On our paddle on the Yukon, we saw a huge colony of cliff swallows, but the water was moving too fast to try to take some
photos. However, an hour out of Whitehorse on our way to Dawson, we stopped at the Braeburn Lodge to buy a cinnamon
bun. In the eaves of the building were these swallows. Each swallow eats its weight in mosquitoes each day. I wanted to take
some along for the rest of the trip.
It was Father's Day and Jackie bought
me a cinnamon bun. However, for a
moment I thought I was not going to
get a chance to eat it.
For the most part, the Yukon River is
wide and shallow. The biggest
obstacle for the paddle wheelers was
Five Fingers Rapid (below). Here
water is channeled swiftly through five
channels created by four rocks. The
paddle boats came up through the left
finger. Dynamite was used to blast this
opening 20 feet wider. Besides using
their paddles, there was a cable to
which the boats attached a winch to
pull themselves through the rapid on
their way to Whitehorse from Dawson.
We walked down a steep path 1.5 km to the rapids
for a better look. Along the way we passed many
Dawson City is approximately 330 miles from
Whitehorse and was the center of the gold rush of
1898. The City is located at the confluence of the
Klondike and Yukon Rivers. You can see the clean
waters of the Klondike flowing into the muddy
Yukon in the picture below including some more
To get the view for the above picture, we
took the free ferry to the other side of the
river and drove up the road to Alaska from
Dawson which is only open in the summer.
From that viewpoint we looked across and
saw a beaver dam on the other side of the
river in a pond as well as beaver swimming
in the pond. You can see the v shape in the
water made by the beaver.
Below, a picture of Jackie taken from the
Midnight Dome above Dawson. Again, you
can see the clear water of the Klondike
entering the Yukon.