My family and I took a tourist replica steam-train trip to the border of Canada’s Yukon Territory, to simulate the trip taken by thousands of gold-seekers in the 19th Century. The popular pictures that day were the classic “Trail of ‘98” sign or the Canadian border crossing. But, while everyone snapped away, I thought it more fitting to capture the image I saw the most of that day: my glasses sitting on the window sill of the moving train. Obviously.


I discovered this sign outside one of the budhist cave temples. While it might have been obvious to the monks what this sign meant, the sign did leave me with some questions.