August 21-22: from Skagway to Teslin and among good people

IMG_0908Agnes and Dominik are two high school teachers from Bavaria who are currently exploring Alaska. The three of us shared a campfire (on what has so far been the most expensive campground I’ve been to: USD31 per night) and discussed German education policy and intercultural differences until the early morning of August 21. Harry and I then left Skagway in the afternoon and drove past some of the most spectacular alpine sceneries of this trip. Crossing back into Canada was smooth — and also a reminder of why U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers can learn a little more from their Canadian colleagues than the other way round.

IMG_0909I am not sure that this picture does justice to the natural beauty it is intended to capture…

IMG_0907Waterfalls, emerald-green lakes and mountain peaks… in hindsight we probably should have gone hiking rather than continuing on to Teslin without stopping — but…

IMG_0910… Harry-on-Bike was waiting for us! He had made it all the way to Teslin, so we seized the opportunity of being at the same place at the same time to catch up, share stories, and learn a lot about each other’s pasts.

IMG_0911Following a hearty breakfast, he took off westward. Although his hope to continue toward Jasper, BC after a longer stopover in Whitehorse, YT may have been thwarted by early snow in Jasper National Park, I have no doubt that he will make the most of whatever his alternative route turns out to be!

Harry (the Vizsla), la bestia and I are going to stay in Teslin until tomorrow (August 23) and then drive to Watson Lake. La bestia needs expert attention — her engine keeps overheating, which could be due to a broken thermostat but–according to a friendly mechanic I ran into during breakfast who dropped his fork and checked her out for free–it is likely a combination of mechanical and electrical malfunctions. There is no repair shop here in Teslin, so Watson Lake is our best bet. I will carry a lot of water to replenish the radiator en route and hope that whatever needs fixing can be addressed on Monday.


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