Saturday, 31 December 2016
The Top of the World Highway connects Dawson City, Yukon to Tok, Alaska. While most roads traveling through mountains wander through lower elevations, this 301 km (187 mi) highway winds along the top of the mountain range for a truly breathtaking drive. The Little Gold/Poker Creek border crossing from the Yukon to Alaska is the most northern international border crossing in all of North America. Find relics of the Gold Rush en route and visit the historic dredges near Chicken. In the 1930s, a local mining company abandoned the Cowden dredge just over 3 km (2 mi) east of Chicken, where it can still be found if you walk a scenic 4.5 km (2.8 mi) down a woodland trail beginning at Mile 68.3 along the highway. The Pedro Dredge in the town of Chicken hosts guided tours that are offered daily during the summer season. Keep in mind that the Top of the World Highway is a remote northern highway, and be prepared for long distances in between services, tight turns, and washboard conditions in the rain. Fuel is available in either Chicken or Tok. For the drive from Dawson City to Tok allow yourself a minimum of seven hours. The highway is open during May - September (for exact dates call the information centre in Dawson City at (867) 993-5566).
Traveling gives us the opportunity to disconnect from our regular life. You get to forget your problems/issues for a few weeks, it can also help you figure things out that you would not have understood without the distance traveling can give you. We all have crazy schedules, work and a family to take care of, going away alone or with some friends can give you distance and perhaps even make you realize how important these people are for you. Like the saying says: we never know what we have until we lose it.
Another great benefit is the relaxation you get to do. It’s nice to live life to its fullest and enjoy a stress free time with yourself. Going on vacation lets us recharge our “batteries” by disconnecting us from our regular life. When we come back we feel invigorated and we are happy to be back in our day to day routine. It’s a very good stress remover that has a lot more to give than most people are willing to accept.
Traveling increases our knowledge and widens our perspective. To view new customs, different ways of living is fantastic for the mind. It gives us a new perspective about life and especially our life, it can help us change some of our habits or even create new ones. When I travel I usually make it a point to try new food, some cultures don’t have fries in their diet and they are all skinny, others use spices to give taste and not oils or fats. Discovering different values and ways to get by in life is really interesting. You also need to visit exotic new places and discover what this wonderful world has to offer.