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5 Star Filet Mignon Dinner from the Alcan Motel in Haines, Alaska

Alcan Motel Dinner

Howdy All,

Wednesday, we left Tok and headed toward Skagway, AK. We passed some beautiful scenery and made it the 290 miles to Haines Junction, YT. We spent the night at the Alcan Motel, which is not 5 star, but was clean and had a great view of the mountains. We had dinner in their restaurant, where the filet mignon was outstanding and very well presented. I ate all of it, which is highly unusual for me. I would rate the restaurant 3 star, but the food 5 stars. Continue reading



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Arctic Circle Milestone

B’man and I rode the 23 miles to the Arctic Circle. Nothing difficult, and the weather and road were great except for the small shower near the Circle. We left  and road back through what I have been informed is the muck and not “muk.”  The reason I used the word muk is because of the word “mukluk” used in Canada. I could be totally wrong.  So, we will now refer to the “muk” as muck. “Anyhow-way” (as my good friend Keith would say), we arrived back in Dawson City and once again, stayed at the fabulously luxurious establishment, The Bunkhouse. Photos attached.

The Bunkhouse

Community Shower

On Day 9, The Dempster proved herself a beast; however today, she let us enjoy the ride and the beauty of her surroundings. There were still challenging areas, but we finally figured out how to ‘ride the muck.’ I’ll give pointers in another post for folks going up the Dempster.

One area I have not addressed is the people up here. You’ve heard of southern hospitality, right?  Well it has been transplanted to Canada.  Everyone, I repeat, EVERYONE up here is as nice as you could imagine. Their hospitality and willingness to assist everyone is beyond belief. The Country AND the people are amazing. Thanks to everyone we met along the way, especially the cute blonde at the El Dorado who helped me get wifi ( sorry I didn’t get your name.)

And the Dempster, just for her, in spite of all our difficulties was absolutely phenomenal, especially on the way down.

Until next time……Gato out

Day 11… Working Hard(ly) in Eagle Plains, YT

Not-so-comfy Lodging

La Kitten reporting in for El Gato.
It’s day 11 and we have found our travelers quite literally stuck in the mud in Eagle Plains, YT, Canada. After my jab the other day about their comfy lodging conditions, El Gato found it necessary to send the attached photo.  Seems their digs have hit a decline. And from the looks of that shelf, it must be a really tall man who did all the decorating in this fine establishment. Personally, I would have to hope I could bounce high enough from the bed to get my stuff up there. More importantly, I wonder who get’s which side of the bed in this arrangement? Eeeks!

We also can see that The Great Arctic Adventure is not all play and no work, as evident in the posed pictures below…

Hard at work in Great Plains.

Birdman hard at work

Very hard at work in Great Plains.

El Gato very hard at work.

After a long day of hard work and catching up, being stuck in the mud, and making plans for where the next leg of their adventure will lead them, they still take time to appreciate the miracle of God’s creation in an 11pm Sunset.

Eagle Plains at 9 pm.

Eagle Plains at 9 pm.

Eagle Plains at 10:30 pm.

Eagle Plains at 10:30 pm

Eagle Plains at 11:00 pm

Oh, and before I forget.Carson, Geeps wants to assure you that your reindeer is living large in Eagle Plains, YT, Canada. Get your mom to look it up on a globe. Maybe you can convince her to take your next family vacation here. Just tell her beaches and spas are for sissies.

Carson's reindeer living large in Great Plains.

Carson's reindeer living large in Eagle Plains.

Stay tuned to find out if any of our intrepid adventurers make it to the Arctic Circle. Will they fall in love with Eagle Plains Lodge, stuck in the mud forever? Will Vulture be able to fly again? Or will Gazelle just shoot’m all?

Day 9…..to Dawson City, YT

Hello all,

This is the second time to enter this post. Internet collapsed. Imagine that. Not going to redo everything.

Be sure to check out the TGAA Gallery tab on the right side of the home page. You can download any pics you want. It says it cost money, but it’s FREE!

Until I get a better connection…..

Gato out

Yea, Yea, Yea! Excuses, Excuses! To satisfy El Gato’s loyal readers of their daily Great Arctic Adventure update, I ( La Kitten), find it an opportune time to clear the air about a stunning revelation brought to my attention on Day 7.

I question whether to reveal what I am about to show you in fear of dismantling the vision given to us of taking the beast of nature’s wrath by the horns, suffering and overcoming whatever it throws in our way from one day to the next, and eventually conquering and arriving at the apex of this adventure and home of some of the most extreme weather on earth, the Arctic Circle.

Now, this may come as a surprise to most of you, as you are probably not privy to the lamenting and moaning of hardships that have befallen the ears of El Gato’s closest family members. After all, it’s not like El Gato to complain about anything. However, while discussing the logistics of a five-week journey, riding a motorcycle the thousands of miles needed to reach the Arctic Circle- El Gato, although unintentionally I’m sure- pulled the sympathy card on his dear family. In expressing his preparations for The Great Arctic Adventure (que dramatic music), the following scenarios come to mind as I ponder our previous discussions.

  •  Images of hostels with bunk beds lined up like a jailhouse prison – men on the left ; ladies on the right.
  • Primitive facilities waiting at the end of a long day’s ride with possibly no running water and a room lit only by candle-light.
  • Communal showers that offer understanding as to why soap should sometimes be attached to a rope.
  • Having to use leaves because the Charmin truck makes deliveries twice a year and only when travel conditions are at their best.

(Ok, maybe I dreamt one of them up, but you get the point)

 “Yes!” I thought, “This is definitely NOT a vacation! It is an A-D-V-E-N-T-U-R-E!”

However, I now must present you with exhibits A, B, C AND D.  Consider yourself warned, as the images below may seem quite shocking!

Primitive Lodging

Inside their Primitive Birdcage

Swim Trunks? Was this on the packing list?

Roughing It!?

I’ll leave you to your own conclusions about how much our adventurers are actually “roughing it” upon completion of their first week of hitting the open roads. I’m thinking things will get even more exciting once they hit the Dempster Highway. As I see it, the biggest hardship so far is Internet access. More so for myself than for them 😉 . Because of the lack of reliable communication, I must figure out how to interpret the importance and meaning behind images like these:

El Gato's next purchase?



Motorcycle Hairnet?

El Gato's thumb but otherwise a pretty view.

El Gato's finger?

Fortunately, most of the photos have been pretty great but some days are more of a challenge than others. And for all my jabbing and poking fun, it’s actually been quite fun riding sidecar via the wireless internet highways and doing my part in documenting  The Great Arctic Adventure.

Let’s hope our adventurers stay safe and are able to update us soon. La Kitten only has so much material to ramble on about.

Small Print: La Kitten can not be held responsible for dangling of participles, confusing passive and active voice, her love of making sentences run like there is no tomorrow, or any other grammatical mis-configurations you can’t help but find.