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Wreck Beach Basics: Vancouver, British Columbia — By Jennifer Shipp
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Wreck Beach Basics: Vancouver, British Columbia — By Jennifer Shipp

We’ve been here twice, (once on Canada Day, July 1st) and both times I was impressed. It’s hard to believe a laid back, clothing optional beach would exist anywhere in Canada, but then again, Vancouver is a singularly open-minded place. Both times that we went to Wreck Beach, we had trouble finding the location which is why I was inspired to write this post about it.Wreck Beach, Vancouver, Canada is ...
What Is Canada Day? — By Jennifer Shipp
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What Is Canada Day? — By Jennifer Shipp

When we traveled from Nebraska to Alaska, we knew we would miss the fourth of July celebrations in the U.S., but we figured that Canada Day on July 1st would make up for it. We were in Vancouver, BC on July 1st and visited Wreck Beach as our commemorative outing. This is a "clothing optional" beach near the University campus.Canada Day is a sort of Canada independence day that celebrates the enactment ...
Basic Information about Whitehorse, Yukon Territory — By Jennifer Shipp
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Basic Information about Whitehorse, Yukon Territory — By Jennifer Shipp

Whitehorse truly is as cool as people say it is. It has a health food store as good as any you’d find in Colorado and there’s a very decent music and arts scene in this small, isolated town (population 23,276). The people here know how to make the most of constant daylight or constant dark. After Vancouver, this city would be my second choice as a place of residence in Canada. It isn't as populated as ...
Why You Should Stop at Epic Pizza in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory — By Jennifer Shipp
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Why You Should Stop at Epic Pizza in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory — By Jennifer Shipp

There are few singularly fun experiences  to be had on the  way through the Yukon Territory in Canada. Mostly there are a lot of trees, frost-heaved roads, some bears, and a lot of moose. The Yukon Territory is mostly about wilderness and mosquitoes with the exception of Whitehorse, a hip little community that makes up for whatever coolness is lacking in the rest of Northern Canada. And nestled within this ...
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 ...
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 ...
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