Camping with kids

Camping, Being Tourist & Laundry in Whitehorse

June 26, 2016

Today is our first full day on our long anticipated Yukon summer adventure and I’m sitting at the laundromat. In truth I don’t mind so much.  I used to hate laundromats in the days when I had to use them for all my washing.  I used to buy more underwear or socks if I was running out of them to delay my regular trip.

Today I’m here because on Day One Chuck woke up coughing and then puked several times in his sleeping bag. After he starting feeling better I tried to rock him back to sleep in the hammock until he puked in the hammock.  We’re still car camping this first week, but puke in a sleeping bag is against all rules of no scents in the tent and losing two full changes of clothes also doesn’t help.  So back to Whitehorse and to the laundromat.

First impressions of the trip so far:

The kids need to learn to listen better.  Where we live there are essentially no predators to worry about unlike the rest of British Columbia and up here in the Yukon.  The kids are able to put distance between themselves and us quite quickly and usually, unless we’re near the danger of cars or deep water it’s not a concern.  Here in bear country I need them to stay close to one of us all summer.

The Yukon is as beautiful as I remember.  Self-explanatory, but this is why we’re doing what we do, because we relish being in beautiful places.

The kids will eventually fall asleep when exhausted.  My kids don’t fall asleep until it is dark out.  In the summer at home this means they don’t go to sleep until 9:30 pm at the earliest.  In Whitehorse on June 20th it did not get dark all night.  We finally got them into the tent at 10:30 pm and they fell asleep about 11:30 pm.  No more adult time after the kids go to sleep, because I’m crashing then too.

Touristy things impress the kids about as much as they impress us.  We rode the trolley along the Whitehorse waterfront today and then checked out the S.S. Klondike paddlewheel boat.  While they were both pleasant things to do the most fun they had was running wild in a park for an hour when we ran into a member of the Arctic Link expedition and her father and stopped to talk to them.  (Check them out at

Kids are kids wherever they are.  Camping with kids is harder work than camping kid-free, like almost everything we try to do with them.  But it’s also so rewarding to watch their excitement, even when they are sick and tired and under pressure from their parents to change their behaviour.  Tents, sleeping bags, squirrels, games, hammocks, books and music all provided fun today.


We’re excited about getting out on our canoe trip but we planned this week as a pre-trip trip where we can relax, finish preparing and explore Yukon by road. After working so hard to get here it feels great to have some time to relax with the family.

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