North to Alaska

Day 19

 

Now I understand what you tried to say to me,
How you suffered for your sanity,
How you tried to set them free.
They would not listen, they did not know how.
Perhaps they'll listen now. ….Vincent

 

I left the Alaska Highway this morning – heading north from Whitehorse to Dawson City on the Klondike Highway.  It’s a departure from my original plan, but last night was a night for departures.

 

The time had come for a reality check – how much time do I have left and how much of what I want to do – can actually be done?

 

The reality check turned out to be major surgery:

 

No to Fairbanks, AK.

No to Denali National Park.

No to Anchorage.

No to The Olympic Penninsula.

No to the four corners.

 

The patient nearly died when he fell asleep at 2:00 a.m. – having cut out so much of the trip.

 

But morning light revealed a visit from my hawk – not circling above my head looking in all directions, but in the form of the Housekeeper at last night’s hotel – and the message was, “On Yukon Time.”

 

Although I wasn’t in the mood for conversation, I said, “Good Morning” to the Housekeeper outside my room – the “Good Morning” turned into an hour’s conversation in which she introduced me to the subject.

 

According to Charlene, the phrase is intended to embody the notion that this is still frontier territory – and most often – things just don’t go as planned.

 

Have you ever seen pink hills?

 

The hills around Fox Lake are “On Yukon Time.”  A forest fire swept through here some time ago, and the first growth new growth is pink flowers.  I have no idea what they are, but it’s clear everything didn’t go as planned here – but the result is sheer beauty.

 

Gaslight Follies at the Palace Grand Theatre, dinner with Bumbleberry pie for desert and a cabin at Klondike Kate’s – Vincent and Charlene, I’m listening now – I’m “On Yukon Time,”…and the pink flowers are beginning to appear.

 

 

So to you and Iowa Sioux and Worf, German Shepherd, Monroe, OH – I say goodnight from Dawson City, Yukon Territory – and tomorrow is Alaska.

 

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