we had a lazy morning at the large forested campsite we’d planned on spending a 2nd night and had already unhooked the car. I briefly thought about switching to a waterfront site but most were much smaller and not very private. However when I went down to pay for my second night I found the perfect waterfront site #39. It’s big, private and overlooks the Yukon River. I payed for it, left an empty Rubbermaid to mark my claim and headed back up to 88 to pack up, hook up the trailer and move sites. All together it was about a 45 minute delay but well worth it as I could watch the paddle wheeler go by from my lawn chair.
We headed across on the free ferry that runs 24 hour a day but doesn’t take that many cars. So we had a 1 sailing wait. (We are currently lined up to go back and I think it will be longer.)
Walking or biking over world be a great option but not with Huuna it’s too far for her. Once across we went to the tourism bureau bought our Parks Canada Discovery Pass and picked up schedules for tours and events over the next few days. I know DC Music Fest is on and that Corb Lund is headlining but not something I can do with the girls so didn’t purchase tickets but did make campground reservations in town for Friday and Saturday night. We did a short walk as Huuna likes short walks along the waterfront.
Then we grabbed some ice and groceries and headed out Bonanza Creek Road. The plan was to try our hand at gold panning at Claim 6. On the way out we passed a sign I think the worker that put it up must have been drunk.
We arrived at the claim and it busier than the other free claims I’ve panned. Although all I’ve ever found is fools gold and a few tiny flakes it’s a fun way to pass an afternoon. Lots of people had left before I snapped pictures.
No big nuggets today but I did find a discarded gold pan.
We drove by Dredge 4 but plan on taking the 10am tour Saturday when it’s not too hot to leave the dogs behind.
On the way back into town I stopped to check out Claim 33 gift shop that rents pans and has on site gold panning
The $2.99 I spent at Fred Meyer to purchase my own gold pan was the best money I’ve spent on this trip. We stopped to order pizza to take back to the campsite and took the girls for another walk while they baked it.
We are back across the river and security has moved in. Park rangers, bi-law enforcers about 6 staff in total met me at the gate. I had to provide my name so he could check the list of registered users and was then given a green wristband so I could come and go. I guess they are expecting the rowdy crowd with music fest starting tomorrow. My campsite will be a hot commodity when I move across the river to town tomorrow.
The plan for the rest of the night is R&R, maybe walk down to the paddle wheeler graveyard, or a bonfire with free wood, but mainly just enjoy this view.
Evening update we just walked to the steenwheeler graveyard
AM odometer 5511.9
PM odometer 5559.9
Wildlife sightings 2 squirrels