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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Haines, AK to Tok Junction, AK ~ The 4th of July Special!!

The previous blog mentions that we were doing laundry at the Laundromat. The 4th of July parade was scheduled for 11 am and that gave us just enough time to get caught up on domestic chores. We parked the camper at our favorite library parking lot. Incidentally this library was voted the best small town library in the country in 2005. It deserves a five star rating from us also.

Me and Parker Schnabel from the "Gold Rush" TV Series
Walked up one block to the parade route, turned the corner and there was Steve Cunningham our friend from our last November trip to Italy. We sat down on the sidewalk and waited for the parade. I looked across the street and who did I spot but Parker Schnabel,  one of the principals in the Alaskan TV program “Gold Rush”. I went across the street and shook his hand, took a picture. His mom and Roger were there also and when the parade started the Grandfather John was on a float handing out candy. Our friend Steve got the biggest laugh when he saw that I recognized Parker. The parade itself was great, I really expected it to be smaller and all the parade participants handed out large amount of candy. There was food concessions, great burgers and most of all the home pies!

Parkers' Granfather John
Some of the schedule events: Mt Ripinsky Run, Mud Volleyball, Fire Hose Battle and of course the Nail Pounding Contest (sponsored by the Hammer Museum. We enjoyed the mid-day festivities.

Left Haines for Tot Junction Alaska, made it over the pass into BC and again into the Yukon. Time change back one hour. Stopped at Kulane Lake (largest lake in the Yukon)and camped by ourselves for the night.

Me and a gracious host Steve Cunningham

That is what we did and saw

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