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  • Berger-Husson Steve

It is a long long time ago, during the Gold Rush around 1898 when Joe left his hometown they say it was Seattle and headed north, Joe was a loner, he did not travel with all the other soldiers of fortune that were attracted by the Klondike for its gold, Joe travelled all by himself. His luggage contained enough to support himself. A rifle a couple of traps, a good knife, some dried meat and coffee: Even before he left Seattle, he heard about them counties prospectors up in Dawson City, the hard job they did and their inability to deal with their sudden wealth. Furthermore, he heard, the only people getting rich in Dawson City were the owners of Saloons, the guys selling eggs (one single egg at that times did cost 4$), the prostitutes and the gangsters. No. this was not what Joe was looking for. He wanted to head north to the Yukon to find solitude. Joe was a Mountain Man and not a very outgoing person. He never told anybody, where exactly he came from. The rare visitors to his house found out, he did not tell a lot out of his life and if he did so, it was short stories only. As a matter of fact, he loved the solitude and the only company he deeply enjoyed was the one of his dog, a mutt, they say his name was George. George was completely devoted to Joe and Joe loved to discuss all sorts of things with his pal, who was a very good listener. For hours, the two of them could sit there Joe petting George and smoking his pipe that smoked as if a train came upon the White pass Yukon Route They both deeply enjoyed their togetherness. Now you know why there is not much known about Joe.

It took him a long time until he found his place to stay where he could live peacefully, without being bothered by too many human beings. He lived off the land, hunted, fished and collected the fruits of the North, He was a moderate hunter and fisher. In fact, he hated killing animals but knew, they would forgive him since he never hunted more than he really needed for George, himself and the stray cat, that, one day decided to stay with them. Where the cat came from is as much a secret as the origin of Joe and George themselves. He built his cabin way out in the bush, approximately 20 miles southwest from here today, some rattan pieces of wood remind people, that there was a log cabin, a long time ago one day, many winters have gone by, Joe was gone, together with George and the cat and the few things he owned. Nobody knows if he actually found gold and returned to where he came from. Nobody knows, how long he was out there or maybe, still is. But one thing is for sure, Joe lived a wonderful but very modest life. Fact is, there still is plenty of space out there to live a solitary life based on the very few details known about Joe, we tried to rebuild his cabin and let you be a part of his modest life. The windows and most details you find in the cabin are relics from about 100 years ago. So we suggest, start a fire in the fireplace, sit back and let your thoughts go and a trip with Joe Maybe, you will find out the secrets about Joe during your adventure!



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  • Berger-Husson Steve

Hello, campers!

As 2021 slowly comes to an end and we all start to plan our 2022 camping season.

And who says planning, also says what new accessories are out there and what would make sense to get to improve our overall camping experience.

As campground owners, we get all kinds of niche-related magazines and brochures. And we thought we share some things we saw that we found quite amazing.


1.

Zippo Heatbank Rechargeable Hand Warmers



The Heat Bank 9S rechargeable hand warmer keeps you warm from the office to the woods. The convenient power bank also recharges your USB-compatible device so you can stay connected while enjoying the outdoors.



2.

Ooni Karu 12 – Multi-Fuel Portable Outdoor Pizza Oven



GREAT PIZZA – Ooni Karu 12 Multi-fuel pizza oven has been designed with that sole purpose in mind

DONE IN 60 SECONDS – Fire up the Ooni Karu 12 with wood or charcoal straight out the box, or use with the Ooni Gas Burner attachment (sold separately) to cook with gas. The Karu 12 will be ready to cook in 15 minutes reaching a massive 950°F – Cooking authentic stone-baked pizza in just 60 seconds! Giving you more time to sit back and relax in your backyard while enjoying great pizzas


3.

GRAYL Geopress 24 oz Water Purifier for Global Travel, Backpacking, Hiking, and Survival


REMOVES ALL PATHOGENS: Viruses, bacteria and protozoa - from any freshwater source on Earth. Filters pesticides, chemicals, heavy metals, and microplastics; improves taste. And does that in 8 seconds.


4.

Karvipark X10 Portable Camping Fan for Tent, 2 in 1 Rechargeable USB Tent Ceiling Fan with LED Light Hanging Hoop



This tent fan can bring you a comfortable and cool air environment, but also can bring brightness. Rechargeable and keeps the mosquitoes away :-)


5.

MaxIT Inflatable Hammock Sofa



Strong enough to support up to 500lbs and made of durable anti-tear ripstop material, this lightweight waterproof inflatable lounger will be your best ally for travelling, camping, hiking, picnicking and relaxing in comfort.



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  • Sandra Jost

A breathtaking view steps away from our home, the Caribou RV Park.

Today is just one of these perfect days to spend some time outside. A sunny day, and "only" -24°C, what else do you want. Okay, I have to say that I first had to defeat the weaker self, which had decided to spend the day cozy with a cup of tea on the couch. After a short battle, I jump into a pair of long johns, thermal underwear, and quite a few more layers of functional sportswear. I put on my best and warmest hiking boots, my ski jacket, mittens and a hood, and off we go. I feel relatively immobile, but I tell myself that this is just because of all these layers of big clothes…


As I don't have hours to lose, and mostly to avoid losing my motivation on the road and drive to my favourite coffee place in town instead for a French vanilla latte. I decide not to drive to one of the known spots and starting points of many good hikes, but just cross the street and walk into the woods. Fortunately, I discover pretty soon a trail made by someone on a skidoo. This makes it much easier because we got exceptionally lots of snow this winter. Walking through knee-deep snow is too exhausting. So I decide to follow these skidoo tracks as they prepared me a manageable path.


Soon, I can't hear the road noise anymore, and I feel pretty much alone on Earth. Oh, nearly alone! Wherever I look, to my left, to my right or just straight ahead, I see animal tracks. Huge animal tracks! I don't really pay attention to the little ones, but those who get my attention must definitely be from moose. Lots of moose, I guess. No single moose would run so much back and forth through the same woods, would it? While I regret not having my bear spray with me and wonder whether they are aggressive at this time of the year, I just continue walking. Now that I am motivated, I don't let a few moose tracks stop my enthusiasm.


The trees are so loaded with snow that some have their tips hanging straight to the ground. This creates funny little tunnels as more and more snow kept falling onto the trunks. Amazing how these big fluffs stick on the tree without falling off. I squeeze underneath so that the next people following this path could also enjoy this beautiful phenomenon. Although it doesn't look like many users as skidoo man's tracks are pretty much untouched. I have to say that this doesn't bother me too much, as it means that I don't run into other people. Not that I am a sociopath running through the woods to escape humans, but while I am in Nature, I enjoy listening to its sounds, and I absolutely adore the total silence of a snowy forest. It would never come to my mind to walk around with headphones, and I don't need anything else than the sound of my crunching footsteps in the snow right now to relax my mind.


While my belly interrupts this silence with angry warning noises remembering me that I haven't eaten much today, I start making plans in my head for dinner. What is better than to treat yourself to a delicious meal after some exercise? Completely lost in thoughts of loads of decadent yummy pasta, I didn't realize that the forest opened up in front of me and that I now can see the mountain range behind. As I continue walking, more and more mountains appear behind the trees. The path continues to meander along the edge of a slope and offers views of a vast plain with nothing but snow-covered trees and the mountain range around.


I start taking pictures with my phone. Thank you, technology, that we don't have to carry big heavy cameras anymore when we just want to make a little walk when no-one expects that scenic views jump in front of your eyes. As a semi-professional photographer, I have to admit that it took me some time before trusting the cameras in smartphones. Don't get me wrong, I still prefer taking pictures with my Nikon, but for everyday usage, they get you outstanding results.


Just when I start thinking, why the heck, there is no bench at such a scenic spot, the views get more and more stunning. And there it is, just around a turn, I finally see a nice wooden bench barely looking out of the snow. This was definitely the destination of skidoo man because his tracks loop once around the bench before leading back. The bench is covered with heavy snow and an icy crust in the middle as there has been sitting somebody on it not too long ago. I take the few steps through knee-deep snow towards the bench, the burst of the last fresh snowcat in the middle and sit down.


And there it is, one of these views of a lifetime, which I never expected having just steps away from my home. I soak in the view while listening to the silence of the deep Yukon wilderness. This is just magic. This is better than sipping tea and sitting on the couch, and for sure better than an over-sweetened Vanilla latte in town. I can't believe, what mother nature has reserved for us, and I can't even understand less how you cannot be grateful for all that beauty. I am just overwhelmed.


Though it is not very appealing sitting on an icy bench at -24°, I sit there for quite a while before starting my way back. It is hard to believe that it really took me two years before discovering this marvellous spot on Earth just steps from my home! It will definitely become my favourite "every day" hike, and I am excited to discover the site throughout all the different seasons of the year.

This is once again the best proof that you don't necessarily have to drive kilometres and kilometres but that some really hidden gems are just outside your front door.


Now your turn! Tell us what and where your favourite spot is, and how you discovered it.


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