On the Road

Drive – Eat – Sleep

I have been on the road for the last how many days? Here are some of my blurry memories, inspired by Karin Hesse, Aleutian Sparrow

Montana

The coal trains are running day and night. Where does the coal go?

Alberta

Oil and gas. Prairie and mountains. The first mosquitoes, oh no.

Extreme wildfire danger, already? It looked very dry…

British Columbia

Supernatural, indeed. Gas prices that made me weep.

Yukon

Bears, black and brown, mostly single bears, one sow with two cubs, one lone grizzly, moose, bison, stone sheep, dall sheep, bald eagles, a fox, coyotes. Not to say the world is intact up here, but there is a lot of wildlife to be seen from the road. Some lupines and butter cups where flowering.

Alaska

Welcome home. I got the stinky finger right away and was cut off, when I did not exceed the speed limit. There is so much space and so little traffic. It must be an Alaskan thing. I also had to take a class in Defensive Driving for my new job. Why me?

Nevertheless. The coastal ranges are stunning, if you care for remote and rugged mountains. It is end of May, there is still snow in the mountains. Nature is just awakening, in a hurry. Shiny new green leaves everywhere.

I am glad when I can park my car and not drive for 3 months. Peace.

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Liard River Hot Springs

This is the third time I drive the Alaska Highway. A must stop on this long haul is Liard River Hot Springs. When I go to heaven, I give up the seven virgins or singing “Hosianna” all day, if I can have a place like this on my cloud.

In the summer the spring is surrounded by lush ferns and horsetails. A lingering morning fog may add to the magic of this place. The water is odorless and clear. The bottom of the pool is covered with gentle pebbles.

I recommend starting with the lower pool. The water is warm on top and cooler at the bottom. A cold spring is feeding into the hot water. This makes for a unique bathing experience. Once you are warmed up, you are ready for the hot upper pool. Let’s see how close you want to come to the hot source.

Next time I visit this place will be in winter. Google for some amazing pictures!

Maybe that’s what I want on my cloud. A cabin with Yukon winter weather and a hot spring right outside my deck. Until then, I will have to revisit Liard River Hot Springs and other wonders of Nature.

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A Change of Season

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Listen as the wind blows from across the great divide,
the night is my companion, and solitude my guide.
Would I spend forever here and be satisfied?

(mostly) Sarah McLachlan


I have asked myself that question and the answer is loud and clear.

It’s time. Time to break down the tent and hit the road.

I have been sitting idle long enough. It’s time to experience something new. I will trade the comfort of a home for the daily unknown of being on the road. I know, there will be things that I am going to miss, but there will be experiences and encounters that will make more than up for that.

Time to unplug, for a while.

Until then, happy trails.

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The beginning of July certainly was a color spectacle. Wild flowers galore. Blue skies, emerald lakes, and lush greens were the backdrops for daisies, clover, paintbrush, and so many more flowers.

Then morning mist, rain, and storm clouds moved in, much to the delight of black and white lovers.

If summer had a slow-motion mode I would push that button now.

No such button, sigh.

Then I just wait for the repeat next year.

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July 2016 – monochromatic

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July brought sunshine, thunderstorms, days of celebrations, and time to muse. After a roadtrip to the lower 48s, I have settled back into the quirkiness of Alaska. The current abundance of delicious berries in the wild makes up for the lack of affordable, quality food items in our one and only grocery store in town. I have made dozens of containers with thimbleberry, rasberry, salmonberry, blackberry, and black currant jam, that will last me through the next Alaskan winter. Blueberries are next. I am dreaming of blueberry scones with lemon glaze and Martha Stewart’s unforgettable blueberry tart.

Living the simple life in rural Alaska becomes me. Being outside every day, even when it’s blowing or raining I feel alive. I don’t have TV. The world news are troubling, although they seem distant, almost unreal. I don’t miss that part of the “civilized”  world.

Six more weeks and then the summer season is coming to an end up here. Until then I soak in all this place has to offer. Speaking of soaking. There has been quite some moisture in the air lately, so don’t be too jealous.

At night it is actually getting dark, so not much longer and we start looking for northern lights, eh! Can’t wait. Eagle fest, salmon roe, snow...

Live here is a cycle. It all repeats itself, at its own pace. Live follows nature. I am part of it.

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July 2016

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Sometimes I prefer traveling over arriving. This year’s road trip went from Salt Lake to Alaska. It’s the third time that I made the long trek up north. For the first time in July, which made for amazing weather and beautiful wild flowers along the way.

See for yourself.

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Road trip

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