In '04 I resigned from my job (since hired back) and spent four months traveling throughout the US, Canada, and Alaska. Spent most of my time hiking in national parks and eating in the cities.
I drove up through British Columbia and the Yukon to Alaska as part of the trip. After spending a week and a half in some of the most remote lands I had ever experienced, I pulled into Whitehorse (capital of Yukon) only to find Walmart, McDonalds, Subway, and all the other chains. I had this romantic idea of a small town or "outpost". It was just another big-box developed parcel like something you would see amongst the highway grids of the midwest.
Seems like most other places I visited were just like it except for a few cities like San Francisco which still have some character and soul.
Nick ~ "Egg whites are good for a lot of things; lemon meringue pie, angel food cake, and clogging up radiators." - MacGyver