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Researching my novels takes up a lot of my time and has become one of my favorite hobbies.
Scroll below to see photos of my research trip to the Yukon and Alaska. Enjoy the view! You might also want to check out the top 3 things that surprised me about my travels to the north.
Wishing you many happy adventures!
We flew from Toronto to Vancouver to here, the city of Whitehorse in Yukon Territory.
Whitehorse got its name from these rapids (originally much bigger before a dam was built). The rapids looked like galloping white horses.
The Klondike stampeders built temporary rafts to navigate these waters through the mountains between Alaska and Canada, trying to get to Dawson City, Yukon, where the gold was.
The water is turquoise because of the silt run-off from glaciers.
Gold is 19 times the weight of water. I found 5 tiny flakes on the bottom of a pan of gravel after a lot of 'dips and shakes'--the proper way to pan gold.
An original Mountie cabin.
On the road between Yukon and Alaska.
Welcome to beautiful Alaska! This is the border between Alaska and the Yukon, the mountains at the top of the world. Can you smell the fresh air?
There were 5 ships in the harbor in Skagway, Alaska when we visited. That's the top of one ship visible above the train. It's a gorgeous place.
The historical town of Skagway has retained its original buildings--you can still get a bite to eat at the saloon, and browse for T-shirts and jewelry in the shops. Great place for 10,000 cruiseline passengers to spend some time!
Would you like to know what surprised me most on this trip?