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Stuck here

Well, the bus driver didn't show up for work today, so we were all stuck in Grande Prairie for two or three hours.

Luckily, the bus depot was beside a giant superstore, so I bought some amazing strawberries and tried to share them with people who were waiting. I didn't get many takers.

A lady there even went to get her hair cut while we were waiting. It was something honestly, I thought about doing, and probably should have!

Anyway, our bus route was diverted because of the delay and we took a different route across the prairies than expected.

Bus driver is late

Bus driver is late

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Two hour layover

I waited for a while in the Edmonton bus station. I saw a crazy guy yelling at no one and whenever someone walked by him, he'd yell at them too. He yelled at me once too.

When he got on the bus, there was a lady laying across the three back seats.

"What the fuck is this?!" he yells and then punches the bathroom door. He sits on her feet and then they argue. The lady wants him to leave, understandably, not just because he's taking up her seat, but because he's actually crazy too. The security guards come on the bus and then I volunteer to be a witness to how crazy he is. They kick him off.

A strange man who has written books on yoga and meditation sat beside me this time. We had philosophical discussions into the night.

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Guy sets himself on fire

Somewhere in between here and the next stop, I'm watching that movie about the guy who gets stuck under a rock and then cuts his arm off when suddenly I smell something like the bus is going to explode. It turns out, a drunk guy tried to set himself on fire. He didn't get kicked off, because we were in the middle of nowhere and the bus driver said he'd probably die before the next car came along.

Toad River bus depot

Toad River bus depot

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The Sign Post Forest

Way up north in Watson Lake, there is a cool attraction where all kinds of people bring signs from their hometowns and nail them to posts in the middle of nowhere.

I was super excited to drive by it and when the bus stopped just down the street, I ran over with my camera to snap a few, just before the sunset. Whhee!

Rancheria

Rancheria


Rancheria

Rancheria


Rancheria

Rancheria


Rancheria

Rancheria


Rancheria

Rancheria


Watson Lake

Watson Lake


Watson Lake

Watson Lake


Signpost forest

Signpost forest


Signpost forest

Signpost forest


Signpost forest

Signpost forest


Signpost forest

Signpost forest


Signpost forest

Signpost forest


Signpost forest

Signpost forest


Signpost forest

Signpost forest


Signpost forest

Signpost forest


Signpost forest

Signpost forest


Watson Lake

Watson Lake


Watson Lake

Watson Lake


Signpost forest

Signpost forest


Signpost forest

Signpost forest

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No job

When I got back to Whitehorse, the salon guy decided to hire someone else.

That's fine of course, I just changed the date on my discovery pass and planned to leave for Baltimore the next day.

When I got to the bus depot, they had already lost one of my boxes. I wasn't too worried because I knew it would be somewhere in Ontario. I was actually glad that I didn't have to drag it around with me as I traveled across the country.

The bus left right on time and I was off! A little disappointed, but excited to start a new adventure, whatever that is...

Bridge at Teslin

Bridge at Teslin


Yukon Motel and Restaurant

Yukon Motel and Restaurant


Gas station across the street

Gas station across the street

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Sleeping and photo-ing

I took a nap and then I walked around taking photos of the gorgeous landscape. Enjoy.

Neares Lake

Neares Lake


Neares Lake cabin

Neares Lake cabin


Nate, Aleasha, Novaks

Nate, Aleasha, Novaks


Gavin

Gavin


Neares Lake

Neares Lake


Neares Lake

Neares Lake


Neares Lake

Neares Lake


Neares Lake

Neares Lake


Neares Lake

Neares Lake


Neares Lake

Neares Lake


Neares Lake

Neares Lake


Neares Lake

Neares Lake


Neares Lake

Neares Lake


Neares Lake

Neares Lake


Neares Lake

Neares Lake


Neares Lake

Neares Lake


Neares Lake

Neares Lake


Neares Lake

Neares Lake


Neares Lake

Neares Lake


Neares Lake

Neares Lake


Neares Lake

Neares Lake


Neares Lake

Neares Lake


Neares Lake

Neares Lake


Neares Lake

Neares Lake


Neares Lake

Neares Lake


Novaks

Novaks


Novaks

Novaks


Bird

Bird


Playing cribbage

Playing cribbage


SUPER MOON

SUPER MOON


SUPER MOON

SUPER MOON

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At the cabin

We went to Gavin's friend's cabin. It was lovely. I was still sick.

We parked the car about a 30 minute walk from the cabin on a small road. We carried all our stuff in and walked on the lake in knee deep snow. At times the snow was hard enough to stand on, but it was still difficult because I was so sick. The other three were all fit and ready to tackle the hike. I straggled behind, sniffling and coughing like a plague-victim.

Gavin was there when we got there, making chili. We all had some and I broke out the $40 beer that I dragged all the way from Inuvik.

Novaks, Nate, Aleasha, Lauren

Novaks, Nate, Aleasha, Lauren


Carcross

Carcross


Carcross

Carcross


Aleasha

Aleasha


Aleasha and Novaks

Aleasha and Novaks


Carcross

Carcross


Neares Lake

Neares Lake


Neares Lake cabin

Neares Lake cabin


Neares Lake cabin

Neares Lake cabin


Neares Lake cabin

Neares Lake cabin

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Probably have a job!

Today I went to an interview for a job selling shampoo to salons. It was with a really cool outdoorsy guy named Bill from Vancouver. He offered me around $20 an hour for it and for that price. I am most likely in. He said he.d let me know on Sunday if it.s a go. so I.m waiting to hear about that. After I come back from the cabin guess who will be the first one to check the voicemail...

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Might as well look for a job...

This morning, I called the Greyhound station and the manager told me that I could change the date on my ticket no problem. So the trip to the cabin is a go!

Well, I had nothing to do until Friday, so I decided to go job hunting.

Gavin had mentioned a job at Yukon College for ESL teachers, so I went over there first. Sean said that I should stop in the Yukon Brewery, where they give tours and free samples, so I went there second.

Jayden showed up at the brewery just as we were done and gave me a ride to the depot.

I picked up copies of my resume, more clothes, food and my bathingsuit and then headed out to randomly dispense resumes.

The guy at the Greyhound station also found me a job, distributing shampoo to hair salons? Or something? He took my resume and faxed it over to his friend who had just been talking to him about how hard it was to find someone to take the place of the lady who just left.

That sounded cool, so if that works out, that would be awesome.

I found a guy who does canoe trips in the summer, and he seemed genuinely happy to see me. Perhaps I can be a canoe tripper this spring/summer and then head to California in the winter... who knows...

More resumes were dispersed, and then I saw Peter wandering around downtown and he gave me a ride back home.

We immediately went back out for wing night at Kopper Korner, a classic Yukon bar, dark and dingy, right next to a big ol' gas station.

It was determined that none of us at wing night stole the skirts.

Whiskey

Whiskey


Still

Still


Vats for beer

Vats for beer


Vats

Vats


Yukon brewery

Yukon brewery


Yukon brewery

Yukon brewery


Me vs. Yukon Brewery beer

Me vs. Yukon Brewery beer

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The bus broke down...

Peter offered to take me to the bus this morning, so I happily stuffed all my stuff in his back seat and went to buy my discovery pass at the depot.

He left me there, not knowing exactly what was in store...

Around 2:15 p.m. the bus driver came out to announce that the bus would not be leaving until Wednesday. Something about the levelling liquid in the bus, that makes it tilt. If we hit a curve the wrong way, we could topple down a mountain somewhere in northern BC.

Everyone was upset except for me. I got to go and hang out with the Saskatchewan crew some more! Ha.

I tried to call a bunch of people but could not find them. Gavin answered his phone and said that of course I could stay until Wednesday. I decided to try and walk all the way back, the nice guys at the bus station let me leave my stuff there until Wednesday.

Before I could make it out the door, they announced that the bus would in fact be running after all. OK, so I called everyone back again to tell them I'm leaving.

Half an hour later, no, the bus is not running.... everyone go home folks.

Agh! So again, I called everyone one more time to say that the initial plan is still on. I would pack a small day pack and stay in Whitehorse for a while longer.

When I got back to the house, Sean was still here, and eventually everyone started to straggle in. I could not remember who I had informed about all of this craziness, so I had to tell the story a bazillion times.

Gavin cooked a veggie stir fry and while we were eating he invited me to come to his ski-in cabin in Carcross. There is a sauna and cozy couches and sleeping bags. Who could turn down such an offer? Not me. So I said I'd stay until next Monday if Greyhound lets me change the date on the ticket.

We also watched Predators. Awesome awesome movie, btw.

W

Whitehorse bus depot

Whitehorse bus depot


Whitehorse bus depot

Whitehorse bus depot


Sculpture

Sculpture


Snow sculpture

Snow sculpture


Snow sculpture

Snow sculpture


Snow sculpture

Snow sculpture


Snow sculpture

Snow sculpture


Snow sculpture

Snow sculpture


Snow sculpture

Snow sculpture


Snow sculpture

Snow sculpture


Welcome to Whitehorse

Welcome to Whitehorse


Whitehorse

Whitehorse

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To Alaska and back

The next day, the embassy was hosting a waffle making party. Lots of people gathered round to share the joys of crispy cake smothered in whipped cream, real maple syrup and fresh berries.

After the breakfast, everyone sort of lazed around and began breaking off to go play hockey, etc. etc. I had no skates and was at a loss of what to do.

It was Gavin's idea to head over to Alaska so that I could check another state off of my "been there" list.

He said he'd let me borrow his car, without really knowing me, but I asked Peter to come along, since it felt a little weird, just taking someone's car for a drive into another country.

He had to go to work, so Peter and I dropped him off and then went to America.

When we got there, there was nothing open, so basically, we just headed back...

Afterwards, there was a party nearby, Casey was going away to India with her boyfriend. It was nice until we got home, and I was mildly accused of stealing a pile of skirts from the hostess... trust me lady, I don't want to carry any more crap than I already have!

Party

Party


Party

Party


Downtown

Downtown


Downtown

Downtown


Downtown

Downtown


Waffle making

Waffle making


Eggs

Eggs


Gavin's work

Gavin's work


Peter in Alaska

Peter in Alaska


Beer in Alaska

Beer in Alaska


Alaska

Alaska


Skagway ads

Skagway ads


me in Skagway

me in Skagway


Peter on the dock

Peter on the dock


Skagway

Skagway


Train

Train


Train

Train


Train

Train


Party

Party


Me vs. caribou and bison stew

Me vs. caribou and bison stew


Me vs. caribou and bison

Me vs. caribou and bison

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My introduction to Saskatchewanese hospitality

OK, so here I am in Whitehorse.

I showed up at the truck stop and Gavin picked me up at 8 p.m. on the dot. I hugged Gladys, Bill's lady friend and left. When I got there, it was the cleanest boy house I had ever seen. Four boys live here, but you can't tell. The living room was spacious and I immediately felt relaxed and chilled out. Gavin handed me a beer and we waited for his friends to go out on the town. It was disco night at the Capital, there was a woman in black face... we had some in depth conversations.

Mongoose vs. Snake

Mongoose vs. Snake


Snake in the grass

Snake in the grass


Snake in the grass

Snake in the grass


Snake in the grass

Snake in the grass


Me vs. white cranberry

Me vs. white cranberry


Jayden took this

Jayden took this

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I'm taking a ride with my fruit man

Hello friends.

Here I am writing to you my last update from Inuvik.

I will be going down the Dempster highway for the next 22 hours with Bill the fruit man in his big truck.

We'll be taking the ice road and hopefully marvelling at the northern lights as we go tonight.

We're driving right through a big swath of it, so we'll see if it works out.

http://www.gedds.alaska.edu/auroraforecast/ShortTerm.asp

I gave a bunch of useful stuff away to Kira and I condensed all the rest into a rollie, a backpack and a rubbermaid box.

I'm spending a weekend in Whitehorse and then Greyhounding it to the B-More. Some of the buses have wifi, so I'm sure I'll have time to update as we go.

Yippee Skippy!

Sunrise at Eagle Plains

Sunrise at Eagle Plains


Sunrise at Eagle Plains

Sunrise at Eagle Plains


Sunrise at Eagle Plains

Sunrise at Eagle Plains


Me at Eagle Plains

Me at Eagle Plains


Breakfast with Ray

Breakfast with Ray


Ray

Ray


Bill and Ray

Bill and Ray


Allie

Allie


Allie

Allie


Allie

Allie


Allie

Allie


The Fruitman

The Fruitman


Eagle Plains

Eagle Plains


Eagle Plains

Eagle Plains


Eagle Plains

Eagle Plains


Allie

Allie


Allie

Allie


Desolation

Desolation


Ogilvie

Ogilvie


Frozen toilet

Frozen toilet


The road

The road


The truck

The truck


Me in the mirror

Me in the mirror


The truck on the road

The truck on the road


The truck on the road

The truck on the road


Smithers Crossing

Smithers Crossing


Smithers Crossing

Smithers Crossing


Smithers Crossing

Smithers Crossing


Bill dusting the truck

Bill dusting the truck


Bill dusting the truck

Bill dusting the truck


We pulled him out

We pulled him out


We pulled him out

We pulled him out


We pulled him out

We pulled him out


We pulled him out

We pulled him out


We pulled him out

We pulled him out

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Finding a way out

Dear readers, I have been on the lookout for either a new job, or a cheap way to hitch it out of here, and it seems I have found it.

After attending to about five interviews and posting a note about hitching a ride with someone in the post office, I found my own way home. And it does not involve a plane.

My former boss called me today to angrily tell me to vacate the premises of the apartment I am staying in, within 24 hours.

I didn't think that was right, so I looked up the legislation and it's true, even though I quit myself and my employer was providing me with free accommodations, I have the right to stay here for one week after quitting.

I sent him a copy of said legislation and he hasn't replied. The only person who can kick me out now, is the sheriff, and he can't do that until an eviction notice has been sent. I'll be long gone and living on a Caribbean island before that happens.

In the meantime, I looked for other jobs, I had quite a few interviews at businesses that provide accomodations to their employees and they all look like a lot of fun. I could stay, or I could go, it's all up to me.

Another thing I did, while I was walking around handing out resumes, was inquire with the fruit man, who seems to travel a lot.

He informed me that yes, he does take passengers from time to time, so right now, my plan is to take the truck with him to Whitehorse on Friday.

From there, who knows where I'll end up. Adios for now.

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Some photos of Inuvik

Walking back home from the Women's Day dinner last night, I was a still a little frazzled and frustrated.

But as I rounded the corner to my apartment on Boot Lake Rd., I found myself in the midst of the wilderness, on the bank of a beautiful frozen river, in a frozen wonderland.

I definitely understand why people live here. I wish I could stay longer, but San Francisco is on the other line...

Georgie

Georgie


Up the longgggggg stairs every day

Up the longgggggg stairs every day


Georgie

Georgie


Some of my neighbours

Some of my neighbours


Arthur

Arthur


The trees

The trees


Balcony

Balcony


The utilidor

The utilidor


Balcony

Balcony


The school

The school


Balcony

Balcony


Colourful

Colourful


The hospital

The hospital


Some sort of hospital structure

Some sort of hospital structure


Guy snowmobiling on the road

Guy snowmobiling on the road


Another snowmobile

Another snowmobile


The forest beside my house

The forest beside my house


View from my window

View from my window


Window 2

Window 2


Window 3

Window 3

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