N68 133W – NORTHWEST TERRITORIES
A quick hello from Inuvik, NWT, at the end of the Demspter Highway.
Having an amazing time chasing the adventure and looking for beauty, which is easy to find up here. Harder to photograph, but oh! The Light! The sun describes a long low arc all day and when it’s free from the gauze of cloud, it shines warm and hot on the bands of yellow and ochre formed by the scrub and aspens. I’ve seen Humback whales (on the 15-hour ferry up the Inside Passage), black bears, grizzly bear, an arctic fox, and endless beauty. We crossed into the Northwest Territories in a blizzard, fitting weather to cross into the last piece of my childhood Canada that I’d still not visited. A number of years back the NWT got split into two territories and I’ve now got Nunavit to visit too, but when I was a kid studying the maps and dreaming about travel and exploration, this was the one place that most captivated me. Might have been the license plates in the shape of polar bears.
Speaking of vehicles, Emily (my Jeep) took a stray bullet as I drove down the Dempster Highway. She’s licking her wounds, which I’ve patched with superglue and duct tape from my medical kit, but we’ll stop in Whitehorse on the way home to get a new windshield. All part of the adventure.
At the border of the Yukon and Northwest Territories.
Camped on the north side of Tombstone Territorial Park, YT.
ARCTIC CIRCLE TRIP On September 05 I head to Vancouver Island to pick up my friend Al Smith and his Jeep. Together the 4 of us (two guys, two Jeeps) head up to the far north of Vancouver Island to Port Hardy. From there we catch the ferry to Prince Rupert and drive north towards […]
I took my Jeep, Emily, over to Vancouver Island this weekend. We had a festival here in town and the thought of being in the city at all, yet alone having to deal with throngs of people set me to hyperventilating and looking for a cat bowl to fill with gin. So I jumped on […]
Emily in the mud. Vancouver Island. Click to enlarge. What an amazing weekend. It was Canada Day weekend here, north of the 49th parallel, and I celebrated with friends by driving 600 km up Vancouver Island, through old growth forests, logging roads, mud puddles, and coastal views. I went as the new guy on the […]
Fog. Hurley River Rd towards Gold Bridge, BC. I spent the last 3 days almost completely unplugged. We left early Wednesday morning and drove towards Whistler, then took a random forest service road to see where it would take us. It took us, it turns out, 8 miles up and then put us into 3 […]