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July 2013

The Wolf, the Bicycle, and the Disillusioned Samaritan — By Jennifer Shipp
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The Wolf, the Bicycle, and the Disillusioned Samaritan — By Jennifer Shipp

I don’t always read the newspaper when we travel. Sometimes it’s just best if I don’t know what’s going on in the world (for example, graphic photos in Mexican newspapers can be especially disenchanting), but one morning on our Alaska trip, I decided to go a little crazy and read some local news stories out loud to everyone in the car. It was an honestly random decision, or so it seemed in those early ...
Two Flats, One Spare — By Jennifer Shipp
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Two Flats, One Spare — By Jennifer Shipp

On our last day in Alaska, before we plunged south into Canada, Lydian called a music store in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory to find out if there was anywhere they could play on the Friday night when we would be passing through. Whitehorse had seemed like a singularly cool northern Canadian town. We had seen three music stores as we drove out of the small, isolated city a week prior on our way to Alaska. The ...
Fairbanks to the Arctic Ocean at Deadhorse, Alaska — By Jennifer Shipp
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Fairbanks to the Arctic Ocean at Deadhorse, Alaska — By Jennifer Shipp

A new character was born on our trip to Prudhoe Bay. We called her Wilderness Woman. Wilderness Woman could take care of business in the wild. She would pee along highways unabashedly, leaving a trail of tampons in her wake. Wilderness Woman would stay up to all hours with the sun and weather the ferocious mosquitos and other insects that bit her in unlikely places. And…she would not ...
From Barnes and Nobel to the Arctic Ocean — By Jennifer Shipp
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From Barnes and Nobel to the Arctic Ocean — By Jennifer Shipp

After our long, arduous journey through the northern United States and Canada, we’ve taken two days off to collect ourselves here in Fairbanks, Alaska. Yesterday, we indulged in Coconut “Bliss” chocolate ice cream bars and then sat for a couple of hours at Barnes and Nobel in Fairbanks, AK. Today, we skipped the ice cream bars and went straight for Barnes and Nobel. It’s a Monday, so Lydian, Camile, and I ...
Alaska: Land of the Brochure Tourists — By Jennifer Shipp
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Alaska: Land of the Brochure Tourists — By Jennifer Shipp

If hadn’t spent the last week in Canada, making our way to Alaska, John and I would have already purchased tickets for our big Egypt trip. I saw the headline in The Globe and Mail in Whitehorse early yesterday morning: “Egypt cheers as Morsi ousted.” John and I were concerned two weeks ago when Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) became newsworthy in nearby Saudi Arabia. Though we’ve joked about getting ...
Eaten Alive in the Yukon Territory — By Jennifer Shipp
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Eaten Alive in the Yukon Territory — By Jennifer Shipp

I think that a place as chilly, isolated, and desolate as northern British Columbia and the Yukon Territory should at least be bug free. It doesn’t seem fair that there should be swarms of bees and hoards of gigantic mosquitos here. At the very least, people should be able to go to northern Canada to escape from insects.But alas, the bugs in northern Canada and Alaska are like birds. The mosquitos are ...
2013 Total Desolation Tour: Rivers… Trees… Animals… — By Jennifer Shipp
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2013 Total Desolation Tour: Rivers… Trees… Animals… — By Jennifer Shipp

I have been so disenchanted with Canada and Canadians for the past three days that I couldn’t even bring myself to write about it. About midway through British Columbia, the population thinned out considerably and most of the Canadian folks (at least the ones we encountered) turn into rural yokums. It’s been hard to wrap my head around the swift change from progressive and liberal Vancouver and the nude ...
Illegal Fruit and Nudies at Wreck Beach in Vancouver– By Jennifer Shipp
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Illegal Fruit and Nudies at Wreck Beach in Vancouver– By Jennifer Shipp

July 1st   (Canada Day) was yesterday, but I didn’t have a chance to write about it because the day was pretty full. John and I went for another 7 mile jog while Lydian and Camile took showers and then we loaded up the tent camper and the all-important potty tent and hit the road. From the Seattle/Tacoma KOA, we made our way to the Canadian border.During our jog, John and I discussed fruit. Our Canadian ...
Showering Amidst Strangers on the Way to Alaska — By Jennifer Shipp
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Showering Amidst Strangers on the Way to Alaska — By Jennifer Shipp

As the rhythm of showering amidst strangers and sleeping with only a thin sheen of mesh between me and the outside world becomes “normal”, I start to feel that inner pleading for the comforts of home. It’s been 12 days since John, Lydian, and I took off in the tent camper. Camile, Lydian’s friend and band-mate joined us three days ago. Though I thoroughly enjoy being out of my element, I’m still human and I ...
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