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Tim Whiting's My Turn, "Analysis favors the road," in the Sept. 5 newspaper is excellent. He outlined very well the many recreation opportunities there are in the Yukon. I have been thinking about writing a letter from my perspective but he gave excellent examples of the cost of round trips to either Skagway and Haines.
Our daughter, Gail, lives out of Whitehorse, Yukon, and we make an average of four round trips a year to visit. In June we had a family reunion at her Heart Bar Ranch and I purchased round-trip fares for three vehicles and one driver and it was more than $1,000. Some people flew directly to Whitehorse from the Lower 48 but many came through Juneau where they rented cars. There were five additional vehicles loaded with passengers that made the trip on the ferry from Juneau - one truck pulling a large trailer so you can imagine the total amount spent getting family to Whitehorse.
Those going through Juneau had to leave a day early on a Wednesday instead of the scheduled starting day for the reunion on Thursday because there was not a Thursday ferry. Air North no longer flies to Juneau regularly - doing only special charters so the ferry is our only way to get there. Many Juneau girls and girls from other Southeast Alaska towns attend the horse camp at Heart Bar Ranch each summer. Transporting the girls there adds a lot to the cost of their camping experience.
I am for a road, though it probably won't happen in my lifetime. Thanks, Tim Whiting, for the excellent column.