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Day 50 - Whitehorse, YT

Our day started by returning to the recreation hall for a staff sponsored breakfast.

Our wonderful staff are dressed in their chef's finest attire.

We were treated to a "omelet in a zip-lock bag." It starts by breaking eggs in a bag, adding whatever extras you want to it, zip it tight and squash it until everything is blended.

The bag is then boiled until it is done. When our names were called, we emptied the omlet on our plate, took it to the condiment table where we could add salsa and/or sour cream. We then enjoyed the repast.

At the end of breakfast, Pat gave out certificates to those people who flew to Tuktoyatuk. Most of us received the "Certificate for Dipping Your Toes in the Arctic Ocean".

However, Ann received a very special one, the "Certificate for Bravely Swimming in the Arctic Ocean". YOU ROCK GIRL!!

Our scheduled activity today was a tour of the S.S. Klondike. Built in Whitehorse in 1929, it represented a major breakthrough in sternwheeler design. She was the first sternwheeler large enough to handle over 300 tons. It is 210 feet long and 42 feet wide. When it is fully loaded it has a draught of only 40".

It was lightly raining when we arrived and most of us stayed under cover. However, a few brave souls tried their skills at the ring toss game but nobody was able to circle the peg. Here, Kathy is using exquisite form trying one more toss.

The tour started with a movie that included actual footage of the S.S. Klondike at work. It was one of the most informative films I have seen.

Then we began the guided tour of the boat. This is the first class area on the upper deck looking forward. As you can see, the first class folks were treated very well

The first class dining room with table cloths, china plates and silverware. The boat was completly restored and is maintained by Parks Canada. Their attention to detail is second to none. Our guide is explaining what would be happening during a normal meal onboard.

The kitchen and food prep area.

Of course, what tour would be complete without a trip to the wheel house. It was steered by a hydraulically assisted steering bar. The large wheel was just a backup in case the hydraulics failed.

Then down to the hold were the first stop was the gigantic wood-fired boiler. This is the firebox end where the wood was fed in. The Klondike burned, on average, a cord (4' x 4' x 8') of wood an hour.

At the Flu end you can see the fire-tubes that pass through the water tank, heating the water to produce steam. The steam is then fed through large pipes to the engine room. Of course the smoke starts here as well.

These are the logs that had to be lifted and fed into the boiler. I cannot imagine the effort it took to do this. Passengers would place bets as to how long they could work the firebox and most of them could not last a minute due to the intense heat and the weight of each log.

This is the engine room where the Chief Engineer would work. He skillfully operated the engines via directions from the captain.

The paddle wheel and the two rudders. The rudders look very small in relation to the boat, and as a result the boat could not turn very fast. If they were encountering a sandbar or obstacle, the captain would order the engines in reverse to slow or stop their progress.

We all received Yukon Passports when we arrived at Watson Lake.The book contains designated Passport sites on each page. The idea is to visit these sites and get your passport stamped. There were many such sites in Whitehorse and it was my task to get stamps from all the Whitehorse locations. This is the Old Log Church built in 1900. It is the oldest structure in Whitehorse still at its original location.

The Yukon Beringia Center, where Yukon's ancient story and imagination meet. They have life-sized exhibits of animals of the last ice age, multimedia kiosks, dioramas and a climate change exhibit.

The Transportation Museum is currently undergoing an external renovation so it looks a little shabby right now. This is where you discover the story of Yukon transportation, from snowshoes to mooseskin boats and dogsleds. It has a full-size replica of the Queen of the Yukon, sistership to the Spirit of St. Louis,

and the world-famous DC-3 weather vane. Yes, it really does turn into the wind!

Next stop for a stamp was the Copperbelt Railway and Mining Museum. This is a great place for both kids and adults to learn about the copper and rail history of the Yukon.

Then, back to town for a stop at the MacBride Museum of Yukon History. From the gold rush fever to the birth of Whitehorse, you can discover the fascinating stories of the people and events that built Canada's Yukon.

Now up to the Yukon Arts Centre Public Art Gallery. Here you can discover the territory, the country, and the world through the eyes of contemporary visual artists.

The Yukon Archives has an extensive and fascinating collection of materials related to Yukon history, including photographs, books, maps, movies, and newspapers. This is the place to research your family's gold rush history, or follow the building of the Alaska Highway with the online interactive computer exhibit.

Now that we had the 20 stamps necessary to be eligible to enter the drawing for five troy ounces of gold, I returned to the Yukon Visitor Information Centre to turn in our entries. We each received a Yukon Territory Pin for our effort.

Tonight we were treated to a showing of the Vaudville Review at the Frantic Follies. I remember it as being great fun the last time we were here and tonight was no exception.

The girls started out with a card trick using these gigantic cards. It was supposed to contain four cards, but it only had three. When they put the three cards together to form a triangle, they opened it and...

the master of ceremonies came out. He was great fun. He asked a lady in the front row where she was from because he accused her of not paying attention. Then all through the show they poked fun at her hometown in New Jersey.

Of course, every follies must have their dancing girls,

and these girls could certainly kick!

Dale Cooper, the female star of the show, has been with the Frantic Follies for years and is a dancer, singer and musician.

Part of her act was to bring a male member of the audience to the stage, and for some reason, picked Bill Shallbetter. (Bill Napier)

After Dale sat Bill down, she started singing a song and looked at Bill, he blinked his eyes at her and she just broke up. (Bill Napier)

Bill seems to be enjoying having Dale sitting on his lap. Watch your hands Bill! (Bill Napier)

Dale called him "Pookey" and placing her feather boa around Bill's head called it her "Pookey Parka".
(Bill Napier)

This was Jerome Stueart, the star of the Drunken Miner skit. Very funny!

A number of the skits were based on Robert Service's poems. This was the "Ice Worm Drink".

It was amazing the depth of the talent of the seven members of the Frantic Follies cast. Singing, dancing, acting, and playing multiple musical instruments.

In this skit, they are playing chamber music and Ashlyne Bigg is supposed to be very bored with it and the expressions on her face were priceless.

She finally said she had enough of the boring music and three of the staff broke into lively hoe-down music with fiddles and bass.

For this skit, the four guys chose a woman from the audience to bring to the stage. She was very good and got right into the skit.

Here is most of our group after the show. Seems like we are always missing one or two members of the Caravan whenever we try to take a group picture.

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