The CoolRVers were actually a couple of retirees, Judy and Luke Rinehimer and their rescue German Shepherd dog, Miss Shady Lady. We were "extended-time" travelers for many years with a homebase in Cool, California for 40 years. Luke passed away in May 2019 and I continued to RV. Many followed along with our travels throughout North America in our 40' "rolling condo" and our later downsized Class C motorhome, enjoying the RV lifestyle. Your comments are always welcomed.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The Exit Route – Watson Lake,Yukon

We got back on the road this morning after spending extra time in Whitehorse, YT.  A cold or flu bug first caught Gloria, then me, and finally, caught up with Luke.  Since our schedule is flexible, we stayed a couple of extra days. 

If you read our last blog, you learned that “Stuff Happens”, so today I am glad to report that NOTHING happened! 

  • IMG_6365Driving weather was almost perfect.
  • The Rain-X application Luke did to our windshield worked for the few sprinkles we encountered.  He did not have to run the weak wipers.
  • The front tire sensor worked after a quick stop to tap it back to life.
  • IMG_6375Road conditions were very good.
  • Frank got photos of the Nisutlin Bay Bridge, the longest water span on the Alaska Highway, as it flows into Treslin Lake.  He missed this shot while going north.


  • Gloria got a great photo of cloud reflections on Marsh Lake.


  • We parked in the same spaces at Tags RV Park in Watson Lake that we had stopped at back on June 6th when we were headed north.  We even paid $5 less per night and have almost the entire campground to ourselves.


  • CIMG2984Frank and Gloria found the Escapees’ license plate sign that Dennis Hill and his “gang” posted in the Sign Forest back in May. 


It is about 20 feet from where we all added our signed Boomer Stickers in early June.IMG_6385

  • IMG_3410We had a decent dinner (but weak service) at the Wolf It Down Restaurant.  When we ate here in June the hockey playoffs were underway and the place was crowded with Vancouver fans.
  • We have free Wi-Fi that actually works.

Life is good….

Our exit route from Alaska is taking us south of Watson Lake to Dawson Creek on Highway 1.  We missed this section of the infamous Alaska Highway when we chose to come north from Prince George via the Cassiar Highway.  We have about 613 miles to count down to reach Mile Marker “0” in Dawson Creek, BC, so we can claim driving the entire Alcan.

Heading for the Lower-48

We have decided to slip back down to E. Wenatchee, Washington to catch up with our long-time former neighbors Janet and Howard Pelton.  The Peltons were responsible for putting us in touch with Dave and Jayne Bredin, the hosts of the Kenai fish camp we enjoyed visiting. From there we will jump on Hwy. 2 then I-90 and head for the Boomers’ Black Hills ‘Rang in Sturgis, SD (after the motorcycle rally) and then back to Gillette, WY for the Escapees’ Escapade national rally starting August 28.


IMG_6376Except for a mouse that ran in front of the Kings’ 5th Wheel today, the only wildlife we saw were our fur kids: the Kings’ “Shadow” and our “Star”.




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