I can’t believe I am finally doing it! I am leaving “on a jet plane” tomorrow, July 14, for Whitehorse. Once there I will take the historic White Pass and Yukon Railway to Skagway, and travel toward the beginning of the infamous Chilkook Trail. I will finally venture forth on an extended hike, staying 5 nights and 6 days on the trail. I am a little nervous about packing. My pack is already feeling quite heavy, but I don’t know what I can omit. I know from experience on the outdoor ed trips that I get very cold at night, so I need layers. But, I also don’t want to over-pack. Every ounce truly does make a difference. I still have to pack my share of food and supplies.
Nevertheless, I am thrilled that I am finally going north. I have wanted to visit the Yukon since my early 20’s, when I really started to love my Canadian history. I know I am only going to experience a tiny taste of the north, but it’s a start. If this trip works out, maybe I can find another adventure a little further north or in the Yellowknife area next year. Yahoo,…. here I go!
This photo, of the thousands of gold-seekers, to me is one of the most poignant pictures in Canadian history. I have felt a strong sense of compassion for the thousands of unprepared dreamers who risked everything for the dream of gold and adventure. This picture represents the many stories I heard of the profiteers who made a fortune off these naive trekkers, selling them goods at unworldly prices, and tricking them into buying products they would never use. These stories are what I remember most about the Chilkook Trail, or the Yukon Gold Rush Trail as I recall it being named. In just a few short days I too will stand on the peak of the Golden Staircase. I can hardly wait! check one more item off my bucket list!