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the discovery yukon lodgings Story

In 2006 I had the opportunity to travel extensively in North and South America. The first part of my travels took me to British Columbia and the Yukon in Canada, from there I went on to Alaska, before visiting parts of Chile, Bolivia, Peru and Belize.

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In all of these countries I chose remote places to stay. I wanted to experience firsthand the way of life, the culture and the environment of each of the places I visited. I was enthralled by the Aboriginal guide I was privileged to spend time with at the Native Heritage Museum in Anchorage. His stories of whale and seal hunting from sea going kayaks, and of plants that his mother had shown him to use to protect his skin from the glare of the waters where he lived were fascinating.

In Peru, I stayed with a family that lived on an island. They had no power or running water, and no currency. They traded their own homemade and homegrown goods for any other commodities and textiles they required.

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On another occasion, I stayed on a floating home constructed of reeds with chickens and guinea pigs running about the handmade flooring.  These people led such a simple life. Their complexions were weather beaten and they appeared older as a result of their harsher outdoor lifestyle, but they were healthy due to their totally simple organic diet, and were entirely at ease with themselves and with those around them.

Even though I met and interacted with all manner of engaging people, the one thing that had the biggest impact for me was that they could not only survive by feeding and clothing themselves, but could also treat whatever medical complaints they had by using the plants that grew in their surrounding environment.

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After my return home, my thoughts kept returning to the areas I had visited on my travels, but one place in particular would not leave my mind. During my visit to the Yukon I had stayed in a motor-home at what is now Discovery Yukon Lodgings. My first stay there inspired me so much that I returned later that year, and upon finding out that it was for sale, I subsequently uprooted myself and started a new life there. I find this place so inspiring that I wish to promote to our visitors the sense of calm and peace that comes with a simple lifestyle, which our ancestors all once led.

We seem to have lost the use of our inbuilt senses and our ability to communicate with nature, a skill that indigenous people all over the world still possess, in this busy technological age that we all aspire to live in. Mother Nature has a grocery store in our back yard; we just need to go out and find it. I am fortunate to be able to live in the Yukon - an area of such outstanding natural beauty, and am enthused to encourage others to visit and learn about the traditional ways of this area in the hope that they will leave this area with a deeper understanding and appreciation of what is truly one of the world’s last frontiers.

I understand that we all do not have the will or inclination to follow the route I have chosen, but if for some reason there was a disaster and food ran out, or all the pharmaceutical companies closed down I know that I could provide for myself off the land. The question is: could you?  Come and see how we do it at Discovery Yukon Lodgings where you can stay and enjoy our cabins, RV and  tent sites.

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