Sand Dunes, Beaches and Trains in The YukonJune 26, 2016
On Day Two we hit a wall. Is this really going to work? A poem with the lyrics “no no no, they’re always saying no” keeps running through my head. Are the kids really going to have fun when all we’re saying to them is “don’t do that”, “don’t touch that”, “stop that”, “be careful”. Can this work? Everything is new to them right now and it must feel like all the rules of the game have changed.
We tried to make today about fun and free play as much as possible. Molly and I hiked across the world’s smallest desert in Carcross, Yukon. It was a fun walk across and up a large sand dune while listening to a pack of sled dogs yelping down the valley. When we reached the top there were more sand dunes and Molly enthusiastically wanted to climb them all. After soaking in the mountain views we ran back down the hill in no time. At the bottom we stopped for Molly to make sand angels and play for awhile. Approaching the road we came across all the other tourists taking pictures from the side of the highway. Walking at our slow pace I wondered how many pictures we would be in that day!
Carcross itself is a very cute little town. It is the terminus of the historic White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad. Watching the old train come into the station was a highlight for both kids so we stayed while it turned around and headed back across the bridge and off down the lake.
Carcross has a beautiful sandy beach out front of the town which we knew would be a highlight for the kids. While Chuck and I built sandcastles Molly went for an impromptu swim in her clothes. I didn’t try the water but apparently it was warm, although she was the only person swimming that afternoon!
Sitting on the beach the wind suddenly started blowing very strongly. We had been warned about the wind when paddling these lakes so it was interesting to see for ourselves how fast the wind can come up. We are very much looking forward to starting our canoe trip on the other end of Bennett Lake and paddling down to Carcross and beyond. Because we have given ourselves a lot of time to complete this trip (double what all the guidebooks say) we feel comfortable knowing we can get off the lake if the wind starts blowing and we won’t try to push it by paddling during the windy times.
We now regret our decision to give ourselves a week before our canoe trip because we are anxious to get out in the wilderness. Our start is determined based on the train schedule, but we will look into changing our reservation tomorrow.