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inding the entrance to Orchid Acres can be a little confusing for newcomers to West Dawson and Sunnydale. Someone will tell you it’s on the road to the Dawson City Golf Course, and that’s true, but the signs indicating that road are a little confusing. There’s a large sign with a blue arrow, indicating that the road is coming up on your left, but the next road is not the one to take. It leads to a collection of off-grid rural cabins – attractive, but not what you’re seeking. A much smaller golf club sign a bit further on is the one you want, and once you’re on the Sunnydale Road you can’t miss the attractive entrance to Orchid Acres, with its map to the two-kilometre trail that loops down and up the hillside overlooking the Yukon River. The big attraction is the profusion of spotted lady’s slipper orchids that dot the slopes if you take the right hand path at the gate. What’s odd is that these little plants are usually solitary, but here there are thousands of them, growing close together. They need a certain type of fungus in the soil for bloom and germinate, and the conditions are just right here in the early part of the summer. The trail, carefully planned to allow maximum viewpoints while not disturbing the plants, was

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ginally a fishing camp for the Hän people, who relocated down river to Moosehide when tens of thousands of Gold Rush invaders arrived. This trail is also one of the 10 places in the Klondike where research on the nature of permafrost is being conducted. The monitoring devices can easily be seen from the trail, along with a panel describing the activity and some of the findings. Dawson City lies in a zone of discontinuous permafrost, and this site, part way up a hill, doesn’t have any. Driving back on the Sunnydale Road, after a pleasant hour or so spent at the Acres, don’t forget to stop at the scenic pull out that offers one of the PHOTO: Dan Davidson most dramatic views of the townsite, and the confluence of the Yukon and Klondike Rivers, where the clear current of the smaller river has yet to mingle with the sediment rich waters of the larger one.

once sheltered from the oncoming winter ice. It’s thought that some wrecks may yet be found here. The other platform overlooks the National Historic Site of

Orchid Acres entrance be steep, coming and going, and a walking stick is a good idea, but there are enough level sections to let a walker catch a needed breath. Attractive signs point out the highlights along the route, including the Twisted Trees (the crooked trembling aspens), presented along with a legend to explain their growth. There are two viewing platforms. One overlooks Steamboat Slough, where paddle wheelers

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widower, who stumbles across a 17-year-old Polish girl on the way to his bush cabin. He discovers she is part of a baker’s dozen of girls who have been lured to North America and are bound for the sex trade in Alaska. Because the kidnappers just won’t give up, Sean gets involved still further, and ends up rescuing all the girls, foiling the plans of the sex traffickers. I can’t speak for most of the settings in the book. Carruthers is light on details when describing the church where some important scenes occur, the RCMP headquarters, the college where Sean’s lady friend teaches, or the stores in which they shop. Where there is a lot of detail is at White River Lodge, half an hour or so southeast of Beaver Creek. That’s the old name for the place now known as Discovery Yukon. In the book, because it needs to be a refuge for about 18 people, it needs to be a spacious, two-storey complex with a working restaurant, a dining area and lots of rooms. In reality, it is a pleasant RV campground, with a number of cabins and wall tent accommodations outside the main lodge. I was there in July. There’s no restaurant. But that’s just fine, because a lot of the story takes place in this setting, and those changes make for a pretty good book. Dan Davidson retired from 32 years of teaching in rural Yukon schools, but continues writing about life in Dawson City. Please send comments about his stories to dawson@ whatsupyukon.com.

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looking to sell her business and retire, but her one employee, Marcie, just got pregnant. Their lives are fluttering around him, but Henry remains persistently stable and dependable. Then, as each one of them turns to him in need, Henry finds the subtle calm of his life growing into a whole new beast.

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--excerpt from The Afterlife of Birds by Elizabeth Philips

What I really drew from, and appreciated in, The Afterlife of Birds was the indirect metaphor of anatomy and relationships While The Afterlife of Birds is the Saskatchewan author’s first long-form novel, Philips has published four books of poetry and received several awards and recognition for her prose. Her poetic background is evident in the beautifully detailed ways that she

renders scenes off the page. Outside of these highly-developed ambient sketches, she remains detached from certain specifics. For example, we are not introduced to Henry at any point, but involved in his life right from the first page; it wasn’t until well into the book that I felt I understood who Henry was and how he got there. Similarly, Philips doesn’t transition through time smoothly, jumping one month to the next, but this does help move the story’s timeline quickly. The only negative being that, at times, some events were passed over a little quickly and it wasn’t always clear if these little gaps, loosely held together, were of great importance or not. What I really drew from, and appreciated in, The Afterlife of Birds was the indirect metaphor of anatomy and relationships. The more decorative characters, like the plumage on birds, are attractive in their distractions, but they live as external beings. And their relationships require a strong, stable internal force to keep all the moving parts together. And, in this novel, that unseen skeleton is the rather unobtrusive, run-ofthe-mill fellow: Henry. A lovely Canadian read, The Afterlife of Birds is an imaginative character portrait full of linguistic artistry. Vanessa Ratjen is a reader and a writer. She’s done both in Nova Scotia, the Yukon, and on Vancouver Island, where she currently resides in a yurt.

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will be drenched in sweat by the end, especially if the temperature is hot. Make sure you are wearing running shoes, preferably a pair that has lots of cushion and good support. Before you start the HIIT circuit it is important to warm up to avoid muscle fatigue. A simple way to warm up is to jog on the spot. Do this for 2 minutes. After you are done with the jog, march on the spot for one minute to bring your heart rate slightly back down. Take some water if you need to, and get ready to HIIT it. There are many different ways to do HIIT workouts. I’ve selected six exercises to be performed at fast speeds for 40 seconds, rest for 20 seconds, going for a total of 5 rounds. It is important to remember that this is your workout, so do what you feel comfortable doing. Do not over exert yourself. Challenges are always good, but you also want to keep proper form and pace yourself. To begin, you are going to start with what I call an NFL shuffle.

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Basic equipment for a workout that is far from basic rate up, so do this as fast as you can, but correctly, or you risk injuring yourself. Be careful not to lose proper form while going fast. Some people let their form get a bit sloppy because they are so focussed on speed. This is how injuries can take place. At this point if you feel you need to take a one minute breakthat is ok. Grab water, catch your breath. We are moving on to lucky Number 5 with a boxing drill. Stand upright and maintain good posture. You are going to do high knee jogs. As you jog bring those knees up as high as you can. While you do this, you are going to use your arms to throw jab punches. What is a jab? Extend your arm out on a slight upward incline, your fist in a clenched shape, then retract quickly. Finally, the last exercise. Time to tackle the core. Lie flat on your back. Put your knees together, lift them up in the air so they are at a 90 degree angle. Your arms are stretched out, palms facing the ground. You are going to do a sit up, except, as you come up, you are going to bring your arms in on each side, and bring your palms together so they touch in a prayer position. As you go back down, your palms separate and your

arms come down and should be in an out stretched position when your back is on the ground. Get ready to speed it up. Ok, so how do you feel after round one? I would suggest taking a two minute rest in between each round, but not more because you do not want to get your heart rate too low. During the exercises your pulse should be between 160180 (depending on age). Try not to let your pulse go below 100 because you then drop out of the fat burning zone. Once you are done then you can bring your heart rate down to normal and stretch each muscle. The purpose of a HIIT workout is to burn more fat in a shorter period of time, improve your fitness performance and improve cardiovascular health. Angela Szymczuk is a Whitehorse based writer and fitness enthusiast. She has spent the past two years reading books and articles about fitness as well as trying out different exercises. Here she shares some of what she has learned through her own experience. For professional health and fitness advice consult a certified practitioner.

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Whitehorse EVENTS ART SHOWS Fri, Aug, 4 Exhibition Opening: Dennis Shorty My Childhood Memories 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Arts Underground. Special performance by Dena Zagi Until Fri, Aug, 4, Arts In Park Visual Artist: Michel Gignac LePage Park Fri, Aug, 4 - Sat, Aug, 26, Wish 150 Yukon Mosaic Yukon Arts Centre A national initiative created to bring together our communities and inspire for a better future through art and color. August 4-26, 2017. Fri, Aug, 4 - Fri, Aug, 25, Maplewish, curated by Maya Rosenberg Yukon Arts Centre In the Community Gallery Sat, Aug, 5 - Sun, Aug, 27, Solo exhibit - Amzie Cooke-Goodall Yukon Arts Centre In the Youth Gallery Until Aug, 26 Dennis Shorty My Childhood Memories Arts Underground Until Aug, 26 Teresa Vander-Meer Chassé Rez Car

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Wed, Aug, 2 Arts in the Park - Swing Sets 11:30 am LePage Park Free lunch hour concert at the park Wed, Aug, 2 Summer Concert Series - Claire Ness 5:00 pm MacBride Museum Her songs are filled with poetry, storytelling, imagery, metaphors and her off-the-cuff banter often leaves the audience feeling light-hearted. Wed, Aug, 2 Arts in the Park - Lara and the Danz 7:00 pm LePage Park Free evening concert at the park Wed, Aug, 2 Whitewater Wednesday 7:00 pm Epic Pizza goes till we are done! Thu, Aug, 3 Arts in the Park - Half Cuts 11:30 am LePage Park Free lunch hour concert at the park Thu, Aug, 3 Summer Concert Series Hank Karr and the Canucks 5:00 pm MacBride Museum Thu, Aug, 3 Jam Night with Patrick Jacobson 7:30 pm Best Western Gold Rush Inn Thu, Aug, 3 Yukon Live Music Ginger Jam 10:00 pm Yukon Inn in the Boiler room fully electric jam session with PA system, drum kit and guitars provided to musicians. Featuring guest co-hosts and performers. Fri, Aug, 4 Arts in the Park - Grande Finale! 11:30 am LePage Park Free lunch hour concert at the park Fri, Aug, 4 Yukon Musician: Anne Turner 6:00 pm Westmark Whitehorse Jazz and Easy Listening Fri, Aug, 4 The Midnight Sons 7:30 pm Best Western Gold Rush Inn Fri, Aug, 4 Open Mic with Patrick Jacobson 8:30 pm Town & Mountain Hotel Fri, Aug, 4 Karaoke 9:00 pm Yukon Inn in the Boiler Room Fri, Aug, 4 Cryptozoologists & Groan Boy 9:00 pm The Beer Tasters’ Social House Sat, Aug, 5 Karaoke 9:00 pm Yukon Inn in the Boiler Room Sun, Aug, 6 Open Mic Night 3:00 pm 98 Hotel Sun, Aug, 6 Dessert and Jazz with Fawn Fritzen 7:30 pm MacBride Museum Fawn will be accompanied by a decadent weekly dessert. Join us after dinner on Sunday evenings for an event that will leave you sweeter and richer. Tickets available at MacBride Museum, or by calling 667-2709. Sun, Aug, 6 Ben Mahony 7:30 pm Best Western Gold Rush Inn Mon, Aug, 7 Cafe des Voix 7:00 pm The Beer Tasters’ Social House Tue, Aug, 8 Yukon Live Music Ginger Jam 10:00 pm Yukon Inn in the

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GENERAL EVENTS Wed, Aug, 2, Spanish Conversation Group 12:00 pm Yukon Government Administration Building Join us inside the Bridges Café 633-6081 Terry or Michèle Wed, Aug, 2, Chamber Choir Rehearsal 7:45 pm Vanier Catholic Secondary Spring 2017 session for this auditioned a cappella choir for mixed voices, call, or email to schedule an audition or for more information. 6677049 Wed, Aug, 2, Hump Day Trivia 9:00 pm Yukon Inn in the Boiler Room Thu, Aug, 3, Fireweed Community Market Outdoor Market 3:00 pm Shipyards Park Local produce, baked goods, live plants, local meats, Yukon art, crafted treasures and more Thu, Aug, 3, Second Schwatka Lake Cleanup 5:00 pm Schwatka Lake BBQ, shore cleanup and underwater cleanup - divers and non-divers welcome! Free tanks for divers (bring your certification card) Thu, Aug, 3, Ragtime Revue Dinner Theatre 6:00 pm Westmark Whitehorse A weekly revue featuring the ragtime stylings of two piano tornado. All dishes are served family style to your table, and includes coffee, tea and water Thu, Aug, 3, Chess Corner 6:30 pm Whitehorse Public Library Chess played upstairs at the Library, beginners welcome, welcome to bring your own ‘lucky’ board. Everyone welcome to sit in on this game of strategy. Thu, Aug, 3, Audio Arts Immersion Program 7:00 pm Shipyards Park Bi-weekly workshops where we will learn about different aspects of sound, history, techniques, as well as allow participants to discuss and work on their own projects. Call 457-2582 or email audioart@cjucfm.com for more info. Fri, Aug, 4, General Training Serial B Graduation 10:30 am Whitehorse Cadets Guests are welcome to come down and watch the cadets mark the completion of their time in Whitehorse. Fri, Aug, 4, Dusk’a Friday Language Lunches 12:00 pm Duska Head Start and Family Learning Center Bring a bag lunch and come learn Southern Tutchone with our special guest speakers. Call Erin Pauls for more information 633-7816. All Kwanlin citizens and staff are welcome! Sat, Aug, 5, 2018 Race Sign Up Day/ Barkfest 11:00 am Yukon Quest International Assn Meet your favourite mushers, mingle with other Yukon Quest fans and show off your own pooch in a series of contests. Sat, Aug, 5, Crib Tournament 6:15 pm Royal Canadian Legion - Branch 254 Crib tournaments every Saturday Member and non-members welcome. Sun, Aug, 6, Whitehorse Scrabble Club 1:00 pm Best Western Gold Rush Inn Are you a wordy person, put your words to the test and join the Scrabble Club. Must be 19+ Sun, Aug, 6, Ceramics Open Studio 2:30 pm Arts Underground Noninstructed open studio. Participants are welcome to use the studio’s tools and

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equipment; clay and some tools are available for purchase. Every Sunday except long weekends. $5/hour. Sun, Aug, 6, Life Drawing Drop-in 7:00 pm Arts Underground Life Drawing is every first Sunday of the Month and is non-instructional. Andrew Sharp is the host. A live model will pose each session. Cost is $5/hour to help pay for the model. Mon, Aug, 7, Free drop-in computer labs 10:00 am Yukon Learn Free Drop-In Computer Lab for Self Directed Studies A tutor/Instructor will be available on site to assist you. 867668-6280 or toll free: 888-668-6280 Fax: 867-633-4576 Mon, Aug, 7, GO The Surrounding Game 6:00 pm Starbucks Chilkoot Centre Simple Game Deep Strategy. Beginners & Visitors Welcome. For more information email: tjbowlby@ gmail.com Mon, Aug, 7, Euchre Night 6:00 pm Royal Canadian Legion - Branch 254 667-2802 Fri, Aug, 11, Orton Gillingham Math Basic Concepts Training Learning Disabilities Association of Yukon (LDAY) Each participant will receive online course access for one full year and access to a mentor/ambassador. For teachers, EA’s, tutors, and parents. Call or email for more information. 6685167 Tue, Aug, 8, Come When Called and Leash Handling Skills Hidden Valley School For more info call 689-5438 or email: info@advancedk9.com 3347924 Tue, Aug, 8, Intro to Microsoft Excel 2016 10:00 am Yukon Learn A 4 day course, call 322-0408 for more details. Tue, Aug, 8, Packing our Stories Over New Trails - Horses with Chuck Hume 2:00 pm Yukon Transportation Museum A storytelling event celebrating bikes in the Yukon. Featuring Chuck Hume. Open mic and songwriting brainstorm, Bannock and Tea Tue, Aug, 8, Intermediate Dog Obedience 6:00 pm Hidden Valley School For more info call 689-5438 or email: info@advancedk9.com Wed, Aug, 9, Spanish Conversation Group 12:00 pm Yukon Government Administration Building Join us inside the Bridges Café 633-6081 Terry or Michèle Wed, Aug, 9, Introduction to Flamenco with Carolina Logan 6:00 pm Northern Lights School of Dance No experience required. To register email carolina.i.logan@gmail.com or call/text 335-4640. Wed, Aug, 9, Trail Building Volunteer Night 6:00 pm Whitehorse, Yukon Multi-year project is taking place on Grey Mountain. Email cmbcyukon@ gmail.com for more information. Wed, Aug, 9, Chamber Choir Rehearsal 7:45 pm Vanier Catholic Secondary Spring 2017 session for this auditioned a cappella choir for mixed voices, call, or email to schedule an audition or for more information. 6677049 Wed, Aug, 9, Hump Day Trivia 9:00 pm Yukon Inn in the Boiler Room

Thu, Aug, 3, Knee High Nature 10:30 am Middle McIntyre Creek Bring your youngsters out for a different naturebased activity each week. Activities and games are designed for kids ages 4 6, but siblings are welcome. Fri, Aug, 4, On the Land - Indigenous Gathering Whitehorse, Yukon A fourday experience for young change makers from diverse locations in Canadian society that is intended to build bridges between Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth (age 18-30). Email hello@groundswellcommunity.ca for more information. Fri, Aug, 4, Cooking Program for Teens! 2:00 pm Whitehorse Public Library 667-8900 Free summer cooking program for teens! If you love cooking or want to learn how, and are between the ages of 12 and 16. To register email yplevents@gov.yk.ca or call 667-8900. Fri, Aug, 4, Mom and Kids Program 2017 2:00 pm Victoria Faulkner Women’s Centre 689-5805 This year we will be offering culturally diverse and rich experiences for children 0-8 and their mothers. Including free healthy food and snacks for every participant. Spaces are limited and follows a first-come-first serve basis. Call or email to register. Sat, Aug, 5, Block Party! 11:30 am Church of the Nazarene Free event, fun for the whole family, hot dogs, refreshments and kids activities. Sat, Aug, 5, Visit to an Alpaca Farm 1:00 pm Northern Spirit Alpaca Farm 667-4606 Family Fun at the Northern Spirit Alpaca Farm - Alpacas (new babies) games & crafts Sun, Aug, 6, Wee Moves 2:00 pm Yukon Transportation Museum AGES 3-5, an interactive afternoon of play and science exploration Leave the kids in our capable hands and run your Sunday errands or stay with us and get your hands dirty. Save your spot by registering at weemoves@goytm.ca Mon, Aug, 7, Stories Artfully Told Art Camp 9:00 am Arts Underground This five-day camp will have your young creative employ visual art as a means of communicating their adventures. Call 667-4080 to register or register in person at Arts Underground Tue, Aug, 8, Science Magic Shipyards Park All ages. Have fun with science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. Lets stretch our minds and grow, free and drop in! Two times during the day at 1:30 - 2:30 pm and 3:15 - 4:00 pm.

Sat, Aug, 5, Yukon Amateur Radio Association: Coffee Discussion Group 9:30 am Emergency Measures Organization YARA’s breakfast at the A&W. Casual event. Hams from outside the Yukon often join. Mon, Aug, 7, Yukon Amateur Radio Association: Meeting 7:00 pm Emergency Measures Organization Prospective hams are welcome. Tue, Aug, 8, For the Sake of the Children 5:30 pm Yukon Inn Learn about family law, the effects of separation or divorce on adults and children, To register call 667-3066 or email FLIC@gov.yk.ca Tue, Aug, 8, YuKonstruct Open House 7:00 pm YuKonstruct Makerspace Tue, Aug, 8, Busy 7:00 pm YuKonstruct Makerspace Tue, Aug, 8, The Yukon Prospectors Association 7:00 pm Yukon Chamber of Mines Prospectors and those interested in mineral exploration welcome! Wed, Aug, 9, Northern Voices Toastmasters 7:00 am Sport Yukon Supportive members will help you develop your public speaking, communication and leadership skills. Drop-ins welcome. 867-689-6363 toastmastersyukon@gmail.com

Alcoholics Anonymous Wednesday The Joy Of Living group (OM, NS) 12:00 noon 305 Wood Street -Back Entrance Porter Creek Step meeting (CM) 8:00 PM Our Lady of Victory No Puffin (CM, NS) 8:00 PM 6210 - 6th Ave Thursday The Joy Of Living group (OM, NS) 12:00 noon 305 Wood Street -Back Entrance. Polar Group (OM) 7:30 PM 6210 - 6th ave. Friday The Joy Of Living group (OM, NS) 12:00 noon 305 Wood Street -Back Entrance Yukon Unity Group Meeting 1:30 PM #4 Hospital Road Whitehorse Group (OM, NS) 8:00 PM 305 Wood Street - Back Entrance.

Saturday Detox Meeting (OM, NS) 1:00 PM, Sara Steel Building 609 Steele St., Main Entrance Women’s Meeting (CM, NS) 2:30 PM Whitehorse General Hospital (across from emergency) Wed, Aug, 2, Northern Voices Toast- Hospital Meeting Whitehorse General masters 7:00 am Sport Yukon Support- Hospital (OM NS) 7:00 pm - Hospital ive members will help you develop your Board Meeting.

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Fighting Oppressive Gender Stereotypes, One Smackdown at a Time

Dawson City lady wrestlers in the ring at the 2013 Hobo Showdown

Get ready to rumble! The League of Lady Wrestlers will showcase ‘Thunderdome’ on Aug. 5th in Dawson City at the last ever official LOLW event by Aislinn Cornett

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rom derelict cabin dreams of a wrestling showdown featuring Dawson’s best and gnarliest she-warriors, to a national league and 12 face melting, raucous cross country rumbles in between, the League of Lady Wrestlers has come a long way. Just ask Founder and Artistic Director Aubyn O’Grady, whose stage name has changed from Big Jody Mufferaw – which is an ode to Ottawa folklore legend Big Joe Mufferaw, a Paul Bunyan type character brought to life in a Stompin Tom Connors’ song – to Big Business Mufferaw, since the league’s inception five years ago. The League of Lady Wrestlers’s inaugural event, called The Hobo Showdown, took Dawson City by savage storm in the summer of 2013, with beatnik, nonconformist characters in homemade costumes brutally wrestling each other into unscripted subversion with surprising twists and unorthodox signature moves. The riverside event was intended to be an artistic, albeit mind blowing, one off. “During my second winter in Dawson I was living with my friend who was a wrestling fan and we had this random, blue sky idea to set up a wrestling ring on the Yukon River in winter,” says O’Grady, who had moved to Dawson to attend the School of Visual Arts. While this icy throwdown didn’t materialize as they hoped due to lack of funding support, it did plant a seed, and this feral seed came to fruition while living at the “hobo mansion” in 2013, a cabin that O’Grady shared with a few feisty, like minded women in the former Klondike capital. Whether inspiration came from

the amphitheatre in the cabin’s yard, or the throng of empowered women living in her midst, O’Grady says it all happened very naturally. “Right after that I moved to Toronto with three other wrestlers,” O’Grady says. “We decided on a whim to do a show in Toronto and it snowballed into an annual event.” Evidently, the verb “snowball” is no overstatement, with performances in Toronto, Victoria, Montreal and Dawson City, all selling out to uproarious and spirited crowds, wielding signs branded with their favourite fighters, from Garbageface, to Doughnut Messaround to Helga Hysteria. To accommodate the growing national league, lady wrestling chapters, or sister leagues, spawned in Dawson, Victoria, Montreal and Toronto. Over the past few years, original members have planned shows in Dawson and other cities, while O’Grady, who is completing her masters degree in education, facilitated the Toronto league. If you’re unfamiliar with ladies wrestling, anything and everything goes – from trash talk to food flinging to homemade props to body slams. It’s everything you want it to be: audacious, in-your-face physical, and unapologetically grungy, all the while challenging power and gender stereotypes in a traditionally male-dominated environment. The League of Lady Wrestlers ring is an inclusive place where all identifying female wrestlers can embrace all parts of themselves - the good, the bad and the gross – and commandeer these traits alongside a bevy of equally badass, empowered femme fatales. The brash female wrestlers of the League

of Lady Wrestlers proudly claim to be loveable, but not likeable. “Characters are usually some extension of yourself, the good or dirty they don’t get to show in public,” says O’Grady. While the show may appear wildly spontaneous and radical, lady wrestlers spend a lot of time on character development, carefully choosing and crafting an identity, and creating a personality and backstory. Lady wrestlers choreograph and practice the physical motions, training tirelessly to learn how to communicate with their opponent, and to perfect their signature and finishing moves. The fights are a combination of scripted, sensationalized fun and improvised, physical moves. Many of the wrestlers have trained with professional wrestlers, and as O’Grady knows from first hand experience, it is definitely physical. During her first match at the Hobo Showdown, she sliced her leg on a broken beer bottle, resulting in 19 stitches. Though she retired from the ring in 2015, Big Business Mufferaw will be returning to the ring for the ultimate femme clash at Thunderdome alongside some new, fierce, northern personas. Happening August 5th at 8pm at the Mud Bog Below the Mooside Slide at the end of Front Street. O’Grady says that over the years, the League of Lady Wrestlers has gotten better at putting on shows for their audiences. In cities like

Toronto, they’ve seen a ton of support from the queer and arts scene. The league has also received more funding and support, like the Yukon Arts Fund and travel support from Air North. O’Grady says she and her wrestling sisters are overwhelmed with the love and support the project has received since its inception, but recently, the League of Lady Wrestlers decided to “de-nationalize” (meaning that they’re disbanding the national league into local, provincial and territorial leagues) in order to focus on smaller projects that foster community on a local scale. “We never intended it to be so big!” O’Grady laughs. “We want the project to keep growing in a way that keeps its rough and tumble radical femme spirit alive, without total organisational burnout.” About de-nationalizing, O’Grady says, “I feel good about it. Anyone who has organized an event like this feels the pressure to grow. We want to manage it and keep it true to the original spirit – which is performing for ourselves.” Now, the League of Lady Wrestlers is returning to Dawson City for their ultimate showdown, Thunderdome, which O’Grady touts as a “full-on pro-wrestling event with big personalities, an announcer, two referees and an amazing homemade wooden ring with tires on the bottom.”

PHOTO: courtesy of the League of Lady Wrestlers Thunderdome promises fans plenty of blood, sweat and tears. Sister leagues from “queer and far” will be gathering under the midnight sun to compete in this sister slam, including visiting Alaskan wrestlers, the Fairbanks Ladies of Wrestling. The licensed event is set to take place on Saturday, August 5th, at 8 p.m. at North End Park in Dawson City, complete with beer garden. The 13 matches will include half local and half visiting wrestlers. Each match determines a winner, and that winner goes on to compete in the grand Thunderdome rumble. O’Grady encourages Yukoners to come out in full force, with costumes and signs supporting their favourite wrestlers. “Because it’s the last national event, we are going over the top,” O’Grady says. “Everyone has been working really hard on their characters and matches. It’s going to be a big show!” For more information contact Aubyn O’Grady at rumble@leagueofladywrestlers. com or Yasmine Renaud at (867) 993-2908. You can also read more about the LOLW at www.leagueofladywrestlers.com or on their Facebook page. Aislinn Cornett is a Yukon born and raised freelance writer, artist and art therapist currently writing and living on the beach in Mexico.

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Seasonal Recipes with Sydney Oland

Marinated Watermelon Salad with Mint and Jalapeño

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ruit salad is boring – it’s a lot of chopping and peeling for an underwhelming mound of food people take a token spoonful of to push around their plate. But the concept is solid: fruit is delicious, and having someone take the time to do all the work so you can scoop it into your mouth

unhindered by rind or peel makes total sense. This marinated watermelon salad is a step in the direction of fruit salad redemption. It’s spicy, sweet, savory and tangy. Simple to prepare and perfect for any summer event. Feel free to leave the seeds in the jalapeño if you’re looking for a bit more heat.

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A few of the ingredients

Juice of 2 limes 3 Tbsp olive oil 1 jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped 3 Tbsp finely chopped mint 3 Tbsp finely sliced scallions Salt, to taste 1 small watermelon

Chopping mint, jalapeño and green onions for the dressing

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Orchestra at the Edges of Canada The August 10th concert will mean the largest orchestra of its kind in history to play in the Yukon as well as NYO Canada’s first time north of the 60th parallel in the 57 years since it was founded

NYO Canada conductor Jonathan Darlington – Music Director of the Vancouver Opera since 2002 – returns to conduct NYO Canada for the Edges of Canada Tour

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National Youth Orchestra of Canada makes history in the Yukon with a 92-member performance at YAC on Aug. 10

Hailing from the other edge of Canada (St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador) is French horn player Mark Constantine

For cellist Marianna Grigg, the Canada 150 tour is about building a broader music community across Canada

Bryan Cheng is just 19 years old and is the 2017 winner of NYO Canada’s most prestigious award, the Michael Measures Prize, which is awarded annually to a promising young musician

Blanche Israël, external relations manager at the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, thinks it’s important for more young Canadian musicians to visit the North. NYO Canada’s Edges of Canada 2017 Tour is a Canada 150 Signature Project

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ome as you are, bring a friend or a parent or a daughter or a nephew, and be prepared to be blown away by NYO Canada’s talented and passionate young musicians,” says Blanche Israël, external relations manager at the National Youth Orchestra (NYO) of Canada. The August 10th concert at the Yukon Arts Centre will mean the largest orchestra of its kind in history to play in the Yukon, as well as the NYO’s first time north of the 60th parallel in the 57 years since it was founded. The National Youth Orchestra is Canada’s leading orchestral summer program. It’s the most exten-

sive training program available to Canadian classical musicians ages 16 to 28. NYO Canada’s Edges of Canada 2017 Tour is a Canada 150 Signature Project. “It is artistically, geographically, and logistically the most extensive, important, and exciting tour in our history,” says Israël. “Nearly 100 musicians, 50 choristers, five Indigenous artists and 50 faculty and staff will participate.” The 92-person orchestra will offer Yukoners the chance to see the kind of concert that is usually only available in larger cities in the provinces. Organizers see the tour as a way of broadening accessibil-

ity. The last professional orchestra tour that reached the Yukon was the National Arts Centre Orchestra in 2008 and they brought a contingent of 22 musicians at the time. Touring receives far less support than it used to – the Edmonton Symphony toured the Yukon a handful of times between 1957 and 1973, and the Victoria Symphony Orchestra has visited the Yukon, for instance. “That’s why NYO Canada’s opportunity this year is so unique,” says Israël. For many musicians this tour represents the first and possibly the only time that they’ll get to see Canada’s North. “The sheer cost and scope of

moving an entourage of over 100 musicians and crew members, and their often bulky, fragile and expensive instruments to the North is usually prohibitive for any symphony orchestra. But NYO Canada is special – we are structured differently as an organization, and we are fortunate to have generous support from across the country,” says NYO Executive Director Barbara Smith. “Since day one, our musicians have been buzzing about Whitehorse. This stop is the highlight of the tour for so many of our musicians. All NYO Canada musicians attend the program tuition-free and receive a scholarship, so we

have students who wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to travel like this. They really see this as a once-in-a-lifetime chance to go to Whitehorse. Some of them have mentioned that they are hoping to see the Northern Lights.” Smith points out that the Youth Orchestra’s mission is to serve all Canadians and the orchestra closely mirrors Canadian demographics. “The Yukon represents just 0.1 per cent of the Canadian population, but the North carries far more weight than that in the minds and identities of Canadians, so our hope is that this tour will forge cont’d on page 13...

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Orchestra at the Edges of Canada ... cont’d connections and inspire young Northerners to learn more about the community and connection inherent in the symphony orchestra format,” she says. The orchestra will be playing works by Wagner, Shostakovich (with a solo cellist), Stravinsky and Prokofiev. “Like our tour, the Shostakovich cello concerto is all about identity,” says Blanche Israël. The concerto is one of a few works in which the composer uses his self-identifying four-note theme. “The story of Prokofiev writing his first symphony closely mirrors the format of activities at NYO Canada,” Israël says. “He wrote it at the age of 25 (our students are between the ages of 16 and 28) and he spent a period of time by himself at a country residence outside St. Petersburg to complete it, just like our musicians attending the intensive Summer Training Institute to train for the tour.” According to organizers, the opportunity to perform in the North was a big draw for many musicians who applied at NYO this year and has been an inspiration in their work. Bryan Cheng is just 19 years old and is the 2017 winner of NYO Canada’s most prestigious prize, the Michael Measures Prize, which is awarded annually to a promising young musician. “Performing in the North and across this beautiful country will inspire me greatly, especially in times like these where empathy is needed more than ever, and the unifying power of music is so evident,” says Cheng. Northern themes are already manifesting themselves in Cheng’s work and he’s looking forward to visiting the Yukon. “It’s going to be an experience I’ll remember for years to come,” Cheng says. “I recently commissioned a piece by a composer from the North titled ‘Frost Under Fire,’ which was inspired by the relationship between forest fires and permafrost, both naturally-occurring phenomena in the North. Hailing from the other edge of Canada (St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador) is French horn player Mark Constantine. “This tour will complete my cycle of visiting all 10 provinces, and will allow me to check off the first of the three territories from my list. I’m super stoked about that,” Constantine says. “It is my first time north of 60, and I’m super excited to finally be making the trip. I’ve read lots about the North and it’s thrilling to finally get to experience it for

myself.” The Canada 150 tour is particularly relevant to Constantine because he says it raises questions about our collective history and our relationship with Indigenous peoples in Canada. “The arts, particularly storytelling and the performing arts, are a universal medium through which to communicate the history and state of our country,” he says. For cellist Marianna Grigg, the Canada 150 tour is about building a broader music community across Canada. “I believe when doing a cross-Canada tour, like Edges of Canada, travelling to as many provinces and territories as possible is important for audiences, as well as the performers. Playing in a variety of venues and making connections with Canadians from all parts of the country really enhances our music-making experience,” says Grigg. She’s looking forward to the experience of being with her musical peers, as well. “Making music together is all about community, and travelling to cities like Whitehorse helps the orchestra expand

Yukon’s communities. Blanche Israël thinks it’s important for more young Canadian musicians to visit the North. She says that more visibility for the arts means more participation in the arts. Pointing out that the Whitehorse Community Orchestra has vacancies, Israël says that the Whitehorse orchestra is a great place to start. “This art form can feel distant to those who haven’t been exposed to a lot of it, but it is truly a doorway to the world and a universal language. My advice would be to connect with local music lovers and advocates, practice hard, make use of the amazing online learning tools you have at your fingertips and audition for NYO Canada as soon as you’re ready. Since our auditions are done entirely online, it’s as accessible to a Yukoner as to any other musician in the country.” The Edges of Canada concert in Whitehorse happens toward the end of NYO Canada’s 12-city coastto-coast-to-coast tour. The tour will be the subject of a full-length documentary film in partnership

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Visiting Fort Selkirk A look back into the past by Yvonne Mueller

Artifacts – whom may they have belonged to? Artifacts – what may they have been used for?

Frieda Alfred, Danny Roberts’ niece, gives explanations in front of the former Taylor & Drury General Store – the only commercial structure left at Fort Selkirk

PHOTOS: Yvone Mueller

In some buildings, newspapers were used to cover the walls. We found one that dates from October 15, 1904

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s someone who has always been very interested in Yukon history the Fort Selkirk Historic Site was definitely on the list of places we wanted the visit during the year we lived in the Yukon. But how to get there since there is no road access? Located near the confluence of the Yukon and the Pelly Rivers, the historic site is best accessible by water. I asked at the Whitehorse Visitor Center about how to get to Fort Selkirk and they put me in touch with a farmer named Dale Bradley. We soon realised that it might be difficult getting there. It is a very rough and slow 50km drive from the Pelly Crossing to the Pelly Farm. You need a truck with high clearance. From the farm you have to take the boat to Fort Selkirk. Or you have to get to Fort Selkirk by canoe. Today it has no road access but it was an important transpor-

tation and communication hub in the past. We chose to drive to Pelly River Ranch and had farmer Bradley bring us to Fort Selkirk by boat. In winter, when the Yukon River was frozen, the only way to travel between Whitehorse and Dawson City was by the “Overland Trail” (the White Pass Company operated a stagecoach business on this road). The Overland Trail did not go straight through the Fort Selkirk location but there was a small road connecting Fort Selkirk to that trail. Sternwheelers on their way to Dawson City, the Dalton trail and the government telegraph line all met here. There was even a runway. The Fort Selkirk area is one of the most colourful chapters in the short written history of the Yukon. It was here that Robert Campbell, who had the title of Chief Factor for the Hudson’s Bay Company, established his ill-fated

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bers of the Selkirk First Nation. She gave us great insights into the lives of native and non-native people who have called this place home. Alfred had spent a lot of time here and she knew many interesting stories to tell. Her uncle was one of the last residents of Fort Selkirk. He and his wife Abby were the sole remaining occupants of this once thriving community when everyone else moved to Minto and Pelly Crossing in the 1950s after the sternwheelers ceased to run on the Yukon River and the store closed. Today, Fort Selkirk Historic Site with its assemblage of 40 old buildings sprawled along the high shore of the Yukon river, is exceptional for the quantity and quality of its artifacts and the good condition of its buildings. To the Selkirk First Nation, it is part of their homeland – located within the Traditional Territory of the Northern Tutchone

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– and a place for spiritual and cultural renewal. For others, it is a cherished reminder of the past, a rare glimpse into the Northern Tutchone way of life, and a look at the history of trade and settlement in the north. The Fort Selkirk Historic Site is co-owned and co-managed by the Selkirk First Nation and the Yukon Government. It can be reached by canoe or by boat (for example, Time Out River Boat Tours: www. YukonRiverTours.ca). Free boat trips are provided yearly on Canada’s Parks Day, which is July 15th. For more information about the Fort Selkirk Historic Site go to YukonHistoricPlaces.ca. Yvonne Mueller is from Switzerland. She lived in Whitehorse for a year to study Multimedia Communication at the Yukon College.

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Carrie Boles – Green Thumbs C

arrie Boles’ green thumb sprouted back in her hometown, the grassland ecosystem of Winnipeg , Manitoba. While working on a degree in cultural anthropology at the University of Winnipeg, Boles happened to live in a house packed with gardeners. As each roommate brought home the literal fruits of their labour, the horticultural bug was infectious and soon Boles was working in a local greenhouse. Boles’ green thumb followed her up North, when she pedaled off from Nanaimo B.C., with a 15-year-old tent, a worn backpack and a set of panniers. And she didn’t stop pedaling till she hit Yukon soil. Since those university days, Boles is still a self-proclaimed “learner” in the garden. And in her words: “The garden is a great teacher.” The biggest lesson the Yukon garden has given her so far, is the art of perfecting Yukon’s soil. In it’s natural form, according to Boles, Yukon soil can be comparable to dark matter. Since the soil is packed and contains little air, the water lies on top, rather than sinking through and nourishing the earth. Accustomed to the good soil in Manitoba, Boles’ gardening heart still doesn’t skip a beat. She rolled up her sleeves and is currently concocting different mixtures of fertilizers, such as bone meal, blood meal and wood ash. Five star dining for plants. As a general rule of (green) thumb for soil adequacy, Boles says, “If you have worms in your garden, that’s a good sign.”

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A successful bunch of radishes grown at the Victoria Faulkner Women’s Centre garden To put soil on a sliding scale, sandy, grainy and light brown matter is pretty much the worst place to start off. Whereas the best soil is rich, dark, light and fluffy, like the texture of chocolate cake. According to Boles, soil isn’t just important in the present. The knowledge of a garden’s history is vital for its future success. To bring back our handy-dandy concept of a sliding scale, all plants can be ranked between the two extremes of a “heavy feed-

er” and a “light feeder.” Heavy feeders, such as cabbage, broccoli and sunflowers, need a large quantity of nutrients from the soil and consequently deplete the soil. Whereas light feeders, such as peas, beans and lettuce only need to absorb a small amount of nutrients from the soil in order to survive. So, asking your soil to sustain a heavy crop after heavy crop is like making it run a marathon and then asking it to run back home.

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Whereas, allowing your soil to yield a heavy crop then a light crop allows the soil to replenish itself. Boles points out that another important aspect of a gardening plan is companion planting. It’s the practice of planting different plants together based on their nutrient needs, allowing plants to complement, rather than hinder, one another’s growth. It results in “BFF” pairings of plants, such as cabbage beside dill and tomatoes with basil. Boles ranks a lack of companion planting near the top of her list of most common gardening mistakes, as well as attempting to put too many plants in a small space.

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When it comes to flowers, Boles loves the whimsical, messy and eclectic jungle aesthetic, teeming with plants of every kind. But when asked the crucial question: If you had to choose one, would it be food or flowers? Boles answered that she’d choose food. Food can be more frustrating to work with in the garden cautions Boles, as deformed flower can still look pretty, but non-edible vegetables are useless. Boles recommends kale as a good place to start. She is currently working on mastering the art of growing gourds in the Yukon. Without any gourds in her Yukon garden, Boles visited her home in Manitoba. She returned with a spaghetti squash from her prairie crop, stuffed in her backpack, a delicious prize proving her salt a gardener. But despite all of the frustrations, Boles still finds an inherent joy in gardening. With all the politics and craziness in the world, Boles loves to get down on her hands and knees and problem solve in the garden with a fistful of dirt. It’s calming. It’s peaceful. Currently, Boles is volunteering her time and expertise as the head gardener at the Victoria Faulkner Women’s Centre, an organization allowing a safe space for women to come together. She doesn’t plan to leave the Yukon, at least not until she perfects the art of its fickle soil, and guarantees she’ll still be a lifelong learner when it comes to the garden. Wherever Carrie Boles’ travels take her, one can guarantee she’ll leave a green thumbprint behind. Tess Casher is a new Yukoner and high school student interested in exploring the North.

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BBQ SPARE RIBS WITH WARM POTATO SALAD INGREDIENTS 1 RACK ST LOUIS STYLE SPARE RIBS, TRIMMED, MEMBRANE REMOVED 1 TSP KOSHER SALT 1/2 TSP BLACK PEPPER 1 LB NEW POTATOES 2 TBSP OLIVE OIL 4 HARD BOILED EGGS, QUARTERED 1/2 CUP SOUR CREAM, ROOM TEMPERATURE 1 TBSP DILL, CHOPPED 1 TBSP PARSLEY, CHOPPED 3 GREEN ONIONS, SLICED 3 TBSP WHITE WINE VINEGAR

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DOUBLE CUT PORK CHOP WITH SWEET & SOUR PEACHES

To make the ribs: Season all sides of the ribs with Traeger pork and poultry rub. When ready to cook, start the Traeger grill on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (4 to 5 minutes). Set the temperature to 250 degrees F and preheat, lid closed, for 10 to 15 minutes. Place ribs directly on the grill grate meat side up or in the Traeger rib rack with the bones leaning against the rack. Cook for 3 hours. After the first hour, spray the ribs with the apple juice. Spray every hour after that with apple juice. After cooking for 3-4 hours, brush the ribs on all sides with the barbecue sauce. Return to the grill for 30 minutes to an hour to “tighten” the sauce. For the potatoes salad: Toss potatoes with olive oil, salt and pepper and place on a cookie sheet. Place cookie sheet directly on the grill grate and cook for 25-30 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Remove from the grill and place hot potatoes in a medium bowl. Drizzle with vinegar and toss with hard boiled eggs, sour cream, dill, parsley and green onions. Slice rib rack into individual ribs and serve with a heaping scoop of warm potato salad. Enjoy!

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INGREDIENTS 2 TBSP OLIVE OIL 4 PEACHES, FIRM BUT RIPE, HALVED AND PITTED 2 SMALL WHITE ONIONS SLICED 1/2” THICK 2 SCALLIONS HALVED LEGNTHWISE 1 1/2 CUP HIGH WEST WHISKEY 1 CUP ORANGE JUICE 3/4 CUP SHERRY VINEGAR 1/2 CUP MADEIRA 1/2 CUP HONEY 1 TSP BLACK PEPPER 4 DOUBLE CUT PORK CHOPS 3 TBSP TRAEGER PORK AND POULTRY RUB

When ready to cook, start the Traeger grill on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (4 to 5 minutes). Set the temperature to 375 degrees F and preheat, lid closed, for 10 to 15 minutes. For the Whiskey Reduction: Add the whiskey, orange juice, sherry, madeira, honey and black pepper to the pan and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until it is thick and syrupy, about an hour. Reserve. For the Peaches: Heat a cast iron pan over medium-high heat. Add olive oil. Place the peaches, onion slices, and scallions, cut side down in the skillet. Griddle them until the peaches and onions caramelize and the scallions have just begun to soften, turning the onions and scallions as needed, about 20 minutes. Reserve and warm up when ready to serve. For the Pork Chops: Season pork chops generously with pork and poultry rub. Place chops directly on the grill grate and cook for 25 minutes each side or until the internal temperature reaches 140°F. Remove from grill and let rest 5 minutes before slicing. To serve, place pork chops, peaches, onions and scallions on a plate and drizzle with whiskey reduction. Enjoy!

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BEAVER CREEK

Fri, Aug, 4, Tot Time 9:30 am Nelnah Bessie John School Sat, Aug, 5, Volleyball 8:00 pm Beaver Creek Community Club Mon, Aug, 7, Tot Time 9:30 am Nelnah Bessie John School Tue, Aug, 8, Volleyball 8:00 pm Beaver Creek Community Club Until Jul, 31, Donald Watt - White Raven Lady Art House Carcross Donald Watt may have retired from snow carving, but he is still working the large! This lady has an eight-foot wingspan! Until Sat, Sep, 30, Art Marker Days Art House Carcross A behind the scenes experience not to be missed! Mediums range from clay, paint, metal and even computer circuit boards! 10 am to 4 pm daily Until Aug 14 Make Your First Jump Skydiving Carcross Call 250-964-8228 or email jump@skydivebc.ca for more info or to book a time. Wed, Aug, 2, Healthy Choices & Nutrition Activities 9:00 am Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Wed, Aug, 2, Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program Lunch 12:00 pm Ghùch Tlâ Community School For more info:kathleen. cranfield@ctfn.ca 821-4251 Wed, Aug, 2, Hiroshikai Judo 6:00 pm Ghùch Tlâ Community School 332-1031 Wed, Aug, 2, AA Carcross 6:30 pm Carcross/ Tagish First Nation Building Wed, Aug, 2, School Council 7:00 pm Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Thu, Aug, 3, CPNP Lunch 12:00 pm Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Thu, Aug, 3, Pottery with Claudia MacPhee 3:30 pm Ghùch Tlâ Community School Every Tuesday and Thursday, please enter by side door. Everyone welcome! no fee for community members 8673993321 Thu, Aug, 3, Sewing Nights 6:30 pm Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Thu, Aug, 3, Prenatal Classes for Mothers and Fathers to be 7:00 pm Ghùch Tlâ Community School With Kathleen Cranfield, Registered Midwife and CPNP coordinator Sat, Aug, 5, Traditional Handgames 1:00 pm Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Sun, Aug, 6, St. Saviour’s Church Service 11:00 am St. Saviour’s Church 867-668-3129 Mon, Aug, 7, CTRRC Mtng 10:00 am Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Mon, Aug, 7, Art at the Carving Shed 5:00 pm Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Mon, Aug, 7, AA - Tagish 7:30 pm Carcross/ Tagish First Nation Building Tue, Aug, 8, Elders Breakfast 10:00 am Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Tue, Aug, 8, Pottery with Claudia MacPhee 3:30 pm Ghùch Tlâ Community School Every Tuesday and Thursday, please enter by side door. Everyone welcome! no fee for community members 8673993321 Tue, Aug, 8, Tlingit Language classes 5:00 pm CTFN Capacity Building Tue, Aug, 8, Excellence Group 5:00 pm Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Tue, Aug, 8, Sports Night 6:00 pm Ghùch Tlâ Community School Tue, Aug, 8, Tlingit Language Game Nights 6:00 pm Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Tue, Aug, 8, Women’s Group 7:00 pm Carcross Community Campus 821-4251

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CARMACKS

Mondays-Fridays Kids Club After School Program 3:30 pm Carmacks Recreation Centre Ages 5-12, snacks provided Tue, Aug, 1, Village of Carmacks Council Meeting 7:00 pm Carmacks Recreation Centre

DAWSON CITY

Lane Swim Dawson City Pool Mon/Wed 6:30am-8:30am, Mon/Wed/Fri 5:30pm6:30pm, Tues/Thurs/Sat/Sun 12pm-1pm Parent and Tot Swim Dawson City Pool Mon/ Wed/Fri 5:30pm-6:30pm, Tues/Thurs/Sat/Sun 12pm-1pm Public Swim Dawson City Pool Mon/Wed/Fri 1:15pm-3pm and 6:30pm-8pm, Tues/Thurs 3pm-5pm, Fri/Sat 1:15pm-3pm Aquafit Dawson City Pool Mon/Wed/Fri 12pm-1pm and Tues/Thur 5:30pm-6:30pm Until Aug 12 Virginia Mitford: Alluvium, To Wash Against KIAC Klondike Institute of Art & Culture Exhibit showing until August 12, 2017 Wed, Aug, 2, Sasquatch and the Unexplained 11:00 am Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre A North-end walking tour sharing stories of the unfamiliar, stroll with a heritage interpreter up to the base of the Moosehide Slide for a truly super-natural chat about bush man encounters. Wed, Aug, 2, Wild and Rosie Apothecary Program 2:30 pm Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre Explore how to create beautiful, natural products with plants from our traditional territory. Wed, Aug, 2, Bannock and Tea 3:00 pm Tombstone Territorial Park Wed, Aug, 2, CFYT Trivia 8:00 pm The Billy Goat A fundraiser for CFYT local radio. Thu, Aug, 3, Bannock and Sourdough: Food of the trail 11:30 am Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre Learn about the history of these hardy foods of the north and enjoy a cup of campfire coffee or bush tea. Free! Thu, Aug, 3, Nature Walk 2:00 pm Tombstone Territorial Park Thu, Aug, 3, Kids Swim Movie Night 6:30 pm Dawson City Pool Swim, eat popcorn and watch a movie!

Thu, Aug, 3, YEU Local Y026 (Klondike) monthly meeting 7:00 pm YTG Property management building Thu, Aug, 3, Guided Hike: Goldensides Trail 7:00 pm Tombstone Territorial Park Thu, Aug, 3, Open Mic In The Lounge 9:00 pm Westminster Hotel Hosted by Jonathan Howe Fri, Aug, 4 – Sun Aug 6 Geology Weekend Tombstone Territorial Park Fri, Aug, 4, Super Seniors Weights 55+ 11:00 am Dawson City Fitness Centre Fri, Aug, 4, Women & Weights (Ladies Only) 12:00 pm Dawson City Fitness Centre Fri, Aug, 4, Nature Walk 2:00 pm Tombstone Territorial Park Fri, Aug, 4, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Youth Centre 3:00 pm Tr’ondek Hwech’in Youth Centre Sat, Aug, 5, Guided Hike into the Alpine 10:00 am Tombstone Territorial Park Sat, Aug, 5, Painting 1:00 pm KIAC Klondike Institute of Art & Culture Inspire and be inspired by other artists. Bring your own ideas and painting surfaces. Paints, brushes and easels are supplied, no instruction offered. Sat, Aug, 5, Wild and Rosie Apothecary Program 2:30 pm Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre Explore how to create beautiful, natural products with plants from our traditional territory. Sat, Aug, 5, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Youth Centre 3:00 pm Tr’ondek Hwech’in Youth Centre Sun, Aug, 6, Guided Hike: North Klondike Trail 10:00 am Tombstone Territorial Park Sun, Aug, 6, St. Paul’s Church Service 10:30 am St Paul’s Church 867-993-5381 Sun, Aug, 6, Soul Sunday with The Sweet Nuggets 11:00 pm Westminster Hotel Aug, 7-11 Dance Camp KIAC Klondike Institute of Art & Culture Register at the Rec Dept. For more info call 867-993-7400 ex 299 Mon, Aug, 7, Super Seniors Weights 55+ 11:00 am Dawson City Fitness Centre Mon, Aug, 7, Women & Weights (Ladies Only) 12:00 pm Dawson City Fitness Centre Mon, Aug, 7, Nature Walk 2:00 pm Tombstone Territorial Park Mon, Aug, 7, Recreation Board Meeting 5:30 pm Art & Margaret Fry Recreation Centre Recreation board grants are due the Thursday preceding each meeting Mon, Aug, 7, Guided Hike: Goldensides Trail 7:00 pm Tombstone Territorial Park Tue, Aug, 8, Bannock and Sourdough: Food of the trail 11:30 am Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre Learn about the history of these hardy foods of the north and enjoy a cup of campfire coffee or bush tea. Free! Tue, Aug, 8, Step n Strong 7:00 pm Robert Service School For more information email: getrealfit(at)me.com 867-993-2520 Tue, Aug, 8, Dawson City Council Meeting 7:00 pm Dawson City Town Hall The meetings are aired live on Dawson City TV Channel 12. Council holds a Question Period at each meeting that takes place towards the end of the meeting. This provides the public an opportunity to ask Council questions. 867993-7400 Tue, Aug, 8, Life Drawing Drop-in 7:00 pm KIAC Klondike Institute of Art & Culture Open to all skill levels! Bring your own paper or purchase it there. Drawing tools provided. Tue, Aug, 8, Campfire Program 7:30 pm Tombstone Territorial Park

FARO

Wed, Aug, 2, Fireside Chats and Bocce Tournaments Campbell Region Interpretive Center Wed, Aug, 2, AquaFit 8:00 am Faro Recreation Centre Wed, Aug, 2, Faro Fire Department Meeting 7:00 pm Faro Recreation Centre Faro Fire Department Wednesday Meeting. Fri, Aug, 4, AquaFit 8:00 am Faro Recreation Centre Fri, Aug, 4, Teen Drop in Gym 7:00 pm Del Van Gorder School Sun, Aug, 6, Faro Church of Apostles Mass 10:00 am Church of Apostles Sun, Aug, 6, Faro Bible Chapel Sunday Service 10:30 am Faro Bible Chapel with Pastor Ted Baker 994-2442 994-2442 Tue, Aug, 8, Parent & Tot Storytime 10:00 am Faro Community Library For babies to age 4. Stories & crafts will be provided

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Shakwak Pool - Family Swim Haines Junction Community Centre Mon/Tues/Fri 11:30am-1pm, Sat&Sun 9:30am-11am Shakwak Pool - Lane Swim Haines Junction Community Centre Mon-Fri 6:30am-9am, Sat&Sun 8am-9:30am Shakwak Pool - Public Swim 6:00 pm Haines Junction Community Centre Mon 1pm4:30pm & 5:30pm-8pm, Tues&Fri 1pm-8pm, Wed&Thurs 5pm-8pm, Sat & Sun 11am-1pm & 5:30-8pm Wed, Aug, 2, Seniors - Drop-In and Activities 1:30 pm Haines Junction Seniors Apartments Arts, craft, fitness, pool tournaments, shuffleboard, carpet bowling, and card and board games. Refreshments. Wed, Aug, 2, Adult Volleyball 6:30 pm St. Elias Community School Wed, Aug, 2, Campfire Talk - A Peek at the Peaks 8:00 pm Kathleen Lake Campground Adventurers from all over the world come to Kluane to climb the high peaks. Learn how mountaineering has changed over the years around a cozy campfire. Bring a mug for tea! For more info call 841 4500 Everyone is welcome. Thu, Aug, 3, Elders’ Tea & Fitness Lunch 11:00 am Mun Ku Thu, Aug, 3, Seniors - Carpet Bowling 1:30 pm St Elias Convention Centre All Seniors and Elders welcome!

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Thu, Aug, 3, Chair Yoga For Seniors 3:00 pm Haines Junction Seniors Apartments Thu, Aug, 3, Adult Soccer 7:30 pm St. Elias Community School Thu, Aug, 3, Open Mic 7:30 pm St Elias Convention Centre Thu, Aug, 3, Campfire Talk - Caring for Kokanee 8:00 pm Kathleen Lake Campground Telling stories around a cozy campfire. Bring a mug for tea! For more info call 841 4500 Everyone is welcome. Fri, Aug, 4, Story Hour 10:00 am Haines Junction Community Library Fri, Aug, 4, Friday Night Salmon Bake Marco Claviera 6:00 pm Village Bakery and Deli Delicious food, live music, call 634-2867 or email villagebakeryyukon@gmail.com for more information. Fri, Aug, 4, Campfire Talk - Bear With Us: Grizzlies in Kluane 8:00 pm Kathleen Lake Campground Telling stories around a cozy campfire. Bring a mug for tea! For more info call 841 4500 Everyone is welcome. Sat, Aug, 5, Campfire Talk - Shakāt; Living the Seasonal Round 8:00 pm Kathleen Lake Campground Telling stories around a cozy campfire. Bring a mug for tea! For more info call 841 4500 Everyone is welcome. Sun, Aug, 6, Music Jam 10:00 am Village Bakery and Deli Sun, Aug, 6, St Christopher’s Church Service 10:30 am St Christopher’s Church Licensed Lay Leader: Lynn De Brabandere 867-634-2360 Sun, Aug, 6, Campfire Talk - Sunday Funday 8:00 pm Kathleen Lake Campground Sundays are for Fun! Medicine making, yoga, hikes, family funday, and a special movie night. Fees may apply. For more info call 841 4500. Everyone is welcome. Mon, Aug, 7, Fitness Classes - Pilates & Yoga 5:15 pm Da Ku Cultural Centre Mon, Aug, 7, Campfire Talk - Dakwäkäda (High Cache Place) 8:00 pm Kathleen Lake Campground Telling stories around a cozy campfire. Bring a mug for tea! For more info call 841 4500 Everyone is welcome. Tue, Aug, 8, Southern Tutchone Classes 12:00 pm Da Ku Cultural Centre Tue, Aug, 8, Takhini Family Game Night 7:00 pm Takhini Hall Tue, Aug, 8, Campfire Talk - The Climates They Are A-Changin’ 8:00 pm Kathleen Lake Campground In the last number of years, unanticipated ecological changes have been occurring related to climate change we will discuss what’s happening in Kluane around a cozy campfire. Bring a mug for tea! For more info call 841 4500 Everyone is welcome.

KENO CITY

Until Aug, 2, 2017 Keno City Music and Art Workshop Keno CIty Registrations for the 2017 Keno City Music and Art Workshop for Adults are now available. For more information please contact producer Kim Beggs at: kenocityworkshop@gmail.com or call 867-334-8696

MARSH LAKE

Wed, Aug, 2, Waste Mgnt Society Meeting 7:00 pm Marsh Lake Community Centre Fri, Aug, 4, Jackalope Friday Dinners 7:00 pm Marsh Lake Community Centre Sat, Aug, 5, Tot Group 10:00 am Marsh Lake Community Centre Sat, Aug, 5, Knitting Circle 1:00 pm Marsh Lake Community Centre 660-4999 managermarshlake@gmail.com Sun, Aug, 6, Drop in Badminton 11:00 am Marsh Lake Community Centre Tue, Aug, 8, North of 60 Seniors Cafe 2:00 pm Marsh Lake Community Centre Tue, Aug, 8, Tot Group 2:00 pm Marsh Lake Community Centre Tue, Aug, 8, Yoga 5:30 pm Marsh Lake Community Centre Drop in Yoga info@ yogawhitehorse.ca Tue, Aug, 8, Local Advisory Council 7:00 pm Marsh Lake Community Centre followed by hot apple cider and refreshments. 660-4999

MAYO

Tues & Thurs Mayo Aquafit 7pm-8pm Mayo Recreation Centre Mon-Sat Mayo Public Swim Mayo Community Hall And Recreation Centre MonFri 3:30pm-5:30pm, Sat 1:30pm-5:30pm Fri, Aug, 4, Dinner and Movie Night 5:00 pm Mayo Community Hall And Recreation Centre Sat, Aug, 5, Mayo Summer Market 10:00 am J.V. Clark School Call 334-5131 for more information Sun, Aug, 6, St. Mary’s Church Service 11:00 am St Mary’s Church (867)667-7746 Tue, Aug, 8, Mayo Sewing Nights 7:00 pm Yukon College Mayo Campus

OLD CROW

Thu, Aug, 3, Adult Night at the Youth Centre 7:00 pm Old Crow Community Center Sun, Aug, 6, St. Luke’s Church Service 11:00 am St. Luke’s Church 867-993-5381 Tue, Aug, 8, Gym Night 7:00 pm Old Crow Community Center

TAGISH

Tuesday - Saturdays Tagish Treasures Thrift Store 10:00 AM Tagish Community Centre Wed, Aug, 2, Tagish Library 12:00 pm Tagish Community Centre 399-3418 Wed, Aug, 2, Coffee and Chat: Tagish Community Centre 2:00 pm Tagish Community Centre Fresh baked goods every Wednesday. Wed, Aug, 2, Tagish Advisory Council meeting 7:00 pm Tagish Community Centre Agenda posted at tagish.ca Sat, Aug, 5, Pickleball 11:00 am Tagish Community Centre Come try Pickleball, a new sport offered which combines table tennis and regular tennis.

Sat, Aug, 5, Tagish Library 12:00 pm Tagish Community Centre 399-3418 Sun, Aug, 6, Tagish Community Church of the Nazarene 7:00 pm Tagish Community Church of the Nazarene 633-4903 tagishcc@ gmail.com Mon, Aug, 7, Carcross Tagish Renewable Resource Council 12:30 pm Tagish Community Centre All welcome to attend. Wed, Aug, 9, Tagish Library 12:00 pm Tagish Community Centre 399-3418 Wed, Aug, 9, Coffee and Chat: Tagish Community Centre 2:00 pm Tagish Community Centre Fresh baked goods every Wednesday.

TESLIN

Thu, Aug, 3, Bootcamp 6:00 pm Teslin Rec Center Every Thursday, come down for a fantastic workout! 335-4250 teslinrec@teslin. ca Thu, Aug, 3, Badminton Nights 7:00 pm Teslin Rec Center Every Thursday, bring your racket or just bring your self for some swift fun! 335-4250 teslinrec@teslin.ca Fri, Aug, 4, Youth Club 8:00 pm Teslin Rec Center For grades 7-12, come hang out, games, activities and snacks! Call Kelsey 3354250 for more information. Tue, Aug, 8, Yoga in the Mezzanine 5:15 pm Teslin Rec Center Every Tuesday, mats provided just bring your zen. 335-4250 teslinrec@teslin.ca Tue, Aug, 8, Teslin Dance Group Practice 7:00 pm Teslin Healing Centre Every Tuesday evening, for more info contact Melaina at 867.390.2532 ext. 333 or Melaina.sheldon@ ttc-teslin.com

WATSON LAKE

Daily at 12-4pm & 6-8pm Yukon`s Northern Lights Showtimes -Two scheduled shows / day 1pm and 6:30 pm – will show on request for large groups as well.Northern Lights Center Features the amazing phenomena known as the ‘Northern Lights’ or ‘Aurora borealis’, the Northern Lights Centre boasts state-of-the-art panoramic video and surround-sound systems. Daily Public Swim Watson Lake Dennis Ball Swimming Pool 3:30pm - 5:30pm Thu, Aug, 3, Help and Hope Drop in for Moms and Kids 1:00 pm Watson Lake Recreation Centre Crafts and Activities together! Thu, Aug, 3, Body Fit 7:00 pm Watson Lake Recreation Centre Contact Meaghan for more information 536-8023 Sat, Aug, 5, Arts in the Park 12:00 pm Sign Post Forest Every Saturday, live music and entertainment. Sun, Aug, 6, St. John’s Church Service 10:00 am St. John’s Church Service (867) 536-2932 Mon, Aug, 7, Help and Hope Drop in for Moms and Kids 1:00 pm Watson Lake Recreation Centre Crafts and Activities together! Tue, Aug, 8, Body Fit 7:00 pm Watson Lake Recreation Centre Contact Meaghan for more information 536-8023

HAINES

Daily Everyone Welcome Swim Haines Community Centre 11:00 AM & 5:00 PM. No Swim Sundays Mon-Thu Haines Public Library Open 11:00 am Haines Borough Public Library Haines Borough Public Library Hours: Mon-Thu 10-9 | Fri 10-6 | Sat/Sun 12:30-4:30 | 7662545 Until Jul, 30, Alaskan Members Show Sheldon Museum & Cultural Centre Features 7 Alaskan artists, 4 of which are from Haines. Wed, Aug, 2, Aqua Aerobics 8:00 am Haines Borough Swimming Pool Wed, Aug, 2, Tai Chi 10:30 am Chilkat Center For The Arts Wed, Aug, 2, Summer Reading Program Finale @ Tlingit Playground 12:00 pm Haines Borough Public Library Wed, Aug, 2, Tlingit Language Class 3:30 pm Sheldon Museum & Cultural Centre Wed, Aug, 2, Game Time @ the Library 4:30 pm Haines Borough Public Library Wed, Aug, 2, Kids Jujutsu 5:00 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Wed, Aug, 2, Sword Class 6:30 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Wed, Aug, 2, Open Mic Nite 10:00 pm Pioneer Bar Thu, Aug, 3, Tai Chi 5:30 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Thu, Aug, 3, Tai Chi - Beginning 6:30 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Thu, Aug, 3, Adv. Beginner Tai Chi 7:30 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Fri, Aug, 4, Aqua Aerobics 8:00 am Haines Borough Swimming Pool Fri, Aug, 4, Tai Chi 10:30 am Chilkat Center For The Arts Fri, Aug, 4, Story time @ Library 12:00 pm Haines Borough Public Library Fri, Aug, 4, Story time 12:00 pm Haines Borough Public Library Fri, Aug, 4, Yoga with Mandy 1:00 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Fri, Aug, 4, Game Time @ the Library 4:30 pm Haines Borough Public Library Sat, Aug, 5, Haines Farmers Market 10:00 am Southeast Alaska State Fair Grounds (Harriett Hall) Sun, Aug, 6, Sunday Worship 11:00 am Haines Presbyterian Church Sun, Aug, 6, St Michael’s - lobby 11:30 am Chilkat Center For The Arts Mon, Aug, 7, Aqua Aerobics 8:00 am Haines Borough Swimming Pool Mon, Aug, 7, Tai Chi 10:30 am Chilkat Center For The Arts

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Hiking the Same Ol’ Trail

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never understood how people love to go camping at the same spot year after year, or walk the same trail over and over, canoe the same river, or go to the same mall. I realize now that we all have different goals. I myself have a strong desire to explore. And finally, I am starting to understand that even this can be done at the same spot. After all, I have been living in the same place for nearly 25 years. Having pretty well exhausted all the different trails around here, I have had to learn that no trail is always the same. I will be Stony Creek Trail for the third time this year. Going up the same old way, (starting at the Stony Creek gravel pit along the Alaska Highway, around 58 km northwest of Whitehorse. The trail is on the east side of the gravel pit and works it’s way up the bank. Make sure you know where you are going beforehand as the trail is not marked.) I brought a mining claim map with me. Stony Creek has always had a small mining operation, but in recent years there has been a flurry of claim staking. The claims are laid out in an orderly grid pattern. In the Yukon, posts still need to physically mark the claim area, and from post to post there are still cutlines where the trees need to be cleared. Today, I plan on following one of those cutlines to come out by the creek on higher ground, where the existing trail has long veered away from the creek. Soon, it becomes apparent how important it is to know the area when venturing off the beaten track. I find a cutline fast enough, but If you have done any wandering in the wilderness, you might know how easy it is to get disorientated. In 10 minutes (lucky only 10) I walked in a circle, coming out by the main trail a little ways back. The fact that it can happen so easily without realizing it is an important lesson on its own. Hiking in a group probably

would have avoided this, as someone would have noticed. I give it another try, now making sure I keep my bearings. All goes well, without having to use my compass (which I have as a back-up). I walk in a straight line from visible and distinguishable treetop to treetop, ending up at the treeline. As nature wills, the treeline is not as clearly defined as a cutline. The forest just opens up slowly; the terrain becomes more open. However, the cutline either stops here or is not visibly marked anymore. I decide to cut through to the creek from here and I can see the clay bank on the other side. Easier said than done. “Why is the forest always so thick around creeks and rivers?” I mutter to myself. I do my research later, sitting on my sunny porch. Apparently streamside vegetation, as it can be called, drops food and nutrients into streams for fish. (There are no fish in Stony Creek that I know of). Tree roots and shrubs along the banks provide fish with hiding places away from predators and they moderate the water temperature during the hot summer months. Dense vegetation stabilizes stream banks and prevents excessive erosion. It also keeps the water clear by filtering rainwater runoff and slowing flow from heavy rains. In addition, and the spongy soils soak up excess water and release it slowly. Most wildlife uses these streamside areas at some point in their life cycles. They also are used as wildlife corridors to move unseen from one area to another. Yes, there could be bears, in such areas, and I keep alert and sing songs to warn them, letting them know that I’m only moving through. I find a moose trail that comes out by the creek and it soon becomes apparent that moose walk in the creek. I don’t plan to do that today. Instead, I enjoy sitting beside the rushing water on a particularly large boulder, which makes an opening

in the thick bush. I continue up the creek, often coming to dead ends – rabbit holes, I call them – where I have no way to continue. Yet, somehow I always manage to continue, while finding some beautiful darkness-loving wildflowers in the moss along the way. I have long wanted to see if there is an easy way to cross the creek for future hikes to go to the mountain on the opposite side, and now I look for one. There is not! The only way – that I already knew about – is the long way around, up and down or “sidehilling” three peaks, coming out above Stony Creek and going around it. As soon as the bank steepens, I am faced with a vertical rock wall alongside the creek ahead and I turn away from the creek to head up the mountain slope, finding a relatively open gateway to higher ground. Huffing and puffing, due to the steep slope, I finally get above the treeline and discover not just a single flower here and there, but a whole carpet of sun loving flowers. Again, knowing the area, I know to avoid a fold in the mountain full of scraggy willows that are about eight feet tall. Still, I go higher. First, to come out above the moraine that connects this mountain to the next: the one where I know the original trail ends. This is where I have lunch, out in the open, in a spot that offers me a view of the whole Takhini Valley and the mountain beyond. I can also see the location of the trail end, a point that I call basecamp. I feel at peace once I know exactly where I am. The Stony Creek Trail, which at almost two meters wide is a welldefined trail, is actually notorious for getting lost on. But those are stories for another day. Trails can give a false sense of security. Even when following a trail, I always make sure I know the area I am in, by way of maps and orientating myself before and

A carpet of flowers, phlox and cinquefoil

A yellow anemone in the undergrowth along the creek

during the trip. I still hike without a GPS. I know a GPS can help a lot, but what if it fails to work? I always have a plan B, C or even D. If you go east from the base camp on the Stony Creek hike there is an incredibly beautiful vertical rock face (visible from

the Alaska highway). Someday, I would like to explore it some more. Just another day on the “same ol’ trail.” Jozien Keijzer is a visual artist, writer and avid hiker who lives in the Mendenhall Subdivision.

On an earlier hike this year, Janet took a close look at the claim post

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