Travels with Annie and Elmo

Travel should be a journey where the destination is just another part of the Journey.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Elmo's log #5

Beaver Creek, Yukon
Sergeant Preston of the Yukon
Signpost forest in Watson Lake, Yukon; started in 1942, now over 50,000 signs

Elmo’s Log # 5

May 29, 2006

When we woke this morning I knew it was cold, and I could hear what I thought was a very light drizzle. I didn’t want to get out of the cozy bag. When I finally got out I realized that the sound on the tent was snow. In a few minutes, Elmo looked like he had dandruff. The snow stopped and the sun came out. We broke camp and took off for Whitehorse, the capitol of the Yukon, and the place where most of the prospectors started their adventure down (up) the Yukon River. The Yukon flows north from Whitehorse up into the Klondike and into Alaska. It finally turns west and south and flows into the Bering Sea at Emmonac. I can’t help but think about Sergeant Preston riding along in his bright red uniform chasing bad guys through the Klondike with his dog. . . What was that dog’s name?

For a while I thought that we might at last be getting ahead of Spring. The aspen at higher elevations were white sticks; no touch of green. The grass on the roadsides was winter yellow and we were running the heater. Then when we got to Whitehorse, and took a hike on a trail above the Yukon River, we found the beautiful purple pasque flowers thick in the woods. We saw a lot of Buffalo along the road, including several light brown calves. We camped at Wolf Creek Campground outside Whitehorse and went in to town to have fried calamari and buffalo burgers on the deck at the High Country Inn.


At 3:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What was the name of Sgt. Preston's dog? A. King B. Rin Tin Tin C. Yukon
D. Yukon King E. Elmo

What was the name of Sgt. Preston's horse? A. Fury B. Flicka C. Silver
D. Lex E. Elmo F. Rex G. Tex

I can't believe you have forgotten such important childhood imformation!

At 10:53 PM, Blogger Tim Banks said...

I am duly impressed. the correct names of both dog and horse are on your list. Google is a wonderful instrument. But of course you remembered both names. What was Preston's first name?

At 11:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

that was googlely tough...Frank never used his name on the show...sometime before he, Dick Simmons, died (Alzheimer 2003) he revealed this fact...boy, do I fill (or feel) O, which ever one it is, brillant!


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