Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Going With The Flow

At 2,200 miles, the Yukon River is the fourth-longest in North America, and the most popular and fabled canoe route in the north. It’s a great river to take kids on, as the river doesn’t have any whitewater to speak of. Above, 9-year-old Zack Lawhorne paddles the scenic 30 Mile River section of the Yukon River. This section is part of the Canadian Heritage Rivers System. Below, the three rafts in our party are dwarfed against the giant basalt bluffs that line the river. What’s really neat about being on the river is how with each day that passed we gradually found the timeless rhythm of the river. Spending time in the Yukon’s wilderness also served as a reminder what is important in life, and with no effort we let go of some of the things like the internet that consume our daily lives. To some of us, the journey wasn’t long enough, and we wished we could have continued floating downriver to Dawson City and beyond. Maybe next year.


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Jennifer Jenkins

The trip ended way too soon for us, for sure! Mento to Dawson next year? Or the Teslin? I’m already reading up for another adventure.


Yes, the Yukon’s rivers are beckoning… the Macmillan, the Pelly, the Teslin, the Big Salmon, the Rancheria among others and then, of course, when our kids are older, the Tatshenshini. But Minto to Dawson next summer would be great!

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