Alaska Trip Day 22: An Angry Porcupine in the Yukon… 05/07/17

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Folks, are you ready to feel really small? I mean tiny…

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Well, here ya go… This is what #TheTravelingMac woke up to… Look at #TheMillenniumFalcon sitting humbly before that mighty mountain… Wow!

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I couldn’t get enough of this area! If I was offered to buy land here, I would seriously consider it…

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The sun was shining this morning and the air was still… I had to put a jacket on but the weather was perfect…

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I went and took a short hike, with my coffee in hand…

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I was really disappointed when I saw #CampfirePits… We could have had a #campfire last night… But better safe than sorry… We are technically not allowed to stay at these #pull-offs, so attracting any unneeded attention is not worth it… Especially in a foreign country…

Oh, listen to me, like #Canada is considered a dangerous foreign country… Oh please…

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Look at those #mountains! I have no words… The silence was deafening… My ear drums felt this tingling feeling, like they were thankful for the silence in this ever noisy, busy world…

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I wish it was cold enough to take a short walk on the lake and check out that mountain on the other side…

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I was having another spiritual moment this morning… This specific location seemed to draw it out of me…

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I remember thinking about how we are all a part of the earth yet we never really give it that much attention because we are so wrapped up in life…. or choose to ignore our reality just so we can support what our faith preaches…

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Why aren’t we worshiping this earth like the god that it is? We seem to give a huge relevance to the #sun considering that almost every #ReligiousGod seems to be a symbol of the sun of some sort… For example the halos over angels’ and god’s head represent the sun if you follow the history of religion and how it was formed… From the early Egyptian days to now, the sun has been a main factor in all of our religions considering it is the source of light that god supposedly ordered to shine, just so he could form our #CelestialPlanet…

I know I keep on hitting on this specific issue but just stay with me here, please… There’s a point!

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And by all means the #Sun is a much mightier god than the #earth because life on earth relies on the sun yet the sun could easily exist without the earth… And the sun is the center of it all, holding it all together and is the main sustainer of life…

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But life on earth could never survive without the earth itself… So the earth is clearly our immediate god who serves under the sun…  yet we don’t pay much attention to the earth when it comes to our beliefs… The Sun and the Gods get all of the credit yet the earth seems to be some sort of servant to us… We don’t view it as a god… We view it as a tool to survive when actually it is what provides us with the tools to survive…

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The American Indians worshiped everything the #Earth provided for them… From a simple blade of grass to the sun itself… They realized that they would not exist without it, so they naturally made their surroundings their gods… Makes a lot more sense than some almighty powerful deity that is judging us on everything we say and do… Yet ignores the sole thing that allows us to survive…

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So, The Traveling Mac has decided to look at the world differently now and has decided to create his own religious beliefs based on what he sees and knows around him… If you think about the whole ordeal a little differently, you will feel the genius, I promise…

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Here we are folks! #TheYukon! Larger than life… Can’t wait to conquer her in #TheFalcon…

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Here’s the new way I look at the world now, folks… Here I am, a definite product of the earth around me… If I think of how I came to exist, knowing what I know from #science in school and just following my own history, it is blatantly clear that I come from the earth… Most everything we know does… Now think about that seriously and try to dissect yourself to the smallest thing possible…

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You start out as a single cell in your Mum’s belly that has formed from the uniting of a single egg and sperm… Now how did that sperm and egg get there? Well, your mummy and daddy had to consume material from the earth to create energy to eventually form the egg and sperm, which they would unite again by using more energy which is created and formed by consuming materials from this earth like water, air and food… To put it very simply…

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Then you are of course born about 9 months later, after consuming more energy provided by your mother in which she gets from the earth and the sun…

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Now, 43 years later, here’s The Traveling Mac, barreling through the Yukon in this amazing moving house… He now has formed his own vessel from which has grown, learned and aged over 43 years… But how did The Millennium Falcon become possible?

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Well, man figured out a way to form a huge moving house by using the materials from the earth and the science of the Universe around us… With that and many thousands of years of research, evolution and human progress, they were able to form a vehicle that could take anyone from one place to another in a shorter amount of time…

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Now just think about that very simplistically… Here I am a living product of the earth moving in another nonliving product of the earth… I am earth moving earth folks… You can’t deny that knowing how I came about and my vehicle came about… If you look at it very simplistically and take all of the hogwash beliefs out of it, that’s all we are… We are just chunks of earth dealing with other chunks of earth, all of which have some certain amount of energy in which allows us to interact with each other…

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Now lets see how complex money is and how it was formed… Did it take a miracle of one cell finding another cell to form money? Did it take billions of years to form and do we use it to cloth us, feed us and keep us warm…  and I mean literally…

Can you take your money and keep warm with it? Can you eat it? Can you drive it? If everyone else on the planet didn’t exist and you were the only one, would money help you survive in your new predicament? Of course not….

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Why?

Money was formed to help humans find a system to live with one another and trade the materials of the earth and their own services…  which wouldn’t be possible without the energy the earth provides for us and everything around us… Money just represents everything that we find valuable on this earth… Without the earth, we have nothing to trade… Actually we wouldn’t be alive… Yet we seem to choose a filthy paper bill over the safety of the planet that that money is supposed to be representing in the first place… Money should be protecting us and our planet considering it represents the goods and services which are only possible with the existence of this planet…  Yet money somehow is destroying our planet, destroying life on this planet and is completely morally non-represenative of this planet considering we destroy it just for the money itself… How fucking stupid are we humans?

It’s pretty damn simple folks! Money doesn’t provide you with anything! Not a damn thing! The earth, the sun, the Universe and all of the science that surrounds it, provides you with your goods… Even if you believe in an ancient, closed minded version of god, you can’t deny everything comes from the earth even if you believe God provided the earth so you could have such things…

But yet we worship money and god over everything as a culture… Over the safety of our planet, over each other and over simple sensibility all together… What is wrong with us? If we just put this planet first as a whole, knowing we can’t survive without it, we would see drastic changes globally!

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And why do we do all of this dumb shit? Because we are more concerned with our own survival and our own small circle of friends and family, completely disregarding the whole entity that allows us to exist… We are so arrogant and stupid that we actually think we can own the single thing that keeps us alive while we worship some god we have no idea even exists… We disregard and  destroy the physical gods that we see and use everyday are proven to exist,  just so we can fight over owning parts of it and fight over who’s god or leader really rules it…

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It’s pretty simple folks… A third grader could grasp the simple concept… Maybe you think I sound like a looney… But I don’t sound any crazier than a person who would sacrifice themselves and even their own family for some god that has been written about and taught to them by man…

I think I will take the physical proof around me and what I rely on daily over something I know nothing of and can’t prove… You want truth then study science… It informs you on how this world works and how to use it successfully… And to all of the religious asses out there who deny science because they fear what it will teach and disprove… You’re an idiot! Sorry! I Don’t care if I insult you!

Let me ask you this?

Do you watch tv?

Do you drive a car?

Do you live in a house?

Do you buy goods at a store?

Well, none of this would be remotely possible without science… If you use any form of architecture, technology or any convenience that makes your day quicker, then you believe in science… If you play a sport, then you believe in science… If you successfully throw a ball in the air and catch it, you believe in science… Because none of it is possible without understanding the world and #Universe around you… And science is the sole, most proven approach to understanding our surroundings today… Sorry… If you don’t believe me then take your bible and create a television from its content!

Oh? What? You can’t build something that is provided to you by the earth by using your bible? But why? I thought your god and book were so powerful…

I can take all proven theories and even some that haven’t been completely proven and form things from those formulas by using the earth’s materials, the science of the earth, the universe around me and my brain! When you form something from nothing by using formulas, then that proves that science is real!! Simple as that! That’s what makes science so much more powerful than your bible! IT IS PROVEN BY USING IT’S FINDINGS TO CREATE WHAT THE FORMULA PREDICTED!!! BY CREATING THAT SINGLE THING, IT PROVES THE SCIENCE TO BE ACCURATE WITHOUT ANY REASONABLE DOUBT!

I’m sorry but your bible doesn’t do that… And will never be able to do it… That’s the reality and if you don’t realize it then you’re either brain washed or just plain stupid! I really don’t care if I insult anyone by stating this! I’m tired of people being controlled and getting killed over such ridiculousness! Their lives and the life of this planet are far more important to me than your nonfactual based beliefs that serve only the ones who worship such… So, I choose life and our planet over your feelings… sorry…

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Folks, I am tired of hearing that life is a miracle and for that reason, it reigns over everything else, like it’s better than everything else… Well, I’m sorry to break it to you but I consider the Universe, Sun and Earth as miracles considering we wouldn’t exist without a single one of them! I am so tired of this ridiculous, narcissistic thinking!

We are not that important assholes! Considering there are billions upon billions of stars and solar systems out there over billions and billions of light years expanding through our infinite Universe, should tell you right there that you are not that special… and definitely not more special than the things that keeps you alive…

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So we are in the Yukon now! I was so excited! Soon after entering the Yukon we crossed the #NisutlinBayBridge in #Teslin,YT… We stopped at the #RestStop right before the bridge to grab a quick sandwich and chips in which Tracey made…

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Right after the bridge there was what appeared to be a speed trap… But it was just a plank of wood in the shape of a cop car… Pretty smart because I certainly slowed down…

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Then shortly after wouldn’t you know that the #EagleEye would spot his first fully visible #Moose… And boy was he gorgeous…

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He was pretty skittish though… As soon as I got close he retreated into the woods… His antlers were pretty small… Then I found out that Moose shed their antlers every year and grow new ones in the spring just so they can fight for a mate in the summer… God, it must be exhausting trying to keep up such courting ways…

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Glad I am a civilized human being that only has to take a gal out on a date to get some… I couldn’t imagine growing bones out of my skull for half of a year just to get laid… lol!

Eagle Eye strikes again folks! I spotted an angry porcupine and quickly pulled over…

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Well actually he wasn’t angry until I showed up…

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I had never seen a porcupine up close before… I did see one leaning up against a tree while I was hiking in New Hampshire but I was too afraid to approach it…

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But after seeing #DavidAttenborough approach one in a documentary I watched, I was a little more confident this time…

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And the #porcupine was perfectly fine at first… He had found some fresh vegetation along the road and was enjoying a feast.. As you can see, he is nice and small and his needles are pretty much dormant at this point…

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So, I naturally moved a little closer…

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But then, all of a sudden, his back needles flared up like a peacock’s feathers…

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He kept on backing up towards me… lurching his back at me, making some sort of a ticking sound…

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Every time I tried to move left or right, to get a picture of him, he would just position his back towards me as he continued to feed cautiously…

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He was not happy to say the least… And I wasn’t sure if it was a myth  that they could shoot their needles at you… I wasn’t taking any chances and decided to retreat back to the falcon…

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As I walked away, the porcupine just watched me as he ate… His spiny coat soon retreated back into his body…

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And we both went on with our lives…

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The Yukon was full of all kinds of surprises… Almost every twist and turn there was something beautiful to see… Or some animal going through his/her daily routine…

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We were soon on the #AlaskanHighway and the #permafrost was starting to show up… They were small little scares but just an appetizer to what we would soon be facing…

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It was around 10pm by this time and Tracey found a #Walmart for us to park in #WhiteHorse,YT… This was going to be the last big town we would see before Anchorage,AK… After WhiteHorse, we really get into the outback of #Canada…

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The nice paved roads we enjoyed the last several hundred of mies were a thing of the past now…

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The ride was a lot bumpier and rougher by this point… And it really started to take a toll on The Traveling Mac…

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When you are white knuckle driving along a bumpy, vibrating road in the Yukon, it can really take a toll on your body…

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My right elbow was really bothering me by this point and my shoulder wasn’t feeling much better… All of the driving, sitting, holding on to the steering wheel for dear life was starting to really tear up my body…

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I find as I get older, I have to watch my sudden movements… Especially right after I have gotten out of bed… The wrong quick twist or turn could mean back or hip pain for weeks… Then when you add constant sitting and a challenging drive, all of those chances of injury go drastically up… I have to watch my back, hips, elbows and shoulders… Every time I travel I have problem with at least one affliction…

But I guess that’s what we signed up for… You just have to barrel on and hope to address your injuries when you reach your destination…

We were soon at Walmart and it was packed with other campers… This was there first Walmart we have seen in 22 hours!

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I guess everyone was trying to get their rest before they hit the #ALCAN… And some trailers looked like they had been there for months… Tracey looked up the reviews of this Walmart on our #WalmartApp… I guess a lot of contractors come up here and camp out at the Walmart because there’s nothing else around… And considering they are all out in the middle of nowhere I guess Walmart allows it…

It was a long day of travels and we were exhausted… We hooked up the shower and took a quick one before we went to bed…

Tomorrow we start traveling the real ALCAN with all of its obstacles and horrors… We planned on picking up some groceries and filling up on gas, getting ready for a pretty dangerous, challenging adventure…

Yet I feel safe knowing that the God I travel and the God who makes it possible for me to travel will be guiding me every mile along the way…

It’s a great world folks, if you actually take the time to stop and admire it… But first you have to respect it before you can really admire it… Good night and God bless!

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