Dena Zavier

Adventure On Two Wheels Columnist and Freelance Writer Dena Zavier loves to experience all that is new. New adventures, travel, food, music and more. Adenture on Two Wheels was her first column for What's Up Yukon. Week after week exploring all things bicycle and then eventually all things motorcycle. Please Note: Denise previously used the last name Norman during that time period.

Let Me Get to Know You. How About a Little Bicycle Trip?

When Hélène met François, she’d been dreaming of a long-distance bicycle trip for years. I think the fact that François was an experienced cyclist just maybe added to the attraction. Within 18 months, they had sold almost everything they owned, and loaded what they couldn’t or didn’t want to sell into their car, parked it …

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Our Everyday Athletes

The Canada Games Centre, near the top of Two Mile Hill, opens every weekday morning at 5:30 a.m. I did not get there until 7:00 a.m. and that was an effort. As I walked in, I kept passing people on their way out. They were already done their workouts. I approached one of those early …

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It’s Not Just the Feathers and Fancy Dresses

For Elizabeth Nemeth, the tiara sparkled in her eyes since she placed third in the McDonalds’ Junior Princess competition – she was 12 years old. Last year, when sponsored by her employer, the Jarvis Street Saloon, she was crowned 2013’s First Princess and Miss Congeniality in the Rendezvous Queen pageant. She loved the role, and …

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Salt of the Yukon

Dwayne and Nellie Backstrom might never be listed in the pages of The Colourful Five Percent; I don’t think they would care to be. But 2014’s Sourdough Rendezvous’ Mr. And Mrs. Yukon have a more meaningful legacy. In their own quiet way, they are quintessential Yukoners — understated, hard working, and full of love for …

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Pain, Compassion, and Hope: Diyet releases second album When You Were King

“Wake up from your slumber sleeping beast. It’s time breathe again, it’s time to see again. You were born, you were born to be the greatest of all… It’s time to roar, like you did when you were king.” These are some of the lyrics from the title track of Diyet‘s new album, When You …

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Sleeping Babies

The babies sat in the driveway, tarped over, covered in snow half-melted in the April sun. I brushed them off, to let the sun begin to warm the silver shrouds, to soak some life back into the batteries. It’s my motorcycles that make me hate early spring days. The melting snow turns my dirt laneway …

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