Klondike Letters Project

Translating experience into memory through inspired creation.

Month: April, 2013

Worry is a Waste of Imagination.

I hope this postcard reaches you in spirits as high as when you wrote it. One year from now where will you be? Remember your humble beginnings guiding on the Chilkoot Trail. If you can get a group of 60, 70, and 80 year-olds to Happy Camp in two days, you can do anything. Keep living the dream and remember: worry is a waste of Imagination.

I hope this postcard reaches you in spirits as high as when you wrote it. One year from now where will you be? Remember your humble beginnings guiding on the Chilkoot Trail. If you can get a group of 60, 70, and 80 year-olds to Happy Camp in two days, you can do anything. Keep living the dream and remember: worry is a waste of Imagination.

Solo but not alone.

A wonderful memorial hike for a lost friend. Solo but not alone. Great hospitality from Parks Canada. Curry shrimp for dinner. Still lots of snow on the trail. Taking in the healing power of nature. This place will always be a part of my life. A BIG turning point for me...

A wonderful memorial hike for a lost friend. Solo but not alone. Great hospitality from Parks Canada. Curry shrimp for dinner. Still lots of snow on the trail. Taking in the healing power of nature. This place will always be a part of my life. A BIG turning point for me…

Gold Trail

Greetings from the Gold Trail aka the top of the world...

Greetings from the Gold Trail aka the top of the world…

Zombies on the Radio

I’ll be on CBC radio with Dave White talking about the residency and the first animated postcard! Reposting the Postcard below for the benefit of radio listeners. You can listen to the interview on the CBC website here.

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Back in 1898, thousands of men and women arrived in Skagway with gold fever. They were headed for the Klondike goldfields over the Chilkoot Pass. Around their necks, they carried packets of fermented dough to make bread on their long, cold journey. If they made it through their first year in the bitter North, they were dubbed “sourdoughs”, after the bread that kept them alive during the endless night of winter.

Animation: Corrie Francis Parks
Banjo Pickin’ : Ranger Kyle Kaiser
Interviews recorded at the top of Chilkoot Pass.

This is the first in a series of animated postcards from Chilkoot Pass. Read more about the project here.  These mini-documentaries are rooted in reality, with live interviews and photos from the Chilkoot Trail providing a catalyst for my personal memories and playful reinterpretations of history. As an artist, this is about as fun as it gets!

Traveling Solo

I want to remember that traveling solo is amazing and that I do not need a partner to have a great time. Also... Yahoot! I made it to the summit!!!

I want to remember that traveling solo is amazing and that I do not need a partner to have a great time. Also… Yahoo! I made it to the summit!!!

Mom, chocolate and hot tea

Hello!! So you just went up and over the Chilkoot Trail Golden Stairs!!! You are completely frozen but you are accomplished. You can't really write because your hands are frozen. It took five hours to get here and you still have to do four hours left, but its mostly flat or downhill. You are so strong! I'm proud of myself. Just keep thinking of Mom, chocolate and hot tea and you can do it! Be strong!!!! You can do anything.

Hello!! So you just went up and over the Chilkoot Trail Golden Stairs!!! You are completely frozen but you are accomplished. You can’t really write because your hands are frozen. It took five hours to get here and you still have to do four hours left, but its mostly flat or downhill. You are so strong! I’m proud of myself. Just keep thinking of Mom, chocolate and hot tea and you can do it! Be strong!!!! You can do anything.

I make my choice…

I've made it! 2 years to the day from when Ric died. He made his choice to drink himself to death. I make my choice to LIVE. I feel so ALIVE! Keep going and live well.

I’ve made it! 2 years to the day from when Ric died. He made his choice to drink himself to death. I make my choice to LIVE. I feel so ALIVE! Keep going and live well.

The line between

Rocks: every one of them is different, the path changes with each step, the struggle is to see the continued line between.

Rocks: every one of them is different, the path changes with each step, the struggle is to see the continued line between.

This is what it feels like.

Dear Mom and Dad, I don't know where I will be one year from now so I'm writing this to you. Today is the last day of my first guided long trip. Man, what an incredible experience. We hiked the Chilkoot Trail and here I sit this beautiful morning on the banks of a picturesque mountain lake. I've made it. This is what it feels like. Total freedom and joy knowing you've followed your dreams, your passions, and are completely and totally satisfied. Living the dream! Take risks, go on adventures, fall in love, laugh till your sides hurt, live with all of your being. Most importantly, have fun.

Dear Mom and Dad,
I don’t know where I will be one year from now so I’m writing this to you. Today is the last day of my first guided long trip. Man, what an incredible experience. We hiked the Chilkoot Trail and here I sit this beautiful morning on the banks of a picturesque mountain lake. I’ve made it. This is what it feels like. Total freedom and joy knowing you’ve followed your dreams, your passions, and are completely and totally satisfied. Living the dream! Take risks, go on adventures, fall in love, laugh till your sides hurt, live with all of your being. Most importantly, have fun.

Billy the goat

Dear Elin, It is so cold and steep. It's nice in the warming hut. Billy the goat was a story about a goat named Billy. Billy lived at the top of the pass. He took kid's packs and let them ride him.  The End.

Dear Elin,
It is so cold and steep. It’s nice in the warming hut. Billy the goat was a story about a goat named Billy. Billy lived at the top of the pass. He took kid’s packs and let them ride him.
The End.