Join Early Retirement Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
One more off the list
Old 05-13-2008, 06:07 PM   #1
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: North of Montana
Posts: 2,753
One more off the list

I have a list of 'things to do before I die'. It includes stuff like:

1) Climb Ayers Rock
2) Barbeque a turkey on a beach at Xmas (where I am Xmas temperature is usually well below 0).
3) Stand under the midnight sun
etc. etc.

Number 3 is at hand. A friend in Whitehorse YT has a business trip to Inuvik NT in June. He has to drive (too much stuff to fly) and is mildly disabled (not physically capable of changing a tire, for instance). I'm going along for emergencies. Here's our route far enough north of the circle to get the midnight sun in mid June. Feels good (or will feel good) to have at least one done.
__________________

__________________
There are two kinds of people in the world: those who can extrapolate conclusions from insufficient data and ..
kumquat is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 Early Retirement and Financial Independence Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

Are you planning to be financially independent as early as possible so you can live life on your own terms? Discuss successful investing strategies, asset allocation models, tax strategies and other related topics in our online forum community. Our members range from young folks just starting their journey to financial independence, military retirees and even multimillionaires. No matter where you fit in you'll find that Early-Retirement.org is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with our members, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create a retirement blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 05-13-2008, 06:10 PM   #2
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso) Give me a forum ...
REWahoo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Texas Hill Country
Posts: 42,134
That's great! Should be quite an adventure...
__________________

__________________
Numbers is hard

When I hit 70, it hit back

Retired in 2005 at age 58, no pension
REWahoo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-13-2008, 07:39 PM   #3
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
ls99's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 4,792
Never mind the polar bears, the Ice Worms will get ya, cheechako..
And, don't go where the huskies go, never eat the yellow snow.

Good luck and happy trails.

Hope you get to see the Aurora Borealis as well. They are spectacular. My first view was in the North Atlantic, up by Jan Mayen. Later, just north of Fairbanks.
__________________
There must be moderation in everything, including moderation.
ls99 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-13-2008, 09:22 PM   #4
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
DangerMouse's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Silicon Valley
Posts: 1,812
Not sure if you know, but the Australian Aborigines ask that you don't climb Ayers Rock as it is sacred to them. Many people choose to ignore the request and do so. However, you could probably get a better view by taking a helicopter ride, though that is unlikely to give you the same sense of satisfaction.
__________________

I be a girl, he's a boy. Think I maybe FIRED since July 08. Mid 40s, no kidlets. Actually am totally clueless as to what is going on with DH.
DangerMouse is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-13-2008, 09:24 PM   #5
Full time employment: Posting here.
dessert's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Southern Louisiana
Posts: 517
I'm jealous! You are going to really enjoy that trip. I wouldn't mind doing that some day myself. Glad to see you take another off the list.
__________________
dessert is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-13-2008, 09:31 PM   #6
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
youbet's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Chicago
Posts: 9,965
Very, very good Kumquat! I would do that without hesitation given that same opportunity. Enjoy!
__________________
"I wasn't born blue blood. I was born blue-collar." John Wort Hannam
youbet is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-13-2008, 09:35 PM   #7
Moderator Emeritus
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 11,044
Awesome trip!
__________________
FIREd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-19-2008, 03:41 AM   #8
Dryer sheet wannabe
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 10
you've raised an interesting topic. I'm sure we all have a "list". One thing on my list is to be in Bethlehem on Christmas Eve someday. Anybody else want to share what's on their list?
__________________
azauthor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-16-2008, 06:28 PM   #9
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: North of Montana
Posts: 2,753
I'm back! Quite a trip. I have a lot of pictures but you can get better ones by googling "Dempster Highway". Unbelievable scenery.

Parts of the road are not as good as what you'll see from google. Here's the worst stretch


It is the ultimate devil of a road, built of crushed rock (not gravel) on top of permafrost. Destroyed 2 tires, had 1 fixed and came out on 2 that were leaking. 5 tire problems in 1000 miles! We carried 'only' 2 spares, others carry as many as 4.

Very popular with German tourists. We stopped several times to help others stopped along the road (and others stopped to help us with tire trouble). 50% had German accents. Here's a sign from the gas station where the Dempster starts:

Other threads complain about the price of gas. At the same station as the German sign you have gas at $1.69/litre. Translated with the C$ at par thats 1.69 * 3.78 = 6.38 per US gallon. This is in an area with as much oil and gas as the Alaskan North Slope. No wonder the natives are restless.

The dust was unbelievable. I grew up driving tractors in the 60's and our trusty vehicle had more dust in it than a tractor after a day in the field. Here it is at the end of the road.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg IMG_0519.jpg (870.8 KB, 9 views)
File Type: jpg IMG_0543.jpg (421.0 KB, 5 views)
File Type: jpg IMG_0541.jpg (618.0 KB, 5 views)
File Type: jpg IMG_0516.jpg (664.7 KB, 7 views)
__________________
There are two kinds of people in the world: those who can extrapolate conclusions from insufficient data and ..
kumquat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-16-2008, 11:57 PM   #10
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 188
What a "cool" albeit dusty trip.

Thanks for sharing.
__________________

__________________
playaman is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
ignore list Khan Forum Admin 7 04-24-2008 06:16 PM
What's on Your Life List? ScottFromUtah Life after FIRE 41 08-02-2007 09:37 AM
Craigs list gtmeouttahere Other topics 19 07-03-2007 05:04 AM
Buddy list? Sam Forum Admin 2 06-05-2007 05:21 PM
life list bluehende Life after FIRE 7 05-06-2007 08:05 PM

 

 
All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:19 AM.
 
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.