Well… after many months of excited anticipation, I, along with my good mates Bosh, TJ and Duke boarded a 4:40pm Air Canada Jazz Flight from Vancouver to Whitehorse this afternoon. Marking the beginning of our ‘Yukon Rush 2007’ trip, we were all pretty pumped which made the flight literally ‘fly by’.
We met the fifth member and fearless leader of our traveling party, Chad, at the airport in Whitehorse. We all squeezed (I still don’t know how we did it) into his ‘Cavalier’ and headed to the Westmark Klondike Inn, our accommodation for the night.
Dropping off all of our gear, we headed straight to Chad’s place to meet his Dad (a DIY expert) and see how the renovations on his place were coming along. Having developed quite a thirst between us, the next logical step was to make the short walk into town to the famous (only because Chad has been banging on about this place for ages) ‘Taku Arms’ for a cold bevvy or two. Turned out that Chad’s ultra energetic (at home we’d say she has ants in her pants) friend Becky picked us up a couple of blocks out from the center of town and gave us a lift the rest of the way.
Over the course of the evening, we met ‘Shmeric’ a mate of Chad’s and the fella responsible for developing the map book that we’re going to use to navigate on the canoe trip down the Yukon River. That was pretty cool. If we get lost now, then we know who to come chasing after.
Really looking forward to getting on the road tomorrow and taking the first steps to actually hitting the river!