Friday, July 31, 2009

Vacation

July has come to an end and so has vacation time although summer is not over yet. During July, from the 5th to the 15th my wife and I toured historic Yukon with a stop in Whitehorse, the capital, and Dawson City, the site of the world famous Klondike gold rush. Both place were exciting for anyone interested in history, particularly that of about 100 years ago.
As well, the scenery was spectacular and the wild life was plentiful. We saw bears (only black bears), caribou, sheep, moose, deer, birds of great variety, and squirrels. The fauna as well was most interesting as the flowers were in full bloom due to the lengthy daylight hours.
Dawson City was of particular interest as it was the site of the main gold explorations and discoveries.
Also it was the home of Robert Service, Jack London, Pierre Berton, and many other notable figures including Diamond Tooth Gertie, a famous dance hall matron who had a diamond implanted in her front teeth.
Many of the old buildings have been restored, in particular the Grand Palace Theater where modern day plays and movies are shown.
All in all, it was a fantastic holiday and rejuvenated the creative juices.