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Woohoo! You Made It

Woohoo! You made it to the summit of the Chilkoot Pass. What an amazing trip full of courage, determination and love.

Shaun is the most supportive and encouraging husband. Kenny the super dog is amazing and deserves nothing but the best!

Bring on Europe in one month!

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Always fresh, always seeing

The Chilkoot Trail opens for the summer today! Happy Hiking!!

Belly full of warm soup which is nicely spreading through my body, extending down to my fingers. Listening to the windows rattle, slightly dreading going back out... what I want to remember is the look on Yanik's face as he reached the summit, and hearing the enjoyment (excitement!) in his voice as he said that this was his favorite day thus far. I want to remember to see the world like that: always fresh, always seeing. Huzzah!

Belly full of warm soup which is nicely spreading through my body, extending down to my fingers. Listening to the windows rattle, slightly dreading going back out… what I want to remember is the look on Yanik’s face as he reached the summit, and hearing the enjoyment (excitement!) in his voice as he said that this was his favorite day thus far. I want to remember to see the world like that: always fresh, always seeing. Huzzah!

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In honor of a great man

I write this in honor of a great man. A great-grand-father to my dear children. Born July 1,1917, passed away today: July 1,2012. A Historic moment for a fine family. Sad profound news to be learned by way of satellite phone. A call from the edge of the country the top of this mountain pass made on modern communication. And now I know he has left this earth shortly after celebrating his 95th birthday. And the world is a little lonelier today. Fare thee well.

I write this in honor of a great man. A great-grand-father to my dear children. Born July 1,1917, passed away today: July 1,2012. A Historic moment for a fine family. Sad profound news to be learned by way of satellite phone. A call from the edge of the country the top of this mountain pass made on modern communication. And now I know he has left this earth shortly after celebrating his 95th birthday. And the world is a little lonelier today. Fare thee well.

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Canada on Canada Day

I remember my sore feet, catching up with my brothers, sisters, nephew and nieces and missing my wife. The scenery was grey and misty, the wind pushed us up over the summit. We arrived back in Canada on Canada Day. Being herded the whole way.

I remember my sore feet, catching up with my brothers, sisters, nephew and nieces and missing my wife. The scenery was grey and misty, the wind pushed us up over the summit. We arrived back in Canada on Canada Day. Being herded the whole way.

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Alton Family Expedition

Alton Family Expedition

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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!

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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.

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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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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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