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A Holy Grail

Can anyone figure out what the mystery word is in the little poem?

The Chilkoot Trail a Holy Grail The Klondike search a bust, The gold is gone but play in (???)  To hike the trail's a must!

The Chilkoot Trail a Holy Grail
The Klondike search a bust,
The gold is gone but play in (???)
To hike the trail’s a must!

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Chilkoot Pass – Then and Now

when I stood on top of Chilkoot Pass, the vast, empty stretch of Canadian wilderness before me, it was hard to imagine a bustling, fluctuation community of thousands occupying the small saddle. Having a pencil in my hand, makes imagining easier! Here’s a look at some scenes from the first animated postcard from Chilkoot Pass. Soon I’ll have the entire animation up, but for now, scroll down and read some of the postcards travelers wrote on the top of the pass.

Chilkoot Pass then

Top of the Pass on a busy day in 1898.

Chilkoot Pass now

A wild, lonely day on top of Chilkoot Pass, 2012.

 

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I came to the North

I came to the North not to run away but rather to prove something, to awaken a revival. I came for redemption, to save my soul in some way.

I came to the North not to run away but rather to prove something, to awaken a revival. I came for redemption, to save my soul in some way.


The Best Day

Dear Elias,  Today was the pass day and everyone complained a lot but I thought it was the best day. All the beautiful views and the peaks. The first two days were really buggy and crappy but it's getting better. I am ready to be in Skagway.

Dear Elias,
Today was the pass day and everyone complained a lot but I thought it was the best day. All the beautiful views and the peaks. The first two days were really buggy and crappy but it’s getting better. I am ready to be in Skagway.


Bubby to the rescue

I'm always tired of asking Elias to stop being mean to Elin, Today, without asking, he came running down the Golden Stairs to help his sister, Elin was terrified of the height - couldn't move. Elias came and spoke to her and took her hand and took her pack. He cheered her on and she made it. Bubby to the rescue. I guess he does love her!

I’m always tired of asking Elias to stop being mean to Elin, Today, without asking, he came running down the Golden Stairs to help his sister, Elin was terrified of the height – couldn’t move. Elias came and spoke to her and took her hand and took her pack. He cheered her on and she made it. Bubby to the rescue. I guess he does love her!

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The Golden Stairs

The Golden Stairs

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Best of all…

From knee deep water at the start, through beautiful forests and then starting for the pass at 4AM. Best of all, I did it with my daughter.

From knee deep water at the start, through beautiful forests and then starting for the pass at 4AM. Best of all, I did it with my daughter.

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Expectations

Nothing is as hard as expected, if expectations are unrealistically difficult.

Nothing is as hard as expected, if expectations are unrealistically difficult.


Extreme heights, horrible shoes

Dear Ben, I've just experienced the most frightening day of my entire life. Extreme heights, horrible shoes, and snowy hills have made me truly grateful to be alive. I love my life.  Sincerely, Ben

Dear Ben,
I’ve just experienced the most frightening day of my entire life. Extreme heights, horrible shoes, and snowy hills have made me truly grateful to be alive. I love my life.
Sincerely, Ben

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Just Say “Yes!”

The most amazing thing I have ever done. Never say never. Just say "Yes." You can do anything you set out to do. As long as you have your great friends to get you through.

The most amazing thing I have ever done. Never say never. Just say “Yes.” You can do anything you set out to do. As long as you have your great friends to get you through.