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Monday, July 1 2013- Dawson City YT

Happy Canada Day! Canada is 146 years old!

We left at 8:15 to go to the Sourdough Pancake Breakfast, $8 pp.  The pancakes were made with sourdough brought over the Chilkoot in 1898. The breakfast was held at St. Mary’s hall, formerly their elementary school. The pancakes and sausage were okay, but we think our own pancakes are better.

We sat with some other people from the RV park. They have claims on the mountain and also off the Top of the World road. They come every year from Arizona to work their claims.

We returned to the park. At 10:15 we left to go back downtown. We parked near the Visitor Center, where we were meeting Margie and Wayne. We wandered through a stationary shop where I found some address books. They are very hard to find, so I bought four  $2.49 each. I use them when working as a CM. I keep info in them for each hospital where I work. Info like phone numbers, doctor cell phone numbers and the doc’s idiosyncrasies and lot of other helpful info.

We wandered through the local hardware store, then went up to Front street to set up our chairs, in the shade, to watch the Canada Day Parade.  It was short and sweet!

Dawson City Canada Day Parade 

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police. This is the only time they wear their red uniforms.

Dawson City YT Canada Day Parade

Dawson City YT Canada Day Parade

Dawson City YT Canada Day Parade

Dawson City YT Canada Day Parade

Dawson City YT Canada Day Parade

Dawson City YT Canada Day Parade

Dawson City YT Canada Day Parade

Note Diamond Tooth Gerties girls!

Dawson City YT Canada Day Parade

This little kid was right behind the ambulance, riding with the motorcycle guys.

Dawson City YT Canada Day Parade

Dawson City YT Canada Day Parade

Dawson City YT Canada Day ParadeDawson City YT Canada Day Parade

Once the parade ended, we went over to the Dawson City Museum for the Country Picnic, BBQ and games. They were to have the flag raising at 12, but it was already done when we arrived. They were taking pictures on the steps of the museum. Miss Gertie with her girls and the Mounties.

Dawson City YT Canada Day Parade -picnic

They also had two cakes, one in English and one in French.

Dawson City YT Canada Day Picnic Dawson City YT Canada Day Parade -picnic

They had some announcements, one of which was that the lunch was by donation. The recommended donation was $3 pp. The woman also announced that lunch was “Smokies, and for our American friends, those are brats!”

We got in line, and it moved quickly. Lunch was the brats on hot dog rolls, with fried onions, and the usual condiments, potato chips, watermelon, and very watered down kool-ade.

We ate our lunch and people watched. This poor dog…

Dawson City YT Canada Day Parade picnic

Dawson City YT Canada Day Parade picnic

Dawson City YT Canada Day Parade picnic

Finally, we returned to the motor home, walked the dogs, and took a very short nap.

At a little after 2 PM, we returned to the Visitor Center for the official town Canada Day cake.

Canada Day cake at Visitor Center

We ate a very small piece of cake and went to the Yukon Gold Panning Championships.  We arrived in time for the  Cheechako Open- open to those with little or no panning experience.

Dawson City YT Canada Day Gold Panning

This gal, who was directly in front of us won this contest, finding nine pieces in the least amount of time. In the picture, she has the bottle cork in her mouth as she takes flakes out of the pan and puts them into her vial.

She won!

We stayed and watched the Klondike Classic, which was open to anyone 16 years of age or older. I was sitting on bleachers, directly in front of Grandma Miller. She had two sons and one grandson in this contest, and there were only nine contestants.  Not sure who won this one, but one of her sons has won the championship seven times. It did not matter, all of these guys knew each other.

We were hot sitting in the sun and decided to leave after this. The next contest was for the kids and the final one was for Yukon citizens only and the winner of that one went to the World Gold Panning Championships in Italy.

We returned to the motor home, finished laundry and watched TV.

We continue on in the morning, leaving Dawson City. So far our two favorite places( in no order) have been Jasper AB and Dawson City YT. The people here are so friendly! This little town has a lot of charm! Too bad the temperature extremes here are so bad. High of 105 and in winter it is an average of –40, with stiff winds! Brrrrr! Plus the 21 hour nights in winter and 20 hour days in summer. Too confusing…..

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