Tombstone and Back Again, A Squirreler’s Tale: Part Three- Dawson City

June 14, 2014

We are in Tombstone tonight, camping by a lovely little stream and trying to boil water over an open campfire. What a long, pain-staking task. Now I recall the benefits of having a camp stove… Our campsite by the river is one of the few things that feels like it has gone right today. Dawson was a bit of bust. We slept in far too late and then couldn’t decide what to do when we go into the city. Our wanderings took us past a variety of old buildings sinking under the weight of time and those that have been restored to their former beauty, which although in distinct contrast to one another, were not an unpleasing combination to the eye. It added to the sense of having simply stepped back in time as you milled about the city.

An old building subject to the ravages of permafrost.

An old building subject to the ravages of permafrost.

The Downtown Hotel restored to it's former glory.

The Downtown Hotel restored to it’s former glory.

We wandered around for ages trying to find the Highland Games…but that turned out not to be much of anything at all, sadly. There were only a handful of spectators there and really no festivities at all. It was quite disappointing. There is a Ceidleigh (a Celtic music and dance party) tonight that I would have loved to go to but we wanted to get to Tombstone and there is only so much time in a short vacation.  After exploring a bit of town and seeing Robert Service’s cabin as well as Jack London’s cabin we took a drive up Midnight Dome which offered a spectacular view of Dawson City on the banks of the Yukon and the surrounding landscape. The dome is a metamorphic rock that stands at 887 meters or 2,911 feet and offers a 360 degree view of the region. The first recorded group to gather at the midnight dome was in 1899 on the solstice to watch the midnight sun.

Robert Service's Cabin

Robert Service’s Cabin

Jack London's Cabin

Jack London’s Cabin

View of the inside of Jack London's cabin- reconstructed to resemble what it might have looked like during his lifetime.

View of the inside of Jack London’s cabin- reconstructed to resemble what it might have looked like during his lifetime.

View overlooking Dawson City from Midnight Dome.

View overlooking Dawson City on the banks of the Yukon River from Midnight Dome.

Spectacular view of the Yukon River from Midnight Dome.

Spectacular view of the Yukon River from Midnight Dome.

In the afternoon we had a nice little lunch at a new café in town called Alchemy Café. What a cute little spot with rough hewn tables and chairs! A great addition to the town, I’d say. I had a delicious pannini with artichokes, tomatoes, gruyere, tapende, and olive oil.  Really different and tasty. After lunch I got a spiced mango smoothie for the road. I was quite full but what an excellent decision. Hands down one of the best smoothies I have ever had. Shortly after we left for Tombstone and I was half asleep in a food coma the whole way. Thankfully it was only about a 1 ½ hour trip. We had a nice evening around the campfire talking and squirrels and science and had pizza dough “bannock” and Sun ships for dinner. Ha! How nutritious. None of us were up for a big meal- even though we just bought groceries. I have a feeling I will be famished come morning though. For now the gurgle of the stream is reminding me of warm summer nights in my bed at home, listening to the creek as it rushes past our house. It is the best sound in the world to fall asleep to.

A photo of our campsite at Tombstone taken the next morning. Forgot to take a photo while the tent was still up. Oops!

A photo of our campsite at Tombstone taken the next morning. Forgot to take a photo while the tent was still up. Oops!

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