Friday, July 22nd, 2011
Unplugged

One of the greatest joys of our Yukon River trip was to observe our kids happily interact with one another along with their playful exploration of the natural environment. I can still see the sense of wonder in Florian’s eyes when he caught his first Arctic Grayling, or hear the giggles and laughs during mud fights. Above, Zack and Florian tirelessly cast their rods in their quest for Arctic Grayling and Northern Pike.
Below, Florian, Kiana, Sadie, Gunnar, and Zack, from left to right, express a wide range of emotions after Noah unveiled one of his surprises. I think one of the greatest gifts we can to give to our children and ourselves is the space and time to unplug once in a while; to listen to the sounds of nature, dig in the dirt, run along sandy beaches, sit around a campfire, sleep in a tent, to feel free…

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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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