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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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Imagine…

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

John Lennon, who else?

temple of the moon, cathedral valley, UT

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To me it becomes unbearable to read or watch the news lately. It seems the world is going fugazi. Senseless killing in the name of religion, mindless blurbs of “celebrities”, sprinkled with never-ending sports news…

I have been living and working in remote places for a couple of years now with limited access to news (and people). In those places I can imagine living in peace. This may not be the world John Lennon envisioned in his lyrics.

“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” Maybe that’s the problem. Some people never understand life. There is no dress-rehearsal. This is it. Our choice.

Love, peace, and happiness.

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