Rainy Days

When you are traveling rainy days can be disappointing. Being in an incredible location for the first time, not knowing if or when you will return to this distant location, and not being able to accomplish the goals you had set out can get your spirits down. In Tombstone Territorial Park, Yukon we encountered this exact scenario. We drove several hundred miles out of the way to reach this epic location and we were welcomed with cloudy skies and constant rains.

Looking into the valley in Tombstone Territorial Park - Yukon, Canada

Looking into the valley in Tombstone Territorial Park - Yukon, Canada

With these conditions we planned to catch up on some writing, photo editing, and maybe even play a little Yahtzee (Michael is currently dominating Katy in wins) but this did not happen.

The day turned out way better than we expected. There was a small community hut in the campground near our campsite. Inside was a wood burning stove, a few tables, and fellow camper’s drying gear.

A couple our age, Andrea & Nyle, joined the dry hut and we quickly learned that they had dedicated the next 18 months to bike from the most northern point of Canada to the most southern tip of Argentina (Inuvik to Ushuaia, map it). Can you imagine?

The four of us sat together in the warm hut exchanging stories and enjoying the day. We learned that Andrea was stalked by a lone wolf the previous day. Literally, the wolf was meters away from her as she was biking up a hill. A truck pulled over and warned her of this wolf. The wolf stuck around even after it was hit with an air horn and pepper spray. Fortunately they got a ride from the truck driver to put distance between them and the wolf.

That evening there was a campground potluck dinner and it was fantastic! We'd never experienced this type of event at a campground and it was a blast. Everyone came together and brought tasty items to share.

Michael at the viewpoint near the campground on the Dempster Highway

Michael at the viewpoint near the campground on the Dempster Highway

The amazing people you meet along the way is truly rewarding. It seems we keep meeting people on an adventure more extreme than the last. It’s very inspiring and motivating to continue our own journey and to push ourselves further.

The people we have met doing these crazy adventures seem so normal and similar to us. Gets us thinking that if they can do it, then maybe we could do something like that one day too! Who knows! Next summer’s travel adventures are already in the works...

At the viewpoint on the hike to Grizzly Lake in Tombstone. Lucky to catch a couple of hours without rain.

At the viewpoint on the hike to Grizzly Lake in Tombstone. Lucky to catch a couple of hours without rain.

You can have a day that you think might be uneventful but then you meet amazing people and have a great time. The people you meet along the journey truly add so much depth to your experiences when traveling, no matter the weather conditions!


Check out Andrea & Nyle’s website and get inspired!