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Confessions of a Yukon Greenhorn
Essay by Liz Hardwick, NOLS Instructor
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3
There were also some less idyllic things about my first summer in the north: the swell of bug bites making my neck thick and my eyes puffy, bailing water out of our tent at night and forcing feet into frozen morning boots. These things, too, shaped my first experience in the Yukon. By the end of the summer, I wasn’t ready to leave. I stayed a few weeks more until the sky darkened enough to see the Aurora Borealis.
© David Anderson
My highlight of this past summer was another person’s first Yukon experience. She was an amazing woman on a Yukon Outdoor Educator course. The north wasn’t new to her; she was from Labrador in north-eastern Canada. She already had the passion about where she came from that many northerners have. Her landscape was similar to the Yukon, though much flatter, and when she climbed her first peak ever on the course, she could not contain herself. She burst into tears mixed with laughter and awe. That’s the kind of effect the Yukon can have on a person.
© / Richard Hartmier
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