Sunday, September 27, 2009

A Ride On A White Horse

It's been 32 years, but I've finally earned my Canadian badge. Yes, I've now officially been in every province and territory.

It was a whirlwind visit, but thanks to a wonderful conference in Whitehorse, I've now been to the Yukon. Robert Service, Pierre Berton, Jack London... wait. They spent most of their time in Dawson City. Oh well, now I have an excuse to go back.

In the meantime, I did visit some of Whitehorse's fine bookstores: Mac's Fireweed Books and Well-Read Books (which could really use a more creative name, don't you think?).

I picked up a bunch, including Patrick White's Mountie In Mukluks, George Guthridge's The Kids From Nowhere, Dick Wale's Jack London's Dog, Michael Kusugak's Curse of the Shaman, Drew Hayden Taylor's The Nightwanderer, pj Johnson's Rhymes of the Raven Lady, Shelley Gill's Kiana's Iditarod, and Edward Fitzgerald's translation of Omar Khayyam's The Rubaiyat.

And a very special thanks to two very special people, Jeff and Shannon (my cousin and her husband), for putting me up and playing Settlers of Catan with me every evening!


Barbara Bruederlin said...

You have been adorable in every province of the country now! Well done, you.

Remi said...

Congrats. I am, of course, deeply envious. I've been stuck on 6 provinces since my late teens.

You have to love hosts who are willing to break out the board games.

John Mutford said...

Barbara: Actually I was quite ugly in New Brunswick.

Remi: I still need to do Labrador though. Despite growing up in the island portion of the province, I've not made it to the mainland half. That's my new goal. Or maybe to see all the capitals (despite having been to each province and territory, I haven't visited Victoria, Regina, Fredericton or Halifax).

Wanda said...

That's one TALL Mountie! Sounds like you grabbed a great bunch of books and I have to ask, what would you call a used book store in the Yukon?

John Mutford said...

Wanda: Yes, the mounties have a very big presence in the North.

What would I call the bookstore? Good question. Since it's the Yukon and a used bookstore, how about something like "Another Man's Gold"?

Teddy Rose said...

I'm green with envy. I would love to do all 13!