All good things come to those who wait... and although we've left it till just a few days before departing, I can now finally and very happily reveal the rough itinerary for this year's "Yukon Rush" adventure that I will be embarking on with three of my best mates up in the wild north-western regions of Canada, starting this Friday.
The specifics will probably all be hammered out this Friday when we actually get up to Whitehorse and connect with our fearless wilderness guide, Chad, but at this stage it's all going to go something like this:
- A 4-5 day canoe journey down the "McQuesten River" – a Class 1 (easy) paddle through pristine country which will give us the opportunity to spot wildlife, fish and go on short hikes into some of the most remote wilderness on the planet. Yikes... I'm so much more excited after having written that!!
- A night in one of our favourite stops from our trip back in 2007 – Dawson City. This exciting little former gold rush town will give us the opportunity to relax a little after our time on the river. Great little martini bars, traditional saloons and a wild little casino featuring authentic showgirl performances await us. Sweet!
- A scenic drive and perhaps day and/or overnight hike in the spectacular Kluane National Park – 21,980 sq. km of varied landscapes including non-polar icefields, and a greenbelt that should give us a good shot at seeing animal species such as Dall's sheep, grizzly bears (perhaps the largest population in North America), moose, lynx, wolves and wolverines as well as golden and bald eagles, ptarmigans, magpies, arctic terns and peregrine falcons. Don't worry, my camera is well and truly packed!
- A couple of days in and around Haines, Alaska with a strong intent to locate, catch and eat large King, Coho, or Sockeye Salmon. Yes, fishing rods are packed as well.
Wahoooooooooooo! I am incredibly excited about this trip and really can't wait to get on board the Air North (click that link – I designed that entire site) flight to Whitehorse on Friday.
Of course I'll do my best to document the entire trip in words and (mostly) pictures when I get back... but it may be a bit of a wait before I can get it all done and published. The best way to be the first to know when the entries are completed is by following me on Twitter, or by subscribing to my Blog's RSS feed.
See you in a couple of weeks!!!