Saturday, November 15, 2014

Back from Whitehorse - the Vancouver Airport sculpture

Off the coast of British Columbia, there is an island called Haida Gwaii. The Haida people were, for a long time, sort of the Vikings of the Northern West Coast, pillaging at will.

Yet they have also always been a creative and artistic people. They may have invented the idea of carving totem poles. They are also renowned for carving argilite, a form of shale.This is an example form the University of British Columbia Anthropology Museum.

Between the impact of diseases they had no immunities to and suppression of their culture, colonization by the British damaged their society tremendously. But they have been coming back strong on the last few decades of the 20th century. One of their best known artists is Bill Reid, who carved these pieces also on display at the UBC Anthropology Museum.

A bear

A traditional Haida canoe.

Raven and the First Men


Perhaps Bill Reid's greatest accomplishment is a large sculpture called The Spirit of Haida Gwaii, in the Vancouver Airport's International terminal. I've been wanting to see this piece for some time and the return into Vancouver Airport finally gave me the opportunity. Here are the pictures that I took.

Whitehorse - Yukon Territory: Day 3

Murals on the RCMP building.

See? No laws broken and on excellent terms with the constabulary.

We also checked out a Whitehorse gun shop. Mia REALLY liked this stainless Marlin lever rifle in .45/70.

Walking around town a bit in the remaining time.

The SS Klondike.

There are LOTS of great hiking trails around town! A good place for staying fit...

Finally, it was time to leave. This was my last view of the town as my plane flew away. But I WILL be back!

Whitehorse - Yukon Territory: Day 2

Day 2 was to be a road trip, a drive to and from Skagway, Alaska with the goal of getting some really good beer that wasn't available in the Yukon. 

Good morning Whitehorse!

My two partners in crime(*) during this trip, Heather and Mia:

(*) Just a figure of speech. No actual crimes were committed during these adventures.

I had thought that the Icefields Parkway in Jasper was the most visually stunning road in Western Canada. But the Klondike Highway sure gave it a run for its money!

The day started out completely overcast...

And then the clouds gradually retreated to reveal stunning mountains and trees.

I'm told that Emerald Lake is a really gorgeous shade of green. Unfortunately, it was also covered with ice by early November.

As soon as we crossed the White Pass, temperatures rose noticeably.

If you liked those views of the road, hang're going to see them in reverse on the way back!

This cute puppy was hanging out around where we parked the car.

Apparently, Skagway is the secret location of the actual Internet!

Views from the ferry dock. It really is a very photogenic town!

Now for the ride back!

Charlie Brown Christmas tree, located.

Back in Whitehorse. These Little Free Libraries are a GREAT idea!

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