Friday, August 21, 2009
Well, yesterday marked Darryl's and my 4th anniversary. I was so blessed by his kindness - I had a beautiful bouquet of flowers delivered to work yesterday and when I got home he had purchased me the rolling composter (picture above) I desparately wanted!
We went out for supper to the Red Ox Inn and had a delicoius meal. I'll post the pictures sometime soon. Darryl had the crab cake, lamb, and chocolate cake. I had the squid salad, duck, and pecan pie. What a wonderful night!
Friday, August 14, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Well, we're home safe and sound. It was a wonderful trip and we saw and did many things - but I am certainly glad to be home safe and sound. I'll post a few more pictures to round out the trip before I move on to bigger and better things.
We went to the Fish Ladder (previously mentioned) in Whitehorse, but I never got to post any pictures from that. It was really interesting, but it is also sort of sad that we have to figure out ways for our wildlife to survive in their natural habitats because of human development (in this case a huge dam that blocks the Yukon River).
Before we left Whitehorse, we also took a morning and visited Muktuk Kennels located just outside of town.
This place has approximately 129 dogs right now (I say approximately because they occasionally lose count) and offer dog sledding "adventures" in the winter months to the tourists who come through town. The owner of this outfit, Frank, won the Yukon Quest dogsled race in 2007. His lead dog, Decaf, is now retired and followed us along on the walk we took with this year's litter of Alaskan Husky puppies.
There is a staff of 8 at the moment, 6 of whom are volunteers who must stay for a term of no less than 4 weeks at a time. Their trainer is from Belgium and returns home at the end of the month for good - the dogs are obviously very bonded to her. Alaskan Huskies are not a purebred dog - while most of them have some Siberian Husky in them, they are a mixture of Husky, Collie, Shepherd, Lab...you name it. These dogs prove to have less problems due to genetic inbreeding than do purebreds, and their temperament is also far better than the purebred dogs. We went down to the river with the puppies and watched them and the older dogs play in the water. This morning was one of my favorite experiences of the trip.
This guy dug himself a cave to keep out of the heat
On the way home we stopped in Watson Lake, which doesn't have much. However, it does have something called a signpost forest - visitors from all over the world bring signs from their home towns to put up here and the result is somewhat overwhelming but very neat nonetheless.
Our last stop was at Saskatoon Island campground in Grande Prairie - and this place is well named to say the least. I have never, in all my years, seen berries like this. I was overwhelmed by the amount of berries - they were everywhere. I ended up picking about 8 liters of berries in the day we were there but they were still hanging off of the trees. It killed me to leave! I guess there will be some pies coming soon...
And now we're home. Not much going on here - Muffin had a trip to the vet for a rash and is now sporting a cone. Other than that all is well and our return to work is imminent and this is very sad indeed. Thanks for following our great Alaskan adventure!