What We Loved This Week: The Dempster Highway, ‘The Snail and the Whale’ and Paul Theroux

Travel Blog  •  World Hum  •  03.26.10 | 5:33 PM ET

Eva Holland
I loved road-tripping the Dempster Highway from Dawson City, Yukon, across the Arctic Circle to Inuvik, Northwest Territories—and from there, driving the ice road to Tuktoyaktuk, a tiny community at the northern edge of the North American continent, on the shore of the Arctic Ocean. It was, without question, 50 hours of the most beautiful scenery—and the most isolating travel—that I’ve ever experienced. Here’s a shot from a couple of hours north of Dawson City:

Photo by Eva Holland

Michael Yessis
The Snail and the Whale, the children’s book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. It’s a terrific story about “a snail with an itchy foot” who hitches ride around the world on the tail of a whale. The long-time favorite of our oldest boy is back in heavy rotation this week.

Jim Benning
This wacky radio interview with Paul Theroux about geese and E.B. White.

Doug Mack
I’m a big fan of the public radio show “The World,” and I particularly loved this podcast from the South By Southwest music festival. It offers some interesting thoughts on what the term “world music” actually means—although the podcast’s title gets right to the point: “All Music is World Music”—and, most of all, presents a showcase of the international appeal of catchy melodies and boogie-inducing beats.

4 Comments for What We Loved This Week: The Dempster Highway, ‘The Snail and the Whale’ and Paul Theroux

Terry 03.26.10 | 8:31 PM ET

That trip must have been awesome, Eva. Would love to hear more…

Julia Ross 03.26.10 | 9:43 PM ET

Beautiful pic, Eva.

Angela 03.27.10 | 1:59 PM ET

I spent many summers in Dawson City, Yukon and still to this date, which is many years later, the Yukon and the Dempster Highway have been in my top 5 travel experiences.

Eva Holland 03.29.10 | 12:56 AM ET

Thanks, Julia! And yeah, Terry, it was amazing. I’m hoping to write something about it eventually.

Angela - Great to hear from someone else who’s spent time up here!

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