June 14, 2004 GMT
Twintraveller in Calgary and Rockie Mountains 15.06.2004

English Version........sorry, no German version this time

Dear friends,

after we left Winnipeg we had 1400 km of flat prairies before us of what we had 700km of rain and decided to spend our first night in a cabin. Approaching Calgary we spent a night in a Dinosaur Prov Park, a place where they found the most Dino bones in the world. After that we rode to Calgary and got picked up by Wayne, the owner of the only Africa Twin in Canada. He did not onl give us a place to sleep in his house during the next few rainy days, he also did a cool ride with us and helped us a lot with maintaining the bikes. Thanks Wayne for your support.

Unforuntately the Calgary flames did not win the Hockey cup so the party was limited, but we had a lot of fun watching the game with Waynes family. Ater that we rode a big loop through the Kootenay National Park before coming back to Canmore where we were able to spend some wonderful days with Bettina and Michael in that lovely little town. We were celebrating their kids birthday, explored the village and waited for the rain to stop. On Sunday we left to Jasper and got stucked in snow on the Athabasca Glacier near the Columbia Icefield. That happens if u camp on Canadas highest campground. But it was fun. We met a lot of people, enjoyed the birthday cake we got with us from Bettina and had nice campfire to warm us. Now we are in Jasper and we are planning to hike a bit while the weather is getting better. Afterwards we are heading north although still unsure if we should go to Yellowknife or rather more west. Lets see.

We are still feeling wonderful, enjoying the mountains, the rides, the people who are so wonderful to us and help us everywhere. See some new pics from Calgary and area.

Hope yu are all ok and we hear from u soon.

Alles Liebe aus Canada
Martin und Katja

Posted by Martin Wickert at 05:28 PM GMT
June 27, 2004 GMT
Twintraveller in Tagish - featuring www.tagish-cabins.com 27.06.2004

English Version............Deutsch siehe unten....

Twintraveller in Tagish - featuring www.tagish-cabins.com

Dear friends, folks,

after we left Jasper National Park in rain, we enjoyed the Natural Hot Springs before heading
north. When arriving in the next Provincial park we met some oilfield workers who gave us 2 great
days partying in Hinton the whole night. Thanks guys that was fun.

We were heading further north, reaching mile 0 of the Alaska Highway in Dawson Creek knowing that this road will lead us into Alaska which is still about 2500 km away. The Weather is getting
better and better, now we have 30 Degrees. We followed the Alaska Highway up to the Liard Hot

Springs and further up to Tagish in the Yukon Territory. Although we have already seen lynx,
bears, wolves and other animals we were very excited when we finally saw our first moose. We
didnt believe that there are moose on earth, after 8 weeks in Norway and 8 weeks in Canada
without moose. And this moose was having a bath in a glacier feeded lake waiting for us taking
pictures. Incredible. After we reached Watson Lake on the Alaska Highway we had a hard day riding through one of the many forest fires up here for about 130 km. The smoke was so dark and thick that the sun was just a small red ball and the temperature dropped from 30 to 10 degrees Celsius. The cloud looked like after a vulcano eruption and since 3 days the area is covered in light smoke.

Up here in Tagish, Yukon territory were the famous Yukon River has its spring in one of the
lakes, we met up with Stefan who is currently building his guest cabin and a small campground. He and his wife have a selfbuilded wooden house which is the dream of the Canadian "Blockhaus" We were able to stay with Stefan for three days who gave us a great time going out fishing with his boat on the Tagish Lake. There are thousands of things u can do here, like flying into the
wilderness for fishing, hiking, canoeing or hunting which u can also do here directly in front of the door. In the Wintertime the Northern Lights are wonderful, u can go cross country skiing or do trips with the sled dogs or ski-doos. Whatever u want to do in the North Country, here u will have a great time doing it and the best is not only that it is affordable but also that Stefan will organise it for you. If u haven't planned ur next holiday, just check out www.tagish-cabins.com or write an email to: info@tagish-cabins.com

We are heading further north spending the National Holiday in Whitehorse before going to Dawson City and considering to go the Dempster Highway up to Inuvik. We are already 10 000 km and two month on the road, folks and we have seen just a little piece of whats here to explore.

Thanks for all the lovely emails and the nice and funny remarks in our guestbook

Katja and Martin

...........Deutsche Version

Twintraveller in Tagish featuring www.tagish-cabins.com

Hallo Freunde,

Nachdem wir den Jasper National Park im Regen verlassen haben, haben wir die Naturlichen Heissen Quellen genossen, bevor es dann Richtung Norden ging. Als wir den naechsten Provinz Park
erreichten, trafen wir einige junge Oelfeld Arbeiter. Wir hatten zwei wundervolle Partynaechte in Hinton. Danke Jungs, das war echt Spass.Dann ging es immer weiter nach Norden und wir erreichten die Mile 0 des Alaska Highways in Dawson Creek, diese Strasse bringt uns nach Alaska, doch dies liegt immer noch 2500 km weg. Dem Alaska Highway folgend erreichten wir die Liard Hot Springs und spaeter dann Tagish im Yukon Territorium. Obwohl wir nun schon Luxe, Baeren, Woelfe und andere Tiere gesehenhaben, waren wir echt aufgeregt, als wir dann endlich unseren ersten Elch gesehen haben. Wir glaubten ja schon gar nicht mehr daran, dass es Elche auf der Erde gibt, nach 8 Wochen Norwegen und 8 Wochen Kanada ohne Elch. Und dann dieser Elch, er hat gerade ein Bad im Glacierlake genommen und wartete darauf, dass wir ein Foto machen. Unglaublich. Nachdem wir Watson Lake verlassen haben, fuhren wir durch einen der Waldbraende fuer 130 km. Der Rauch war so stark und dick, dass die Sonne nur ein kleiner roter Ball ueber uns war und die Temperatur ploetzlich von 30 auf 10 Grad sank. Die Wolke sah aus wie nach einem Vulkanausbruch
und auch 3 Tage danach ist die ganze Gegend hier mit Rauch leicht bedeckt.

Hier in Tagish, im Yukon Territorium wo der beruehmte Yukon Fluss seine Quelle hat, trafen wir Stefan, der gerade eine Gasthuette und Zeltplatz aufbaut. Er und seine Frau haben ein
selbstgebautes Holzhaus, ein Traum der kanadischen Blockhuette. In dieser Idylle durften wir 3 Tage bleiben und hatten eine wunderschoene Zeit mit fischen auf dem Tagish Lake. Hier gibt es tausend Dinge zu erleben, wie z.B. in die Wildniss fliegen, um dort zu fischen, jagen, kanu fahren, wandern, etc. natuerlich kann man alle diese Dinge auch hier direkt vor der Tuer machen. Im Winter kann man nicht nur das beeindruckende Nordlicht bewundern, sondern kleine oder grosse Trips mit den Schlittenhunden oder Skidoos machen, oder Eisfischen gehen. Was auch immer man im Norden machen moechte, hier ist es nciht nur bezahlbar und durch Direktflug von Frankfurt nach Whitehorse einfach zu erreichen, sondern das Beste ist, dass Stefan es auch noch organisieren
kann. Also wenn ihr euren urlaub noch nicht geplant habt: www.tagish-cabins.com oder schreibt eine Email an:info@tagish-cabins.com

Wir werden morgen weiter Richtung Norden ziehen, den Nationalfeiertag in Whitehorse verbringen
und anschliessend nach Dawson City weiterfahren und dort ueberlegen, ob wie den Dempster Highway
nach Inuvik nehmen, schliesslich sind das ca. 700 km one way Schotterstrasse. Wir sind
mittlerweile 10 000 km und 2 Monate on the road und wir haben nur einen kleinen Teil dieses
Landes gesehen und was es hier zu erleben gibt.

Alles Liebe aus dem hohen Norden und danke fuer alle lieben Emails und die netten Eintraege im

Katja und Martin

Posted by Martin Wickert at 05:29 PM GMT

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