Episode 78: Captain Dick Stevenson & the Sourtoe Cocktail

This week on My Yukon Life podcast radio, our special guest is the original Captain Dick Stevenson who created the Sourtoe Cocktail Club of Dawson City. By now, you may have heard that the toe used in the infamous Sourtoe Cocktail served in Dawson City has been swallowed and they’re down to one toe. If you’re curious about what the fuss is, or maybe you’re unfamiliar with this particular potent drink that’s been enjoyed by visitors from all over the world, have a listen to my conversation with Cap’t Dick Stevenson, the man who started it all:


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Are You Prepared?

Are you prepared for an unexpected, extended power outage? Do you have enough food, water, and other essentials to last until power returns?

It wasn’t until I moved to the Yukon, with only one road in from the south (the Alaska Highway), that I realized how quickly we can become vulnerable when, say, the road is shut down due to flooding and so no food/supplies can be delivered to stores, or the fibre optic cable(s) into the territory is mistakenly severed by a backhoe and phone communication becomes impossible.

Similar things can happen wherever you live, at any time– by natural disasters or from other causes. Be prepared. I like to use Murphy’s Law to my advantage– if I’m prepared, I won’t have to be, but if I’m not, I’ll wish I was. Offgridsurvival.com has a page of website listings that can help you use Murphy’s Law to your advantage as well. Check ’em out. http://offgridsurvival.com/survivalwebsites/

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all our listeners around the world! Thank you for being part of My Yukon Life.

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Flying in a Float Plane Over Carcross, Yukon

During the production of Episode 26: Carcross Fly-In for Kids, I shot this from the back of a two-seat Scout float plane while we did touch and go’s on Grayling Bay in Carcross, Yukon. Watch for the Van’s RV-4 that zips past us at over 200 mph.

You can listen to the podcast here: http://www.myyukonlife.com/podcasts/episode-26-carcross-fly-in-for-kids/

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It’s Warmed Up to -20F/-29C

It’s warmed up to -20F/-29C. I’m keeping an eye on the thermometer to see if it gets any warmer before I’m forced to go outside for more firewood. Four wheelbarrow loads ought to get me through until Friday morning when it’s supposed to warm up a little and snow. This morning I woke from a deep sleep because of the cold. I’d let the fire in the wood stove go out so the temperature was steadily dropping. It was 48F/9C in the living room, the warmest area of the house. If not for the underachieving old oil stove in the back room, I’m sure the pipes would have frozen. Outside it was -28F/-33C. I’ve been cranking the stove ever since but can’t get the temperature above 57F/14C. It’s ten degrees colder than that in the back room and only because the oil heater is keeping it from dropping even further.

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Where Are All These Cars Coming From?

After moving to the Yukon I quickly became acclimated to the lack of vehicles on the road. In the last ten years since living north of 60 degrees latitude, I’ve forgotten the true definition of traffic. A listener of My Yukon Life just emailed me a photo taken during his drive home from work. Bumper to bumper, brake lights in front of him blinking like a Christmas tree, slow going. Nowadays, if I see five cars ahead of me (in total) on the way home from town (about an hour’s drive) I’m like, “Where are all these cars coming from???”

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