Day 9 – Eagle Plains, YT – revisited

Day 9 – Thursday, April 4, 2013

This is really Day 7 in reverse.  We have started our trek towards home. We left Inuvik at -23C and snowing but it cleared up as we drove south.  It had warmed up to -16C by the time we arrived in Eagle Plains. It was a great drive of about 370 kilometres.  The Dempster is in very good driving condition.  It is mostly smooth high grade frozen gravel and ice with varied and spectacular scenery and a couple of ice bridge crossings. Today we crossed both the Mackenzie and Peel river ice bridges.


The Mackenzie river near Tsiigehtchic

We made a stop in Fort McPherson for coffee at the Northern store and also visited the local Fort McPherson Tent & Canvas Shop. They don’t carry too much stock but we got a brochure. We also made a stop at Margaret’s Handi-Craft Shop and ordered a small handmade gift for our granddaughter. Julie notes “pssst Don’t tell Melodie! It’s a birthday surprise.”


Margaret in her home work space crafting her beautiful creations

Margaret, a retired teacher, was busily making many more native crafts.  Julie notes “She was excitedly working on a tiny pair of moccasins for a baby to be. Her work is beautiful and highly sought after.”


Scenery along the Dempster


We crossed back into the Yukon and set the clocks back an hour.   It was cold with a wind chill at the top of this pass where the boundary is located.  


Chilly Yukon boundary, Julie notes “Luckily we didn’t freeze in these positions.  As classy as we look, it might be time to get some professional help.  With the jazzy poses that is.”


From this high pass you can see the road for miles in the distance.  Julie notes “Does anyone see a washroom along that long Canadian highway. No me neither.”

Julie was reading a brochure along the way about bear safety. They recommend you climb at least 4m up a tree to escape a grizzly. The unfortunate truth about that strategy, however, is that the trees are all 3 metres or less. Also, if the bear follows you up the tree, you will know it wasn’t a grizzly. haha  Julie wanted to stop and practice.  


I asked Julie to check out the trees to see if they would save her from a bear. Julie notes “Nice trick Brad! Luckily I’m pretty fast for an old gal and caught up with the truck before you got too far.”


I couldn’t resist picking her up, even if she was wrong. 😉

Driving these long Canadian highways gives us plenty of time to have numerous ‘discussions’ on all matters related to the north. Is the Arctic circle a line or an area? Can you be in the Arctic circle or are you above or below the Arctic circle? How do you pronounce Inuvik? Who was the mad trapper of rat river?  After one such ‘discussion’ Julie got out and decided to hitchhike.  Julie notes “Well Brad said ‘it’s my way or the highway’ and since his way was wrong the highway was my only option.”

That’s it for today from Eagle Plains, YT.  Off to Dawson City tomorrow after some family phone calls.


4 thoughts on “Day 9 – Eagle Plains, YT – revisited

  1. Lola Wright

    So look forward to your nightly post! You two really are too funny. When you are out posing is there ever any traffic or do you have the whole world to yourself?

    1. admin Post author

      Well Lola, we pretty much had the Dempster to ourselves. But even if we didn’t, Julie is not opposed to making a fool of either one of us, or anybody else for that matter! 😉
      …the muleskinner

  2. Jimsaw

    Yes the post are great. What happens to them once they move off the main page, pages 1 to 4 are now gone. Also were do you find the other pictures I dont seem to find them in the other folders. Great pictures! Great country! Great trip! Great people!

  3. admin Post author

    Hi Jim, I added an “Archives” link in the right pane quick menu and expanded “recent posts” to display 10 items. You can also navigate using the top menu bar. For example, if you click on “blog” and scroll to the bottom, you will see a link to “older posts”.

    The images are in the top menu item “photo gallery”. One gallery is “ice road 2013”. There are page buttons at the bottom to navigate through the 7 pages currently posted. The last page will be the most recent. Clicking on an image will open it in a larger pane.

    …the muleskinner

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