Yukon Diaries: Tombstone Mountains and the Yukon Ditch

“Sublime (a). Producing an overwhelming sense of awe or other high emotion through being vast or grand.” – Oxford English Dictionary

Sublime is the best word I can come up with to describe this beautiful rugged and daunting landscape. Their jagged peaks and ever-changing colours, their vastness and the seemingly endless stretch of mountain after mountain is so overwhelming it’s enough to make one’s mind explode! Just over a week ago my Papa absolutely spoiled my sister and I (plus a friend each) with a heli ride to the Tombstone Mountains. Yes, my Papa is a helicopter pilot and yes, he is definitely the coolest Dad you will ever meet. The autumn colours were out in full swing, turning the mountains red, yellow, purple, and orange. We flew to the actual tombstone range first, then took a tour over Azure Lake and Bompass Lake. If I hadn’t seen it for myself, I would think the shocking blue of the lakes in my photos were Photoshopped! After that, we landed near Little 12 Mile Powerhouse, an abandoned little town that used to power Dawson City back in the day, and ate dinner/explored.

As I sit on the ferry taking me back to Victoria, posting these photos brings on a bittersweet mix of emotions — happiness for the great summer I had with such wonderful people, sadness for the goodbyes and the ending of another season, and excitement for the year ahead. As always, just one summer in Dawson City is enough to make me feel as if I’ve grown or changed somehow; I feel a confidence in myself and my abilities that I didn’t feel in the beginning – even if I still have no idea what I’m doing! So much of this is due to the lovely people I was surrounded by this summer – including the very special people featured in these photos. The others, who have not been featured in this blog, are my Riverwest lovelies — especially you, D and Mike! I would like to thank everyone for making this summer one of the best yet. Love you all so much! xo

Without further (emotional) ado, I give you Tombstone Territorial Park and the Yukon Ditch!DSC_1283DSC_1297DSC_1321DSC_1333

The foliage and colours in Tombstones is amazing.
The foliage and colours in Tombstones is amazing.

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The ceiling of clouds were quite low that evening, covering the massive peaks at the top of the range.
The ceiling of clouds were quite low that evening, covering the massive peaks at the top of the range.
Three of my favourite people!
Three of my favourite people!

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Best family photo ever!
Best family photo ever!
It's impossible to capture the sheer scale of these mountains.
It’s impossible to capture the sheer scale of these mountains.
Not sure about the name of this little lake but it's gorgeous.
Not sure about the name of this little lake (if it even has one) but it’s gorgeous.

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Azure Lake
Bompass Lake
Blackstone
Blackstone River Valley
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“The country traversed by this ditch is a rolling woodland indented by the alluvial flats of the Klondike, the Twelve-Mile, and other streams flowing into the Yukon river. As seen from a height the wilderness stretches unbroken from the meandering shimmer of the Klondike, enclosed within high banks on which white scars mark bench-diggings, to the Ogilvie range, where, far to the north, the snow still lingers in token of the gift of water that shall enable man to win the gold from the deposits of gravel strewing the tortuous valleys.” – T.A. Rickard, The Yukon Ditch (reprinted 1909)

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Dinner time!
Dinner time!

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A rare good photo of Michael and I. Thanks Brooke!
A rare good photo of Michael and I. Thanks Brooke!

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Dawson City peeking around the corner.
Dawson City peeking around the corner.
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