Gather round kids, time for another episode of "Tales from the Yukon" with uncle X... So, as you all know (or at least you should know, after my opener there), I live in the Yukon. The true north or North America. There are basically four routes in and out of the Yukon by road. First, there's the Alaska Highway, which enters the Yukon from the southeast and the west. It's the main artery in and out, bringing traffic from the south as well as the main part of Alaska going towards Anchorage. Then, there's the South Klondike highway. It's actually not a very long road, it's only about a 2 hour drive from Whitehorse to Skagway, Alaska, where there's a part. Finally, there's the "Top of the World Highway," a road which runs from Dawson City (about 5 hours north of Whitehorse) to Fairbanks, Alaska. Bear in mind that it's usually faster to get to Fairbanks taking the Alaska Highway, but it is another option. On Thursday last week, the entire territory got hit with huge rainstorms, all at once. 3 of the 4 routes from Whitehorse to the outside world got washed out, and the only remaining route was the Top of the World Highway (which, for all intents and purposes, is a highway in name only). The news was reporting that the roads could be closed a few days. The last time I had gotten groceries was the 1st. Yesterday, I was started to run out of milk and cereal, so I made a trip to the grocery store to buy someone. I walked in, and I couldn't believe what I saw. Dairy, produce, meat, baking... it had been PICKED CLEAN. About the only produce left on the shelves were things like parsnips and ginger roots. The dry goods were going fast as well. I asked a few people what on earth had happened. Apparently when the news first broke of the washouts, people just went berserk and descended on the place like a swarm of bees. People were going crazy, doing things like buying six 4 liter jugs of milk at a time, like they were preparing for Y2K or something. People had even started to go after raw materials like flour and things like that, and stocking up on non-perishable goods and canned food. The soup and pasta aisles looked like it they'd been hit by a tornado, and the aisle with things like pop and chips was just TOTALLY bare. The road opened again early this morning in limited capacity and the trucks with things like gas and food got priority going through the roadblocks. By lunch time I was able to get gas with no muss, no fuss, and I just got back from the grocery store a few minutes ago, having replenished my milk supply. It was just incredible to see, though. At the first sign of trouble like a road being closed, people were practically getting ready for the end times. I just couldn't believe it.