spring breakup: a swimming tale

For a while there it seemed the "spring fever vs ice" competition was over. The Yukon River broke weeks ago, and it's hot enough in the daytime to get a slight sunburn, as I found out yesterday. But I had to drive between Dawson City and Whitehorse twice in the past two weeks, and as… Continue reading spring breakup: a swimming tale

dawson ice guessing contest: it’s all over

The wait is over. It's been more of a melt-off than a break-up this spring 2010, but the Yukon River is running again. The ice broke its grip at 3:12 a.m. this morning, according to Joyce Cayley, speaking on CFYT Radio on behalf of IODE. The annual Ice Guessing Contest is over. But what's the… Continue reading dawson ice guessing contest: it’s all over

almost as good as a helicopter

Almost as good as a helicopter: the website http://www.mammothmapping.com provides fodder for spring break-up obsession with photos taken from the Sunnydale Lookout, south and west of Dawson City. In other words, from the "other" side of the Yukon River, providing views currently unavailable to any of us in town unless we hire air transportation. Here's… Continue reading almost as good as a helicopter

spring fever 2: ice 2 – momentary truce

Today, again I walked along the Yukon from town to the Yukon-Klondike confluence and all the way to the bridge that goes over the Klondike. All clear (well, silty) running water at the bridge. And a moment of stillness at the confluence. 1 point goes to spring fever for keeping everything under control and managing… Continue reading spring fever 2: ice 2 – momentary truce

artist seeks coach: spring fever vs ice

Spring is taking its sloooww sweet time to warm everything up, but considering last year's sudden melt and how much damage that caused - flooding and thicker-than-average ice floes wiped out Eagle, Alaska, for example - I am trying hard not to complain. (See my post from last May about Eagle's rough ride). And, well,… Continue reading artist seeks coach: spring fever vs ice