It is a concise, well written book, at only 231 pages but filled with her perspective in the rugged land and winters. A magnificent forward by Robert Service, the poet of the north and her son, Pierre are in this republished edition. Her opening line, is almost an understatement of the life she would have in the bitter cold and the wilderness in the early 1900's, "I imagine that in everyone's life there eventually comes a moment when a simple question or a change meeting or a knock on the door changes the entire course of one's future." It is a wealth of history and personal anecdotes as well as a unique chronicle of the decline of Dawson after the gold discovery of 1898 peaked.
In talking about the journey to Whitehorse to Dawson on foot in winter, I shuddered. It is a rugged land and although we on tour made that trek in train, dome car and by motor coach bus with all amenities I appreciated and imagined the hardships endured back in the day. Page 136.mentions the walk ins when the stage would take a fort night, considered too long for the seekers. "I'm walking in you know, he said, talking as casually as if he were about to take a stroll down Regent Street. And, off he went, in his brisk way, on a 360 mile hike through deep snow, lonely forest, frozen river and high plateau, in the dead of winter with the thermometer well below zero and the blue Aurora his only beacon. A short time later we had a letter from him from Dawson describing the experience."
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outstanding historical content and excellent writing of this book.