Tuesday, September 05, 2006
Kate Bridges: Research Trip to the Yukon
This summer, one of my dreams came true. I took my first research trip as an author and visited a gorgeous destination. My family joined me. Since I’ll be setting my next few historical novels during the Klondike Gold Rush, I wanted to see the area—Yukon Territory in Canada, and Alaska in the USA. Here are the top 3 things that surprised me.
1) The smell of the air. It’s what I’ll remember most. It was incredible! Every step brought a new scent: mountain flowers, clear glacier water, pine trees, cold rivers. On the first day we arrived in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, it was raining and the sun was shining at the same time. There were 3 rainbows!
2) The high price of food. Most food is imported, as I had imagined, but I was still surprised at paying $8.00 for a bag of small oranges. Wild salmon from the Yukon River tasted heavenly, but costs almost as much there as it does here. Worth every penny.
3) Around-the-clock daylight feels strange. We were so far north that in the summer, the sun never sets. There were two or three hours in the middle of the night where the sky was a deep twilight blue, but otherwise, the sun was bright enough to get a sunburn at ten in the evening. It was hard to fall asleep. Very exciting, though!
The two photos of the Yukon River valley were taken just outside the city of Whitehorse, at Miles Canyon. The photo of the sign was taken on top of the world, on the mountainous border between Yukon Territory and Alaska. What an incredible view. These are the mountains the stampeders crossed on foot to get to the gold in Dawson City, Canada. For more info and pics, please visit my website. http://www.katebridges.com
Posted by Kate Bridges at 2:51 PM