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leaving whitehorse

Eventually, I manage to rouse myself and pack my things back onto my bike but it is already 4.30 on a Monday afternoon by the time I make to leave Whitehorse. There are fires burning across British Columbia and grey green smoke hangs thick in the air. It is not an inspiring senario.

As I wheel my bike out Tracy’s back gate, Danusia appears from next door with an invitation to dinner with Eric and Jane, who are also preparing to leave on a bike trip down the Cassiar. They are currently camping on her back lawn. I give in gracefully and wheel my loaded bike into from Tracy’s back yard to Danusia’s – which has to be my shortest day cycling yet!

Danusia’s house turns out to be a place of amazing beauty, every object a joy to behold.

Objects of beauty in Danusia's house.

Objects of beauty in Danusia's house.

More beautiful things.

More beautiful things...

And again.

...and again...

...and again...

...and again...

...and again.

...and again.

Unknown (but beautiful) device. Does anyone know what this thing is for?

Unknown (but beautiful) device. Does anyone know what this thing is for?

Even this is beautiful!

Even this is beautiful!

Dinner comes together slowly – roast lamb chops with puy lentils and a salad. Eric attends to the salad, Jane, to the meat, while Danusia fixes the puy lentils and concocts an amazing chocolate mousse, the principal ingredient of which is, surprisingly, avocado!* I would never have guessed it if I hadn’t seen it being made myself.

Chocolate mousse with a surprise ingredient.

Chocolate mousse with a surprise ingredient.

Eric working on the salad.

Eric working on the salad.

We eat outside in the company of two blue heelers. I didn’t think there existed anything in the world that would make me homesick for Australia but the sight of a blue dog proves me wrong. They are so quintessentially Australian that I experience a momentary pang.

Queensland blue cattle dog in the Yukon.

Queensland blue cattle dog in the Yukon.

Everything down to the wine is perfect for the moment and I am very glad to spend one more night in Whitehorse.

Perfect wine for the occasion.

Perfect wine for the occasion.

Good wine and good company.

Good wine (like the logo!) and good company.

Danusia at the dinner table.

Danusia at the dinner table.

The next morning it is finally time to leave. Jane gives me a last minute supplement of home dried fruit and vegetables to add to my food pannier and accompanies me to the edge of town taking me on a detour to view where the Yukon flows through Miles Canyon, a narrow gorge on the outskirts of town.

Jane at the gorge on the outskirts of Whitehorse.

Jane at Miles Canyon on the outskirts of Whitehorse.

Saying goodbye to Whitehorse above the Yukon River.

Saying goodbye to Whitehorse above the Yukon River.

* CHOCOLATE MOUSSE

  • 3 avocado
  • ½ cup medjool dates
  • agave or maple syrup to taste
  • ¾ cup of cocoa
  • ½ cup of water (water the dates soaked in)

Whizz it all together in a mixer.

Chocolate mousse with an avacado base - it's really yummy.

Chocolate mousse with an avacado base - it's really yummy!

{ 5 } Comments

  1. zanny | August 23, 2009 at 4:25 am | Permalink

    Heatwaves and fires, reminds of our time in Victoria last summer, be careful! xo

  2. julie | August 28, 2009 at 8:05 am | Permalink

    Yes, it is frightening thinking of fires again – our fire season is fast approaching (it seems so soon since Feb!) and preparations are already being put in place, Daylesford now being one of the hotspots in victoria. Your photos of smoke filled atmoshere are are eerily beautiful, especially the full moon night shot. It’s great that you are getting some swimming and meeeting such hospitable, friendly people along the way on your own terms and can stay longer where you want – that makes it really worthwhile. Lots of love and take care xx

  3. julie | August 28, 2009 at 8:31 am | Permalink

    I’m interested to see that food is creeping into your accounts – I didn’t think it would take long as you are such a foodie! I can imagine that pedalling hundreds of miles makes ones attention turn to promise of delicious food. The chocolate mousse sounds very good and I would like to try it, also the red lentil soup – good because it is quick and nourishing. You look great in the photo – you must be a ball of muscle now! Lots of love xxx

  4. Lucie | August 28, 2009 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

    Hi Anna, have updated on your progress again, it took me a while to find out that the post about retro-blogging is actually not the LAST post of your travelog:-)
    I think that mysterious device is either to make nice “balls” of rice on the plate, or to form ice cream. I have something like this at home but rarely use it:-)
    I’m happy to read that you encountered such nice people in Whitehorse, and especially, that you met Renate and her family again. It’s quite incredible, and it was meant to happen.
    Take care and enjoy!
    Lucie

  5. anna | August 28, 2009 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

    Hi Lucie,

    Sorry about that – I have trouble with linearity and dates and things… I thought I was clarifying it for people but maybe it’s just more confusing.

    I’m not sure about the mystery device, it does seem like it would make nice neat balls – but not for ice-cream, I think…

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