Marty’s photo of the day #4215: Somehow, through the years, the file containing all the Sony Mavica photos from Deb’s and my 2002 adventure to the top of Canada disappeared from my computers. That old digital camera recorded onto mini-CDs. Even by today’s standards that camera took great still and macro photos (but lousy photos of anything moving). A few days ago, I dug out the original 20-year-old CDs and copied them to my laptop. And I must say, I was surprised that those old CDs even worked. So I will be featuring quite a few northern Canada photos in the coming weeks.

This photo shows the tiny community of Faro, Yukon Territory, rising out of the fog. Deb and I took our trip in September, and as a result a frightening number of gas stations had closed for the season. Our truck only had a range of 300 miles, and Faro was in the middle of nowhere, pretty much at the truck’s range-limit. We arrived early in the morning, with fingers cross that the community of 313 people had an open gas station—but everything was closed.

Fortunately, the reason for the closure was the time of day, not the time of year. We hung around the village for a couple hours until the lone gas station opened for business.

There is a significant chance that Deb and I will visit Faro again this fall, as we are seriously discussing another northern Canada visit. The big difference is that instead of doing the trip in my 1999 F-150 Ford pickup, we’ll be doing it in my new 2023 Ford Maverick pickup, which is due to arrive next month, and will get twice the gas mileage of my original truck.

Our 2002 Canada adventure is chronicled in my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents.