We’ve been having computer misadventures lately. It was a relief to get outside this morning and go birding. A Boreal Chickadee sang its nasal trill. It sounded oddly reminiscent of the noise our computer makes while connecting to the internet. I saw 11 species of birds today, including Common Mergansers, American Dippers, Bohemian Waxwings, Pine Grosbeaks, a Common Goldeneye and a Red Crossbill. 11 species may not seem like lots, but it is pretty good for the Yukon, where variety comes with the spring migration!
I have been busy for the past few weeks. Early this week I had a couple of computerized final exams at the end of the semester. The English 10 exam was supposed to go smoothly. To the contrary. One of the stories that we had to read took 10 minutes to load. I had it easy, compared to the horrors met by other students. The computers closed the exam to some, forcing them to start the whole thing over. For some others, the computer deleted their work when they went to submit the exam.
Internet headaches didn’t stay in the exam room. We have spent recent weeks working hard on our website. Ken is doing the technical work and I feel sorry for him. Thankfully, the end is near. In just 20 weeks, we will get on our bikes and head out of here, away from computer nuisances… until we reach into a saddlebag for the laptop used to update our website.
Malkolm is cycling on! He is now cycling from Alaska to Washington DC, and then continuing on to the UN Climate Change conference in Cancun in December.
It all started with Bird Year, Malkolm and his parents' year-long, fossil-fuel-free journey in search of birds. Cycling a total of 13,133 miles (21,144 km), they identified 548 different bird species and raised more than $25,000 for bird conservation. Bird Year turned them into confirmed cyclists and taught them that climate change was more serious than they had thought.
In 2009, Malkolm biked from Whitehorse to Ottawa as a part of Pedal for the Planet: the project called for the Canadian Government to become a leader in the struggle to come to grips with climate change. The Harper Government did not even meet with the young cyclists.
Malkolm is now 18 and just finished high school. On August 24, he dipped his foot in the Pacific Ocean in Skagway, Alaska. Then headed up and over the White Pass to the Alaska Highway on his journey to Washington and on to Cancun.