Thursday, June 8, 2017

A Day in Watson Lake: "Gateway to The Yukon"

It was a restless night for all of us as it never got really dark. Our first experience in the land of the midnight sun. It was a warm 18º when we finally got up at 6:00. I walked Shadow on the trail by Wye Lake before  we walked to the world famous Sign Post Forest. The forest was started in 1942 by a homesick U.S. Army G.I. working on the Alaska Highway. He erected a sign pointing the way and stating the mileage to his hometown. Others followed suit and are still doing so to this day. The town of Watson Lake maintains the site, erecting more posts as they are needed. There are more than 80,000 signs. The sign post forest was designated an official Yukon Historic Site in 2013.

In the afternoon we visited the Northern Lights Centre, the only planetarium in North America that features the science of the northern lights. There are a few displays about Canada’s astronauts and space programme. In the Electric Sky Theatre, we watched two films, Dynamic Earth and Yukon’s Northern Lights on a 360º  dome screen. I was disappointed and would not call it a “must see” attraction. And Jean, well, you can guess what she did….z.z.z.z.z.

It was a hot 27º and very windy with winds gusting to 45 k.p.h. Good that we were not motoring. We spent the rest of the day relaxing in the comfort of our air conditioned motor home, working on our pictures, my blog and planning the next leg of our trip.

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