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Jul 31, 2012 - chicken, AK - the drive to

This was a fun day, only 108 mi, but took 7 hrs, do the math> 15mph. Finally Alaska.... top of the world hwy was a beautiful drive, and with an avg 15mph was able to look around. Till in Alsaka, then the road got smaller, and it started to rain. what a mess...

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Jul 20, 2012 - Chicken, Alaska

We made it to Chicken. The businesses have to use generators for power. There is no water or electricity. The town got its name because the prospectors wanted to call it Camp Ptarmigan. The Ptarmigan is Alaska's state bird. However noone could spell Ptarmigan so they named it Chicken instead. Three of us are going on to the "Top of the World Highway" to Dawson City.

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Jul 13, 2012 - Chicken, AK – Summer population 23, year round 5

Friday, July 13 Chicken, Alaska – Summer population 23, year round 5 (number who should live here – none) There are good and not so good aspects to traveling by RV caravan. Getting up at 5:09 in the morning to catch a small ferry across the Yukon River is one of the latter. Mind you, I enjoyed the 10 minute ferry ride; it’s the early rising hour I minded. We crossed the Yukon River to drive Top of the World Highway, so named as it runs at the top of the mountains 110 miles from Dawson, YT to Chicken, AK saving 800 miles and 2 travel days...

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Jul 1, 2012 - Chicken

Hello everyone. We are on the road again. And is it ever some road. As you can see the roads are long and narrow and with very little traffic. We hated to be leaving Tok, and Mukluk land. We enjoyed our stay at the lake outside of Tok. That is where I got to take the pictures of the blue dragon flies. I thought they were pretty to watch. On the road to Chicken we managed to get a few pictures of a moose. We have seen several of them and even one with its calf. But somehow we never could get a good picture of them ( camera shy I quess)....

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Jun 26, 2012 - Bauk, Bauk, Bauk!

Are you too chicken to drive to Chicken; Chicken Alaska that is? Well, we weren't, though a few times we almost regretted our decision to take the Top of the World Highway to Chicken! It all started in Dawson City. You have 2 choices when you are in Dawson. Go back the way you came (not an option-seen that, done that) or the Top of the World. So named because you are so high you feel you can reach up and touch the top of the world! Well, I don't know about that but it was high. In fact for quite awhile the road is above the tree line! And...

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Jun 25, 2012 - Chicken to Tok, Alaska

Monday, June 25,2012 A new day and still have some time to go panning while Bob preps the van for the day. My buddy from Kansas City is out there panning as well as several others. Word was a women from one of the tours panned all night (it is daylight all night) because the tour was leaving in the morning. A few tiny flakes were the result of an hour’s work and then time to hit the road again. Short drive today to Tok, Alaska and then we are staying 2 nights. The drive was a piece of cake after yesterday and some nice views but hard to...

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Jun 24, 2012 - Dawson City, Yukon and Top of the World Highway

Sunday, June 24, 2012 Off to an early start so we could take a narrated walking tour of Dawson City. An excellent historical prospective served up with just the right amount humor and whacky adventures. Many of her stories involved the trickle down effect of the gold rush, describing a lot of the ‘get rich’ schemes. Two such outstanding schemes was 1) a boat load of kittens, 2) a boatload of eggs. The kittens sold for an ounce of gold or $12.00 (at that time) and the eggs sold for $1.00 per egg, in today’s dollars that is $1600 for the...

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Jun 22, 2012 - A Day In Chicken

A Day In Chicken Sunny and Hot! Yea…It feels Like Summer! Spent Another Night At Chicken Creek RV Park Mike was up early this morning thinking he might find a phone somewhere to start making calls about finding a trailer repair part. It was actually this AM that he discovered there ARE no phones in Chicken! Everybody else slept in a bit, and then we headed up to the Cluck’ In Café in our campground for a big Breakfast. Tim and Terri were adventurous enough to try the reindeer sausage. It was a beautiful morning to eat on the outdoor...

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Jun 21, 2012 - To Chicken, Alaska

Noon, Sunny and 70 Degrees Dawson City, Yukon to Chicken, Alaska, USA, 118 Miles Including Ferry Crossing And Time Across Poorly Maintained Top of The World Highway, 6 Hours, 45 Minutes Stayed at Chicken Creek RV Park We left after noon today,since Jan and Terri did a small grocery shopping, and Mike and Tim did odds and ends around the trailer and motor home. We started our trip with a ferry crossing from Dawson City to West Dawson City. It is only a 5 minute trip, but with loading and unloading, it is 20 minutes until it is ready for the...

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Jun 12, 2012 - Chicken, AK

Chicken Creek/Goldpanner RV Park. Alaska at last!!! We took the ferry across the Yukon this AM. It is a small, free ferry that operates 24 hrs a day after the river melts. We got to the ferry about 8:15 and there were 2 RV's ahead of us. It still took almost an hour for us to get on. Then on to Top of the World Highway. It was a part gravel and part paved highway with awesome views - again. After about 20 miles it got very hazy and smelled of smoke. We could see alot of smoke off in the distance. There must have been a fire off to the north...

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May 25, 2012 - Day 31, Taylor Highway to Chicken, Alaska

Day 31, Friday, May 25, 2012 Today we drove north from Tok on the Taylor Highway which runs through Chicken, has a side road up to Eagle, and then across the Canadian border to Dawson City. The first 64 miles are paved and then it is dirt and gravel another 120 miles to Dawson City and I think beyond that too. Much of the area was burned by wildfires in 2004 (about 1.3 million acres). That year was the largest fire season in recorded history in Alaska. About 6.4 million acres burned across the state in that one year alone. The weather was...

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Aug 24, 2011 - Chicken, Eagle & The Taylor Highway Alaska

Literally turning a corner for the lower forty eight brings me up the Taylor Highway through Chicken, then Eagle and on to the Canadian Border into the Yukon and eventually Dawson. In traveling this route into such a remote and wild area a question consistently comes to mind, what would motivate a person or persons to want to come into this country? With all manner of reason and with out the benefit of roads who would venture into such remote areas enduring all the hardships that come with such an adventure and why? Soaking wet soft Tundra,...

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