Paddling down from Dawson, a sonar site in the hamlet of Eagle, Alaska monitors the number of salmon that will reach the Yukon. Adam visits local resident Andy at his riverside cabin where we learn that the spring breakup of river ice can be just as unpredictable as the salmon numbers.
In our book, Andy recalls the time a giant ice dam formed south of Eagle. The cascading currents blasted through the dam, breaking the banks and flooding the nearby homes, including his own. Having to rescue his family of sled dogs, Andy’s harrowing tale of survival serves as a reminder of the grit needed to live in the wilds of the North.
Between late April to mid May, Dawson City is the prime place to witness the sound of the ice plates cracking as the river officially breaks free from it’s icy hibernation. The date and time of the breakup is dutifully recorded as bets are placed and the locals unite in friendly competition. But spring break-up isn’t the only time Dawson comes to life. The Yukon’s formal capital city is full of fun year-round.
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