The Daily Snap – August 26
I have been to the Yukon on six different trips. It remains my favorite destination in Canada to visit. Every time I come back from the Yukon, I have the strongest urge to move there–it just takes hold of my soul–the light, the landscape, the people, the history, they all conspire to drive me north. In the past practical considerations and logistics prevented me from moving. But now there is really no excuse. Samantha and I make a living at photography and as long as we have an internet connection, we can make this living anywhere in the world.
Two years ago in August Sam, Brando (our dog) and I went to the Yukon for a month to do serious photography. It was a working trip so we were up for sunrise and went to bed after sunset (the ‘night’ time in between these events was obscenely short). In 2008, the Yukon had one of the wettest years on record (not typical) and so most days we were met with rain. In spite of the soggy conditions and the fact that we lived in a tent and traveled in a small car with a farting dog, Sam fell in love with the the Yukon as well (it was her first trip).
Last year, Samantha won a major photo contest and the prize was a two-week adventure trip for two to the Yukon. We were thrilled. We decided to make this trip a holiday and an exploration of the territory as a candidate place to live (photography was not a priority this time). Sure we took a couple of cameras (the G11 and the Rebel) but mostly we were tourists making snapshots and trying to experience the Yukon as people rather than as photographers. We had amazing weather and met wonderful people. We spent a lot of time talking with people who live in the north and why they loved it or hated it (it was unanimous love by all ). We looked for and found tons of art and culture. We sampled the daily lives of Yukoners. We wondered if we would fit in. We really found no reason why the Yukon would not be a good fit for us.
And so… the lure of the north grew stronger. Are we moving? We might, but we have not decided 100% yet. Maybe we’ll pursue a house exchange with a Yukon resident first. A year in the north would a really good final test. Stay tuned….