August 3-6, 2018
Our return to Whitehorse had a sense of urgency with the discovery of the front end damage to the Jeep. Our first stop in Whitehorse was to the Jeep dealer who informed us that they could not repair the damage but did recommend a welding shop with experience repairing damage similar to ours. The welding shop was willing to repair the damage but couldn’t begin work on the Jeep until the following week. This forced us to reduce the number of days we would spend in Skagway, but we now had time to visit a couple of places in Whitehorse that we missed on our first trip to town.
The Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre was a celebration of the culture and traditions of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation. Our guide for a tour of the centre was a delightful young First Nations woman who freely shared her views and experiences as an indigenous person in an at times hostile world. The stories passed on to her from family and friends were enlightening. We enjoyed hearing of her recent experiences hiking the Chilkoot Pass which miners had used during the Gold Rush.
The Old Log Church Museum is in the heart of downtown Whitehorse just a block off Main Street. It was built in 1900 by the Reverend Richard Brown. It hosts a museum year-round and church services during the summer. Our tour guide shared several stories not included in the displays.
On Monday morning we dropped off the Jeep at the welding shop and picked it up Tuesday morning on our way out of town. We had to wait a while because the broken parts in the front end had damaged the wiring to the lights on the front passenger side and the technicians hadn’t been able to locate the short in the wiring. It was eventually located and repaired and we were able to hook up and continue our trip to Skagway.