Forget The Beta

Instead, tap into curiosity and get reacquainted with the sense of adventure. From our home on the outskirts of Whitehorse we paddled a mere three hours down the Yukon River and Lake Laberge and backpacked another three hours to a gem of a lake nestled beneath mountains. We spent a few nights camped here, spending…

In Between The Rains We Played In Atlin

Heat waves and periods of intense rain sums up the month of July. Having the summer off means we can decide when and where to go, depending on where the nicest weather lies. We had plans to spend a couple of weeks exploring Mount Edziza but wildfires in Northern BC forced us to look elsewhere….

When The Lakes Are Free Of Ice – Agay Mene Territorial Park

As soon as the ice melts from the local lakes, off we go paddling. Snafu Lake offers coves and bays to explore and lakes beyond beckon the curious determined enough to portage the beaver dams and shallow creeks. It is also a wonderful place for birding. Common loons, all kinds of ducks – mallard, goldeneyes,…

Summer Recap

14 weeks of playing outside. There was way too much rain but we played as much as we could. We canceled a pretty big canoe trip as a result of many things getting in the way. Life is rarely predictable. Instead, we wandered the southern bit of the Yukon and a corner of northern BC,…

Atlin Lake Provincial Park

I won’t say much about Atlin Lake other than it’s worth the effort to get there and go paddling. There is infinite beauty and peace to be discovered, plus there’s a warm spring to slip into after a week or so of paddling, to soothe tired muscles. We spent eight days paddling the provincial park…

Paddling Muscles, How Quickly They Wither

We set off each morning with the intention of paddling long days but in truth we end up spending a lot of time floating on the water, watching birds: a mallard hiding in the weeds with her brood of eleven, yellowlegs “pweer”ing at us. A pair of red-tailed hawks made the ring-necked ducks nervous. An…

Happily Unemployed – Week One of About 16

With four months of unemployment upon us now, off we went hiking and camping along the snow-free sections of the South Klondike Highway. For a week we enjoyed blinding blue skies and an alpine a-bloom with violet crocuses, mountain forget-me-nots and arnica and nesting ptarmigan. We spied two nanny goats with very young kids resting and…

From Yellowknife To The Barrens

We paddled from Yellowknife, NWT across Great Slave Lake, up Pike’s Portage, Artillery Lake, Lockhart River and Ptarmigan Lake, then down the Hanbury and Thelon Rivers. It was just the two of us for 59 days, not another human soul seen but plenty of bears, muskoxen, wolverine, fish and birds. A story about our trip…