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Sourtoe Cocktail Anyone?

I was very fortunate to be invited by Yukon Tourism on a trip to Whitehorse during the Olympic Games on February 20th, 2010. It was an absolutely amazing day! We left Vancouver on an 8:30am flight, spent the day in and around Whitehorse and were back in Vancouver just after midnight the same day. Awesome!

I will be posting a series of posts of my experience of that day, but one I would like to feature here is Captain Dick’s Sourtoe Cocktail of Dawson City.

What is a Sourtoe Cocktail you ask? Well… you may be sorry that you asked… I tried not to think too much about it when I drank the cocktail and you will understand why in a moment…

A Sourtoe Cocktail is your choice of either Yukon Jack Whiskey or Klondike Vodka, both distilled in Yukon. Then… the Captain drops a dehydrated human toe (toe nail and all!), which is stored in salt, into the drink!

Before you drink it, the Captain recites, “the toe goes into your drink. You can drink it fast, or you can drink it slow. But the toe must touch your lips, and I must witness that.”

As you will see in the video below, I became a member of the Sourtoe Cocktail Club that day. I received a certificate and wallet card to prove it! In fact, I am member number 34,958! Wow, that’s a lot of people kissing a dead toe!

For more information about the Sourtoe Cocktail, please visit the Sourtoe Cocktail Club website.

For more photos of the event and more of the Yukon trip, please visit my Flickr page.

SourToe Cocktail

SourToe Cocktail

SourToe Cocktail

SourToe Cocktail

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Whistler Olympic Venue Photo Reconnaissance

On June 8th this past summer, my Olympic Outsider podcast (podcast feed) co-pilot Dan and I took a trip to reconnoiter some the venues under construction for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

You can see all the snapshots at the Whistler 2010 Olympic Venues photo set – here are some previews:

First, we checked out the sliding track near Whistler Village where the luge, bobsleigh and skeleton athletes will compete.

sliding track curve

sliding track with control towerThen headed up Callahan Valley. passed security to the massive 90K and 120K Ski Jumps, and observed the jumper’s view, and an Inukshuk.

ski jumps at callaghan valley

view from ski jumps

Welcome to the Ski JumpsThen, we headed farther up the road to see Cross Country Skiing, and Biathlon venues including the target shooting areas.

cross country ski track

biathlon targetsWe even saw a few bears roaming around, and enjoyed a few beers in the village:

bear roaming

whistler brewing round 1Next up in the reconnaissance mission, the Richmond Speed Skating Oval.

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