I recently decided I needed a change of scenery. I have also become obsessed with the polar environments of our planet, and the history and natural ecology of these places. Snow Owls, Muskoxen, Ptarmigans, Polar Bears, Reindeer, Penguins, etc. etc., all of ’em excite me to no end. John Franklin’s expeditions, Samuel Hearne, the Inuit, the Dene, Sir Robert Falcon Scott (his middle name was FALCON!), Roald Amundsen (!), Alexander Mackenzie, William T. Vollmann’s post-modern historical fiction masterpiece The Rifles, Ernest Shackleton, Frank Hurley, etc. etc. REALLY get me going.
[How can you not love them (Ptarmigans)?]
So I decided I’d move North. Despite loving the North, I didn’t actually know much about the towns and Territories in Canada, and so decided to move to Whitehorse, Yukon, because: a) it was a capital, so it would probably be pretty populated (baby steps); and b) it had MOUNTAINS.
So far I have been here four days. I arrived on Friday around 4pm Pacific Time, got to the hotel that my job has me staying in for now, and unpacked a bit.
View from the airplane window as we were descending:
View from my Hotel room:
My climbing friend Andrew from Hamilton introduced me to another Whitehorse residenct friend of his through facebook, and she invited me out that night. So I went out that night and met Julia and some of her friends. The next day I got a new cell phone number and did some errands (groceries), and then hung out with Julia and some of her other friends again that night, playing charades. Julia, being possibly the kindest person I have met in a long time, invited me out for Summit Sunday, where we went on a hike to summit Mount Lorne (we didn’t have time to fully summit it, but we were close):
The hike itself was close to 19km. It started with a very long and gradual incline through the boreal forest.
Julia’s friend brought her dog Penny, who found a decapitated grouse in the woods:
Later we came upon an old cabin, at which point the trail turns a sharp left and the real climb begins.
The view from the top. New best friends! hahaha:
This morning, Julia, AGAIN, took me out for a walk out to Miles Canyon. This is very close to town, and again is very beautiful (sorry for the cell-phone quality pics):
Now I’m sitting in a Starbucks (of all places) writing this blog post and getting ready for my first day of work tomorrow. Hope it’s as great as the city has been so far!