Film Fest + Cat Sledding with Blue Fish

The the Dawson City International Short Film Festival was a great event.  I saw many excellent films and especially loved the Spell of the Yukon and First Nations programs. I met lots of filmmakers from Dawson and Whitehorse and was surprised to find that there are seven or eight animators here (pop. 1800).  The festival has…

Break Up

I will just miss ‘Break Up’, the moment when the Yukon River ice in front of Dawson breaks up and starts to flow.  Below is last year’s break up, on May 7, 2011 at 4.25 PM.  Dawsonians have been keeping track of the exact minute of break up since 1896, which was on May 19…

13th Dawson City International Short Film Festival

“As the light returns to our corner of Eden, let’s take a few hours this weekend to enjoy the light created by some passionate people.”  -Dan Sokolowski, Festival Producer The Dawson City International Short Film Festival is the big event of the spring season and a dozen filmmakers have come to town.  Programs include Spell…

Peppermint Tea with the Caveman

I went to a party the Pit last Friday. It’s a bar (aka the Westminster) with an illegal mine shaft under it, dug by the gold seeking owner.  They held an auction to raise money for music scholarships and an item came up, “Tea with the Caveman”, that was purchased by Tim (writer-in-residence), and the local part time…

Dempster Splendor

My hosts, Dan and Laurie Sokolowski took us on a jaw dropping 8.5 hour drive into the frozen northern wilderness on the famous Dempster Highway.  This gravel road goes from Dawson City to Inuvik (dotted red line on map below) and it is the only road in Canada to cross the Arctic Circle.  Construction began in1959…

Klondike Homestead

I was invited to visit a homestead!  This is Sarah on the trail to her house with one of her Jack Russell Terriers.  She has five dogs and boards additional dogs in the winter for people who leave town.  Sarah and her husband John grow organic vegetables, herbs, and fruit and have a tree nursery.…

Top of the World Highway

My roommate, Andreas, has a rental car and last evening we drove along the Top of the World Highway to see the sunset.  It was one of the great drives of my life.  The road, which was perfectly plowed, goes west for 79 miles to Jack Wade, Alaska.  The only “traffic” on the road between…