A Summer 2015 Yukon Prospector Web-Extra
“Hey _______, how about a 14 hour road trip with your boss?” It’s a proposition that would send most people running for the medicine cabinet. Luckily mine is a pretty decent guy, who is either really laid back or strategically trying to get as much dirt on me as possible by opening up about his own past. Probably both, but I enjoyed myself more than I imagine most people would.
Sunday, we traveled up the Alaska Highway on my first great road trip, ironically delivering The Last Great Road Trip. LGRT is an annual publication showcasing everything that’s worth seeing in the Yukon and Alaska. It gives readers a heads up on camp sites, rest stops, restaurants and the like. It’s free around the territory (and a few places outside it).
This trip was my first real taste of the famed road, and around every bend was a new scenic masterpiece. Tall mountains, grey and hard in the distance, above twisting rivers speckled with tall jack pines. Trees bent and crooked from many winters of snow, looking like something out of a Dr. Seuss book. Sand, sky, green… all of it wonderful and causing a sense of elation I don’t find anywhere else.
I also got my first real taste of Yukoners who, surprise, are pretty normal and awesome folk. More on them later, as I find interviewing people with your boss around is a bit like wearing a thong while doing squats at the gym. But their stories are going to be the ones I most enjoy telling. Like Scott and Linda who met and fell in love after a series of mishaps. Or Roger, who does some of the most beautiful wood carvings I’ve ever seen. And there’s Jessica, who recently took over her mother and father’s restaurant, one of the first built on the Alaska Highway backin the 40’s.
Right now though, I’m going to go for a ten minute drive, and catch enough Arctic Graylings (I think) to fill my belly; they pretty much fight each other to get on your line down in Carcross.
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