From Poker Creek to Beaver Creek
A bit of a relaxed start today so the team drove up to the dome fro some nice views of the city before heading back to Eldorado for brunch. I even managed to sneak away to Woolly and Wild for a few trip knickknacks. We did our farewell with the folks at the visitor center who were really nice to us during this trip, providing all the information needed for our stories. Took the ferry across the river and drove on Top of the World highway into Alaska. Stopped at border patrol at Poker Creek with population of two - one Canadian and one American agent. The drive itself was kinda crazy - sometimes we had good roads but mostly it was gravel with lots of bumpy spots due to permafrost and construction work. Stopped at Chicken in Alaska for a snack and lots of Chicken (the place not the bird)-related photos, and then drove through Alaska Highway into Canada again at Beaver Creek, which is the most westerly point for entry into the country. Here, we were fortunate to meet with Sid from the visitor center, who was quite the welcoming host. We checked in at the Westmark - a hotel with very basic rooms, nothing fancy. No internet or phone service except in the lobby. We did dinner at Betty’s nearby and then drove to Sid’s place to check out his personal museum of eclectic collections of everything under the sun from comics to stamps to magnets to whatever else. If you get a chance to meet with Sid when in Beaver Creek, I highly recommend it. He’s a nice guy with a lot to share about the place.
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