On the Road and In Your Backyard

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Today, pictures from valued commenter Origuy.

In August 2018, I went to the North American Orienteering Championships in Whitehorse, YK. I’d torn my knee in May and was still recovering from surgery, but I’d booked the trip and didn’t want to cancel. Since my club is hosting the NAOC in Tahoe in 2020, I also wanted to see how the Canadians were doing it and meet some of the organizers.
Whitehorse is the only city in the Yukon Territory. It was a stopping point on the way to the Klondike gold fields, because the rapids on the Yukon River hindered travel.

Taken on 2019-06-23 00:00:00

Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada

The rapids on the river gave the town its name, as the whitewater gave the prospectors the idea of white horses stampeding. Eventually, the river was cleared of rocks to allow passage.

Taken on 2018-08-23 00:00:00

Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada

This is the Klondike II, which ran from Whitehorse to Dawson City from 1937-1955. It doesn’t go anywhere now, but it’s been restored as a tourist attraction and a national historic site.

Taken on 2018-08-23 00:00:00

Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada

I love the First Nations art that you find all over the Pacific Northwest.

Taken on 2018-08-24 00:00:00

Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada

This artwork hangs in the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre. It commemorates the indigenous women who are missing or murdered in the territory. The woman’s dress is made of of moccasin tops sewn and beaded by the women of the community.
Dozens of women have gone missing or been found murdered in the west of Canada and Alaska. Highway 16 in northern British Columbia has been called the Highway of Tears.

Taken on 2018-08-24 00:00:00

Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada

I stayed in Whitehorse with a very nice couple who had an AirBNB apartment in their basement. It was right downtown and close to where the shuttles for the orienteering events picked up. On my last night, my host drove me to the top of Grey Mountain to see the sunset.

 

Thank you so much Origuy, do send us more when you can.

 

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10 replies
  1. 1
    Raven says:

    Great stuff!

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    Le Comte de Monte Cristo, fka Edmund Dantes says:

    I’m interested in the orienteering thing, and am now going to look it up for my exit from this goddamned hard boot for my Achilles’ tendon rupture.

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    HinTN says:

    @Raven: Indeed! Mrs H and I are headed to Vancouver city and Vancouver Island in the near future. North America is a lovely place.

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    JPL says:

    It’s so joyful to come to this post daily to see the wonderful pictures of travels.

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    debbie says:

    @JPL:

    Seconded. This is still a beautiful planet!

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    @JPL: Thirded.

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    Alternative Fax, a hip hop artist from Idaho says:

    Very cool pics – thanks.

    @JPL: Fourthed.

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    Michele Danielson says:

    Beautiful area – thanks for sharing.

    I did the Army version of orienteering at Fort Huachuca during intelligence analysts training back in 1975. They dropped us off in small groups in the desert after dark and we had to navigate ourselves using maps and compasses to a series of control points then back to a central point . I recall feeling exhilarated when we finished – a real feeling of accomplishment (helped a lot that the training was excellent). There were a few injuries in some of the groups – someone fell off a ledge and landed on a cactus; someone else was bit by a scorpion; and someone sprained an ankle. All in all, though,a good experience for most of us.

    I used those skills multiple times while canoeing the Boundary Waters. The body won’t cooperate nowadays, but I still love maps.

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    arrieve says:

    Wonderfull pictures. I just got back from a trip to the Canadian Rockies, and now I want to see a lot more of Canada. What a beautiful country, what a beautiful world.

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    Origuy says:

    @Le Comte de Monte Cristo, fka Edmund Dantes: Orienteering Louisville is very active. Orienteering Cincinnati also holds events in Kentucky and southern Indiana. I went to an event at Carter Caves State Park a few years ago.

    I did do all of the orienteering events, although I walked with a knee brace. My surgeon and physical therapists were great.

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