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Restless with wanderlust and anxious for adventure, a big-city Frankfurt woman’s life is forever changed when she encounters a completely different world—one of teeming nature, landscaped vistas, communion with animals, and the free human spirit—in the wild backcountry of the Yukon. There she meets local icon Mabel Brewster, owner of the nearby equine stable, who is notorious for her extensive knowledge of the land, her stubborn grit and self-sufficiency, and her uncanny rapport with horses. A series of breathtaking journeys, perilous adventures, and illuminating life lessons transform these unlikely friends into spiritually bonded soul sisters, whose love withstands the test of twenty-two adventurous years and will forever reverberate in the untamed heart of the majestic North.
Elisabeth Weigand lovingly pens a heart-wrenching tribute to the life of Mabel Brewster (1935-2015), whom she met upon her immigration to Canada’s Yukon Territory in 1993. Through a stunning retelling of her life in the remote north that is at once spellbinding, light-hearted, beautiful, and heartbreaking, the reader is transported to the last untamed frontier— where raw nature reigns supreme and true friendship never dies.
I hold my hand in front of him. I get sniffed. A velvet nose tentatively nudges my fingers, brushes across the back of my hand, then flips the hand right over. I am frozen to the ground.
Then the greatest of all feelings sweeps over me. I own a horse!
I push my hands deep into his mane and start laughing for joy. But when I try to hug him, that seems to be too much. He briskly throws his head up and sets off in a gawky gallop back to his buddies, finishing with a few impressive jumps and lofty heel kicks.
I turn to my friends, bursting with excitement, and hug each of them, unleashing my happiness with wild abandon.
“Is he saddle broke?” My inexperience asks.
“Oh. Who will be training him?”
“But I have no idea how to do that!”
“Well, then you got to learn it!”
And that is it. It’s settled. I have to train him.
Lucky me, I had no idea of what I had gotten myself into.
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Yukon River Expedition
The travel log Yukon River Expedition recounts a 3200 kilometer long canoe trip down the majestic Yukon River starting at the river’s origin on Marsh Lake in the Yukon, Canada, then venturing all the way to the Bering Sea in Alaska.
Two people – one canoe.
A lot of raw nature, extreme weather, wild and tame animals, wonderful people and challenges you never knew before.
Over two months we crossed through Canada’s and Alaska’s North in the most traditional transportation means, the canoe.
It was not a trip, but a journey.
To me, a journey is an undertaking of which you know where and when to start, but the end is rather obscure.
We had only a glimpse of an idea what we were heading for, aerial maps at the best, only one book could be found, published by a group of female cancer survivors, compensated with a lot of enthusiasm, determination and the eternal lust for the unknown.
Available in German only.
Mit Getoese zerissen die Felsen das rauschende Wasser, als dieses sich aufbaeumte, ueberschlug und wieder zurueckprallte. Eine der schaumgekroenten Wellen packte das Kanu, riss es empor und stuerzte es in das naechste Wellental. Der erste Brecher schlug ueber den Bug. Fuer eine Sekunde war ich wie gelaehmt, unterbrach das kraftvolle Durchziehen des Paddels. Ich war nass bis zur Huefte, und die Ladung schwamm im Bootsrumpf.
Sieben Monate Weisse Einsamkeit
A northern winter, a self build cabin, nothing but wilderness and no way to get picked up before next spring, which was 7 months away.
This could only become a disaster or a dream.
We were lucky.
It turned into the most fantastic experience in our lives: raw, emotional, wild and natural. All we ever wanted to be.
During these seven months in perfect solitude, we found a way to each other we never knew was there.
Available in German only.
Das Buschflugzeug ist laengst abgeflogen. Es laesst uns zurueck in den einsamen Taelern der kanadischen Coast Mountains. Sieben Monate Winter liegen vor uns. Sieben fremde und spannende Monate. Um uns erstrecken sich endlosen Weiten and Eis und Schnee, zugefrorene Fluesse und tiefverschneite Paesse. Es gibt nur uns zwei – und eine Huette, die wir im Herbst bauten. Ein Abenteuer beginnt, das unbekannter nicht sein kann. Ohne Kontakt zur Aussenwelt tauchen wir ein in ein Leben urspruenglichster Einsamkeit und finden die Moeglichkeit in einer Weise zueinander zu finden, die es so nirgendwo sonst geben kann.
Das Abenteuer beginnt.
Um uns und in uns.
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