For several years, I had this dream of driving the Dempster Highway, after seeing and drooling about it in a magazine. You've maybe never heard about this 740 km long road without any gas station, don't worry about that.
It's in the middle of no where, calling itself a bucket list journey from Dawson City, Yukon (Canada) to Inuvik, Northwest Territories, offering incredible scenery, wide open spaces, and and remote beauty.
The whole time we were on that highway, I could count the total number of humans we had encountered, on one hand. You really are all alone up there.
Why did this highway call my name so badly? Perhaps a special combination of things, the incredible beauty, the wide open spaces that are so hard to come by, when you've been used to living in a big city for most of your life. Or maybe a craving for a more primal connection, just me and the earth, no distractions.
Changing flat tires in the midnight Sun
While changing one of our 4-5 flat tires on this highway (the road is made of gravel and shale, because using other materials would cause the permafrost to melt, buckling the road and causing tiny lakes to form) we encountered this big rig, driving into the sunset; which by the way was at midnight on the summer solstice. Yes, 'midnight sun' is a real thing, and you're looking at it right here.
He stopped to ask if we were Ok, and as he drove away I snapped this pic. It's always been one of my favorites, maybe because it's my favorite color yellow. But I also think it's just so cool, one lonely trucker, driving straight into the sun. It kind of looks like he's driving straight into heaven, or even into another dimension.
If you can't make it to the Dempster yet, try this watch on for size, it'll remind you of that feeling of being free, which I think is what I loved the most about that road. I felt like I was on another planet, and it was the best feeling ever.
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