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At the End of a Long Drive


Shreesh and Neena Taskar

We didn't make the decision, the decision made us. On October 20th, 2007, we left our comfortable city of San Francisco to follow a simple algorithm - go North till the road ends then turn around and then go as far South. In between those two points was the stage, the timeline, the space, where we made things happen and things happened to us.

The past is fleeting and the stories, the sights and the feelings are perishable. One sees what one wants to see, and perhaps we are not capable of more. We saw that people are kind and helpful even if they were not materially rich. Some we could understand even though we didn't speak the same language, the motivations of others were incomprehensible even though we did. In the end fragments remain - the smell of roasting chocolate, a flock of snow Ptarmigians on snow, the creaking of the rainforest, the rough feathers of penguins, and the intoxication of Curanto.



So these are our stories. Every time you visit the site you will see a random post below. Each starts with Lo que pasa es que...


Hurricane Alley

whiteout

“And now the Storm-blast came; And he was tyrannous and strong” – Coleridge, “The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner” (Map this!)

On the border between the NorthWest Territories and the Yukon lies a dangerous obstacle to the Dempster motorist…Hurricane Alley. This passage through snowy mountains seems to collect winds from all over the territory and funnel it across the road creating whiteouts and heaps of snow for the unwary. Often the reason for road closures in winter, you can see the ominous fog long before you are in it. We have heard bone chilling stories of motorists having to get out in the howling wind and bitter cold groping for the roadside markers on their hands and knees to get a sense of where the road was.
Luckily Hurricane Alley was in a mild mood when we passed by, although it did try to confound Shreesh by creating ice fog that instantly froze on contact with the windshield.

Hurricane Alley on the border of the Yukon and Northwest Territories