We were in Whitehorse on July 8, 9 and 10. On the 10th, we decided to take a rest and explore the town centre and look at the attractions in the town. Whitehorse town is a beautiful city on the banks of the Yukon River. It is the capital of Yukon and the distribution centre to other smaller towns in the Yukon Territory. In summer, the streets of inner city are full of tourists.
The city centre has some old buildings. Most of the shopping malls and industrial buildings are scattered around the city. There is day light almost 20 hours a day. Day time temperature was about 20oC, but the wind chill made it seem like 10oC. We slept till late and later had our breakfast in a city bakery called Alpine Bakery which is well known for home baked organic bread. We asked for sandwiches. The owner of the Alpine Bakery made some great vegetarian sandwiches for us. She used hummus instead of butter. We loved the bread so much that we bought a loaf to take and then bought some salad and ham at the local shops to make sandwiches that night for dinner.
Mala at Alpine Bakery
We left for Tok on the 11th morning. The distance from Whitehorse to Tok is 622 kilometres and we started early. Initially the road was very good, but as time went on, we started hitting bad patches. In some areas there was lose gravel and we had to slow down. We were being very careful and driving slowly. At one point we hit a bad patch which continued for nearly 10 kilometres. Then something very unfortunate happened. A bus going in the opposite direction was driving fast which caused a lose pebble to hit our windscreen. Our windscreen got a rock chip for the second time. This one was big and nasty and the web of crack marks around the chip mark was the size of a tennis ball. There was nothing we could do - We had to continue driving. We knew we will not find any wind screen repairing places till we reached Fairbank. Even if we repaired it, there could be more lose gravel causing new chips…it was therefore better to continue driving with this crack in the windscreen.
Our first stop for petrol was at Haines Junction. We topped up the petrol tank and stopped at the adjoining restaurant for coffee. Most of the gas stations have their own restaurant. There were two policemen in the restaurant and Mala talked to them. She told them about the rock chip that damaged the wind screen. They said this is a very common thing and there is nothing you can do to avoid it. We later saw many vehicles with similar wind screen damage.
Our next stop was at Beaver Creek for lunch. This is a small village and we have planned to spend one night there on our way back. We arrived at Tok around 4:00PM. Tok is a very small village with a population of m early 1500 people. We had a reservation for one night at a small mote called A Mooseberry Inn. This place looks more like a house, not like a hotel… it is run by a couple, Damon and Maggie. We booked this place on the Internet based on the Trip Advisor reviews. There was no one when we arrived there. There was a letter for us on the door. The letter asked us to use one of the rooms, called Moonberry room and make ourselves comfortable. We just went up and occupied the room. Our room was compact, but very nicely decorated. There was a big TV screen and a free Wi Fi network to connect our computers.
The place was like a home away from home. There was a cookie jar with tasty cookies and the fridge was full of fruit juices and drinks. We could take anything we wanted. We made our own coffee. Malisha made some tasty sandwiches for dinner using the bread we bought from the Alpine bakery. After a long drive, Mooseberry Inn was the best place for a good rest.