Some time ago, my friend Lucca gave me what she referred to as a ‘God jar’. Whenever I remembered to, I would jot down something that happened to me on any particular day and throw the note into the jar. It being the end of the year, I pulled out the notes and read them this morning. Wow I am blessed! Here are a few examples:
-Ate the last of my beautiful garden carrots
-Booked our cross-Canada holiday!
-Marigold got her new heart today
-Morning snowshoe with my friend Linda
-New Year’s Eve…on our back deck in a light jacket watching the northern lights
-Walking in sunshine
-Freshly made bread!
-Dinner out with the girls
-Charlotte’s birth…so much love
Anyway, you get the drift. Amidst all the horribleness and sadness this year, it’s great to remember the good stuff too.
Happy winter solstice everyone. Living in the Canadian north, this is a day of significant celebration for me, since it means the short days (sunrise after 10 a.m. and sunset before 4 p.m.) will finally start to lengthen.
Here are a few random pictures I took today in homage to the sun.
It’s been years since I was in the nation’s capital, and the last time I visited, it was a horrendously cold January. I remember little good about the city apart from the fact that the Hudson Bay store on St. Laurent Street was conveniently located, allowing me to escape from the wind that was threatening to freeze my face off.
This time, it was early October; the fall colours just starting to show themselves, and the sun gloriously out. I was there for a day and a half of meetings, but took a week-end at the end to re-acquaint myself with this city, which truly has much to offer. Here are some highlights in pictures.
Who’s up for a geocaching marathon? I thought I was, so I gave myself the goal of finding 24 caches in 24 hours.
I was perhaps a tad optimistic. One of the first caches of the day ended up being much further away than it appeared. I was not able to find four of the caches I was seeking, and spent too much valuable time on them when I should have just moved on. And then my phone/GPS app died on me, cutting my day a bit short.
All in all, I walked about 18 kilometres today, found 16 caches, and saw some beautiful parts of our city.
Thanks to all those folks who took the time to set up these caches. You provided me with a great day of fun, with only a little frustration. As for those caches that evaded me today, I will be back!
What started out as driving rain turned, within a matter of about 20 minutes, into a sunny hot evening for my Wednesday night hike. The destination this time was Canyon City, an historic spot on the banks of the Yukon River near the once tumultuous rapids at Miles Canyon. During the time of the Klondike Gold Rush (1896 – 1899) the waters here were the nemesis of many gold seekers trying to reach Dawson City. About 300 rafts crashed against the rocks, and a handful of people died. Some enterprising souls set up a tramline at Canyon City to help people transport their goods around the rapids. They charged 3 cents per pound to have goods hauled on the horse-drawn cars to Whitehorse, about 8 kilometres downstream.
The rapids were tamed once a hydro dam was built near here in the late 1950s, and all that remains of the once thriving community of Canyon City are piles of tin cans and some decaying logs from old buildings. Modern additions include a replica of a tram line and some interpretive signage.
This is a family-friendly walk that should hold interest for anyone. The Yukon Conservation Society provides guided hikes here in the summer. Check their website for details.
Oh, and there is at least one geochache in the area, but I am not going to tell you where it is!
Detail of one of the tin cans. Notice the jagged way it was opened.
There is a reason that Whitehorse, Yukon is known as ‘the wilderness city’. I woke up early this morning itching to walk. A half hour drive and a one hour hike brought me to this spot, where I enjoyed my breakfast.
The hike took me above Fish Lake. If you are planning to walk it any time soon, know that the trail is pretty muddy right now. However it is a short hike that anyone in reasonable shape can do. There is also a geocache at the top that I found; an added bonus.