Sitting in the beautiful structure that is our timber frame home, I finally find a moment in which I can write the last instalment of this blog! I flew home on Friday, August 26th; feeling very sad to leave our lovely crew and the stunning landscape of our work site. Messages from my Dad let me know that all is underway and going well at Mt Sima. Bill West and Thomas Mueller flew out to join the team on Sunday, followed by James Harcourt who arrived yesterday.
On Thursday my Dad and I set out to explore Kluane National Park, making a little spare time to enjoy each other's company and a wee break before I flew home. The simple hugeness of the country is what struck me the most, the endless, vast expanse of landscape which is so very wild in its existence. With no people for miles upon miles; only trees and grasses, animals and birds, lakes and mountains, rivers and glaciers for company. My Dad and I find a similar bond with these types of places, a kinship to the rawness of the land and lack of human contact which resides there.
On the way out to the park, as we drove down the highway void of cars, we passed a grizzly bear! Right on the side of the road, it sat there digging at the ground and lifting up its great head with mouthfuls of dirt and roots. Turning around to take a closer look I managed to take some photographs of the first grizzly I have ever seen, feeling very awed by its size and nearness. At about four feet away from me, its shoulders would have been around five feet high and, although still a young bear, it was definitely impressive!
Later that night, we awoke in our little tent to the chattering of wolves. Listening to their conversations we hoped that they would howl...and they did! The entire surrounding valley lit up with the mournful howling of hundreds of wolves, baffling me with their inexplicable ability at communication.
We both felt so grateful to be able to have this time to soak up a little sampling of the North's beauty and wished we could have explored it more! But, we had a dinner date to get back to. Our whole crew and the HardWire boys joined us at the fantastic Sanchez Cantina (the best Mexican food in Whitehorse) for a goodbye dinner for me and a lovely meal together.
I feel very fortunate for my time spent away in the Yukon with this incredible crew of people, surrounded by spectacularly beautiful landscapes and working on a project designed by our friends with the purpose to create fun and laughter for others. I miss everybody already, but feel certain that I will see them all soon. Best of luck on the rest of the project and I better be the first down the zip line! (Well, maybe the second...after somebody has tested it out first!)