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"two roads diverged in a wood, and I -- I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference." -- Robert Frost

Friday, December 21, 2012

On the Klondike Highway south from Whitehorse to Skagway

Emerald Lake on the Klondike Highway south

Side Trip Route Klondike Highway South
The route south on the Klondike Highway leads in Southern Lakes region. Among the scenic attractions are Emerald Lake, Spirit Lake and Lake Bennett.

The deep green color of Emerald Lake is attributed to a mix of clay and calcium carbonate deposits at the lake bottom. 

Near historic Carcross, the contemporary abbreviation for Caribou Crossing, you can even visit shifting sand dunes.

Getting ready for the Alaska Highway—clothes
We anticipated we might need clothes for all kinds of weather just shy of deep winter clothing. We were right. We brought swimwear and our heavyweight Wolverine hiking boots, clothes for campground work and clothes for being a tourist. Since it has also happened that we’ve needed socially acceptable clothes for unexpected events, we brought dressy enough stuff for a birthday party or a visit to a church.

We packed the RV with clothes we figured we would wear most. The rest went in marked containers stored in the camper-shell enclosed truck bed. Yes, it is a bit of an inconvenience, but swapping out clothes when we need them is minor chore and having well-fitting clothing saves us from emergency shopping on the road. Also, since our trailer has specific carrying limits, the trailer load remains light and the weight rides where it can be best handled, in the truck.

Overloading could be a temptation, so we came up with a loose rule. The space we have for clothes waiting to be washed is limited to the size of a single laundry basket. Our solution is to limit the volume of clothing we carry in the travel trailer to only a little more than can be stored comfortably in the laundry basket. An exception to this is the one outerwear closet we share, since jackets and other outerwear aren’t usually washed after wearing.

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