Paul & Jan's Fulltime Adventure travel blog

Sign Post Forest, over 11,000 of them!

Putting up our sign.

This place is something else.

It rained most of the night. We were out of milk, so went to Laird River Lodge across the highway for breakfast. It was good. The rain let up a little bit, so we got hooked up and set out for Watson Lake, Yukon Territory. It rained all the way. No wildlife except for a lone bull buffalo. The highway was in good shape so it was a fairly easy drive. There was one stretch of construction where they were putting in a new bridge, and a lot of gravel patches, but it didn't affect us much.

We pulled into the Downtown RV Park in Watson Lake shortly after noon. The rain has slowed down and looks like it may be done. One good thing about it, most of the bugs were washed off the front of the rig!

The World Famous Sign Post Forest is Watson Lake's best known attraction. So famous, it is known - and mimicked around the world. The forest was started in 1942 by a homesick US Army GI from Danville, Illinois, who while working on the Alaska Highway, erected a sign here pointing the way and stating the mileage to his hometown. Others followed his lead and are still doing so to this day. To date, there are over 11,000 signs posted, including ours! It is quite a sight to see.

There's not too much else going on in this little town. It has a nice visitor center which houses the Alaska Highway Interpretive Centre. The centre interprets the remarkable history of the highway through photo murals, realistic displays and dioramas, a three projector audio-visual presentation and a unique winter night scene illuminated by northern lights.

Tomorrow, it will be off toward Whitehorse and getting closer to Alaska, although it will be a few days yet. This is big country!

Will try to get photos in but will not promise anything. This WiFi connection is kinda shacky.

Stay tuned.........

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