Monday, July 28, 2014

Put The Hammer Down

Our last ferry ride ended where our first one started, Haines. It even quit raining as we waved good bye to the crew and rode up the metal ramp to the continental road system.
Au Revoir Crew
Heading into town I switched on the radio and almost like In a Hollywood movie when the scene cuts to the radio and the important announcement comes over the air at just the right moment. Well the announcer of the local public station in Haines was reading off a list of what was open and when, on this somewhat sunny Saturday when I heard him say “The Hammer museum was open till two”

A parking lot tour and one or two illegal u turns later, and we were parked in front of the museum.
This museum is the first museum on the planet to be dedicated to hammers. Who knew? There are over 1400 hammers in here, and the dedicated staff know aboot each one, and have favorites…

Part Of The Vast Collection Of Hammers

You could spend? Hours looking at all the hammers, or you could change into real riding gear in the museums washroom, and get all the tourist to sing “If I had a hammer” and leave.

Not much later at the Canadian border we got checked into Canada by a young armed man that appeared to be about 16, but I am sure he was much older.

Riding up the mountain pass on this gray cool, wet day I discovered that my electric vest had stopped working. Every once in a while it would come on, but just on the lower part. It was a bit like a hot flash, but didn’t last as long. Later at $1,000,000. Falls I put on my jacket liner and was fine.

Earlier the fellow at the gift shop suggested we stop at million dollar falls, so when I saw the sign for the campground I pulled in.
Canadian parks are respected so much more than ours. As we pulled in a picnic pavilion was off to our right. On the left was a roofed storage area for camp wood. The trail to the falls is a wooden stairway. Nothing has  been chopped carved, or shot like most every public facility here in laska. The falls and canyon are quite impressive.

Wooden Stairs To View The Million Dollar Falls
Million Dollar Falls

When we had rolled through Haines Junction a few days ago I had noticed a repurposed Texaco banjo sign on a lodge with a motorcycle friendly plaque on the building, so before we left Haines I called and got us a room for the evening.

The Parkside is now my headquarters in Haines Junction, and if you ever need a room in this town check it out! Super clean, powerful wi fi, hospitable proprietor, and it’s a cook your own breakfast It  comes stocked with chicken eggs, English muffins, coffee… everything you need to get on the road feeling grand.

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