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  • Day171

    A few dry hours means a walk in the park

    October 18, 2019 in Canada ⋅ 🌧 9 °C

    Well Vancouver is known to rain often but it just has not stopped since we arrived! Yesterday we decided to do a bus tour around the city to try and stay dry! We ended up meeting a friend who we both used to work with years ago for dinner which was lovely!

    Today, we went back on the bus tour but got off at a few stops to make the most of a dry morning but the rain soon caught up with us again! We made a couple of stops in Stanley Park, then we got off in Chinatown and had a yummy lunch! We then headed off to the Capilano Suspension Bridge.
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  • Day169

    Look who's in the big city of Van

    October 16, 2019 in Canada ⋅ 🌧 12 °C

    I made another trip from the ranch to Vancouver to meet Grace for a week’s holiday! We went straight to our first NHL hockey game to support the Vancouver Canucks! It was a fairly violent game but the Canucks won!!

    The next day we were both a bit tired so had a lazy start and had brunch at Jam Cafe - you have to have pancakes when in North America, but I couldn’t finish mine, it was so big!! Then we went up the Vancouver Lookout for views all over the (rainy) city. We had a wander around Canada Place and then spent the rest of the afternoon at the Museum of Vancouver. The city has such a rich history that I didn’t know much about before!
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  • Day165

    Happy thanksgiving!

    October 12, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 0 °C

    Happy thanksgiving from Canada!! We had a few of the residents at the ranch who brought some family and friends for the weekend. They put on a huge turkey dinner and invited the volunteer crew to join them. Wow...what a feast!! There was about 30 of us and we had 3 turkeys, a ham and all the trimmings! Myself and another of the volunteers made (way too much!) dessert! Needless to say we’ll be eating leftovers for days!

    We also went to an Indian Reserve to watch their annual round up. Every thanksgiving weekend, they roundup as many of the wild horses as they can to separate them and brand the new foals amongst a few other things. They have over 500 wild horses on their land and were out for 2 whole days trying to find them and bring them in. They didn’t get nearly all of them but there was still a fair amount. It was hard to watch some aspects of it, but it was also interesting to be welcomed and be a part of this tradition.

    We’ve ended our thanksgiving weekend with some drinks and music around the campfire.
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  • Day161

    What happened to Fall?

    October 8, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ -2 °C

    A few of us went to our first hockey game in Merritt to support the Merritt Centennials! It was great, and they won!

    I think we’ve skipped fall and gone straight into winter here on the ranch! We woke up the other day to lots of snow and minus temperatures!! The snow is now slowly melting but we’re still waking up with around -10C each morning! The ranch is at quite a high elevation (approx 3600ft!) so we’ve had it pretty bad!Read more

  • Day154

    Last trail rides of the season

    October 1, 2019 in Canada ⋅ 🌙 0 °C

    We managed to get on another 2 trail rides before the snow came which were great, both for us and the horses! We went to Loon lake and back both times which was about 2/2.5 hours. I’ve really been enjoying the trail rides and working with the horses.

    The first time I took Shorty, but with his short legs he was struggling to keep up with the others, and all he wants to do is eat the grass!! So the next time I took Buck who was a better fit for keeping up with the horses but he ended up losing a shoe! All good in the end though!
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  • Day144

    Last day in Whitehorse :(

    September 21, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    I spent my last day in Whitehorse enjoying nature in a slightly different way - on a horse trail ride! It was so much fun, and I was the only one there so had my own private guide! It was with a wilderness ranch, who also have over 100 husky’s that they train year round for dog sledding.

    Then I went to Yukon Brewing for a tour and tasting...a great end to my time in Yukon!

    It will be an early night tonight ahead of an early start tomorrow for my journey back to the ranch in Merritt!
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  • Day143

    A slightly easier day

    September 20, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    I took it a bit easier today and went to the MacBride Museum of Yukon History and then the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre. Yukon is very proud of its First Nations history and you see that all throughout Whitehorse. They still keep their traditions alive and pass them down the generations, even the Native languages which are all so different in the different communities.

    I took a stroll around the city and did a bit of shopping before heading to the Klondike Ribs and Salmon for dinner. I’m told it’s thee place to eat in Whitehorse and tonight was the last night before they close for the season. I went for the house special - ribs and salmon - but I kind of regretted it as soon as it arrived at my table. Well, it did taste good!! I only managed half of it though, so the other half will be dinner tomorrow! 😊
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  • Day142

    Miles Canyon and a few beers!

    September 19, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    I had a lazy morning and dropped the hire car off and stopped by a bakery on the way back to my hostel. Then I set off with someone in met in the hostel to walk the Miles Canyon loop. I naively thought the 15.4km loop would be a flat and paved wasn’t! But it was still a really enjoyable trail and took us about 4 hours! After a bit of chilling out, a few of us went for a beer, had some dinner and then went for a walk up to where we could see the whole city. We were hoping that the slightly clearer skies would make good northern lights viewing but it was not to be. I don’t think I’ll be lucky enough to see them on this trip.

    I think my steps for the day has to be a record!!
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  • Day141

    Skagway, Alaska

    September 18, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 11 °C

    I continued my journey through British Columbia, crossing the border into Alaska and onto Skagway where I spent the day. It was very busy, and turned out there were 3 cruise ships all in dock. Now, it is more of a tourist destination, especially for the cruise ships. But previously, Skagway was the gateway to the Klondike Gold Rush. It was fascinating to learn all about the gold rush which brought around 100,00 people from all over the world to the Yukon in search of their gold. I treated myself to a yummy lunch in the Skagway brewing company - I had Alaskan Salmon - before heading back to Whitehorse through more clouds!Read more

  • Day141


    September 18, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ☁️ 7 °C

    Today I set off in the car with my destination of Skagway, Alaska. My first stop along the way took me to Carcross, about an hour away from Whitehorse. It’s a very small village but there’s still a few things to see. The first, Carcross Desert - the smallest desert in the world! Well, it’s not officially a desert...the sand once lay at the bottom of a glacial lake. I went into the visitor centre, grabbed a coffee and took a wander around Carcross Commons before anther 2 hours in the car to Skagway. Also along the way was Emerald Lake, another of Canada’s many beautiful lakes!Read more

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