mechanic last year. He correctly noted that the original pipe was extremely worn and ready for replacement but failed to install a moulded pipe on the 90 degree fitting. Instead,...

Totally Rad

There were more northern lights this morning – earlier than yesterday so we decided to take a bit of a drive this time. We ended up on a dark little dirt road that weaves all around and then just goes straight into lake laberge – a setting which can best be described as a...

Night Rainbow

We finally managed it – in the wee hours of the morning we dragged our sleepy bodies outside to find a light-show of epic proportions. We froze our buns off in -4C for over an hour and a half while we watched the northern lights dance across the sky, constantly changing shapes and even...

Sugar rush

We actually found some stores open in Skagway today. Though, most were in process of closing for the season. As we wandered into the local ice cream and candy store they announced a 75% off sale on everything in their store. So, with a $10 burning a hole in our pocket, we took full advantage....

Skagway, Closed

We took a drive over to the panhandle of Alaska today to visit Skagway. The US town is a favourite of Yukon locals because it is fairly close to Whitehorse (175kms | 110 miles) and the scenery makes for a very nice little drive. Along the way we hit a mini snow ‘storm’. We were...

Got wood?

Today we learned lots of lumberjack terminology as we did some good honest physical labour to follow up on the chill Friday we had. We got to see what it was involved in getting one of the many loads of wood required to be set for the winter. But before starting the real hard work, Andrew...

Comfort food

As of today, the parts for the van are on order and are scheduled to arrive in on Monday. Other than that, it was a bit of a quiet day – after finishing up work for the day we headed to our friends place for an evening of movies and home-made chicken soup. A good way to recoup from a...

Pricey Leak

Today we kicked off early and went to go investigate some radiator solutions. We have two options really: replace the radiator, or re-core it. Both of which we’ve found, are expensive. We wandered over to the local shop – which by the way has a fantastically catchy slogan –...

Life up North

These days, the weather in Whitehorse barely crests over 10 degrees. At this point I’m having trouble coping with these low positive temperatures, so I can’t even imagine living at 40 below with about 5 hours of daylight would be like. In just a few short months though, this will...

Weepy

Today we did a lot of work – it’s what we do sometimes. We followed that up with a peak at the van. We know we have a small anti-freeze/coolant leak for a little while now but since it has gotten colder we seem to be leaving more drips on the pavement. Our radiator is starting to...

‘shroom coffee

Andrew’s take on mushroom coffee: “it’s like licking a tire”. These are unbiased reviews. Andrew worked through the night to get his deadline this morning and he won the war. Sleep, however, was a major casualty. After a few hours of sleep, a shower and some food he...

Sunday Fishin’

Last night was incredibly cold – we hit the -5C for the first time in a couple of months. I think January was the last time we slept in the van when it was below zero and we’ve been working hard at keeping it that way. This morning there was a healthy dose of frost on everything....

I heart driving

We’ve just been driving along today and seeing lots of beautiful mountain scenery. Stopping along the way to be a little silly. This afternoon we pulled into Whitehorse – we’re looking forward to a couple days of visiting our...

Border Foods

Our last day in Alaska and now we’ve seen it all. As we’ve been going along we’ve seen a ton of animals and we were very much hoping to see a bull moose at some point. Today, we did. Though it was not what we were expecting… WARNING: The following is slightly graphic....

Autumn in Alaska

Last night it got dark before we found somewhere to sleep so we just park near a river in Copper Landing. In the morning we found there was a campsite on the other side – although it was already closed for the season. So we headed over to the Copper Lodge for breakfast and some wi-fi....

Civilized Wildlife

Last night we awoke out of a dead sleep, hearing a noise and feeling a nudge to the van. Well, I did and then I woke Andrew up in a frenzy. We felt it tap us again on the rear this time (well I did, Andrew asked if we imagined it). We were parked on the far edge of town and it was only 12 am....

Rain, Sun, Rain

We camped last night around mile marker 100 of the Denali finding a quiet little spot tucked off the side of the road. Eagerly or not, we were up in the rain and before the crack of dawn at 5:30am – too early for even the sunrise to greet us. We expected to get more driving done...

Denali Delight

Yesterday we covered a lot of ground and, on three occasions we seemed to stumble upon a local “makeout spot”. It’s not the first time, but three in one day has to be a record. This afternoon we continued driving north up through Denali State Park. Despite having driven the...

Epic Scenery

Today we ventured out to take a drive along Hatchers Pass – the scenic route between Palmer/Wasilla and Willow. The weather was fantastic and the sun was out in full force. Unfortunately, so was the rest of Alaska. Usually on these rough dirt roads, we’ve found we tend to have it...