Chilkoot Trail 2011 Day 4 | Day 2 on Trail Canyon City to Sheep Camp

The day started out with a yummy breakfast of yummy oatmeal again!! ( I still think Klaas’ oatmeal was better…)
There was lots of uphill today, and we crossed over another suspension bridge. We stopped at Pleasant camp for a break as well as a piece of chocolate that Klaas packed for us. (one piece a day) There was a sign (sorry no pic) at the old Sheep Camp that said the ‘new’ Sheep Camp was only 3/4 mile away. That was the longest 3/4 mile I’ve ever hiked in my life! At Sheep Camp there were two warming shelters and the tenting sites were on wooden platforms. These platforms are nice to set the tents up on (other then then actual setting up of the tents, that part is hard) because you’re off the ground, on a level surface and there are no rocks poking you at night while you attempt to get some sleep.
Had dinner (Pad Thai ) and lit a fire in the cabin. While I’m the unofficial wood splitter, Klaas beats me hands down at starting fire. So I chopped the wood while Klaas rescued my attempts and made a rip roaring fire. Toasty warm.
After dinner we enjoyed (*cough) a talk from Ranger Brian and a old Klondike era song. We got to participate in a long, boring, drawn out game of Jeopardy, hosted again by Ranger Brian. The ‘highlight’ to our evening! (*cough cough)
Camp got really busy while we were sitting around and enjoying our hot chocolate. Lots of hikers left from Dyea and came straight to Sheep Camp. We crawled into bed with hopes of a good sleep as we need to get up early the next day to hike to the summit. G’night!
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Along the trail. This doesn’t even begin to show how staight up and down this was! Steep!Upload from September 24, 2011A mushroom that did not go unnoticed by any of the hikers. Upload from September 24, 2011

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The suspension bridge that we crossed today. A loonnggg way up! (or a long way to fall…) Upload from September 24, 2011

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Another side creek that looked nice. :)Upload from September 24, 2011

The mountain side right above Sheep Camp. Upload from September 24, 2011

The two warming shelters and food lockers to keep the bears away. Upload from September 24, 2011Our ‘hotels’ for the night.

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Ranger Brian’s ‘steller’ entertainment….Upload from September 24, 2011Just loving it!!! :)

Chilkoot Trail 2011 Day 3 | Day 1 on Trail Dyea to Canyon City

The morning brought a pleasant visit with our neighbour. The one we camped beside. Actually, we camped with him apparently. He gave us sh*t  for parking our tents over the border of our campsite, taking up some of his campsite space. His wife just about biffed it walking past my tent, or so he said. Even with all the space that there was, she nearly fell. Not sure who peed in his cornflakes that morning!!
Typical oatmeal for breakfast (Klaas’ was way better then mine….) and we headed out, driving the 7miles to Dyea, the trail head.
We were warned at the beginning that it was straight up the first 3/4mile. If we couldn’t get past this point, it would be a good idea to turn around there.
Part of the trail was across a beaver dam area. We were told that the boardwalk that we had to use was a bit tippy, so be careful. Not sure when that guy last did the trail. The boardwalk was in perfect shape. Except for one….
We walked past Finnegan’s Point, a camp on the trail, with not very much to see. 
We crossed some bridges, (which are much nicer on the US side then on the Canadian side) hiked through a boulder field, had a nice break at a beautiful waterfall and made it to Canyon City. 12.5 km in all.  We set up camp.
We were the first ones at camp so we had the pick of the place. We refueled with a granola bar and a cup of chicken supreme cup of noodles. Klaas went for a nap. And there were NO bugs!
We took a hike to the Canyon City ruins, crossing a suspension bridge to get there. From Canyon City they had a tram to carry the gold seeker’s supplies over the pass. They used a boiler to power this tram, and it is still there today, one of the most photographed pieces on the trail. So I had to get my picture of it as well! 
Headed back to camp for supper. Pad See You with Chicken was on the menu for tonight with hot chocolate for dessert. Definitely must buy that one again. Went to bed looking forward to the ‘short’ 7.8km tomorrow to Sheep Camp. G’night.


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My ‘before’ picture at the start of the trail.

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Off we go!
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Coming down after the first 3/4mile stretch. We didn’t turn back!

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Beaver Dam Boardwalk.

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Filling up on water at the first break.

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Ruins along the trail.

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Through the bolder field.

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Canyon City Camp.
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Our pick of the place.
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The suspension bridge to the Canyon City Ruins.
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An old cookstove.

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Oh look!! The boiler!
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Hi Klaas!
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G’night!

M Family Session | Houston Family Photographers

B met me in the grocery store one afternoon and was wondering about a family session. Their family had never had formal portraits done and she felt that it was about time to do it! We chatted a few times at the bus stop and set the date for today. A quick phone call this morning made me even more excited to do this session. H and J (their daughter) had been doing some location scouting and stumbled on the most awesome-est place for the photos. Old buildings, an old sawmill, old farm equipment littered the area and made for great back drops. I fell in love with this place and promised I would be back again! There was just so much to see. Thanks B&H! I had a blast today. You guys were all great. Here is the sneak peek. Enjoy.
(Remember, as with all our other posts, if this post receives 10 comment the M family gets a free 11x14 print of their choice!)

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