Before I left the Yukon I needed to get the full-on experience with some full-on locals. I found Brett and Eva on the internet as the only known people to have ever actually made it to the very very remote Deer River Hot Springs – Brett loves telling all his friends I’m an Australian he met on the internet
Brett and Eva live about 30 mins from Whitehorse in a beautiful house completely off-grid. Their whole setup includes a guest cabin, a river and creek flowing by, five dogs, two sheep, a mega vegetable garden, a wicked solar setup and running hot and cold water. Further down the road they have a cabin to “get away from it all” that I swear has been used in countless photos as the pinnacle of cabin living. There is no road access, so it’s a half hour hike or a trip across the lake in the freighter canoe. We loaded in the three of us, a ton of gear, five dogs and splashed our way across the whitecaps to the awaiting paradise.
It’s hard to describe how picturesque the the cabin is – it’s a beautiful hand made two story log cabin building tucked in between the lake and the mountains behind.
The sun was beaming down and after getting a bunch of odd jobs finished up it was the most amazing feeling to sit on the deck unable to see or hear signs of people in any direction. I felt like we were 500 miles from anywhere with the entire place to ourselves.
A bald eagle was calling a near-by bluff home so I hiked over to have a closer look. I was about 10 meters from the enormous nest when I got my first good look – just as the eagle took full flight and powered away. Wow.
We’ve been doing a ton of things around the place and I have stacks of photos and stories yet to sort through and post online.
I think I’m on top of the recent down-time of my site, I’m still working out some glitches with my hosting and WordPress/plugins in general.