Pre-COVID we planned a trip. Chatting with the Australian family, Wendy and Graeme showed interest in joining us. Late August/early September was set as the timeframe to:
- avoid the swarms of bugs that summer brought
- be there for the fishing season (more to enjoy the bounty than do the fishing)
- catch part of berry season
- possibly get lucky with the turning colour of leaves
Spoiler Alert: In the end, we succeeded fabulously on all points.
Although COVID delayed our trip (originally planned for September 2020), rescheduling for 2023 meant that more people wanted in on the fun. We ended up with both of Kate's sisters and their husbands and two other Aussie sets of friend-couples.
|Simon, Susan, Kate and Sean were the last to arrive in Whitehorse.|
The river trail is great!
We flew into Whitehorse and the group gathered from the far-flung places they needed to come from. We had unusually warm weather that allowed the Antipodeans to adjust to being north of 60 degrees.
|There's some great public artwork in and around the parks of Whitehorse.|
|The Main Street is much more vibrant than I was expecting.|
It helped that the weather was unseasonably warm.
|A cool statue honouring the humble prospectors that were (mostly) the reason for Whitehorse's boom times.|
|... and a bust of one of Sean's favourite old-timey poets -|
|One of the many great shops along Main Street.|
|Whitehorse is located on the Yukon River and prior to road, rail and airplane, it was best reached by this shallow waterway. They have a partially-restored paddlewheeler, the S.S. Klondike, at a National Historic Site on the river pathway. |
|It was nice to see some recognition of the First Nations people|
who have lived here for thousands of years
before the Europeans arrived.
Two days was enough to get all the couples together and over the grogginess of travelling, wander the main commercial districts of Whitehorse and to pick up our rental truck/campers and Kate and Sean's motor home.
|I was surprised at how treed the area was. This far north, I was|
expecting the flora to be small scrub and bushes.
|Other hikes were longer and more trail-like. We did this one with one of the Parks staff|
and hiked up to a lookout spot.
|On the trail with Brianna, the Parks guide.|
|After three days of hiking and evenings of comfy, t-shirt temperatures,|
it was time to continue north.
|Up to this point, the gravel roads didn't seem that big a challenge.|
This was about to change.