Early in summer I proposed a canoe trip to our hiking club. Originally planned as a five day expedition I found few people were current in their paddling skills and that several novices were also keen to come along. The plan was adjusted to include a canoe and paddle intro session on a small lake and a shorter overnight trip on our stretch of the Yukon River.
|Peter Long photo|
|Peter Long Photo|
We set up a comfortable camp and over the afternoon hours a magnificent feast came together. We invited David and Doree Story, who live on the river near the island, over for dinner. The Storys have acted as stewarts of the island for the past twenty years and we were pleased to be able to honour their time and effort in keeping Egg Island such a pleasant place. The evening rollicked with colourful stories, jokes and high spirits.
Our island compatriots in their freighter canoe approaching The Duts'al Dhäl on the last leg of the trip.
Barb led us in Pilates exercises in the mornings to keep us from stiffening up while Peter tracked our journey on his GPS. I refrained from asking our average speed.
We stopped for lunch at Chamia and relaxed before ending the day at Policeman's Point just another two bends down the river.
The fleet approaches the upper end of Lake Laberge, a successful trial. Next year we'll tackle something more ambitious.