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

ice essentials, dawson city film fest

Last weekend Dawson City was wrapped up in the 11th annual International Short Film Festival, and it was "an obliterating mind expander" to quote one of the writers on the Fest's confessional blog (I'll just confess here that I was too busy having my mind torqued and my martini-consumption levels tested to take time to… Continue reading ice essentials, dawson city film fest

lumps of freshwater ice: shackleton in the weddell sea

I took the book South out of my bag and immersed myself in its prose as I waited for my sushi to be prepared. The sidewalks outside were icy, but indoors everyone was jacketless. In another time, near another continent, Ernest Shackleton and his men were not so comfortable: We ate a cold meal and… Continue reading lumps of freshwater ice: shackleton in the weddell sea

shot glasses for birthday toasts

What to make for a friend's birthday when she already has everything she needs? Ice shot glasses, for sure! It was only -16 C last Sunday, so I put the shot glass molds fairly early to give them enough time to set (10 a.m. on a weekend is early for this bird). When I removed… Continue reading shot glasses for birthday toasts