On a personal note, I just got back from the NWT, Yukon, Alaska and northern BC. I rode my motorcycle through rain, gravel, buffalo, bear and a whole bunch of very friendly people. I was "Hyderized" in Alaska - what a blast! While you were all enjoying 35+ degrees here in the Okanagan, I was riding in cool 15 degree cloudy coolness, much of it with rain gear on.
I spoke with waitresses, grocery store clerks and gas station attendants along the way. These are some of the most friendly, warm and open people I have met in a long time. They all say the same thing about living in the remote north, "It is a simple life, that feeds my soul!". I guess when you are living with that kind of weather, that kind of remote geography, you learn to keep your life simply and build relationships with your neighbours, fellow townspeople and business owners. I found it refreshing. The trip was certainly one that created a lot of memories, many laughs and a new understanding of human nature.