February 17th, 2018

The main reason i decided to make my home in Yukon is the fantastic scenic beauty of the place. Oh, it’s great to be accepted even though you’re nuts, and there are a lot of really super people here, but turn it into rubble and i’ll be movin’ on, in tears.

You know how you go somewhere and all your preconceived notions are destroyed in a flash? Well, that’s what happened when i first visited the Dempster region, aka the Peel River Drainage. I thought i would see vast stretches of tundra, pockmarked with lakes, and the Tombstone Range sticking out of that like a huge sore thumb. Boy was i wrong. So very wrong! I couldn’t stop stopping all the way from ground zero to the Peel itself. Every turn seemed to bring some new amazing sight. The impossibly jagged spires of the Tombstone Range, the gunmetal grey/blue granite mountains, then the Black rock of the headwaters of the Blackstone. Next for me, the highlight of the drive, a forty kilometer wide river valley, all treed and nary a road to be seen in it … anywhere! And as i travelled there was more, a tea pail of blueberries in half an hour, hundreds or thousands of caribou, the Eagle Plains lodge, (a pretty neat place) and so on and on.

And I had the thought that if i ever have to hide from Bid Daddy Government this would be a great place to do it!real good place to do it.

I hope the latest reports have somehow got it wrong. I hope that this amazing, almost untouched area will not be pillaged without restraint by share-holder owned developers, that my kids and their kids kids may be able to make this trip and be as amazed as i was someday, or better still, float the Wind and the Peel, and see it the way it should be seen, from the seat of a canoe or kayak. And I really hope that those we have entrusted with our future well-being are not as eager to turn it all upside down as they lately seem to be. Respectful question for you there, newly installed in those “halls of power”: should we really do everything we can do?

We all know we cannot gently float above the earth, simply enjoying the scenery and living on nothing but fresh air without extracting and consuming some resources, but can we not leave our greedy little fingers off the very best we have left?

Published by Douglas Martens

"What can you say when your mind is a total blank?"

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