Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Day 7: Dawson City Yukon

The one full day in Dawson was used to sleep late and have a long breakfast at the bar in the Jack London Grill which was empty which allowed us to talk with the bar tender for an hour or so for stories and opinions. 

Dawson City Yukon: Read all about it.

On thing about building on the permafrost is that when it melts it does so unevenly thus a building without an insulated foundation kind leans ever which way. These are call drunk buildings.  When trees do this it is a drunk forest.

Story is Jack London wrote "Call of the Wild" sitting in this bar.

This is the center of night life in Dawson (all seasons).

$25 gets you a shot of whiskey with a dead man's toe in it.  They call it the Sour Toe Cocktail.  Every night between 5 to 50 people ant-up and have the drink.  Yes it is a real toe.

They have two extra toes in the freezer in case someone swallows the toe (happened 4 times) or steal the toe (has happened 3 times).  Six people from Kansas City in our group drank one.  Take a gander of the actual process in this video.

This a wooden building covered in a tin facade. 

RMP office and jail from the 1890's.

We walked the four blocks on down to the tourist area along the Yukon River and the highway through town.  After strolling through the shops and stores the knees got wobbly and we sat and watched the people.

The Klondike Spirit River Boat on the Yukon River.

Up until 10 years ago these buildings housed businesses Then one morning they couldn't get the doors open.

Blacksmith museum (not open due to whim).

Low rent district.

Yukon mistletoe ?

Ferryboat across the Yukon.  Note the truck hauling two fuel tanks.