August 7. We are driving north on a patchy, sometimes gravelly road to Dawson City. At the Watson Creek visitor center Mom picked up passport books to be stamped in the Yukon at various attractions, so we paused in Carmacks, read the history of the town, and got a stamp for the game book. (They're drawing a winner to receive 1 oz. of gold.)
|Northern Tutchone Firt NAtions Tage Cho Hudan Interpretive Center|
|our first eagle sighting (that dark spot on the sand bar)|
|2 Trumpeter swans are floating at the back of this pond|
It was after 5pm when we parked, compacted to one RV, and drove down Bonanza Creek Road to Dredge #4, the largest wood hull gold-mining dredge in North America.
We continued on to the Discovery Claim historic site where Skookum Jim and his comrades (including a Charlie and Patsy Henderson) struck it rich with their gold discovery, instigating the Klondike Gold Rush. We tried a little panning ourselves in the stream, but only came away with sparkly rocks.
The touristy Claim 33 was closed for the day, which allowed us to meander the property, peeking in window and checking outside displays.