Klondike Letters Project

Translating experience into memory through inspired creation.

Month: April, 2013

With smiles on our faces

If life is truly a chain of memories, our hike is a strong, unbending and mighty link in this chain.  The early morning start today welcomed our day of extremes, beautiful green forests, lush moss beds, rocky paths, snow trails and finally the staircase. With courage, perseverance and a few reminders of the warm cabin waiting for us, our group of 8 made it to the top with smiles on our faces.

If life is truly a chain of memories, our hike is a strong, unbending and mighty link in this chain. The early morning start today welcomed our day of extremes, beautiful green forests, lush moss beds, rocky paths, snow trails and finally the staircase. With courage, perseverance and a few reminders of the warm cabin waiting for us, our group of 8 made it to the top with smiles on our faces.

Sourdough Zombies

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 as providing a catalyst for my personal memories and playful reinterpretations. As an artist, this is about as fun as it gets!

Optometry School

That there are other challenging things besides optometry school.  Stop and enjoy the scenery. Everything is mental.  Still no bears... just their s*** :- ) and Ben.

That there are other challenging things besides optometry school.
Stop and enjoy the scenery. Everything is mental.
Still no bears… just their s*** :- ) and Ben.

Benny

Benny

Remember the UP!

Dear Layne, Remember the up. The joy of conquering the rocks, and the amazing beauty of God's creation. -Thank God I left the piano at home!

Dear Layne,
Remember the up. The joy of conquering the rocks, and the amazing beauty of God’s creation.
-Thank God I left the piano at home!

Pictures of French Signs

This is the toughest hike I've ever done - nothing comes close- even in  really good weather! I'll remember the bear rock and the buttercups. Also laughing with the friends of Ben in the warming hut. Looking forward to the outhouse with a view and taking pictures of French signs.

This is the toughest hike I’ve ever done – nothing comes close- even in really good weather! I’ll remember the bear rock and the buttercups. Also laughing with the friends of Ben in the warming hut. Looking forward to the outhouse with a view and taking pictures of French signs.