Rock the Cassiar

Today we cranked the tunes and hit the road. We made our way out of Whitehorse and drove as long and as far as we could making our way down to British Columbia and the infamous and beautiful Cassiar Highway. Andrew did most of the driving because I’ve picked up a little cold and am not...

Burp the baby

We’ve had a lot of false starts the past few days thinking we had all the air out of our coolant lines. This morning we tried more of the same and weren’t successful. So we resorted to draining the whole system and starting over. The biggest problem with this van is that the...

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...

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...

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....

Welcome to Alaska

This morning we woke up in a cloud at the top of the world. The border crossing that was in sight before going to sleep last night, was not even visible this morning. A bit of breakfast with our delicious blueberries and we made our way to the border. The crossing itself posed no real issue,...

Exploring Dawson

Our plan is to hit the road today but there’s a few more things going on around Dawson that we want to check out. Early this morning we did another walking tour put on by Parks Canada called ‘Strange things done under the Midnight sun’. It was really great – lots of...

Klondike Cuffs

This weekend is a really big one in Dawson – it’s Discovery Days which signifies the date of the big gold discovery here in August 1896. As part of the festivities there are lots of free programs to check out. In the afternoon we decided to stop in on a talk about herbal tea...

Sourtoe Saloon

We finally made if off the Dempster! Aside from running out of gas yesterday, no extra incidents and we were more than pleased to be driving on pavement again. Out drive started off pretty bad because it rained all night making the roads ultra slippery. The weather and the roads got...

Mud Bath

Today we’re headed out of Inuvik. We finally got to stop into the local info centre to see if there was anything we were missing. We’ve tried visiting for the past two days but they’ve closed early every day and we end up just missing them. It’s a neat little place. We...

Dempster Detour

This morning started off with a tour group stopping by the Tombstone Mountain Park sign where we were parked for the night – we were busy munching down breakfast in the front seatbefore hitting the road. We were looking at them looking at us while their guide was doing her talk. I felt...