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(Deutsch) Dezadeash I

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Warm-Up

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I’m now a week in Whitehorse, and I’m settled in quite well. Kiera is sitting next to whispering a “Hello, Dieter” in my ear while I try to capture some of the experiences of the past week.

After I had some problems to setup the folding kayak due to a torn seam on the seat everything is fine now.

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Living remote

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“Welcome to an island”, that’s how Erin greeted me as she picked me up from the airport. At first I thought it was a joke. But Erin explained me while driving to her home, that a few days earlier floods and mudslides blocked all roads to Whitehorse. This was caused by a combination of relatively warm temperatures resulting snowmelt and heavy rain.

As a consequence that supermarkets have a shortage particularly on dairy products and meat Empty shelves and shortages are meanwhile standard.

At home Erin and Len discussed when the road will be reopened. Erin took the optimistic role and tipped on Tuesday. Len believed it will be on Thursday earliest.

When we went shopping on Monday, we could convince us of the empty shelves. Back home Len reported that he has seen some Hercules aircrafts landing – most likely transporting food. Tuesday came the news that they constructed a single lane gravel pioneer road and the first trucks are coming through ☺. So we’re back in game with full food supply.

Back to the Yukon

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Back to the Yukon. It’s almost two years ago that I was the in Whitehorse first time. On my trip down the great river I’ve seen a lot and last but not least found new friends. With some I have stayed in touch since then. End of last year, Erin told me of their intention to participate on the Yukon River Quest (YRQ).

Spontaneously, I told her that I would do this as well once. Finally we decided to take part on the race together but everybody in his own kayak. And that’s one of the reasons why I’m here again. The most important of course is to share some time with Erin, Len and their kids. The race itself starts in two weeks from now, so there’s still time enough to acclimate and to go for some paddling tours in advance.

I’m curious about the response on the blog after two years of non-activity. Looking forward to read your comments as well and have fun reading the latest “adventures” from the Yukon.

Christmas remus

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With today the time of the advent calendar should be over until next time, December 2011. But I thought it might be a good idea to offer a christmas riddle as an extra. continue reading…

Optimus and Condor

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Meanwhile I’ve got some feedback from Optimus about the Nova stove and from Condor about the claim of my kayak’s transport damage. The responses couldn’t be more different.

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It’s already November and autumn is on his way to say slowly goodby, although the temperatures in Freiburg are quite moderate around 60 ºF (15ºCelsius). The situation looks a bit different in the Yukon Territory and Alaska. Temperatures there are around the freezing point (32ºF or 0ºC) in Whitehorse. In Emmonak they are even lower with Fairbanks as coldest place. For the upcoming weekend temperatures of 5ºF (-15ºC) are forecasted for the night in Fairbanks.

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Optimus NOVA

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Already during my journey down the river the question came up which equipment I would consider to be recommendable and which not. At this time I gave a short feedback based on my experiences with my gear so far. Due to a recent event I come back to a particular piece of equipment. My statement to the Optimus Nova stove at this time was:

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Happy Birthday Lukas

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Puffin

Hello Lukas,

Even though I’m meanwhile back in Germany I’d like to wish you all the best to your birthday by means of this bog article.

I hope your birthday will be as colorful as the bird on the right. I took the picture on my journey to Seward. The cruise with the small boat to the resurrection bay gave me the first opportunity to observe puffins sitting on their cliffs and bluffs; occasionally taking of to look for fresh seafood. Amazing how they dive into the water to catch a fish.

The photo to the right I actually shoot in the Alaska SeaLife Center, where I could get even closer to the birds.

All the best and lots of fun celebrating … ;:mrgreen:

As mentioned in one of the previous articles only Gerlinde, or the Triton Ladoga to be more factual was nit surviving the return trip in good shape. Today I sent Condor a nice letter expressing my disappointment about the damage. :-(

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Back home

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I’ve just looked at my blog and noticed that already more than a week passed since I published my last article. It’s high time for an update. The most important news is probably that I’m back home in Germany. And this already since more than a week. continue reading…

Thoughts

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I’m right now at the airport in Fairbanks using the opportunity to write some articles for the blog. But again and again I zone out. Four months I’ve been in Canada and Alaska, was able to see many things and to experience a lot of adventures. What has changed? Have I changed? It’s difficult for me to give a feedback to this questions? The future will finally give the answer.

Horizonte / horizons

What stays is melancholy, a little bit of proudness and gratefulness. The melancholy to have to leave this wonderful scenery. The proudness being able to get successfully to the Bering sea and a deep feeling of gratefulness. To my family and friends at home, who crossed their fingers for my me. To my team which supported me and maintained the blog when I was floating down the river.

Special thankfulness I feel for the hospitality which I could experience, for the opportunity to make acquaintances and to find new friends going down the Yukon river. Looking at the bottom line that’s probably the key insight I take with me: Having found new friends.

Visiting friends – part one

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It’s already a while ago when I was adding a new article to the blog. Thus I try to add some of the gaps just before my flight starts. Actually the last two weeks were dedicated to visit friends who I found during my journey down the river.

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Denali

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Already in a comment to one of the blogs I gave a feedback how amazing the visit of Denali National Park was. Now it’s time to provide some more details about this excursion.

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Back to Whitehorse

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Fall time

Back to the (almost-) starting point of my paddle tour. It’s a strange feeling being back in Whitehorse almost three months after I had begun the journey. On June, 18th I started from Whitehorse after the Headwater Lakes stage – not sure whether I will make it down to the Bering Sea. But now even the arrival to Emmonak four weeks ago ist past…

The drive from Fairbanks to Whitehorse for a distance of thousand kilometers or six hundrets miles gives at least an idea about the distances I’ve paddled by Kayak. The weather the past few days was extremely pleasant. Sun, blue sky and moderate temperatures. On top of this the amazing fall colors. Even when driving for hours you’re never get sick of those.

Autumn in the north has it’s own beauty and in when it’s going with the current weather it is definitely no insider tip for travelers anymore. The forecast looks good for the next days and so I’m perfectly happy: Enjoying the remaining time here and looking forward to my return, which comes closer and more concrete day by day.

The next few days

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The next few days I will visit Denali National Park. From Tuesday on I’ll be somewhere in the “woods” to help a friend making her cabins ready for the winter. End of this week I’m heading towards Whitehorse to catch my backpack, but most of all to say “Hello” to some friends. And then it goes most probably very fast until my return flight departs and the chapter Alaska will be (temporarily) closed….