Hiking inland from Horton River, NWT, July 1998

This website project started one of those long winter evenings of 2006-07. I felt the need to do something to challenge my brain, a form of mental exercise. Something that had been lacking since my retirement from work in 1998. I did not have a clue on how to go about starting up a website or what was HTML. So slowly, using Google Search to find the appropriate information, coding and tutorials, I started this site using Notepad as the code editor. Eventually I launched the site in early January of 2007. From January 2007 until September 2009 I made some minor changes and added some items. In October of 2009 I decided to completely revise the site and add the French language equivalent of the English material. Again in January 2014 I felt it needed a major overhaul and downsizing thus the French equivalent material was removed because of the little interest it generated and a new template was created using XHTML strict and Notepad ++. This is where we are at today. I hope you enjoy the site. Feel free to contact me if you have any suggestions and/or corrections.


 Alsek River, Yukon, Canada

As I head into the twilight of my life I realize how lucky I am that life has been good to me. Having come into this world in a country such as Canada is like winning the lottery when we compare ourselves to others around the world. Even though my parents divorced at an early age and that I was confined to an orphanage for 4 years (between the ages of 8 and 12) I consider myself privileged when I look at how it could have been had I been born in a 3rd world country. Nor I nor my children have known first hand the devastation of war, we were never called upon to fight or defend. We have not known pestilence. We've always had a roof over our heads, a fire in the hearth and food on the table. I was able to educated myself by working nights while attending school during the day. We are by no means financially rich but we have our freedom, a decent society to live in and, more importantly, have known love and family. It's been a good life and a good ride. I am truly thankful.