Thursday, June 04, 2009

On Top Of The World (No, Really!)

Don't Give It Your Best Shot, Mate

Photographs copyright: DAVID McMAHON


This door is at the US border at Poker Creek on the Top Of The World Highway. We travelled the highway on 30 August last year, starting out from the gold rush town of Dawson City, through the Yukon, crossing into Alaska and finally returning to Canadian soil and heading towards Beaver Creek.

Poker Creek is stark but beautiful, but there’s not a whole lot of company. Actually, there's no company. All that exists at Poker Creek is the border outpost.

Beside the door, there is also a prominent yellow sign on the main entrance that says "No Weapons Allowed In Office". I waited until after my papers had been processed and I had a US stamp on my passport before asking if I could take some photographs outside.

I was going to say "Could I take some shots outside," but suddenly realised that the innocent question might be completely misconstrued!


For earlier posts in this series, check out The Doors Archive.

23 comments:

Nessa said...

The door picture looks oddly unreal to me for some reason.

spacedlaw said...

Good thing you caught your words in time! :)

Russ said...

That's funny - but I sure border guards have no sense of humor while on the job... I've always wondering how "shooting" looks to the NSA as it trolls the web.

Q said...

Top of the world and top of the morn!
Sherry

Cecily R said...

I think about that phrase a lot lately..."Can I shoot your kids sometime?" seems like a really bad way to ask if I can take pictures of their kids, but I have to stop myself from saying it that way!

There is something about doors that makes me want to take pictures of them too...love yours!

Sniffles and Smiles said...

LOL...can't be too careful with your words these days!!!! ~Janine

Mojo said...

Yeah, if the camera was readily visible, you might have found yourself in a bit of a scrape if you hadn't edited on the fly that way. Sounds like something I'd have done... in fact, I probably have.

Some gorgeous country up that way. I'd love to shoot there sometime. But making the translation from mph to kph ... I guess speedometers are calibrated both ways, but when you're used to reading one scale exclusively, switching to the other can be problematic I'd imagine.

I found a stately old door this week. And with a little help from Carver, I even managed to correctly identify what it belongs to.

The Doors #16: "A Doors Two-fer"

Nan said...

I keep meaning to take pictures of crazy signs... I never seem to have my camera when I spot them though! Will make more effort.

Daryl said...

Never was there a man who could squeeze so much fabulous footage out of one small trip to the Yukon! Another winner ... my NYC door post will be up tomorrow .. stop by midday to see

Brian Miller said...

pay no attention to the man with the camera...wise choice waiting...

Elizabeth Bradley said...

I'm glad you shot those two cops!

Fat, frumpy and fifty... said...

Liking tis one David...

I posted another door recently, is there any way we can link them all up like a mr linky?

Mara said...

I just wonder why the sign on the door is in both English and (bad) German. I could understand French, but German???

San said...

I can see the officials scurrying to disarm you of that heat you're packin'.

Great shot. I mean picture taking.

Maggie May said...

You could have had yourself arrested, David!

Bee said...

If there is no "company," then why are they so worried about weapons?

It must have been strange to be that far north . . .

Maternal Tales said...

Oops - yes I can see how your comments might have been misconstrued!! Good job you realised just in time!

Maureen said...

Yes, "shooting" would NOT have gone over well. As a Canuck, I am always amazed at the signs in the US that state No Guns Allowed.

Crap. I hope not. Totally foriegn to a Canadian.

billy pilgrim said...

i find that the mounties offer far superior overnight accommodations than do the state troopers. but i wouldn't want to overstay my welcome.

my kid hopped a plane to the yukon this morning to find a little gold.

Sandi McBride said...

There's nothing more stalwart than the sight of those two troopers standing side by side! I always fancied the Mounties! Great piece...I would say shot but don't want any misconstruing your way, either...
Sandi

Christina LMT said...

*sigh*

Mara beat me to it!

Ananda girl said...

"No weapons allowed in office" makes me laugh. I know it is not funny, but it is absurd! Who carries weapons? What a strange place!

BTW I love my verification word: "holet" No clue what it means, but I like to give them definitions that I make up. You don't want to know what this one means. giggle

Jientje said...

I love your door pictures. I for one am always holding back a little on using the words shots or shoot, shooting or any other related words. It always sounds a bit awkward to me!