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Baby Duckies in Fairbanks, Alaska
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Baby Duckies in Fairbanks, Alaska

There's nothing cuter than baby animals. In 2014, Lydian and a friend traveled with us to Fairbanks, Alaska, playing gigs with their travel guitar and bass along the way in pizza places and coffee shops. We towed a pop-up camper behind us and stayed at the River's Edge RV Park in Fairbanks, AK where we found these duckies.Traveling from Nebraska to Alaska is not the most exciting thing we've ever done ...
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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 ...
A Trip to the Arctic Ocean and Deadhorse, Alaska via the Dalton Highway — By Jennifer Shipp
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A Trip to the Arctic Ocean and Deadhorse, Alaska via the Dalton Highway — By Jennifer Shipp

Deadhorse, AK is located 495 miles north of Fairbanks via the Dalton Highway. It is located in North Slope Borough, Alaska near the ArcticOcean. It's a community that's developed to meet the needs of the workers and businesses that operate in the Prudhoe Bay oil fields.This is not a great tourist destination per se, but it is still a worthwhile place for hearty travelers or serious birdwatchers ...
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 ...
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 ...
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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