Summer draws to an End

Birds eye view
The confluence of the Teslin and Yukon rivers

Alpine rambles and a paddling trip

Over the last two month I really enjoyed the Yukon summer. Every trip was special on its own. Weather, wildlife and the good spirit of all involved made every trip memorable

Paddling the Teslin River
As soon as the morning fog lifted we enjoyed a sunny day

Canoeing the Teslin River

The Teslin River is one of my favourite rivers to canoe. Well, the weather didn’t cooperate on all days. But on the last morning we enjoyed a pancake breakfast with a hot coffee to get warmed up. The fog was hanging over the river but as soon as we started to load the canoes the fog lifted and we had a glorious day on the water.

Moose with calfs
A moose mama with her two calfs is snacking on submerged vegetation

For a long time we drifted and watched this moose family feeding on the vegetation under water and on shore. Wildlife watching is a highlight during a trip. We had several moose sightings and also watched a black bear grazing on berries.

Pick up by float plane
Darryl wraps the canoe which will be strapped to the floats.

Instead of taking a bumpy van shuttle back to Whitehorse at the end of the trip we called for a plane in Hootalinqua. Alpine Aviation came, the canoes got nested, wrapped and strapped to the floats of the plane. During tack off we enjoyed the view of the river we just had paddled. The flight home to Whitehorse was over extensive boreal forest, lakes and mountains. This just summed up what the Yukon it about! What a relaxing way of returning to civilization! We hadn’t seen anyone during the whole 5 days of paddling!

Over windy Arm
A steep climb rewards with views over Windy arm

Day hiking on Windy Arm and in Kluane National Park

Mountain Hero is a very tasting beer brewed at our local micro-brewery Winterlong. It is also a mountain biking trail. To me a decent on this trail looks like a suicide mission so I prefer to hike it. The trail gives access to the alpine quickly. It is located on Windy Arm of Tagish Lake. Besides the great views there are a lot of interesting artifacts from the abandoned mining operation to investigate.

In Kluane National Park we hiked to St. Elias Lake and visited Klukshu to see the salmon run. My guests on this trip enjoyed the flowers along the trail. I had some time to get my camera out as well. It wasn’t easy to chase after the butterfly!

Small but pretty
Some days all I need is my macro lens
Lakes and mountains, that's the Yukon
Mirror Lake

Days off

What is a hiking guide doing in her days off? Hiking of course! I was fortunate to embark on a 12 day trip with friends to the headwaters of the Bonnet Plume River. This river is well known for its white water paddling. This time we didn’t bring canoes but heavy back packs! It has been a trip of a life time.

Fall colours
Fall along the Dempster Highway

Fall colours

For the next two weeks Taiga Journeys has trips scheduled the Tombstone mountains and to Kluane National Park . The fall colours will be at their best and hopefully we will see also northern lights.

It’s time to shut down the computer, pack some tasty food for our home cooked meals and hit the road. I hope to share some awesome pictures in my next blog once the season is over!

Fall colours
The leaves have turned
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