Day 26 and 27 Laying low in Whitehorse

Not an exciting two days

Worked on the blog, collected wild mushrooms

and slept



The nicest private campground I stayed in Canada. It had all the amenities, was rustic but tidy and the sites weren’t too crowed together and surrounded by trees. It even had a book exchange.

 Shaggy Mane

Remember the Shaggy Mane mushrooms I found earlier?  Well, I found a whole crop coming up along a path near the campground.  This is the best time to pick them, before they open up. Even at this stage if they sit for two long they turn to a puddle of black goo.



Since I can’t use them all at once I parboiled them and will store them in the freezer.



But i’m making an omelet out of some of them


It’s not a puffer fish

Final product… I never said I was a culinary genius…..



Poodles get their own treat.  I picked up some raw meaty bones and they’re digg’n it


Crashed at the end of the day … chewing bones is hard work




Day 25 The bumps along the way

Taking inventory of things damaged

by the

Dempster Highway


LESSON:  In northern Canada, when you see signs like this…IMG_2454


or flags like this…..


Pay attention and slow down.  When they say the roads are bumpy they mean tall mountains and small valleys.

By the time I arrived in Dawson City the camper had been through a lot of shakes and jolts.   I decided to take an inventory of the damage to the camper.


Bathroom door off the hinge



Door hinge is so caked with dry mud it doesn’t want to close




Kitchen cabinet won’t close because the catch has been so badly bent










not to mention the screws holding the oven in place are stripped and the bathroom cabinet needs to be completely replaced and the two rear mud flaps had been partially ripped off by the weight of mud.

Then there was a flat tire….


Had the tire patched and headed out of Dawson City toward White Horse.


I noticed that the outer rear wheel was looking low on air so I pulled into a gas station to fill it (and the others).  The inner tire was completely empty and the outer tire looked flat because it was supporting all the weight.  Who knows how long the tire’s been flat.  I found someone to patch the tire and headed south.

The next day, after bushwhacking in a nondescript spot, we arrived in Whitehorse. Our first stop was the hardware store to pick up some items for the repairs.  As I was parking a guy yelled to tell me that there was a wire dragging behind the truck.  IMG_3587

Apparently the mechanic who fixed the tire also loosened the wire that connected the camper to the truck battery.  I probably drove most of the last 200 miles with no back lights.  I guess it could have been worse.

What to do


I found a public playing field to do the work. A sign of where I am: this is not a ball park. It’s a Mud Racing Track.


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Good Ole Duct Tape


Poodles patiently waiting for me to finish my handy work

Next Stop

Change the oil and differential in truck.  Remember how I replaced my oil cap on my first trip through Whitehorse?  well, the mechanic found the lost oil cap under the hood.  It stayed there for the past 3000+ miles.  At least now I have a spare.


End of a long day and time to find a campground for the night

On the outskirts of town