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Day 9: Watson Lake to Haines Junction

June 14, 2013

We stayed at the coolest place in Watson Lake last night! It was called the historic Air Force Lodge, and it was a lovingly restored building that use to house the Air Force pilots during the building of the Alaska Highway.
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Our room even had a view of horses!

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The owner was originally from Germany, so I was kicking myself for my wavering dedication in learning the German language: he would have been great to practice with.

Speaking of Germans, there are a ton of them here in the Yukon. When we were in the sign forest, we saw so many German signs, and have met a lot of German people. When I asked why they picked the Yukon to explore, they said they love the nature and isolation.

Anyways, we left Watson Lake early and headed for Whitehorse, the capital city of the Yukon Territory. Fun fact: 2/3 of the Yukons population live in Whitehorse (about 27,000 people). Which means the metro city of Greenville, SC is 2-3x larger than the whole territory of Yukon. Not such a small town now, eh? (Also, I’ve been in Canada for a while and now I say eh)

Matt & I were so excited about going to Whitehorse, especially to go to the Yukon Brewing Company and take a tour! Sadly, our experience was not what we had hoped.

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When we walked into the brewery, a lot of the employees were milling around, only talking to each other. They weren’t friendly in welcoming their guests, and they acted like we should know how to get on the tour. Then they charged $10 per person for the tour. The tour included: a brief walk through their product room. The tour guide knew nothing more than the basic process of creating beer. After all the brew tours we’ve been on, Matt could have given the tour.

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We also got 2oz. pours of seven of their beers. Once again, a very nondescript part of the tour.

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The tour guide never told us her name, and most certainly didn’t ask where we were from (and there were only 6 of us on the tour!). As soon as she could, she went back to socializing with her coworkers.

Aside from the tour, the brewery actually had really delicious beer! I did some independent research, and found the brewery is 16 years old, and the only brewery in the Yukon. They had everything ranging from IPA to Stouts, and only available in Canada and one tiny part of Germany (lucky Germans).

The inside of the brewery was really cool too, with a growler fill station and coolers where you could buy a bottle or can to go.

I was also impressed with the Eco-friendliness of the brewery: they get recycled bottles to fill with their beers (recycling, yay!) and give their leftover grain to the local farmers to feed their flocks. They also had local artists design all of their labels, so it has a very unique look.

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After leaving Whitehorse (where I accidentally hung out with the homeless while Matt used the wifi in a Starbucks), we reached our campsite for the night in Haines Junction, Yukon super early. Yes, I went to bed at 6pm on a Friday night. I woke up just before midnight, and got to see a bit of sunset (we’re at the time of the year where it doesn’t get dark, there’s just a few hours of twilight).

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Tomorrow we cross back into America, and we can’t wait to be back on American soil. We only have $10 Canadian left, so we’ve been right on schedule!

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  • Reply Mom June 15, 2013 at 05:20

    Yay! We expect a phone call when you get back into the US! Your journey to Alaska has been amazing. Thank you for sharing it with all of us! Love you!

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