ResERECTION – The Penis Implant: Profiles by VICE

ResERECTION – The Penis Implant: Profiles by VICE


My children joke that I’m never invited to Parents day you know at school because what am I going to talk about. And they definitely never look at my phone because there’s nothing but pictures of penises all over it. My name is Paul Perito. I’m a urologist in Miami, Florida. We specialize in sexual medicine Specifically the surgical treatment of erectile dysfunction. When it come to the surgical treatment of erectile dysfunction truly there’s only one operation that is both safe and efficacious and that’s the placement of a penile prosthesis. I think many men are embarrassed with ED and i think it takes them a long time to search out some sort of a solution to it. But keep in mind, most men don’t know this is a solution They think it’s the pills or a pump and that’s it. Impotence leads to a shot penis. You’re going to lose about an inch of your penis every year you’re impotent so the sooner you get to a definitive treatment, the better. Penile prosthesis are covered by many insurance plans, many. People sometimes go “Oh my god I can’t believe Medicare pays for a penile prosthesis” Well, you know it’s an organ and it has stopped functioning Breast implants are purely aesthetic; the penis is an organ. When it comes to cash pay, it’ll range anywhere from fifteen, thirty-five, forty thousand. This is the inflatable penile prosthesis Spanish people call it “La Bombita” Why they call it la bombita? Because this is the bomb; the little bomb that sits in your scrotum. The cylinders go in to your penis the pump goes in to the scrotum When you want to have sex all you do is you pump your third testicle; the one that doesn’t hurt. You just keep pumping it and like a bicycle pump, the harder that gets, the harder your penis gets so I teach guys, you’ve got to use two thumbs; get two thumbs on it so you can get it as hard as you possibly can. So once it’s fully inflated then it actually feels just like the penis used to. You have a penetrating, erect penis. So these are indestructible. If you polled boys the age of fifteen and asked them how many have hung a towel on their hard penis? I would say close to 100% and you’d be surprised the number of guys that, for them, that’s their benchmark that they’ve had a good result. Not necessarily the coitus that’s supposed to follow. Many of the patients that come for implants, they are older that have married younger women, you know that are twenty, twenty-five years younger than them. This is Rick, Paris And they come to the office and say, “Listen I’m going to lose my wife if you don’t fix me.” and we fix him and they’re very very happy. Good morning guys. Please my office is yours I told Paul “if you wanted me to; I would kill ten, six-year-old, blind girls for you” Okay, because that’s how much he has improved my life. Let’s tell them about “Truly blessed” That’s why she got that. I’ve been blessed to, you know, still be able to be with my partner; be with my significant other and still have a very great sex-life In her case, she has kind of been there and done that and she can basically tell you that this is a good thing. Okay it’s the real deal, you know. I know she will never go unsatisfied, won’t happen, can’t happen. Paul really is all that. He’s that good Oh I’ve been out with him a ton of times Oh yeah we’ve gotten in lots of trouble together, you know. We used to do South beach and we used to do this rave club downtown and you know Paul is still young and young at heart, you know and when I’m with him it’s a little bit contagious Paris: I wish we could fuck right here Rick: I know These patients become part of a club and it really is a club and you’ll see one guy bring in five of his friends and all five of those guys want to get done on the same day and we’re not treating, you know things that are sad we’re treating things that are, you know really end up with a very happy ending. Sounds bad but… It’s a fraternity of men, all ages, twenty-one to ninty-two, that come to this office smoke cigars on the patio. They get to drink, they get to smoke, they get to do whatever the fuck they want. It’s truly a fun environment. My training program started about six years ago You know right now we’re just trying to train as many guys as we can on how to do this safely and predictably and tonight you’ll meet the guys The guys that are going in to it are just, they’re young, crazy, wonderful, you know, smart. I was just crazy, not that smart. I had what my dad called ass power. I just sat down and worked harder than anybody. I laugh with patients, I call it “Chorizo” which means sausage and they love it I go “Sacalo su chorizo” That means take out your sausage. or I’ll go “Sacalo su monstro” it means take out your monster and they’ll go “Oh mi monstruito” meaning my little monster, you know because it has shrunk. [In Spanish] Poor little thing. I’m going to get a cocktail. We have cases tomorrow of Peyronie’s disease, meaning crooked penis. Somebody sits on it wrong and misses. They’re fully erect and they miss whatever hole they’re going for okay and then you can actually break the penis. It’s disastrous and actually I did a study while I was at Jackson 100% of those people, somebody was high. Because you have to be high. From a reflexogenic [Sic] stand-point You move, you know if you going to miss but 100% we’re high, right When I did this with the cosmetic surgeons they were like “Yeah” You know they do 300,000 breast implants in the United States every year. We do 20,000 penile implants. I do 500, right. So if I’m doing 500, there’s something wrong Everybody should be able to do high-volume and take care of these twenty million men with erectile dysfunction in the United States So let’s get this number up let’s make penises like breasts, okay or dicks like tits, that works You guys, I’ll see you tomorrow My clients penis was amputated without really having appropriate medical clearance and without really seeking other less risky and less invasive ways to cure his erectile dysfunction sought the cure and treatment of a penile implant and at one point after a number of painful procedures he had to make a decision, whether it was going to literally be his penis of his life and he had to have his penis amputated so that the flesh eating bacteria didn’t spread to the rest of his body and it would have ultimately cost him his life. The loss of a penis to a men is probably the single worst thing that any man could have to experiance It has has profound physical, emotional and psychological effects. I’ve been trying medical malpractice cases across the country for over twenty years and even in the best hands people can die and that’s something that people need to understand. This is called plastic surgery or elective procedures, this is surgery so the chance of an infection, the chance of scarring, deformity or death is a realistic possibility. There’s two more of these. Today is a difficult case day. These guys have penises that actually go all the way back and point towards them. Their penis, when you feel it feels like there is marbles in it and we’re going to be demonstrating this technique that we do called “The scratch” where you disrupt the plaque from the inside. [Unintelligible]

Independence // Chronic Illness Life [CC]


Oh my God, migraine I feel like I’m gonna vomit through my eyeballs This kind of pain, actually, it makes me think of, of course, it makes me think of Faith’s knife in season 3 that Buffy then takes and stabs Faith with Whatever, those guys need to just sit in a room really and work out their differences and by sit in a room I clearly mean ‘get it on’ Hello! So This video is a bit different… Is it? Because I feel horrible. I feel terrible. My head is killing me. See, I like to have a schedule. I release my videos two days a week except for Vlogmas, obviously, when it’ll be every single day. But I think it’s important to film even when I feel really rubbish because that’s life, right? The whole idea is that I show you my life as it really is, I want people to know what it’s like having having a disability… maybe I am gonna vomit from down here. I thought I was just going to vomit from the eyeball but… [to offscreen] Changed my mind! I would like the bowl! Thank you! Thank you. [offscreen whisper] you’re welcome! So, I thought I’d have a little sit down chat today. Little talk about… hilariously in most videos people seem to have tea and do the whole tea thing. I have a sick bucket because that’s my life. It’s OK, I will actually edit out any moment where I actually do vomit. Right. Independence is actually what I want to talk to you about today. I have been showing some more vlogs recently that are about my, kind of, “work life” what I do! I go off and I do videos for other people, TV presenting stuff, I do a bit of modelling, I give speeches, that type of thing. A friend of mine, who I’ve known for a really long time, since before I actually became “officially disabled”? said to me after seeing one of these videos, ‘you know that’s so amazing!’ and ‘maybe soon you’ll be able to go to London all by yourself and be independent’ and I was a bit like Mm no. Because that’s just not how it works, that’s not how my life’s going to work. I’m not going to “get better” it’s not like I have an illness that is going to get better and improve I have a disability that has symptoms and the symptoms change so, a bad day: I’m flat on my back in bed can’t lift my head, can’t move, can’t probably can’t stop vomiting, actually. So a good day: I can go out, I can do something, you know, get some work done, do a little edit. I had a great day the other day, actually, we did some editing in bed in the morning, then we went out to the park, we came home, I made dinner, we snuggled on the sofa Excellent, that is a good day. It’s a tiring day but it’s a really good day so that “good day” when I do things, I’m not doing them alone. So I don’t spend a lot of time in the house by myself because it’s not it’s not that safe, bit of a walking disaster zone If I’m left alone I tend to forget my medication even though I have alarms, the alarm goes off I switch the alarm off or I kind of feel sick so then I don’t eat anything, so then I spiral a bit, then I get a really bad blood sugar dip, and then my blood sugar dips too low for me to want to eat anything to properly look after myself so I get’s worse or I just probably injure myself a bit, really, knock into something fall over. So I’ve generally always got someone with me just in the house, they don’t need to be literally next to me, like, Clara’s here or, obviously, Claudia’s here, she lives here or, you know, there’s just someone else around but not ‘they have to be right here this very second’ and then, going out: so we went out to the park, so Claudia drove us to the park because I cannot yet drive, and we went round the park together, and if we stop off and we buy food we go into the shop together and she carries anything that’s heavy, and then we get you know, we pay and then the bags and she helps me pack because… look at these things do you think these can pack at speed? They can’t. And then we drive back home and I make dinner but she’s here, in the room checking I’m OK. You know as long as I’m not too tired and kind of mentally with it so I can use all my little tricks in the kitchen to make sure that I don’t come into contact with anything that’s too hot or spill stuff everywhere A lot of disability rhetoric is around being independent and “independence” is supposed to be this amazing thing that we are all supposed to want and I’m not saying I wouldn’t like to be independent I can’t imagine how amazing it must be when you want something to just get into your car and drive to that place and buy the thing and come back Like… [imitates explosion] I wish I could drive that would be fantastic. I need to pass my driving test need to do that, but even once I have I’m still not going to be able to drive alone, because driving obviously takes a lot of your concentration and energy, and so I will be using all this concentration and energy to get from point A to point B, and then I’ll be at point B and then I will, hopefully, go into the shop and buy the thing that I want – why is this all based around shopping?! I don’t know but it is! Capitalist society! I’ve got the thing and yay! But now I’m really tired so now what? How do I get back home… when I’m at the place and I used my energy to get to the place and to get the thing? I probably have less independence now than I did as a teenager. If we look at independence in terms of being physically able to do things, physically able to go from one place to another *alone* and I don’t know – manage yourself, look after yourself whilst alone? In that sense, I have less independence. However, what I would say that I have learnt is that the term “independent” and “independence” are very different when you have a disability. It takes on a whole new meaning. For me, I feel more independent when I’m in my wheelchair than when I’m on my feet because I can actually move at the pace of a normal human Yeah! Rather than the pace of a slug! A toddler slug! I get to chose where we go now! I might not be able to drive there but I get the choice! I get to boss my wife around! We go where I want to go. We buy what I want to buy. But I – the internet! Which is the most amazing thing ever because I can make my own content and I wish I could make more things! I wish I could write more, I wish I could make more videos at a much faster rate, wish I could – I’ve got all these thoughts and feelings and I want to get them out there and it’s so hard to do! I need to be OK with that because that is the way it is, it’s not actually going to change. I have this fantastic community, really, on the internet where you can talk to people! You guys! I can talk to you! And you can talk can talk to me! And we can have a conversation, and it’s just the two of us, and it doesn’t have to involve other people, I don’t have to be aided, necessarily to do it, and that’s independence. And I can order something from Amazon. If I am so… brainfoggy and just energy depleted, lying on the floor, can’t do anything, UGH! Take away! But while I’m never really going to be able to just take charge of my own physical wellbeing – doing stuff by myself, bringing myself back, being fine and happy with it – while that’s not reasonably going to happen for me, I need someone there, you know, if I’m off to buy clothes because the likelihood I’ll faint is 50/50! And I’d prefer to have someone there who’ll catch me when I fall, rather than just falling and some strangers going ‘Oh!’ Please don’t call an ambulance. Dear God! If I fall over somewhere, don’t call an ambulance because, although ambulance people are amazing and they have really good drugs, they then have to take you to A and E, and A and E is Hell. On. Earth. I have been there too many times. OK? Anything, anything to not go back. So, yeah! Although I’m never going to have that kind of physical ‘yeah, do what I want, go where I want!’ I still have the awesome independence of mind that is the internet. So that’s what this video is saying, in conclusion. Look at me Talking to you, rambling on, saying what I like. There you go. So there you go, I think that’s what independence is. Do you agree? Do you agree that that can be independence? Let me know. Share this video with your friends who may disagree with you or me. Or agree with both of us.

The first 20 hours — how to learn anything | Josh Kaufman | TEDxCSU

The first 20 hours — how to learn anything | Josh Kaufman | TEDxCSU


Translator: Gustavo Rocha
Reviewer: Marssi Draw Hi everyone. Two year ago, my life changed forever. My wife Kelsey and I welcomed our daughter Lela
into the world. Now, becoming a parent
is an amazing experience. Your whole world changes over night. And all of your priorities
change immediately. So fast that it makes it really difficult
to process sometimes. Now, you also have to learn
a tremendous amount about being a parent like, for example,
how to dress your child. (Laughter) This was new to me. This is an actual outfit,
I thought this was a good idea. And even Lela knows
that it’s not a good idea. (Laughter) So there is so much to learn and
so much craziness all at once. And to add to the craziness,
Kelsey and I both work from home, we’re entrepreneurs,
we run our own businesses. So, Kelsey develops courses
online for yoga teachers. I’m an author. And so, I’m working from home,
Kelsey’s working from home. We have an infant
and we’re trying to make sure that everything gets done
that needs done. And life is really, really busy. And a couple of weeks
into this amazing experience, when the sleep deprivation
really kicked in, like around week eight, I had this thought,
and it was the same thought that parents across the ages,
internationally, everybody has had this thought,
which is: I am never going to have
free time ever again. (Laughter) Somebody said it’s true. It’s not exactly true, but it feels really, really true
in that moment. And this was really
disconcerning to me, because one of the things that I enjoy more than anything else
is learning new things. Getting curious about something
and diving in and fiddling around and
learning through trial and error. And eventually becoming pretty good
at something. And without this free time, I didn’t know how I was ever
going to do that ever again. And so, I’m a big geek, I want to keep learning things,
I want to keep growing. And so what I’ve decided to do was, go to the library,
and go to the bookstore, and look at what research says about how we learn and how we learn quickly. And I read a bunch of books,
I read a bunch of websites. And tried to answer this question, how long does it take
to acquire a new skill? You know what I found? 10,000 hours! Anybody ever heard this? It takes 10,000 hours.
If you want to learn something new, if you want to be good at it, it’s going to take 10,000 hours
to get there. And I read this in book after book,
in website after website. And my mental experience
of reading all of this stuff was like: No!! I don’t have time!
I don’t have 10,000 hours. I am never going to be able
to learn anything new. Ever again.
(Laughter) But that’s not true. So, 10,000 hours, just to give you
a rough order of magnitude, 10,000 hours is a full-time job
for five years. That’s a long time. And we’ve all had the experience
of learning something new, and it didn’t take us anywhere
close to that amount of time, right? So, what’s up? There’s something
kinda funky going on here. What the research says and what we expect,
and have experiences, they don’t match up. And what I found, here’s the wrinkle: The 10,000 hour rule came out of studies
of expert-level performance. There’s a professor
at Florida State University, his name is K. Anders Ericsson. He is the originator
of the 10,00 hour rule. And where that came from is,
he studied professional athletes, world class musicians,
chess grand masters. All of this ultra competitive folks
in ultra-high performing fields. And he tried to figure out
how long does it take to get to the top
of those kinds of fields. And what he found is,
the more deliberate practice, the more time
that those individuals spend practicing the elements
of whatever it is that they do, the more time you spend,
the better you get. And the folks at the tippy top
of their fields put in around 10,000 hours of practice. Now, we were talking about the game
of telephone a little bit earlier. Here’s what happened: an author by the name
of Malcolm Gladwell wrote a book in 2007 called
“Outliers: The Story of Success”, and the central piece of that book
was the 10,000 hour rule. Practice a lot, practice well,
and you will do extremely well, you will reach the top of your field. So, the message, what Dr. Ericsson was actually saying is, it takes 10,000 hours to get
at the top of an ultra competitive field in a very narrow subject,
that’s what that means. But here’s what happened:
ever since Outliers came out, immediately came out,
reached the top of best seller lists, stayed there for three solid months. All of a sudden the 10,000 hour rule
was everywhere. And a society-wide game of telephone
started to be played. So this message, it takes 10,000 hours
to reach the top of an ultra competitive field, became, it takes 10,000 hours
to become an expert at something, which became, it takes 10,000 hours to become
good at something, which became, it takes 10,000 hours
to learn something. But that last statement,
it takes 10,000 hours to learn something, is not true.
It’s not true. So, what the research actually says — I spent a lot of time here
at the CSU library in the cognitive psychology stacks
’cause I’m a geek. And when you actually look
at the studies of skill acquisition, you see over and over
a graph like this. Now, researchers,
whether they’re studying a motor skill, something you do physically
or a mental skill, they like to study things
that they can time. ‘Cause you can quantify that, right? So, they’ll give research participants
a little task, something that requires
physical arrangement, or something that requires
learning a little mental trick, and they’ll time how long a participant
takes to complete the skill. And here’s what this graph says,
when you start — so when researchers gave participants
a task, it took them a really long time, ’cause it was new
and they were horrible. With a little bit of practice,
they get better and better and better. And that early part of practice
is really, really efficient. People get good at things
with just a little bit of practice. Now, what’s interesting to note is that, for skills that we want to learn
for ourselves, we don’t care so much about time,
right? We just care about how good we are,
whatever good happens to mean. So if we relabel performance time
to how good you are, the graph flips, and you get
his famous and widely known, this is the learning curve. And the story of the learning curve
is when you start, you’re grossly incompetent
and you know it, right? (Laughter) With a little bit of practice,
you get really good, really quick. So that early level of improvement
is really fast. And then at a certain point
you reach a plateau, and the subsequent games
become much harder to get, they take more time to get. Now, my question is,
I want that, right? How long does it take
from starting something and being grossly incompetent
and knowing it to being reasonably good? In hopefully, as short a period of time
as possible. So, how long does that take? Here’s what my research says: 20 hours. That’s it.
You can go from knowing nothing about any skill that you can think of. Want to learn a language?
Want to learn how to draw? Want to learn how to juggle
flaming chainsaws? (Laughter) If you put 20 hours of focused
deliberate practice into that thing, you will be astounded. Astounded at how good you are. 20 hours is doable, that’s about 45 minutes a day
for about a month. Even skipping a couple days,
here and there. 20 hours isn’t that hard to accumulate. Now, there’s a method to doing this. Because it’s not like you can just start
fiddling around for about 20 hours and expect these massive improvements. There’s a way to practice intelligently. There’s a way to practice efficiently, that will make sure that you invest
those 20 hours in the most effective way
that you possibly can. And here’s the method,
it applies to anything: The first is to deconstruct the skill. Decide exactly what you want
to be able to do when you’re done, and then look into the skill
and break it down into smaller pieces. Most of the things
that we think of as skills are actually big bundles of skills
that require all sorts of different things. The more you can break apart the skill, the more you’re able to decide, what are the parts of this skill
that would actually help me get to what I want? And then you can practice those first. And if you practice
the most important things first, you’ll be able to improve
your performance in the least amount of time possible. The second is, learn enough
to self correct. So, get three to five resources
about what it is you’re trying to learn. Could be book, could be DVDs,
could be courses, could be anything. But don’t use those as a way
to procrastinate on practice. I know I do this, right? Get like 20 books about the topic,
like, “I’m going to start learning
how to program a computer when I complete these 20 books”. No. That’s procrastination. What you want to do
is learn just enough that you can actually practice and self correct or self edit
as you practice. So the learning becomes
a way of getting better at noticing
when you’re making a mistake and then doing something
a little different. The third is to remove barriers
to practice. Distractions, television, internet. All of these things
that get in the way of you actually sitting down
and doing the work. And the more you’re able to use
just a little bit of willpower to remove the distractions that
are keeping you from practicing, the more likely you are to actually
sit down and practice, right? And the fourth is to practice
for at least 20 hours. Now, most skills have what I call
a frustration barrier. You know, the grossly-incompetent-
and-knowing-it part? That’s really, really frustrating.
We don’t like to feel stupid. And feeling stupid is a barrier to us
actually sitting down and doing the work. So, by pre-committing to practicing
whatever it is that you want to do for at least 20 hours, you will be able to overcome
that initial frustration barrier and stick with the practice long enough
to actually reap the rewards. That’s it! It’s not rocket science. Four very simple steps that
you can use to learn anything. Now, this is easy to talk
about in theory, but it’s more fun to talk about
in practice. So one of the things that I’ve wanted
to learn how to do for a long time is play the ukulele. Has anybody seen
Jake Shimabukuro’s TEDTalk where he plays the ukulele
and makes it sound like — he’s like a ukulele god. It’s amazing. I saw it, I was like,
“That is so cool!” It’s such a neat instrument.
I would really like to learn how to play. And so I decided
that to test this theory I wanted to put 20 hours
into practicing ukulele and see where it got. And so the first thing
about playing the ukulele is, in order to practice,
you have to have one, right? So, I got an ukulele and
— My lovely assistant? (Laughter) Thank you sir.
I think I need the chord here. It’s not just an ukulele,
it’s an electric ukulele. (Laughter) Yeah. So, the first couple hours are just
like the first couple hours of anything. You have to get the tools
that you are using to practice. You have to make sure
they’re available. My ukulele didn’t come
with strings attached. I had to figure out
how to put those on. Like, that’s kind of important, right? And learning how to tune,
learning how to make sure that all of the things
that need to be done in order to start practicing
get done, right? Now, one of the things when I was
ready to actually start practicing was I looked in online databases
and songbooks for how to play songs. And they say, okay, ukuleles, you can
play more than one string at a time, so you can play chords, that’s cool, you are accompanying yourself,
yay you. (Laughter) And when I started looking at songs, I had an ukulele chord book
that had like hundreds of chords. Looking at this and
“Wow, that’s intimidating”. But when you look at the actual songs, you see the same chords
over and over, right? As it turns out, playing the ukulele
is kind of like doing anything, There’s a very small set of things
that are really important and techniques that you’ll use
all the time. And in most songs
you’ll use four, maybe five chords, and that’s it, that’s the song. You don’t have to know hundreds,
as long as you know the four or the five. So, while I was doing my research, I found a wonderful little medley
of pop songs by a band called Axis of Awesome.
(Whistles) — Somebody knows it. — And what Axis of Awesome says
is that you can learn, or you can play pretty much
any pop song of the past five decades, if you know four chords, and those chords are G, D, Em and C. Four chords pump out
every pop song ever, right? So I thought, this is cool! I would like to play
every pop song ever. (Laughter) So, that was the first song
I decided to learn, and I would like to actually
share it with you. Ready? (Applause)
Alright. (Music) (Singing)
Just a small town girl, living in a lonely world, she took the midnight train
going anywhere. I heard that you settled down,
(Laughter) that you found a girl, that you’re married now. Every night in my dreams
(Laughter) I see you, I feel you, that is how I know you go on.
(Laughter) I won’t hesitate no more, no more.
It cannot wait, I’m yours. ‘Cause you were amazing,
we did amazing things. If I could, then I would,
I’d go wherever you will — Can you feel the love tonight.
(Laughter) I can’t live with or without you. When I find myself — When I find myself in times of trouble,
mother Mary comes to me, Sometimes I feel like I don’t have partner.
No woman, no cry. Yeah mama, this surely is a dream. I come from a land down under.
(Laughter) Once a jolly swagman
camped by a billabong. Hey, I just met you, and this is crazy,
(Laughter) but here’s my number, so call me Hey sexy lady, op, op, op, op,
oppan gangnam style. (Laughter) It’s time to say goodbye. Closing time, every new beginning
comes from some other beginning’s end. (Singing and music ends)
(Applause) Thank you, thank you. I love that song.
(Laughter) And I have a secret to share with you. So, by playing that song for you, I just hit my twentieth hour
of practicing the ukulele. (Applause)
Thank you. And so it’s amazing, pretty much
anything that you can think of, what do you want to do. The major barrier to learn
something new is not intellectual, it’s not the process of you learning
a bunch of little tips or tricks or things. The major barrier’s emotional.
We’re scared. Feeling stupid doesn’t feel good, in the beginning of learning
anything new you feel really stupid. So the major barrier’s not intellectual,
it’s emotional. But put 20 hours into anything. It doesn’t matter.
What do you want to learn? Do you want to learn a language?
Want to learn how to cook? Want to learn how to draw? What turns you on?
What lights you up? Go out and do that thing.
It only takes 20 hours. Have fun. (Applause)

How to SURVIVE & THRIVE driving the DEMPSTER HIGHWAY and CANADIAN ARCTIC

How to SURVIVE & THRIVE driving the DEMPSTER HIGHWAY and CANADIAN ARCTIC


Hello guys and welcome to the vlog! Hope
you’re having a great day! We are on our journey back home to Alaska; After
driving the Dempster Highway and the Inuvik Tuk highway to the shores of the
Arctic Ocean! It was a grand journey! We learned a lot
along the way as well! So here’s the plan… We’re going to share what we learned..And
also some travel tips that are very applicable in the North country because…
We are Alaskans and granted it was in Canada,it’s very much North country
experience! Ahh… The b-roll for this video… While we’re jabbering away at you; is
gonna be our 600+ mile journey to the jumping-off point of our next
adventure in Alaska! So…. Make sure you hit that that SUBSCRIBE button! Also head over to
our website www.hisandhershub.com. All kinds of great resources and more engagement with us over there!.. First things first; What is it? Okay it’s the Dempster Highway and the Inuvik Toktuyuktuk Higway…. Called the ITH…So the Dempster has been open
for a long time but the ITH just opened in November of 2017!
So 2019, when we did this trip was only the second summer it was open! So very
new adventure that you can go have! Uhhmm… Alright! So where is it?
Dempster Highway like I mentioned; Is in the Yukon Territory….It starts in the
Yukon Territory about 25 miles outside of Dawson City! Which is on the shores of
the Yukon River….So I want to really reiterate here and make a point of how
grand of an adventure this is because… To get to Dawson City all by itself is an
adventure! And you’re already way out in the middle of nowhere and then….To get to
Tuktoyaktuk you drive another 500+ miles up through the Yukon and through
the Northwest Territories to the shores of the Arctic Ocean! And let me just tell
you, you’re out in the middle of nowhere! But that’s the fun of it right?….Before we
get started, here’s another fact….We had to travel through three time zones on our
1200 mile journey to get up to Tuk! Odd enough Alaska has its own….
Then there’s Pacific and then all the way up in Inuvik, you’re on Mountain! So
let’s talk about vehicles…. Ahhh…You know it’s a big journey….Just to get up to this area
so obviously you’re gonna want to beat in a vehicle that you trust so….If you’re
even considering the Dempster, you’re already gonna be in that right vehicle!
What kind of vehicles are good for this journey? You know you do not need
four-wheel drive! It’s a lot of dirt roads….There are points where we were
slipping a little bit, going up the hills…. But we did just fine! We saw tons of
Sprinter bands, two-wheel drive…. Four-wheel drive….
A handful of Class C motorhomes… Plenty of Subarus…. What else did we see?…Trucks…Yeah! It
is definitely slide in truck camper… Country? Ahhh..You know, a few of those Overlanding rigs with rooftop tents…Ahhh… Quite a few SUVs towing little small travel
trailers….So it’s not a hardcore extreme experience…. But it will take its toll on
your vehicle and you want to make sure you have the right one! We did not need
to have a giant 4×4 overland rig like we do for the journey….But that’s what we
travel in and it performed awesomely! That will be our next video; When we talk
about all the systems and accessories and gear and how it worked!…. Now that
we’ve talked about the type of vehicle to bring on this journey, let’s talk
about what to bring for and in said vehicle!….First off, I think it’s obvious
and goes without saying; You should always carry a well-equipped tool kit
for your particular rig! Secondly; A well-equipped First Aid kit like the My
Medic First Aid kit. And we’ll just be really clear here….That is not a first
aid kit for boo-boos! It is a first aid kit that saves lives! And was made,
explicitly for journeys like this or being on the road and witnessing
accidents that….Aree life-threatening and it could actually change the outcome!
That’s why it’s so important and you’re far far far from nowhere, it could really
make a difference! If you haven’t watched our video about it before, check out the
link here or in the description below to learn more! We’re really big proponents of this!….
Well, let’s talk tires! Obviously, you want to make sure that you have good tires…
And you want to have at least one full-size, mounted, spare wheel and tire!
You know it’s recommended to have two… But we have one and we were just fine!
Let’s also talk about some specific things for your vehicle! Especially those
of us with diesels….Carry extra fuel filters and extra fuel filters and extra
fuel filters! Ahhh….They are your friend! Be very cautious when filling up! Because if
it’s raining, water could maybe even get into your tank…..The mud bubbles are
really bad when it rains. And you want to keep the exterior of your tank so you
don’t introduce any ahhh…Just keep it clean! So you don’t introduce dirt into your tank
and just caused a whole world of problems! Speaking of mud, which our vehicle is
currently still caked in from this journey and….Truthfully looks kind of
sexy! Ahhh…It’s going to impact the lights on the back and potentially the front of
your rig! We experienced fog and rain and muddy condition….So you want to make
sure that you keep those lights clean and that you’re visible on the highway!
Make sure you stop, clean them off whenever you do! Fuel stop or at the
very stops…..We’re going to talk about; Weather and road conditions now… Because
they are closely related! A good solid rainfall or a few days of it, can make
the roads a mess! Especially if they haven’t been graded properly. And they
don’t have a crown to promote proper drainage! I would like to tell you that
there’s a certain bad stretch here and a certain bad stretch there…But the road
is alive guys! So keep that in mind… I may tell you the last 30 miles to Tuk were
absolutely horrendous for us! And they actually were! That was a jog…
Jarring….Kidney shaking, back aching… Horrible ride!….
You know, just to end the adventure..It is quite awesome not right! But the road is
alive, it will change, day by day! And now the weather! You’re heading to the Arctic
Circle….Do not show up in board shorts and flip-flops. Make sure you have the
proper footwear! Some layers….There are summer months….You know, this has been a wickedly
hot summer up here in Alaska in the North Country but….And that’s rather
unusual! But be prepared for below freezing temperatures, rain, wind…Keep in
mind, you’re literally heading to the Arctic Circle and you need to be
prepared with the proper gear!…Speeds!… So I will precursor this with; It’s very
vehicle dependent and…The suspension that you have on your rig is going to
determine how fast you can drive! But…For our rig, we cruise to at speeds between
25 and 55….And then there were those areas that Ben mentioned; The jaw
jarring,kidney shaking, back aching sections….Where we actually came to full
stops Because the jarring got so bad and the only way to stop it was to stop the
vehicle! There are lots of potholes and so you want to be ever aware and…And be
looking out for them to either avoid or slow down for them!….It’s a
well-established tip; The area down your tires a little bit on a rough road, helps
smooth things out! And there were a few points where…You know, I was about to do that
but…. The rough stretch kind of just stopped after 15-20 minutes….So it’s like;
“Oh, well I need it for this, I don’t need it for that.”…. So we did not air down!
Hindsight, you know probably it’s like a thousand miles….You know, round trip plus
on dirt roads…. I’d say knock off! You know, depending on
the…What pressures you’re running…You know, we run at 65. I probably
should have just at the beginning, dropped them down to 55. To make the ride a
little softer!…..Next topic up for discussion; Safety!…. While driving…So first
off; Swerving for hazards. Like the potholes we’ve been talking about, it’s
gonna happen! It’s gonna be your instinct! And…As fine to do, but just make
sure you’re looking behind you because…. There are going to be people passing and uhhmm…
Sometimes you’re just out there about… By yourself in the middle of nowhere! And
you forget that there’s people back there…And they’ll pop up on you quite
suddenly! This also reminds me, that that thick mud we talked about….The cake zip
the lights on the back of your truck… They also are going to impact your
mirrors and windows so…Whenever you can…. Get them clean off so that you have good
vision behind you. And you can keep track of what’s going on in your rear view
mirror so to speak….Okay let’s talk about services now! You’re gonna probably stop
for fuel in Eagle Plains…Give or take that’s halfway between Inuvik and Dawson.
There’s a cafe there…There’s a shop if you have any mechanical issues! Then
you’re going to make it up to Inuvik. And you’re going to have all the services of
a fairly well equipped bush town! What about connectivity? Because you have to
use your smartphone right? You know… You’re in the middle of nowhere! So…
You’re not going to have service except in a few select points! Now….On our journey; I
know cell phone service is very spotty! And it changes all the time! But on our
journey, we did not have it at the beginning of the Dempster….We picked up a
very good LTE coverage at each of the ferries….So you know, you’re able to sit there,
check your email and…Get messages out to your friends and family. When we got up
to Inuvik, they have excellent cell coverage up there as well! We’re on LTE…
Really fast download and upload speeds! And then when you make it all the way up
to Tuk, you have LTE coverage on the shores of the Arctic Ocean guys! So
literally all the full time travelers out there that are working; You could go
up there and work right from the shores of the Arctic Ocean! That’s pretty cool!….
Alright, let’s talk about camping! And this is one of the things we love the
most about traveling in the North country; You can find great free camping
spots! iOverlander helps a lot in this case but you can also find little gravel
pits or pull offs on your own! And you’re welcome as long as there’s not a sign
that says “No camping overnight!’ Which was few and far between on this trip! You’re
welcome to stay there for the night! We found a couple of great gyms with
iOverlander….And then when we got to Inuvik we found….
What they have in this area is territorial parks instead of the typical Provincial
Parks you’re used to seeing in Canada! We stayed at one in Inuvik with the Everlanders. And….It was about 23 Canadian dollars per night for no hookups, it was
28 a night for electric! They had a dump station and water…Laundry…And shower
facilities. They also had a great little area for tent campers to!…And the big
question on everybody’s mind; What about camping in Tuk? So….They have a handful of
campsites on this little spit that jets out into the Arctic Ocean…It is
depending on which site you choose between 50 and 60 dollars a night. Now I
know you just, your jaw just fell right? But….Think about it this way; They are
charging high prices right now because… The summer of 2019 was the first summer
they were open. And they are charging those prices to be able to fund
improvements to the camping area there! I think it’s kind of amazing personally;
That they gave the campers the best location in town! I mean you’re literally
on the shores of the ocean, great views! And….If the weather was better, you could
probably go for a walk! It was pretty stormy while we were there! But enjoy a
nice walk on the beach….Coming back around to that very sticker shocking
price! Ahh…You have to look at the bigger picture! Up until a couple years ago; This
Tuk was a remote Northern Canadian village! You know, they called it the hamlet.
But it is a native village! The indigenous people of this continent. It
is the end of the road now! You know, even before there was a road…It
was the end of the road! So things do not leave. You go into these villages! You may
be shocked at the way things look. You have got to realize; You’re not in the
city and you’re at the end of the line! So if you see broken-down equipment and
snow machines….Keep in mind that… You know… That’s a wealth of parts that somebody
might need one day! Okay circling back around to why that a
campground is so expensive… It is in the middle of nowhere at the Top of the
World! Nothing is cheap! So keep that in mind
and just…I viewed it…If we decided to stay the night…We didn’t because we just
wanted to get the journey back home going….But I would have viewed it more as a
donation to helping out future campers! And….I would have been more than happy to
pay 50, 60 bucks a night purely to just help future people!…One last thought on
this topic….If you happen not to be traveling to Tuktoyaktuk in a camper;
They do have a handful of bed and breakfasts! The visitor center has a list.
So you can call or get that ahead of time and…They also have two restaurants
that we were aware of! We tried Grandma’s Kitchen, you can try some traditional
native cuisine like for example; We had Muktuk while we were there, which is
boiled of whale! So….They do have services there uhhhmm…But you probably want to bring a
little bit of your own food because it is pretty pricey up there! It wouldn’t hurt
to bring a cooler!….So how long should you allow for
this trip up to the shores of the Arctic Ocean? That really depends on the
traveler! We have a time schedule on this trip! We would have loved to spend two
weeks. And you could easily spend two weeks, having a great time working your
way up! We made it up in give or take two days! We spent two days up there and…On
the way back this journey, we knocked off Inuvik to ahh…Pretty much the beginning
of the Dempster, all in one day’s driving! So that just puts things in perspective!
You know, you can do it all in one day if you were flying up there….But you’re
gonna be missing a lot….So every day you can add the better!….What to do on this
trip? Man…The list is actually quite long if you can believe it! So on the
journey up there, be sure to stop and get pictures at the Arctic Circle sign.
That’s kind of a special thing! The natural and free opportunities
abound! So hiking, very picking…There’s
opportunities to stop and go fishing! Tons of amazing photo..Photo
opportunities…Once you get up into the Inuvik and Toktuyuktuk area….So Inuvik is
a vibrant little town. There’s a beautiful church there to visit, they
have a lot of restaurants….They have charters for fishing. And kind of like
the typical things you would expect at a town of about 3500 people! Uhmmmm…
When you get up to Tuk, keep in mind… That it’s a new venture for them to have
tourists who didn’t have to fly in to get there! So they maybe aren’t just
developed in the area of organized tours… But they still have a sod house to visit…
You can check out the Pingos, which are naturally occurring hills that happen as
a result of lakes and permafrost ahhh… Freezing together….You’d go google it,
read..It’s really cool! You can also bring your own kayaks or canoes and go
for a nice paddle….They have events at a local hall in the evenings…..Checkout the
grocery store and see what kind of prices they have. That’s always
entertaining! They also have plenty of things, like community things… Like
basketball courts and diamonds for baseball and….Something I think is really
cool; Is you can go swimming and probably one of the most Northern swimming pools
on the planet! So yeah, all kinds of things to keep you busy! It’s pretty
awesome!…If you love documenting your travels as much as I do, you probably
have a drone! If you are an American, you are not going to at least at this time
be able to fly your drone! I attempted to get the permissions because in June of
2019 everything changed in Canada! There’s recreational and advanced
licenses. And as an American, they just do not have it at this time where I can
qualify. I look forward to that day because it was absolutely spectacular!
And we were driving through these spots.. it’s just God’s country and thinking
like; “Oh my goodness! The drone would be so nice but…Yeah, I gotta obey the laws
when I’m a guest in somebody else country! Speaking of obeying the laws and
respecting the traditions of countries that you visit; I want to touch on a
topic that was something of discussion on forums as well as people that we
talked to while we are on the trip. And that is experiencing some rudeness from
the locals in the far North country. I think it’s really important to remember
that even if you are Canadian or have travelled to Canada before; It’s
different there! These are communities that are far removed from typical
Canadian life! Ahh… They often have large native population. And so you’re gonna
have some pretty significant cultural differences! They communicate very
differently and….While you might perceive it as rude, you might want to consider
that it could just be a difference in culture! It’s also really important to
remember to respect their traditions and them as locals!… I personally experienced
a very kind, very generous, talkative, chatty, happy people! So….Just keep that in
mind! Be culturally sensitive! And….And be aware of your surroundings!
And the privilege and honor that it always is to visit people of another
culture or another country! And that you are the visitor in their home!….Alright
guys; This video is a wrap! Thank you so much for watching….Ahh…You’ll find links
to the things that we mentioned in the video description. But yeah, I strongly
encourage you to just make the trip up to Tuktoyaktuk! It will forever change
your life and the way you see the world! If you have never experienced the native
culture and the North country. So hey, thanks for watching! Hit that SUBSCRIBE
button and we will see you on the road!

How to SURVIVE & THRIVE driving the DEMPSTER HIGHWAY and CANADIAN ARCTIC


Hello guys and welcome to the vlog! Hope
you’re having a great day! We are on our journey back home to Alaska; After
driving the Dempster Highway and the Inuvik Tuk highway to the shores of the
Arctic Ocean! It was a grand journey! We learned a lot
along the way as well! So here’s the plan… We’re going to share what we learned..And
also some travel tips that are very applicable in the North country because…
We are Alaskans and granted it was in Canada,it’s very much North country
experience! Ahh… The b-roll for this video… While we’re jabbering away at you; is
gonna be our 600+ mile journey to the jumping-off point of our next
adventure in Alaska! So…. Make sure you hit that that SUBSCRIBE button! Also head over to
our website www.hisandhershub.com. All kinds of great resources and more engagement with us over there!.. First things first; What is it? Okay it’s the Dempster Highway and the Inuvik Toktuyuktuk Higway…. Called the ITH…So the Dempster has been open
for a long time but the ITH just opened in November of 2017!
So 2019, when we did this trip was only the second summer it was open! So very
new adventure that you can go have! Uhhmm… Alright! So where is it?
Dempster Highway like I mentioned; Is in the Yukon Territory….It starts in the
Yukon Territory about 25 miles outside of Dawson City! Which is on the shores of
the Yukon River….So I want to really reiterate here and make a point of how
grand of an adventure this is because… To get to Dawson City all by itself is an
adventure! And you’re already way out in the middle of nowhere and then….To get to
Tuktoyaktuk you drive another 500+ miles up through the Yukon and through
the Northwest Territories to the shores of the Arctic Ocean! And let me just tell
you, you’re out in the middle of nowhere! But that’s the fun of it right?….Before we
get started, here’s another fact….We had to travel through three time zones on our
1200 mile journey to get up to Tuk! Odd enough Alaska has its own….
Then there’s Pacific and then all the way up in Inuvik, you’re on Mountain! So
let’s talk about vehicles…. Ahhh…You know it’s a big journey….Just to get up to this area
so obviously you’re gonna want to beat in a vehicle that you trust so….If you’re
even considering the Dempster, you’re already gonna be in that right vehicle!
What kind of vehicles are good for this journey? You know you do not need
four-wheel drive! It’s a lot of dirt roads….There are points where we were
slipping a little bit, going up the hills…. But we did just fine! We saw tons of
Sprinter bands, two-wheel drive…. Four-wheel drive….
A handful of Class C motorhomes… Plenty of Subarus…. What else did we see?…Trucks…Yeah! It
is definitely slide in truck camper… Country? Ahhh..You know, a few of those Overlanding rigs with rooftop tents…Ahhh… Quite a few SUVs towing little small travel
trailers….So it’s not a hardcore extreme experience…. But it will take its toll on
your vehicle and you want to make sure you have the right one! We did not need
to have a giant 4×4 overland rig like we do for the journey….But that’s what we
travel in and it performed awesomely! That will be our next video; When we talk
about all the systems and accessories and gear and how it worked!…. Now that
we’ve talked about the type of vehicle to bring on this journey, let’s talk
about what to bring for and in said vehicle!….First off, I think it’s obvious
and goes without saying; You should always carry a well-equipped tool kit
for your particular rig! Secondly; A well-equipped First Aid kit like the My
Medic First Aid kit. And we’ll just be really clear here….That is not a first
aid kit for boo-boos! It is a first aid kit that saves lives! And was made,
explicitly for journeys like this or being on the road and witnessing
accidents that….Aree life-threatening and it could actually change the outcome!
That’s why it’s so important and you’re far far far from nowhere, it could really
make a difference! If you haven’t watched our video about it before, check out the
link here or in the description below to learn more! We’re really big proponents of this!….
Well, let’s talk tires! Obviously, you want to make sure that you have good tires…
And you want to have at least one full-size, mounted, spare wheel and tire!
You know it’s recommended to have two… But we have one and we were just fine!
Let’s also talk about some specific things for your vehicle! Especially those
of us with diesels….Carry extra fuel filters and extra fuel filters and extra
fuel filters! Ahhh….They are your friend! Be very cautious when filling up! Because if
it’s raining, water could maybe even get into your tank…..The mud bubbles are
really bad when it rains. And you want to keep the exterior of your tank so you
don’t introduce any ahhh…Just keep it clean! So you don’t introduce dirt into your tank
and just caused a whole world of problems! Speaking of mud, which our vehicle is
currently still caked in from this journey and….Truthfully looks kind of
sexy! Ahhh…It’s going to impact the lights on the back and potentially the front of
your rig! We experienced fog and rain and muddy condition….So you want to make
sure that you keep those lights clean and that you’re visible on the highway!
Make sure you stop, clean them off whenever you do! Fuel stop or at the
very stops…..We’re going to talk about; Weather and road conditions now… Because
they are closely related! A good solid rainfall or a few days of it, can make
the roads a mess! Especially if they haven’t been graded properly. And they
don’t have a crown to promote proper drainage! I would like to tell you that
there’s a certain bad stretch here and a certain bad stretch there…But the road
is alive guys! So keep that in mind… I may tell you the last 30 miles to Tuk were
absolutely horrendous for us! And they actually were! That was a jog…
Jarring….Kidney shaking, back aching… Horrible ride!….
You know, just to end the adventure..It is quite awesome not right! But the road is
alive, it will change, day by day! And now the weather! You’re heading to the Arctic
Circle….Do not show up in board shorts and flip-flops. Make sure you have the
proper footwear! Some layers….There are summer months….You know, this has been a wickedly
hot summer up here in Alaska in the North Country but….And that’s rather
unusual! But be prepared for below freezing temperatures, rain, wind…Keep in
mind, you’re literally heading to the Arctic Circle and you need to be
prepared with the proper gear!…Speeds!… So I will precursor this with; It’s very
vehicle dependent and…The suspension that you have on your rig is going to
determine how fast you can drive! But…For our rig, we cruise to at speeds between
25 and 55….And then there were those areas that Ben mentioned; The jaw
jarring,kidney shaking, back aching sections….Where we actually came to full
stops Because the jarring got so bad and the only way to stop it was to stop the
vehicle! There are lots of potholes and so you want to be ever aware and…And be
looking out for them to either avoid or slow down for them!….It’s a
well-established tip; The area down your tires a little bit on a rough road, helps
smooth things out! And there were a few points where…You know, I was about to do that
but…. The rough stretch kind of just stopped after 15-20 minutes….So it’s like;
“Oh, well I need it for this, I don’t need it for that.”…. So we did not air down!
Hindsight, you know probably it’s like a thousand miles….You know, round trip plus
on dirt roads…. I’d say knock off! You know, depending on
the…What pressures you’re running…You know, we run at 65. I probably
should have just at the beginning, dropped them down to 55. To make the ride a
little softer!…..Next topic up for discussion; Safety!…. While driving…So first
off; Swerving for hazards. Like the potholes we’ve been talking about, it’s
gonna happen! It’s gonna be your instinct! And…As fine to do, but just make
sure you’re looking behind you because…. There are going to be people passing and uhhmm…
Sometimes you’re just out there about… By yourself in the middle of nowhere! And
you forget that there’s people back there…And they’ll pop up on you quite
suddenly! This also reminds me, that that thick mud we talked about….The cake zip
the lights on the back of your truck… They also are going to impact your
mirrors and windows so…Whenever you can…. Get them clean off so that you have good
vision behind you. And you can keep track of what’s going on in your rear view
mirror so to speak….Okay let’s talk about services now! You’re gonna probably stop
for fuel in Eagle Plains…Give or take that’s halfway between Inuvik and Dawson.
There’s a cafe there…There’s a shop if you have any mechanical issues! Then
you’re going to make it up to Inuvik. And you’re going to have all the services of
a fairly well equipped bush town! What about connectivity? Because you have to
use your smartphone right? You know… You’re in the middle of nowhere! So…
You’re not going to have service except in a few select points! Now….On our journey; I
know cell phone service is very spotty! And it changes all the time! But on our
journey, we did not have it at the beginning of the Dempster….We picked up a
very good LTE coverage at each of the ferries….So you know, you’re able to sit there,
check your email and…Get messages out to your friends and family. When we got up
to Inuvik, they have excellent cell coverage up there as well! We’re on LTE…
Really fast download and upload speeds! And then when you make it all the way up
to Tuk, you have LTE coverage on the shores of the Arctic Ocean guys! So
literally all the full time travelers out there that are working; You could go
up there and work right from the shores of the Arctic Ocean! That’s pretty cool!….
Alright, let’s talk about camping! And this is one of the things we love the
most about traveling in the North country; You can find great free camping
spots! iOverlander helps a lot in this case but you can also find little gravel
pits or pull offs on your own! And you’re welcome as long as there’s not a sign
that says “No camping overnight!’ Which was few and far between on this trip! You’re
welcome to stay there for the night! We found a couple of great gyms with
iOverlander….And then when we got to Inuvik we found….
What they have in this area is territorial parks instead of the typical Provincial
Parks you’re used to seeing in Canada! We stayed at one in Inuvik with the Everlanders. And….It was about 23 Canadian dollars per night for no hookups, it was
28 a night for electric! They had a dump station and water…Laundry…And shower
facilities. They also had a great little area for tent campers to!…And the big
question on everybody’s mind; What about camping in Tuk? So….They have a handful of
campsites on this little spit that jets out into the Arctic Ocean…It is
depending on which site you choose between 50 and 60 dollars a night. Now I
know you just, your jaw just fell right? But….Think about it this way; They are
charging high prices right now because… The summer of 2019 was the first summer
they were open. And they are charging those prices to be able to fund
improvements to the camping area there! I think it’s kind of amazing personally;
That they gave the campers the best location in town! I mean you’re literally
on the shores of the ocean, great views! And….If the weather was better, you could
probably go for a walk! It was pretty stormy while we were there! But enjoy a
nice walk on the beach….Coming back around to that very sticker shocking
price! Ahh…You have to look at the bigger picture! Up until a couple years ago; This
Tuk was a remote Northern Canadian village! You know, they called it the hamlet.
But it is a native village! The indigenous people of this continent. It
is the end of the road now! You know, even before there was a road…It
was the end of the road! So things do not leave. You go into these villages! You may
be shocked at the way things look. You have got to realize; You’re not in the
city and you’re at the end of the line! So if you see broken-down equipment and
snow machines….Keep in mind that… You know… That’s a wealth of parts that somebody
might need one day! Okay circling back around to why that a
campground is so expensive… It is in the middle of nowhere at the Top of the
World! Nothing is cheap! So keep that in mind
and just…I viewed it…If we decided to stay the night…We didn’t because we just
wanted to get the journey back home going….But I would have viewed it more as a
donation to helping out future campers! And….I would have been more than happy to
pay 50, 60 bucks a night purely to just help future people!…One last thought on
this topic….If you happen not to be traveling to Tuktoyaktuk in a camper;
They do have a handful of bed and breakfasts! The visitor center has a list.
So you can call or get that ahead of time and…They also have two restaurants
that we were aware of! We tried Grandma’s Kitchen, you can try some traditional
native cuisine like for example; We had Muktuk while we were there, which is
boiled of whale! So….They do have services there uhhhmm…But you probably want to bring a
little bit of your own food because it is pretty pricey up there! It wouldn’t hurt
to bring a cooler!….So how long should you allow for
this trip up to the shores of the Arctic Ocean? That really depends on the
traveler! We have a time schedule on this trip! We would have loved to spend two
weeks. And you could easily spend two weeks, having a great time working your
way up! We made it up in give or take two days! We spent two days up there and…On
the way back this journey, we knocked off Inuvik to ahh…Pretty much the beginning
of the Dempster, all in one day’s driving! So that just puts things in perspective!
You know, you can do it all in one day if you were flying up there….But you’re
gonna be missing a lot….So every day you can add the better!….What to do on this
trip? Man…The list is actually quite long if you can believe it! So on the
journey up there, be sure to stop and get pictures at the Arctic Circle sign.
That’s kind of a special thing! The natural and free opportunities
abound! So hiking, very picking…There’s
opportunities to stop and go fishing! Tons of amazing photo..Photo
opportunities…Once you get up into the Inuvik and Toktuyuktuk area….So Inuvik is
a vibrant little town. There’s a beautiful church there to visit, they
have a lot of restaurants….They have charters for fishing. And kind of like
the typical things you would expect at a town of about 3500 people! Uhmmmm…
When you get up to Tuk, keep in mind… That it’s a new venture for them to have
tourists who didn’t have to fly in to get there! So they maybe aren’t just
developed in the area of organized tours… But they still have a sod house to visit…
You can check out the Pingos, which are naturally occurring hills that happen as
a result of lakes and permafrost ahhh… Freezing together….You’d go google it,
read..It’s really cool! You can also bring your own kayaks or canoes and go
for a nice paddle….They have events at a local hall in the evenings…..Checkout the
grocery store and see what kind of prices they have. That’s always
entertaining! They also have plenty of things, like community things… Like
basketball courts and diamonds for baseball and….Something I think is really
cool; Is you can go swimming and probably one of the most Northern swimming pools
on the planet! So yeah, all kinds of things to keep you busy! It’s pretty
awesome!…If you love documenting your travels as much as I do, you probably
have a drone! If you are an American, you are not going to at least at this time
be able to fly your drone! I attempted to get the permissions because in June of
2019 everything changed in Canada! There’s recreational and advanced
licenses. And as an American, they just do not have it at this time where I can
qualify. I look forward to that day because it was absolutely spectacular!
And we were driving through these spots.. it’s just God’s country and thinking
like; “Oh my goodness! The drone would be so nice but…Yeah, I gotta obey the laws
when I’m a guest in somebody else country! Speaking of obeying the laws and
respecting the traditions of countries that you visit; I want to touch on a
topic that was something of discussion on forums as well as people that we
talked to while we are on the trip. And that is experiencing some rudeness from
the locals in the far North country. I think it’s really important to remember
that even if you are Canadian or have travelled to Canada before; It’s
different there! These are communities that are far removed from typical
Canadian life! Ahh… They often have large native population. And so you’re gonna
have some pretty significant cultural differences! They communicate very
differently and….While you might perceive it as rude, you might want to consider
that it could just be a difference in culture! It’s also really important to
remember to respect their traditions and them as locals!… I personally experienced
a very kind, very generous, talkative, chatty, happy people! So….Just keep that in
mind! Be culturally sensitive! And….And be aware of your surroundings!
And the privilege and honor that it always is to visit people of another
culture or another country! And that you are the visitor in their home!….Alright
guys; This video is a wrap! Thank you so much for watching….Ahh…You’ll find links
to the things that we mentioned in the video description. But yeah, I strongly
encourage you to just make the trip up to Tuktoyaktuk! It will forever change
your life and the way you see the world! If you have never experienced the native
culture and the North country. So hey, thanks for watching! Hit that SUBSCRIBE
button and we will see you on the road!