Bit sad this morning with the realisation that we had reached the final day of our Yukon Rush 2007 adventure. But, we still had a big day of hiking and driving ahead of us, so it was an early start to have breakfast and break camp before hitting the trail again for our return back to the vehicles.
With less food items etc on board, our packs were noticeably lighter and therefore made for easier going. We made a cracking pace up to “The Saddle”, despite the heat, and took a little time to soak in some unforgettable views of the Tombstones one last time, before heading down the long wind-less slope to the trail head. Soooooo hot.
We literally all bathed in the running creek that ran alongside a portion of the trail once we hit the forest terrain again. The last section seemed to drag on forever and it’s over those last few kilometers, knowing that the end was so close, that our respective injuries, both big and small (blisters, knees, ankle sprains etc) really hit home and began to take their toll.
TJ and I made it to the truck first. It was literally almost like a race to see who could achieve “nirvana” first through the removal of suffocating boots and sweat-soaked clothing. Once all back off the trail, we threw everything in the back, used a now customary game of “rounders” for seat placements, then hit the road for the 5 hour drive back to Whitehorse and the end of what has been a once-in-lifetime experience.
With a little time left in the evening to enjoy this amazing part of the world, we headed just out of Whitehorse to a local river bend and threw in a few lines just for the heck of it. Came up empty for all our last ditch efforts, but what a way to close the book on our little adventure – just check out the pictures in the gallery which you can visit by clicking on the image below.