Natalia's friend Annie invited us up to visit her in the Yukon. Here are our photos
and videos from a wonderful weekend with Annie and Marty.

Erik's birthday


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First, we took some photos with Erik Olson the day after he got home from Antarctica. Both he and
Natalia LOVE shrimp rings so that's what we started with.


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Natalia got a Skor blizzard cake for Erik and decorated it with a plane and a birthday message.
Welcome home buddy.

Visiting the Yukon


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We brought Randall the gnome on his first flight. Here he is with a trashy magazine and a Kitkat,
but properly buckled in anyway.


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Natalia and Randall on our Air North flight.


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Randall is looking out the window at all of the great mountains.


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We spent Friday night visiting and catching up with Annie and her new boyfriend Marty. They made
us a great BBQ with both moose and chicken. Here are Annie and Natalia at a coffee shop called
'Baked' in Whitehorse.


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Annie has a wood pellet pressurized stove. Randall kept himself warm bit sitting on the stove.


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We took a tourist drive up to the White Pass. Here is one of the smallest deserts in Canada, near
Carcross, YT. I think it's funny that I'm standing by a sign saying desert, surrounded by snow.


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Here is Natalia giving me one of the winning smiles under a bright blue sky.


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We stopped at Lake Bennett near the town of Carcross to take some photos. This was a spot where
the Klondike gold miners would reach after ascending either White Pass or the Chilkoot Pass, and would
then build boats to float the Yukon River up to Dawson City.


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Randall at Lake Bennett.


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Here is a classic bridge to nowhere. This is a suspension bridge over the Tagish river I think
that charges tourists $25 to walk across. Of course, there was no one there to take our money, so
we happily trudged through the snow. This is Marty crossing the bridge.


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I'm relieving myself into the canyon.


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A close-up. Thanks Annie!

Video of Natalia sliding on the Yukon Suspension Bridge



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Natalia and I tried to get a photo looking to the south, but I fell into the snow as I took the
photo.


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This is actually in British Columbia, but the mountains and the views here are spectacular.


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Natalia and Annie at the White Pass.


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Marty found himself a luxury dirtbag vehicle. This gorgeous truck topper was found in Oregon of
all places and it works quite well as a lunch spot while out touring somewhere.

Video of us getting ready to ski



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Annie and Marty and Natalia getting ready for a fun after-lunch ski tour.


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Natalia making progress up the ski path.


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Seriously, how can you be upset in places like this?


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Natalia, looking up at a nice slope.


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Me, and a bluebird sky.


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Natalia, looking back towards the Yukon.


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Annie and Marty, up at Fraser Lake.


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Natalia and I at Fraser Lake, BC.


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We look like proper ski tourers here.

Video of the top of the Fraser Lake ridge



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While the sky was gorgeous and the views were great, the snow was not terrific. Natalia
did really well just staying on her feet. Not really the 'Floofy snow' she likes.


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A little bit of wind-scoured snow.


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How gorgeous is this view?


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After skiing down from White Pass, we drove down to Skagway. Here is Randall in front of the
Pacific Ocean, in Skagway, AK.


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Natalia and Randall with 'Snowy Shark Peak' behind at Skagway.


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Natalia and I in Skagway, AK.


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How beautiful is this? The sun is lighting up the peak to the south of Skagway. If you started swimming
from here, you would actually get to Hawaii! That is, unless the sharks or seals get you first.


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I enjoyed this sign, basically telling people where to sit.


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Randall, in front of the Skagway Bazaar.


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Randall, hanging out on Main Steet Skagway. In the summer time, there would be thousands of
cruise ship people here, mostly buying jewelry made in California and shirts made in China.


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Randall is looking up Sarah Palin's skirt.


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I think Randall has a new girlfriend...


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We took a morning drive over to Dyea, which is the start of the Chilkoot Trail. How gorgeous is this?


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Annie and Marty hanging out enjoying the sun.


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Natalia with an Alaska mountain behind her.


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On the Alaska side of the border, the Chilkoot Trail is protected by the US National Park Service.
On the Canadian side, we protect the Trail using Canada's National Parks. Other than Waterton/Glacier,
this is the only other (that I know) International Park. Oh yeah, and Randall is packing weight up
the pass.


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The tidal flats where Dyea used to be are pretty neat. The storm that would have brought this stump
up onto the beach must have been something.


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The view looking down the Lynn canal towards Juneau. This canal (actually an inlet) is well-named
and is the deepest fjord in North America, at over 2000 feet deep. That's Annie and Marty out for
a stroll.


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Natalia and I hanging out at Dyea, AK.


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I'm the King of the Castle!


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I think the hula girl in Marty's truck is awesome. She looks even more awesome with the snowy mountains
behind her.


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We went back up the White Pass to try to see whether ski touring would be worthwhile and we ran into
two of Marty and Annie's friends who were out kite-skiing. Here are the kites getting ready to ski.

Video of getting ready to kite-ski


Greg is kite-skiing



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A furry dog and a beautiful view up to the snowy mountains.


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Natalia tried out the trainer kite to see how it feels to operate a 2m^2 kite.

Video of Natalia flying a kite



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Natalia got a photo of me operating a kite.

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