My Most Memorable Birthday, Ever

It was my 30th birthday and I knew I had to think of something to make it memorable. The sun hadn’t yet come up when I thought of an idea. I wanted to see a caribou on my 30th birthday! So, I nudged my husband who was still sleeping and told him what I wanted to do.

We got up and made a couple of coffee’s for the road and drove out of town. There would be a good chance of seeing one because they wintered in the area. When we drove through town, the sun created the most beautiful colours in the sky.

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Since moving to the Yukon, caribou became incredibly special to me. I felt very lucky to have grown to know their species and see them from the roadside often. Unfortunately, the Alaska Highway is a busy road with 18-wheelers and no doubt this sign at the edge of town was a result of fatalities between caribou and transport. When I saw the sign, my heart broke.

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Alaska Highway, Yukon

Not long after we passed this sign we saw our first caribou of the day. It was already so early and I had seen the very thing that was going to make my 30th birthday the most memorable, ever.

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We drove back to our place to have breakfast and get ready for an outdoor excursion. My husband had planned a day of surprises and the first was ice fishing on Lucky Lake.

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I had one bite, but that was it. It was just so amazing to be outside on such a glorious day on March 2nd.

Another surprise I had was our friend Jamie drove over from Whitehorse (5-hour drive) to spend the weekend with us. We are old high school friends from east of Peterborough, Ontario, so it was always wonderful to see a familiar face when living so far away from family and friends.

B borrowed an ice auger from a friend in town and we went to a different lake to try fishing. When B drilled through almost 3 feet of ice, he hit mud. No fish here!

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We went back to our place to warm up and get ready for more birthday surprises. I received some lovely gifts from B, a friend in town and from family who mailed me packages. I was spoiled!

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In true Yukon style, we ignited a few fireworks. Everything is celebrated with explosives and that’s where my firework obsession started!

We built a fire outside and let off my celebratory bangs.

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And then we went back home and had a few drinks 🙂 Happy birthday to me!

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Turning 30 wasn’t difficult for me. I felt a sudden change in myself. I was able to let some things go that I had been hanging onto and really develop my true self. I started nurturing a side of me that was creative, independent and confident. That’s when Waboose Adventures started.

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. Kim says:

    I love venturing through your eyes! Happy Birthday, my lovely daughter xoxo

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  2. Mara says:

    One of my favorite things is spotting wildlife. I’m glad you got to see some caribou. And happy belated birthday!

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    1. Thank you so much, Mara!

      I believe that seeing wildlife is always a gift from nature, so this particular experience was definitely memorable!

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  3. This sounds like the best birthday! I had to do a double take when I started reading your post because I don’t know anyone who lives far enough north to see Caribou, and I saw that you’re not too far from me! Well, compared to every other blogger I know 🙂 Next time I go to the Yukon we should meet up and hike!

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    1. Thanks, Run Away With Me! Alaska and Yukon are so far, but so close in northern standards.

      Thanks for the comment 🙂

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