Thursday, 21 June 2007

Midsummer memories






I’m feeling wistful. On this day last year I was drinking beer around midnight in a bar in Destruction Bay, the Yukon, and it was still daylight. I can’t say I saw the midnight sun as Destruction Bay doesn’t do sun, just eerie twilight and an amazing scouring wind that blows 365 days a year.


The bar was crowded with construction workers and some of the toughest looking women I’ve ever seen in my life, but they were all amiable and we passed a pleasant evening talking football and the world cup. I know absolutely nothing about football but beer helps to extend opinions and I don’t think anyone else knew much either.





I remember feeling a bit wistful that evening as well . We were coming to the last couple of days of our drive from Seattle, into Canada, along Highways 97 and 99 to Dawson City and up the Alaskan Highway, on route to my friend’s home in central Alaska. An epic drive through the most amazing scenery ever.





My Alaskan friend’s daughter had just graduated from Washington State and needed to drive her car home, so we joined her for one of the most amazing road journeys in the world. She drove most of the way , with her mum, my man and me hanging out of the windows snapping photos, yarning, singing and generally behaving like a bunch of teenagers on a spree. It was great, even if our cheeky young driver did tell people we met on the way that she’d just picked us up at a pioneer home (Old folk’s home to us in the UK) Bless her!

8 comments:

Crystal Jigsaw said...

It is funny how having drink on board tends to bring out the opinionated! Sounds like a fascinating trip. Beautiful photos, obviously an unforgettable time for you.
Crystal x

ChrisH said...

Lovely photos, lovely memories but good time ahead, too.

Suffolkmum said...

Sounds wonderful. Memories like that can make you feel wistful, I know. I've always wanted to go to Alaska.

Julie said...

sounds great wonderfull memories xx jep

Zoë said...

stunning scenery, quite takes your breathe away

snailbeachshepherdess said...

That sounded wonderful and the pictures are amazing too. Just seen your homework as well...how did you get into all the wildlife work?

FunkyMunky said...

Sounds fantastic. I always get wistful when I remember my holidays or good times. Especially when looking out of a window at yet more British rainfall!!

Thanks for your comments on my blog. I also hope the next 30 years are as happy as the last 6 for me! Hope my husband hasn't left me for a younger model by then!! Doubt it actually, in many ways he's the older one!

Pondside said...

How did I miss this blog? Lovely photos - they make me wish to get into the car and start driving north. One of the trips on my 'want to' list is the inside passage ferry http://www.bcferries.com/schedules/inside/
I envy you the trip you made!