My paddling partner, Ernie La
Prairie and I wanted to see the gold rush trail of
1897. So we paddled from Whitehorse to Dawson in the
Yukon Territory, 460 miles with a 7-mile-an-hour current!
What wild territory it seemed, even today, this arctic
wilderness, full of moose, grizzlies, and wolves that
howled in the moonlight. We paddled 52 miles a day.
One day we paddled into the night until we hit a sandbar,
making it an 82-mile marathon.