Just dumping some photos from the last few weeks before I head out on another adventure!
Two years ago we were visiting Dawson City. We had no idea at the time we’d be moving here a year later!
The summer solstice this year was actually on June 20 (due to the leap year maybe?) but most of us up here waited until the traditional 21st to celebrate, since it coincides with Canada’s Aboriginal Day.
Everyone of my relatives who has been here talks about visiting the Midnight Dome on the summer solstice. Two years ago we spent the night having beers and bar hopping, so we weren’t about to take that rental camper van up the steep climb to the Dome.
Jeff wasn’t wanting to go tonight either, since he has to work tomorrow, but I think he preferred to chauffeur me than letting me drive his truck up solo 😉
We didn’t stay until the sunset, but here are some pictures from 11:40pm – midnight. The sunset doesn’t actually happen until closer to 1am tonight, and then the sky stays in a sunset mode until it rises again in the 3am hour.
Happy Summer everyone!
Last weekend we took a drive south to a fishing hole Jeff wanted to try. Despite being relatively dry here for the first half of the spring, it has been raining here for days! It was sunny when we left town, but by the time Jeff had his line in the water, it was hailing!
Just a few kilometres away from his fishing hole, we stopped to chat with this fella in the ditch:
With our binoculars, we could see he was a bull moose with growing antlers!
I also saw a white spot on the far shore. It was a swan on a nest! Another swan is in the reeds nearby:
By the time we got back to town the rain had stopped and the sun was back out, so we took the ferry across the river to West Dawson so Jeff could show me an orchid that was in bloom.
We decided to take the 2km hike along the side of the high river bank (cliff really) to look at more orchids. Apparently we timed it perfect (despite the rain that came back) because all the Spotted Lady’s-slipper orchids were in bloom! A man who was also on the trail said they weren’t out just the day before!
There were a few more patches of orchids on the way out!
The wild roses are in bloom now too.
If I could only watch one show a week on tv, it would be The Last Alaskans.
This show is such a beautiful, emotional, heartfelt show.
There are so many awful “reality” shows on tv these days. Most are (very) fake and that includes many other shows set up here in the north. I can’t watch those Alaskan Bush People (which is hideously awful (and fake – they live in a hotel, not a remote cabin)), nor Alaska: The Last Frontier with the Kilcher familly (where the camera crew strive to hide the power poles, roads, and neighbours).
This one doesn’t have that feel of being overly manipulated for tv. It is just a touching documentary showing real people in a beautiful scene. The show is based in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge, which is in the top northeast corner of Alaska, and which isn’t accessible by roads. In 1980, new human occupation was banned in the Refuge to preserve the area and its wildlife. The new regulation grandfathered in the current residents who live in remote cabins. Their land use permits will be revoked upon the death of their last child, in order to guarantee no human presence left in 100 years. [I know there are actual communities in the refuge though, and I’m not sure they are ever directly mentioned in the show, although perhaps because they are all on the edges of the Refuge.]
The people on the show live remotely, and the show watches them hunt, build and repair their cabins, travel by boat, interact with their dogs, and love their families. There are four families featured, Heimo and Edna Korth and their daughters, Ray and Cindy Lewis and their daughters, Bob Harte and his ex-wife and daughter, and Tyler and Ashley Selden and their dog team.
As a direct opposite of most shows, this one is calm. And yet still mesmerizing.
The second season has already aired in the US, but it is just half way through in Canada. It airs on the Discovery channel on Tuesday nights, 7pm Pacific / 10pm Eastern .
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Also worth watching is Life Below Zero on the National Geographic channel. A similar show, it follows around people who live in Alaska who are subsistence hunters. I enjoy this show too, although it doesn’t make me weep at times like The Last Alaskans.
I also look forward to Alone on the History channel each week, where people are left to their own resources on Vancouver Island and the person who lives there the longest wins the “game”. I find I always root for the happy cheerful people. The negative grumps have me cheering for the hungry bears and cougars.
Of course, you should also watch every show that is filmed where I live: Gold Rush, Yukon Gold, Klondike Trappers, and several more in the works.
And just because I know you are curious, today is June 7. The sun rose at 4:00am here today, and it won’t set until 12:33am tomorrow. I haven’t seen darkness in weeks (months?). I love it 😀
Just a few photos from my iPhone from this week.