Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #199 – Mechanical/Industrial

For this challenge, John asks us to feature mechanical and/or industrial images.

The discovery of gold is an important part of Alaska’s history. Several year ago, as we traveled around Alaska, old abandoned dredges and rusty machinery gave us a glimpse of some of the old machines that were once used to mine for gold.

Dredge 8 in Fairbanks is a popular tourist attraction. Other mining equipment is on display and at the end of the tour visitors can pan for gold.

The Pedro Dredge in Chicken shown below is a National Historic Site. The rusty machinery in the header image is on display at the Chicken Post Office. We drove by an active mining operation near there.

Many thanks to John for the challenge Lens’Artists #199: Mechanical/Industrial

Day 39: Driving on the Klondike Highway

Day 39: Sunday, June 23, 2013. Whitehorse, Yukon to Dawson City, Yukon. Gold Rush RV Park, Site 69. 332 Miles traveled on the Alaska Highway and Klondike Highway.

Today was a really long driving day for us. We traveled about 12 miles on the Alaska Highway and turned north onto the Klondike Highway for the rest of the trip. The highway ran along the Yukon River for part of the day. During the gold rush steam ships traveled up the Yukon River to Dawson City where gold had been discovered.

At one of the overlooks, we saw the most unusual bus we had ever seen. This orange bus was as long and tall in the front as a normal bus but the back half was like a triple decker bus with rows of windows with curtains. We guessed that the windows were some kind of bedroom. When we checked into the RV park the bus had checked in right before us. The lady at the campground told us it was a tour bus from Germany with 27 sleeping cubes. There were 14 passengers in the bus this trip. When they were set up at their campsite the passengers sat at table under a big awning at a table while dinner was prepared. After dinner, they all disappeared. I’m guessing they went to one of the shows in Dawson City. I was hoping to take a picture of it in the morning but they were gone when I went outside.

Day 32: Father’s Day in Skagway

Day 32: Sunday, June 16, 2013.

Henry’s Father’s Day present was he didn’t have to tow the RV anywhere! He got to relax and enjoy the day.

Blondie and I started the day with an early morning stroll through downtown Skagway. As I walked along the boardwalks gazing at the historic buildings I could imagine what it must have been like during the Gold Rush days in 1898.

Later on, Henry and I enjoyed breakfast at the Sweet Tooth Cafe before going for a drive back up the highway to enjoy the views we couldn’t stop to look at on our way to Skagway.

Fish and Chips at the Skagway Brewing Company with a Prospector’s Ale was a great way to end the day.

We couldn’t have picked a better place to start our Alaska adventure than Skagway. We love it here.