the Yukon - A Case for Getting Back to the Basics
in the Yukon is at best a mischaracterization of the word - at least in the
and it perhaps explains why the
sled dog was for decades the preferred mode of transport for
getting from point A to point
Spending all these months up north has provided me a unique opportunity
for studying the cultural differences between those who live in
the frozen tundra and the rest of us who reside in the lower 48 states.
What have I learned? Other than the fact that
those up north are in love with the word 'Aye?',
there is not
much difference at all.
for when it comes to mechanized transport and therein lies
The United States, specifically the southern half, has produced some of
the finest drivers in the world.
It is in the blood.
It is that extra something, a primordial spark if you will, which forms a psychic bond between man
found nowhere else on the planet.
It is a
birthright and its celebration is NASCAR.
Those in the Yukon have been trying to work this out for years and one
thing I must say is, they are
a stubborn bunch.
We in the states generally know when to cut our losses and that is when
it starts affecting our pocket books.
Those who live in the Yukon............well............. be it
how does one define insanity?
I think it has something to do with performing the same task over and
over again and expecting differing outcomes.
Perhaps one day and certainly not in my lifetime, 'Aye?'
will only be footnoted as an archaic colloquialism
in a tourist guide.
will rise from the ashes of history and once again become the method of transport, of choice.