Saturday, June 27, 2009


These are called Tors (hard pieces of rock sticking up)

Waterfall and castle ramparts

They claim a 180 km view from this spot on a clear day

Cotton Grass

The view out our window tonight......................................................................
June 26, 2009 later
It was late morning before we hit the road after posting my blog and dumping the tanks. The mosquitoes were horrendous! We drove under overcast skies all day. Part way up the Dempster Highway we ran into rain and muddy road. That got rid of the mosquitoes, I think. We are camped at Tombstone Mountain camp and the parks lady said the wind was howling and the rain came in sheets earlier this afternoon. The forecast doesn’t look too promising for the next three days but then it is supposed to clear up. Perhaps our return drive from Inuvik will be better for pictures. The snow was way down the hills this afternoon. It was only plus 3C for the last several kms before we arrived here.
June 27, 2009
We awoke to a gorgeous morning with the sun shining and the mountains gleaming. The wind was very cool but the sun did have some warmth to it. We got on the road about 9 AM but made so many stops that it seemed we weren’t getting anywhere. Aileen and Mitzy walked a couple times while I was shooting. We had planned on camping at Engineers Creek but it was flooded so we carried on to Eagle Plains. It took us about ten hours on the road to get 297.5 km! The road has been pretty good for the most part although we did hit a few potholes later today. I used a very light foot and didn’t use the tow haul mode in the truck yesterday or today and our mileage was 11.47 mpg today. Good thing as we were below empty when we arrived here. Gas is $1.35 per litre (that’s $6.13 per gallon). My computer was telling me I had 35 kms left! I did have a 5 gallon can of gas in the box which I will use before getting that low again on the return. We stopped at a rest area and had an early supper rather than push on to Eagle Plains and have a late supper. We are just short of the Arctic Circle and at 10:32 PM as I write, the sun is still well up in the sky and charging our solar panels. It should stay light all night I think, this far north. Tomorrow we figure to get to Fort McPherson area where we’ll probably camp two nights. The plan is to leave the trailer there and run into Inuvik in the truck and back in the one day (day after tomorrow). I think it’s about 169 kms each way. We’ll see if that is what happens.

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