If you read my last post, then you know I’m not a big fan of Yukon summers. The midnight sun is ruthless and tiring. It’s just so sunny and so bright all the time!!! Arghh!!! (Not everyone here has this experience. In fact, I haven’t met anyone who felt the same way I did. Oh well.)
Now that September has come and gone, I can I’m doing much better. While Yukoners dread the impending long and dark winter nights, I find myself enjoying fall like never before and looking forward to the colder weather.
Although it is only the end of September, autumn is almost behind us already. In Whitehorse, most trees have lost all their leaves. I’m told we should expect snow in the coming weeks. Oh well!
Case in point: the surrounding mountains have already received some snow at higher altitudes!
I find autumn to be so invigorating. I love the crisp air, the smell of fallen leaves and the northern breeze. I was so ready for this after a couple of super busy months at work!
A few Yukon-esque purchases
I thought I should tell you about a few things I bought recently.
First of all, I got a light therapy lamp:
It’s a lamp that imitates natural sunlight. Now that it’s dark in the mornings, it helps we wake up before getting out of bed. I turn it on right after my phone alarm goes off and leave it on for 15-20 minutes while I browse my phone. It works and I highly recommend this purchase (even if you don’t live up north).
I bought studded winter tires for my bike. I never thought I would say this but it’s true: I’ll be winter biking in a few months’ time. Or maybe in just a few weeks, according to my coworkers. Oh well. I’m now looking forward to my second Yukon winter without a car!
Here is the third thing I bought:
It’s a vintage Yukon parka!
A local business used to make these parkas made of wool and fur for a few decades up until the ’90s (if I’m not mistaken). Sought-after for their high quality and northern character, the only way to acquire a Yukon parka is on the secondhand market. I never thought I’d ever be able to get my hands on one of those winter coats, but I somehow did!
I am now the proud owner of a piece of Yukon history. What a gift. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to wear it until late October. I had to leave it with a seamstress so she can cut a few loose threads, lengthen the under-sleeves and remove the extra fur (the parts hanging from the hood).
Northern lights are back!
I almost forgot: Northern lights are back! That’s definitely my favourite part of the autumn season.
The was a huge storm this weekend, which made for gorgeous pictures. How beautiful! These views never get old!
Have a great fall everyone!