Kashtin's Misadventures

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Kashtin's Misadventures

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  • DescriptionExperience the mountains and wilderness of Yukon, even parts of Alaska!! From the Midnight Sun in summer to Northern Lights in winter.

    Share with me living a rustic wilderness life away from the digital speed of today and if you wish, you can learn the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku. Researchers have found that people who spend time in forests have lower heart rates, lower blood pressure and lower concentration of stress hormones (especially if you shut off your cell phone!)

    We breath fresh air and the aromas of the trees, we do wilderness activities and occasionally a roadtrip. You visit my home as a friend and we share Northern living as a group, so no Work Visa is required!

    The house is located in a wilderness residential community on a large lake with cellular service and WiFi. But we can shut off cell phones and laptops at home, we can use oil lamps for light and wood stove for heat and we can play board games at the kitchen table, or we can watch a DVD movie on a flat screen TV!!

    How better to connect with nature than a walk through the forest, swim in the nearby wilderness lakes or a dip in natural hot springs? Lakes are summer only, but there are a few natural hot and warm springs in the area. Some are known, some are secret. ;)

    Mix all this this with activities that show the best of Yukon life. Campfires, canoeing, biking, camping and snowshoeing. This is a personal stay where we all share the adventure of wilderness living and help each other or challenge ourselves. “Life truly begins outside our comfort zone.”

    I have been hosting 11 years now and nearing retirement, so I need help with creating new hosting ideas, adventures, webpages and Introduction Emails. Skills in writing, photographing and social media are helpful, but just being in a photograph is helpful too. :)

    I do not consider myself old, but I am slowing down and forgetting things, so I prefer those guests who have some empathy and understanding. Guests who could become lifelong friends.

    As with any volunteer project, accommodation and food are included in exchange for doing everyday needed chores. All adventures, activities and day trips are included too. We can visit and explore many local places, but also Atlin, Haines Junction, Kluane National Park and also Skagway and Haines Alaska when the border opens. There is only a natural warm springs nearby, but we can do a longer weekend roadtrip to some secret natural hot springs on the bank of a large river. You have multiple opportunities every week to explore Whitehorse and do grocery shopping with my vehicle.

  • LocationCanada, Yukon, Yukon, Tagish

  • Work
  • Type of work Cooking / Shopping
    Elderly care
    Help in the house
    Help with computers / internet
  • Hours per day There are two days a week we do household chores. Usually we spend all day from 10 am to 5 pm.
  • Work requirements: You must want to learn Northern wilderness living. Maybe get out of your comfort zone and have a real adventure! I am more than happy to teach you how.

    I can provide all seasonal clothing and camping equipment. All you need to bring is a passport, toothbrush and enthusiasm, I can provide everything else.

    This place runs on the energy and enthusiasm of each guest, and is for those who can make their visit an adventure
  • Host's preferences
  • Availability: Send a message to inquire.
  • Duration of stay: Guests that stay a month are preferred and usually get to see or do most everything. Longer stays are welcome.
  • Maximum number of helpers: 2
  • Last minute requests: Okay
  • Host
  • Languages:English
  • Has pets? Yes, a wonderfully gentle retired sled dog.
  • Smokes at home? No
  • Accommodation: The accommodations are quite rustic as this is a true wilderness Yukon home. It is also sometimes a little primitive. There is one large heated room with three queen-sized beds, two single beds and a shower room.

    On overnight adventures, accommodation can be a tent (even in the snow!).

    Showers are not available at anytime of the day. We must take time to heat the water and run the generator, but you are very welcome to use the outdoor shower or the lake!
  • Additional info
  • I want to give you as much information as possible so you can make a well informed decision. I do not want an unhappy guest because they expected something different. Life here is different, an adventure!

    Start by viewing my Facebook profile where I keep some postings public. If you feel comfortable you can Friend me, say HI and learn more about day to day life here.

    My Facebook profile is ONLY about life here and the adventures my guests and I do, and my Facebook Friends are ONLY past, present and future guests, so it can act as a forum for guests to comment, ask questions and to see the friendship I have with past guests and understand why they want to return for a second or third time.
    https://www.facebook.com/stephen.hoffman.3110

    I will ask all prospective guest for an email address, so I can send my Introduction Emails I have created to give you more information on life here, the accommodations, the weather and the adventures and activities we do.