Sourtoe Certificate

On May 16th/07, I became member 23938, when Toe Captain Al Sider guided me through the Toe Ceremony. I shall soon be listed on the website at Sourtoe Cocktail Club, a URL well worth a visit.
sourtoe and Yukon Jack

Witnesses included Dan and Lori, Wally, Karen and the wait staff at the Downtown. All agreed that if I let the toe touch my lips, they would stop teasing me about bears — a worthwhile trade indeed. It went down easily in a shot of Yukon Jack.

Here’s a little background:

“I know a prospector who lost his toe;
Froze it in the deadly cold and snow.
He ran rum with a fast dog team
(from Yukon to Alaska it would seem).

“Deadly Gangrene soon set in.
He cut it off his life to win.
To remember the gruesome task he’d done,
He pickled it in a jar of o.p. rum.

The poem continues on for quite a few verses, but the gist is:
To be a real Yukon captain, each claimed was so;
One had to drink a Yukon Sourtoe…

Mmmmm goes down well


Filed under Stuff to do, Yukon Yarns

6 responses to “Sourtoe Certificate

  1. Giggled all the way through reading that!

  2. I, on the other hand, held my nose and closed my eyes during this initiation to the north 🙂
    Glad you are enjoying this!

  3. David

    Did you know that this is at least toe number two? A few years ago, somebody got confused with the process and probably remembered drinking mescal with the worm and ended up swallowing the darn thing. Anyway “As It Happens” or one of the CBC radio shows had a lot of fun with it.


  4. Maybe there should be an attachment on one’s driver’s license for Toe Donors…

  5. Hi Julie, any chance we can use your photo of the Dawson Toe in the National Post? Apparently the toe has been swallowed by someone. We are on deadline if you could let me know asap, if would be greatly appreciated. Best, Kara 416-383-2424

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