Two young 50-something females. One big adventure exploring the Americas. Have liquidated everything they own and packed a Saturn Vue with bare necessities to set out on this journey. Planting seeds at each juncture symbolizing their new growth. With an open mind and heart, ready to get a true view of this world.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
The morning, which needless to say is hard to determine in this "Land of the Midnight Sun", screams for a hike. We have a day off today to venture on our own, no boats, trains, or coaches and we plan to take full advantage.
Our guide, Matt, has clued us in on a great walking trail along the Yukon River which commences mere blocks from our hotel. The 5 km path is perfect as it winds us out of the city and into a nature haven in no time. A bald eagle guides. We embrace.
The trek takes us along the river, through flowering meadows, Monet inspired forests, over a suspension bridge and up to a dam and the "largest fish ladder." Yes, the largest. We get quite a lesson from one of the young Yukon workers, Sophia, who explains expertly the fish ladder's purpose and history. Saving those salmon returning to spawn despite the dam is quite a feat and the locals are proud indeed of their accomplishment.
This actually is quite a fascinating excursion and we completely are enchanted by our little detour. Sophia is a wealth of knowledge and absolutely adorable, able to answer all of our curious requests.
Back along our trail, we delve even deeper into our nature lover's paradise, taking little arms off the main path, exploring fully and taking advantage of our vehicle freedom today!