August 15, 2007
Wow! What a great town! We took a mountain bike ride to die for today…..followed the ALCAN about ½ a mile then winded down to the Yukon at Miles Canyon. It is a place where the river narrows and steep cliffs form a canyon with rushing water. We crossed a pedestrian suspension bridge and got on a single track trail back toward Whitehorse that followed the Yukon back to the town. It must have been a 4 hour trip (counting our ice cream break) and ended with a 2 mile climb back up to the ALCAN and our campsite. The kids were awesome. We all plowed off the trail at one time or another and Chris threatened to jump off the cliffs to the rushing river, but we all made it with various degrees of style.
Cassidy and Teslin are out doing the dishes….their own special way. I think it will be a rough transistion back into an enclosed kitchen after this. Water conservation might be a toughy as well. But they are perfecting the art of camper dishes.
Chris is poured over the milepost trying to figure out whether to go north over Top of the World Highway thru Dawson City, or stay in Whitehorse longer and go straight over to Uncle Lee's via Tok.
Whitehorse is the capital of the Yukon Territory. It’s a great college town….a brewery, coffee shops, bookstores, theatre, story telling, and beautiful recreation. I must say, it is not getting dark til 11pm in mid-August, so I hate to think what it’s like here in 5 months. I have decided it is just the right size (population 23,000---the entire population of the Yukon is 31,000) great food, and easy to get around.
So we’re out spending our Loonies and Toonies and feeling like we really are quite far away. (Loonies are one dollar coins and Toonies are 2 dollar coins). Uuup---the kids found me, gotta go! Much love, Anny