Hiking & Camping & Life, oh my!

Hello! We’re back! Yes, we’re still here, still in action. After a month of being all over the place we have had a chance to sit down and gather our pictures and our thoughts, so enjoy:)

At the beginning of June, Josh had the opportunity to take a 9 day trek through the wilderness of Mt.Edziza Provincial Park with his brother, Jordan, and one of the RCMP officers from in town. The three of them left from Telegraph Creek, taking a boat ride across the Stikine River and then trekking in to Buckley Lake, south past the West flank of Mt.Edziza, and skirting down the Chakima Creek Canyon to Mowdade Lake, covering 131 kilometres! Here is a quick snapshot of a trip of a lifetime!

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The topographical map we used for our trek. If you would like to take a look at our actual route, click here!

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An a.m. farewell!

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The spoils of Buckley Lake. Amazing what you can catch with a tin can fishing rod!

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Buckley Lake

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Approaching Mt.Edziza

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Approaching the north slopes of Mt.Edziza. Eve cone located on the right of the picture.

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Approaching Eve Cone

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Eve Cone

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On the rim of Eve Cone

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Looking out at Mt.Edziza from the top of Eve Cone

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Day 4 camp, above Elwyn Creek

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The sun setting on our camp at the end of Day 4

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Greeted by spectacular views over every rise

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Stopping for a picture at a trail marker/cairn

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Day 5 camp, at Sezil Creek

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Traversing over the tundra, west of Mt.Edziza

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One of many stunning bluffs

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We had traversed through the snow, from the right side of the little lake; a little more snow than we had expected.

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Scanning ahead for the next trail marker/cairn

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Sitting in camp on day 7, staying dry out of the rain, for a day

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Our way out!

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Coming down into the Chakima Creek valley

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Chakima Creek: “Avalanche Zone”

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Another avalanche through the Chakima Creek valley, covering the creek in sections

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We made it! Lunch at Mowdade Lake

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The kids checking out Grandpa’s plane before he leaves to pick us up at Mowdade Lake

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St.Theresa’s Heart Garden. Click here to find out more!

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From our front patio to yours:)

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Kateri receiving the Owl Star Award, for student achievement! Standing with her teacher, Ms.Calijou.

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Isaiah loves making potato head mix-ups:)

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“I really enjoy eating sand, for some strange reason.”

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Hanging out at our friend’s place, up the road near Glenora.

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The mosquito’s got me again! Aliz seems to have quite the reaction to mosquito bites!

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Her eyes were completely shut when she woke up in the morning, poor thing!

 

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… Still smiling though!

Towards the end of June we left town for a trip to Juneau, Alaska. Denise was taking a course for teaching the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.

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White Pass train station in Carcross (Caribou Crossing)

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Carcross General Store

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Stopping for treats

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The road down to Skagway

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Playing at the park in Skagway, Alaska

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Waiting, and dancing, for the ferry, with cruise ships in the background

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On the ferry!

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Playing games on the ferry, in the kid’s corner.

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Enjoying breakfast

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Our crib, for 2 weeks

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Helping wash and dry the dishes

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Receiving their Junior Ranger badges!

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Happy Father’s Day! Playing at the park, after going to church.

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Stopping for a pose on the trail out to Mendenhall Glacier and Nugget Falls

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Mendenhall Glacier

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At the base of Nugget Falls

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selfie:)

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Reach for the sky!

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At the touch tanks, at the Macaulay Salmon Hatchery

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Oh my!

 

 

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The fish ladder at Macaulay Salmon Hatchery

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At the ocean.

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On the wharf

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Taking the tram up Mt.Roberts

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Douglas Island on the other side of the channel

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Up Mt.Roberts. Our little eaglets.

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Eating a grilled cheese and fried tomato supper in the parking lot

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It was really wet! Thankfully, friends in Juneau shared some shelter.

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Story time and crafts at the library

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Aliz’s favourite thing to do at the library

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Isaiah’s favourite thing to do at the library

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Family game night at Heritage Coffee Shop

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Making pizza to cook over the fire

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Shrine of St.Therese

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Playing after church, at St.Paul the Apostle

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Free Toddler Time at “The Rock Dump”

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Downtown Juneau. Can you believe the stairs to these houses?!

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Yes, these are the stairs to someone’s house! Take note the mailbox at the bottom!

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The Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The smallest Cathedral on North America.

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Douglas, across the bridge/channel from Juneau

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At sandy beach, on Douglas

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Wasssup?!

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Dinner at The Island Pub

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“Complimentary puzzles while I wait for my food? No way!”

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A branch off of the Juneau Airport Dike Trail

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Juneau Airport Dike Trail

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Chillin by the fire at the campsite

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Games night with our friends that we met on the ferry. We got to hang out with them a lot, as we had discovered that we were staying at the same campground.

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Sleeping on the floor of the ferry on our over-night boat ride to Haines, Alaska

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Guessing the feces specimens at the Haines Junction Interpretive/Visitor Centre

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Our Lady of the Way, Haines Junction

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Our Lady of the Way Church was made from an old bunker that was used during the building of the Alaska highway.

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Jenga!

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Visiting with Renee, our friend and member of Madonna House at Mary House in Whitehorse

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Above the Tahltan River, on our way back in to Telegraph Creek

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Welcoming Fr.Terry Larkin(far left) and Project Brotherhood(Rita, second from right, and others not in picture) for Mass and Potluck Supper. (Far right Rob Lacroix, lay volunteer from Iskut, 3rd and 4th from right: Diane & Maria, parishoners). Summer time is quiet at St. Theresa’s as most of the faithful are busy at their fish camps.

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Celebrating Aliz’s Baptism anniversary

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Frogs at Sawmill Lake

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Fishing with my tin can fishing rod, on my birthday!

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A froggy home

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Sadly our frogs only lived for three days.

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We made you a cake daddy!

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Happy Birthday Daddy!

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Our two blondies

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At 6 mile, on the beach

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Supper at a fish camp

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Josh & August Brown, cutting wood for the winter

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Went to visit Josh & August in action!

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The spoils

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Working on building a wheelchair ramp at the church

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The finished product!

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I was constantly looking for my ear plugs. For some strange reason they were highly popular with the kids!

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Oh, is that how you use them?

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Visiting Edna, at her camp. Her cabin was built in 1936. We enjoyed trying our first dried salmon.

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Edna’s family’s fish camp is the site of an earlier settlement of the Tahltan people.

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An old church

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Another old church

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The smoke house

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An air band performance!

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Fr.Vincent blessing/dedicating the new sign! Donated by our twin parish St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Victoria. Now people can find us!

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Fr. Vincent Travers is a priest from Ireland who comes every summer to the Whitehorse diocese to help our priests. It was wonderful to meet him. Seven years ago  Fr. Vincent visited St. Mary’s in Chilliwack. He had just returned from the Yukon and spoke to the faithful during his homily about the role of the laity in serving in Northern communities. That homily was the spark that ignited our whole journey north! Fr. Vincent said, “You never know the impact your words will have on others!”

 

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