One of the
most recognized names in the Yukon
is Robert Service.He spent many years
in the far north and wrote poems to express his feelings about the land.One of his most famous poems is “The Cremation
of Sam McGee”.The poem is set on Lake
Le Barge which is just outside of Whitehorse.So this was first on the list to see today
since the day started out with sunshine.We had to access the lake in a provincial campground.There were very few campers in the campground
so getting to the lake posed no problem.We went to the Yukon Wildlife Preserve.Sadly this was just an area where wild animals had been penned in and
you paid to be driven around to see them, thus we moved on.
Back in Whitehorse we went to the McBrideMuseum.In the museum are artifacts depicting the
history of the Yukon
and the early settlers who ministered to the native peoples.The conditions they endured makes on wonder
why they stayed.
housed at the museum is the real Sam McGee’s cabin.Sam McGee was a friend of Robert Service and
he gave his permission for Robert Service to use his name in the poem.He fortunately was not cremated.
the museum, I tried my hand at gold panning finding exactly 3 flakes of gold.Sure won’t pay for the trip.
dinner we drove around town photographing the many murals painted on the walls
of the buildings.My favorite was the
mural of the fronts of buildings painted on the backs of the buildings.
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