2015 was quite an adventure. I started the year hating my job. I spent December in Mexico and was told I had to be back to work on Jan 1st or 2nd. So I flew back on New Years Eve. On the 31st I got word that I didn’t have to be back for a few extra days. So I missed New Years in Mexico because my idiot job was a constant pain in the ass. Instead I spent it hanging out in a hostel in Edmonton.
As soon as I got back to work the vibe had changed. I spent about five years working in oil camps in Alberta and BC and three of those years were at the last camp I was at. When I got back from Mexico it was obvious the camp was winding down. The winter drilling season wasn’t going smoothly due to the weather warming up and ice roads thawing. Add in the price of oil plummeting and it didn’t take a genius to see I was going to be out of a job soon. I worked for a company with other locations, but I couldn’t see me moving to a new camp. I was pretty sick of the job in general and the thought of moving on was very appealing. It took two months before anything was official, but I was planning my exit immediately.
The final eleven weeks at work didn’t follow the three weeks on, one week off rotation that is our way of life out there. Staffing issues, mixed with me knowing I was going to be taking time off work soon meant I ended up working six weeks straight before getting a few days off then going back for the final three weeks. I was prepared and looking forward to moving on from that job, but not many people were. Most people were pretty bummed to be out of work. Eventually I realized I should reign in my excitement and chill. In the end I got laid off with some pay off money and decided to take the summer off and hang out in Cape Breton in the tiny cabin I bought the year before.
Work finished up in the middle of March and it was still winter in Alberta where I was working and in Cape Breton where my cabin was. I didn’t want to deal with winter so after a week in Edmonton to hang out with work friends who I never got to see outside of work and catch a Limblifter show who I hadn’t seen since the 90s I headed off to Ottawa to hang out with Maia.
Maia had taken a year off work to adventure and ended up in Ottawa where she was looking for work and hanging out. So I joined her for about two weeks and she taught me the joys of Netflix. Netflix seems to be a way of life for every man, woman and child anywhere there is electricity these days, but I had never used it. It didn’t take long before we wasted many days watching tv and I was found alone watching Vanilla Ice Goes Amish. Sometimes when you sit back and relax you go too far. Soon enough we decided we needed a bit of a road trip!
One day Maia suggested a visit to her friends farm who clearly doesn’t understand the sense of adventure involved and after checking with his wife and a six hour drive I was back on my home turf in southern Ontario on a farm about 15 minutes from one I lived on when I was about 4 years old. We spent the next day fixing up a chicken coop, picking rocks out of a garden and getting a green house up to snuff. We played some Catan before bed and due to getting up at farm people hours we ended up in bed far earlier than normal. Farm people get up so early!
The next day we set off to Niagara Falls. I hadn’t been there in at least ten years and even then I got drunk and passed out in a closet which doesn’t really count. The time before that was about 25 years earlier. So I was excited to check out Niagara Falls. Although the trip was planned so Maia could visit her friend Robin and pick up an amazing monkey painting Maia asked Robin to paint for her roommate Jeff in Ottawa. We got a cheap hotel off some internet thang and after a brief adventure Maia went to hang out with Robin and I went on a solo adventure to the falls.
Tragically the show Wonderfalls was mostly filmed in Toronto, but I enjoyed wandering around town anyways. I had hoped to find places from episodes, instead I stared at the falls a lot and was thoroughly impressed by the amount of gift shops and mini golf you can jam into a few square blocks. Later that night we were joined by Robin for an incredible of arcade action! Before leaving the next day we headed over to Robin and her husbands (married? I dunno) place for drinks which ran long enough that we barely made it to our next stop in time.
The next stop was London! Now that’s my hometown and it’s hard to show up home too late, but I had a mission. I had been thinking of dinner at Tony’s for months and we barely made it there before they closed. I hate going to restaurants anywhere near closing time because I cook and anyone coming in during the last half hour sucks. We got there with 15 minutes to spare, but I knew what I wanted and it was easy. I had been dreaming of a meat lovers panzarotti for months. I had to pee when I got there and after apologizing for being late I ordered on my way to the washroom before even going to the table. It was as amazing as always. Tony’s has been making the best panzerotti ever since before I was born. We were crashing at my moms place that night and thanks to my insistence on dinner at Tony’s we didn’t get there until 11pm when we hung out with my mom and my niece Chelsea catching up and telling stories.
The next day Maia went back to Ottawa and I began a rather long visit to London. Spring came earlier to London than it did to Cape Breton so while waiting for spring to get to Cape Breton I enjoyed spring in London. By the time I left it was even acting a lot like summer. I got two take a couple amazing trips to Toronto. Once to see the first episode of Q in person with my friend Ang. Guests on the show were Marc Maron, Peter Mansbridge, Tanya Tagaq, Shane Koyczan, Bahamas, Damian Abraham (from Fucked Up), Chilly Gonzalas and some more I can’t remember. Even though it started at 8am it was a pretty great show. That trip also included a visit to Bailey who is one of my very favorite people in the entire world. We lived together in Jasper and since she left for school in Toronto I have only got to see her for a few hours a year, but they are always some of my favorite hours each year.
The next trip to Toronto was with Ally! who is another one of my very favorite people and we were on a mission to see Rich Aucoin perform at CMW. We are pretty good at Toronto trips lately and this time was no different. A day or two before we went to Toronto I saw that Hawksley Workman was going to be playing at the CBC studios the same night Rich Aucoin was playing. Hawksley was playing earlier in the evening and the timing was perfect. We could go straight from one show to the next. So I emailed Hawksleys person and set that up. This trip was also Allys first introduction to a hostel. One of the most expensive things about taking trips is accomodation and hostels really help with that. Some are better than others, but bigger cities usually have a few and theres always some that cost a few bucks more but are totally worth it. Any hostel with a rooftop patio is awesome and ours had one. If I hadn’t snored all night I think Ally would have liked the hostel a lot more, but she fully approved despite that.
Both shows were great. Hawksley played in a tiny room where he took up the drums all night. He played a bunch of songs from his newest (and at the time unreleased) album and some old ones too. Here’s a link to a video. A lot of the songs were posted on CBCs youtube page. If you look carefully you can find a bearded Mark next to a cute Ally off to the side.
From there we headed off to see Rich Aucoin. We were already kind of tired after a bus ride and some Toronto wandering and then seeing Hawksley in a very hot studio. But it was worth it. We missed a couple acts but still caught Humans and Pick a Piper opening for Rich Aucoin who were both great and I ended up seeing them both two more times later on in the year. Since I posted a video from the Hawksley show here is one, not from the actual show, but a trailer for the show Rich made and posted online to get people excited for the show. Same venue and same energy.
I love taking friends to see Rich Aucoin because everyone ends up having a ton of fun. After our very fun day we were exhausted and it was raining so we cabbed to the hostel and neither one of us slept very well. Although when I did manage to sleep I snored loudly making it even worse for Ally. Oops!
I ended up going to Toronto one last time before heading east. I made a Plenty of Fish account years ago (it’s a dating site for those who don’t know) and I tend to forget about it. My profile is what you’d expect. Just silly enough to be charming, but just honest enough to scare girls away. It does however lead to some really fun girls sending me messages once in a while. So one night as I sat on my moms couch I got a message from a girl and we got to talking and by the end of that first night decided to head to Toronto to the CBC Music Festival that weekend. Copying and pasting from the site because I’m lazy the line up included “Patrick Watson, Bahamas, Shad, Coeur de pirate, Jenn Grant, Joel Plaskett Emergency, Tanika Charles, Lindi Ortega, the Strumbellas, Fred Penner, Choir! Choir! Choir!” The words are still blue so maybe the links came with me when I copied and pasted. Oh and Mo Kenney played too! Here is some links of performances from that festival! Lindi Ortega and Joel Plaskett!
She turned out to be cool and we caught all the bands we wanted to see, including both Fred Penners sets! Shad, Lindi Ortega, Fred Penner and Joel Plaskett were the best parts. Stuart McLean was there too. Oh!! And Buck 65!!!! It was a pretty great day. We decided that instead of heading home we would grab a hotel and have a wee sleepover. We found a motel that was actually very close to home and before we could have much fun all the sun from the entire day caught up to me. I’ve got a fair amount of ginger in me and an entire day in the sun is like death. We had just stepped outside to smoke a bowl when I felt sick and I ducked inside because I knew I had to throw up. I missed the toilet and after throwing up and cleaning up I realized I had locked her outside. After opening the door and smoking a tiny bit of weed to finish settling my stomach the fun continued until it was bedtime and then again until it was check out time. Sometimes when you are a wanderer it is good to just have some fun with another consenting adult since relationships are too hard to manage when I am constantly on the move.
Eventually I said my goodbyes to Ontario and headed off to Cape Breton. I hired a guy from kijiji advertising as a mover to pick me up and drive me from Sydney where I fly into, to Canadian Tire and a couple other stores to stock up on supplies and then out to my forest. I was heading out for the entire summer and grabbed a bike so I could bike for supplies and a few other things. After years of oil field work I had put in at least ten years worth of work in under five years and needed a break. I had turned into a grumpy person and that wasn’t who I was. I missed being a happy positive person.
I waited until the very end of May to head to Cape Breton hoping spring would be in full effect by the time I got there. Instead I got there just as spring arrived. There was still snow in the hills and frost at night. My cabin isn’t much of a cabin and I actually call it my shack. It is 10×16 feet with a lil loft up top where I sleep and there is electricity but no running water. It is in a “community” that is pretty spread out, but in a circle maybe 4 km in diameter there are about a dozen people that come and go. Some on weekends and a couple year round. It is 13km to the post office and little store in Margaree Valley and and 4km to get to the main road which is also where The Dancing Goat is.
I spent a lot of time reading during the summer and a bunch of time hiking in the woods trying not to get trampled by the moose I’d run into. Moose are big and scary. Every week or so I could bike to The Dancing Goat for lunch and to use their wifi. They have amazing sandwiches, soup and baked goods. Everything there is amazing and if you are ever in Cape Breton driving around the Cabot Trail be sure to stop in.
I only knew two people in the area at the beginning of the summer, Danny and Cindy who live a km or so from me and who actually showed me the cabin I ended up buying when I met Danny the year before. About once a week I would head over there for some tea or homemade liquor and hang out just talking about whatever. They’re in their 50s and we get along well. Danny seems to know the questions to everything I can’t google without the internet and Cindy just likes to hang out and talk about everything on earth. They’re good people.
In July I was heading to the Evolve Festival in Antigonish NS. Same province, just off the island I live on and a few hours away. I got a ride out to the main highway with Danny and Cindy and realized right after the dropped me off that I had forgotten my ticket. Sadly there was nothing I could do but keep on going, since I was hitchhiking and heading home to get my ticket would waste far too much time. So in the end I spent an extra $225 to go to a festival I had already bought a ticket for. Luckily it was worth every penny! Not that we use pennies in Canada anymore.
Evolve was amazing. I got there on Thursday in time for the preparty and on the way into the festival a guy asked me if I had a beer. I did not. I asked him if he had any drugs. He had acid. So I set my tent up next to his and it was the best decision I made in a very long time. Not that everyone at Evolve wasn’t incredibly friendly, but the people in this group were great. From our little town of tents to our extended campers throughout the festival our crew was well over 50 people.
The first night of the festival was basically a giant open market of drugs being bought, sold and traded. Drugs are no longer a daily part of my life, but if I’m off work for months at a time annnnnd at a music festival I am open to playing. Hallucinogens are where my love lies. I spent the weekend full of acid and mushrooms and at times a variety of other stuff.
Here is a link to a video someone made just walking around the grounds. There are a bunch of my friends in there but not me. I was deep in the tent zone I assume.
and this video is Rich Aucoins set filmed from the campsite next to mine!
Someone is currently in the process of editing up an awesome video of the set filmed from various places including right in my face. I hear it will be done sometime this month and I am super excited. From the small clip I saw I am in it and very excited. A Rich Aucoin show is best experienced from right in the middle of everything.
I left the festival promising to meet up with my people for a river tubing trip in New Brunswick in August and set out to hitchhike home. It took an hour or so but I got picked up by a guy heading my way. I’d slept an hour in four days so I was in no shape talk to the very talkative guy that smore nonstop but was friendly enough to pick me up. Luckily he picked up two more girls hitchhiking up the road a bit and despite the fact he was heading to one side of Cape Breton he drove them to the other side and then me up to my part and after that he headed somewhere other than his intended destination. I fell asleep at 6pm that day and slept until 1pm the next day when I head a car honking its horn. Turns out my ride was back for a visit. I still wasn’t awake but I talked a bit until he left. I’ve never had someone that picked me up hitchhiking come back to visit. I have kept in touch with a few though.
Around this time Rich Aucoin announced he was playing two shows at the end of October in Halifax with the Nova Scotia Symphony. So I bought tickets and planned my exit from my shack for just before that show.
I carried on my summer reading, relaxing and taking up fishing. I have a stream about 30 feet from my door that is loaded with little trout. Fishing was pretty easy. I could just step outside and catch a fish within five feet.
As the river tubing camping weekend approached something happened. I got home from a hike and some intense pain struck. Pain that I recognized as kidney stone pain. It didn’t take long before I realized this time it was much worse than the last time I dealt with kidney stones. I put on clean underwear and grabbed a phone charger just in case and headed over to Danny and Cindys to google kidney stones and see if there’s anything I could do to help. I didn’t manage to knock on their door, Cindy found me curled up on the step. After an hour of way too much pain which resulted in my puking on Cindys roses we decided to call an ambulance. They would have driven me to the hospital, but they had had a few drinks so we let someone else take over.
Like anytime I met anyone in the community the ambulance driver already knew me and within a few minutes I knew how he knew me and where he lived. They got me to the hospital and I couldn’t even give the answers to fill out paperwork I was in so much pain. I spent the night and the next day Danny and Cindy came to pick me up and I was loaded with painkillers and other things and headed back to my shack. That was the first time I broke my toe. I was all doped up and got tangled up in my hammock and landed on my toe.
The next day I was in the worst pain ever for twelve straight hours before I decided I had to go back to the hospital. This time no one was home at Danny and Cindys. Luckily they have the internet and I used my phone to send a facebook message to a friend in Switzerland who grew up in the area. I asked him to get someone back home to call me an ambulance and in the end his mom came to get me. From her place to me and them to the hospital and back home added up to at least three hours of driving and she didn’t mind at all. Have I mentioned the Cape Breton people are really nice? They are!
I spent a few more days in the hospital and was taken to the hospital in Sydney for surgery. The stones were not cooperating so they had to go in after them. I woke up with a metal wire about 14 inches long inside of me with curled ends to keep it from sliding out and fishing line tied to it with the fishing line hanging out the end of my penis so after 3-5 days I could pull it out. But at the time I was under the impression the wire was an inch or two long and the curled bits were tiny curls and not big enough to wrap around my thumb. Needless to say 5 days later pulling that out was one of the more traumatic things I’ve ever had to do.
Now…remember that river tubing camping trip in NB? That was going on while all this was going on. I missed it all! I did catch up with a lot of people while in the hospital since I finally had cell service and I thought ahead to bring my phone charger. So although I spent about 6 days in the hospital I didn’t get bored. I did get very hungry since thanks to the pain I was throwing up anything I ate.
I was released and when the time came there was no one free to give me a ride home. But Cape Bretoners are friendly so I took to Facebook and spread the word that I needed a ride from Inverness to my forest. It took about half an hour but one person gave me a phone number who gave me another and so on and so on until I ended up talking to someone who worked at the hospital and was getting off work around the time I was being released. I ended up with a ride home and she even stopped at the grocery store with me so I could stock up on food. She was a friend of a friend of a friend of a friend and that was good enough. I could have just been a random dude in the hall and she probably would have given me a ride home. I really do like the east coast people.
It took me a week to recover at home and in that time Cindy brought me some snacks and her grandson dropped by and I sold him my motorcycle I realized I couldn’t be bothered to learn to drive. He was thrilled since he got a crazy good deal on a motorcycle since I was looking to ditch it and I was really high haha
The next week I met some dudes from down the road who were roughly my age and ended up hanging out with them a fair bit. Not my normal type of people, but entertaining enough. I ended up giving them some drugs I had leftover from the festival and that was a hilarious time with people I normally wouldn’t have done acid with haha Total rednecks. I haven’t heard from them since I left the forest so who knows what they are up to.
When I left the forest and headed to Halifax to see Rich Aucoin play with the Symphony I had no idea that there was something called Halifax Pop Explosion going on. I figured it out shortly after getting to town and the very first night saw Cancer Bats play with Like A Motorcycle and Weed Theif. The next day I got to see Cancer Bats again with Dillinger Escape Plan and some other bands. I was loving Halifax and making the most of Halifax Pop Explosion. The next day I saw Joel Plaskett and July Talk play in a record shop, some more bands play at The Seahorse and then Weed Theif again in another record shop before hitting up Rich Aucoin at the Symphony. The whole time I was dipping into my leftover drugs from the festival that I had had sitting in my backpack for the last 3 months. Metal shows on MDMA is so much fun! So was the symphony. I checked out some more bands back at The Seahorse after the symphony as well.
Night two of the symphony I actually brought friends I met at the hostel with me but they were sitting farther back. I had also decided to up the adventure level of it all and add some acid to my MDMA and if you EVER get a chance to see a symphony on acid you should do it. It is the most magical experience of my life. I recorded both the symphony shows on a digital recorder I bought just for those shows and listening back bring back all the warm fuzzy feelings. Well, not all of them. But they were amazing shows. I had planned on seeing Buck 65 after that but I was tired and headed out to dinner with my friends who came with me. They had never tried acid and were totally amused with having me along for an adventure. They joined me at the symphony based on my stories and enthusiasm for all the shows I had seen in the previous days. The guy was from Russia/Germany and the girl was from Belgium. We made a good trio. I ended up catching up with them both later on in my adventures.
I left Halifax after a surprisingly awesome visit and headed to Moncton to see another Cancer Bats show and visit Julie! I lived with Julie in Charlottetown back in 2009/2010 and she is yet another one of my very favorite people. We had actually been writing each other letters via old school mail all summer. I had a mailbox right by my shack and mail between us got there pretty quickly so we averaged 5 or 6 letters a month. I checked into my second favorite hostel in Canada and met up with Julie for coffee and a walk along the river. Letters are weird and not like actual talking, so it was great to have a few hours to hang out and talk with her. After that I headed off to another Cancer Bats show and then took a quick nap before hopping on a bus to Quebec City.
Rich Aucoin had a little tour of Quebec planned after the Symphony shows and 4 of the 5 shows worked into my travel schedule so I was on my way to Quebec City to see Rich Aucoin and enjoy Quebec! I love Quebec City almost as much as Montreal. I gave Rich a copy of my recordings from the symphony shows because they turned out great and I knew he would love them, which he did. On my travels it has got to the point where if I go to shows the only people I remotely know are the musicians so the only person I hung out with in Quebec was Rich Aucoin. He’s super nice and if you ever go to his shows it’s obvious he loves what he does. His creativity goes beyond music so who knows if he will stick to what he is doing now or branch out, but I will follow his career wherever it ends up.
The next day I took off to Montreal where I was crashing with my friend Ang for 3 or 4 weeks for adventures and stuff! We didn’t see eachother much at first since on the first night I took off to a town just north of Montreal called Sainte Therese and the next day I went to Sherbrooke, both times for Rich Aucoin shows. The Russian guy from Halifax met up with me in Sherbrooke where we stayed at the worst hostel I have seen in Canada and had a great time at the show and wandering around Sherbrooke. The next day we drove back to Montreal and I bought a hedgehog onesie and he looked for a halloween costume since it was Halloween. I bought the onesie not only because I have wanted one forever but also because there was yet another Cancer Bats show that night and it was going to double as my costume. I was the cutest damn person at that show until Cancer Bats hit the stage and Liam was wearing a unicorn onesie. Most metal folks are too cool for cute costumes. Their loss!!
My month in Montreal was the best. I kept up the live music spree and saw Shakey Graves, Those Darlins, RJD2, K-OS, The Matadors, Plants and Animals….and I am sooooo tired right now I am forgetting a ton. But there was a lot of shows while I was there. I even ran into La Armada who I first came across the first time they came to Canada in the spring and needed weed (I dropped off the only joint I could spare to the merch table) and this was their second time to Canada and I showed up with a lot more weed this time and we got high and theyre really nice dudes. A hardcore band that started in the Dominican Republic and moved to Chicago. Check em out if you can and bring em some weed haha
Oh and during my Montreal time I took a side trip to Ottawa for a Hawksley Workman show! It happened on the night all that shit went down in Paris and that really put a damper on the show. Like…it was going on as I was waiting outside the venue and it didn’t finish until after the show. So for the entire show my mind and probably most peoples minds were far away in paris.
My initial plan for fall was to move to Regina with Maia for her job and I was just going to do whatever. I cook and can cook anywhere. I just wanted to be in a town where someone fun lived for adventure purposes. While I was in Montreal it came out that the Regina plan was falling through and we decided I should head up to Inuvik where she was currently living and heading up an arts festival. I had to stop in London first though.
I was only spending about a week in London and in that time there was a Hawksley Workman show and an Ashely MacIsaac show we had lined up. I also ended up making plans with the one and only Bailey to go to see Hawksley in Hamilton. It was a crazy day of travel for me. I took a bus to Toronto where I randomly met up with a Nova Scotian girl I had met online who was also a huge Rich Aucoin fan and we ate super large amounts of sushi before meeting up with Bailey and hopping on a train to Hamilton and seeing Donovon Woods and Hawksley Workman play then I took a bus back to Toronto with Bailey and then got on another bus back to London. I spent half the day on buses but it was for a good cause. I got to see Bailey and Hawksley together!
The next day was another Hawksley show with Ally and my niece Chelsea who is more into Bieber, but I thought should experience something better for once. I’ve met Hawksley a bunch of times now because of the amount of shows I have ended up at. I’m not sure how it initially happened I just know that I wasn’t the one that initiated the meeting haha I should ask him about that sometime. We were grabbing dinner before hand and Hawksley and folks were there having dinner as well and while Chelsea was in the washroom he came over to say hi and he assumed I had bought his table a bottle of wine but it wasn’t me. Once that was cleared up he told us to come backstage once we were done dinner and hang out. I obviously wasn’t going to say no and he left and Chelsea came back and we told her the new plan. She is 18 and the idea of going backstage at a concert is something where she only had her imagination to go on. I pointed out the average age of people back there is going to be about 35-40 and it was one of the more relaxed situations she will ever come across. She was bursting with excitement anyways.
Backstage was just as I tried to describe it to her. When we got there Hawksley told us to grab drinks then looked at Chelsea and said “YOU AREN’T OLD ENOUGH!” which must have been pretty embarrassing for her since she likes to think shes a 40 year old in an 18 year old body, when really she is cracking 21 years of maturity at best haha So we grabbed drinks and she found a bottle of water and we hung out. Hawksley is curious about all sorts of things which amuses me. He always has so many questions about my life, granted I do live an odd life, and I never really ask him much about his, despite the fact he is my favorite musician. So when he ended up talking to Chelsea about Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez and what she was doing at school and things it was pretty funny. During she show he mentioned Bieber and Selena Gomez and gave a little shout out to Chelsea. Our seats were separate so I didn’t get to see her face, but she is pretty good at reenacting her excitement with things. Luckily she liked the show and even tweeted Hawksley later saying that his show was probably better than Selena Gomez was going to be. She was going to see her next and then Bieber in the spring.
The next night was Ashley MacIsaac at the same venue with Ally and neither of us had seen him since the 90s. Ally grew up in Cape Breton and so did Ashley MacIsaac. I however adopted it as my home a few years ago when I bought my forest. The Cape Bretoners came out of the woodwork for that show though and it was a kickass night. I wish I had a lot more of those nights. Ally needs to be able to shrink down to pocket size so I can bring her with me on my adventures.
Overall my Ontario visit was greatness. Ally and Bailey and Chelsea and Hawksley Workman and Ashley MacIsaac! The next step was Inuvik. No real plan for Inuvik besides go and see what happens. It’s where I ended my year! I got here and hung out with Maia. A friend of hers hired me as temporary help while I was in town at a restaurant and over the course of a few weeks I had a great time and Maias job situation changed and she got good job in Yellowknife. I decided that I was having fun here, had a job and could manage a home and that was a good reason to stay.
So here it is the first week of 2016 and Maia is leaving this weekend and today the sun peeked over the horizon for the first time in a month. The month of no sun and plenty of darkness is over. I have enjoyed plenty of northern lights though which makes up for the lack of sun. I am housesitting for the next few months before getting a place to live through the place I work for. I decided to stay here until towards the end of June when I will head off to basically do a lot of what I did last year in the Julyish time of year. Music festivals and forests. After that who knows. Maybe something will come up….maybe I will end up here again.
All I know is I am glad I am not working in the oil fields for the moment. I’m not saying I will never go back. I am just saying that right now I am pretty content with where I have ended up. Inuvik…Northwest Territories….not somewhere most people would be the least bit content to end up haha Oh well. Thats why I tend to adventure alone!