Our Epic Atlin Adventure

Man!  What an awesome weekend we had in Atlin.  It started out a little rough, but overall we had a great time.  Here’s what I mean by rough: we’d never actually been to Atlin before, but Nuni and I both thought we knew how to get there.  We turned down the road to Carcross/Atlin at Jake’s Corner, and kept driving and driving… ending up at the Canadian/American border!  Shasta was cranky that whole stretch of road, about an hour and a bit… so when I realized we were in fact NOT in Atlin, or even close to Atlin, I cried a little bit.  I wanted to turn into a two year old and have a tantrum.  Fortunately I have a very calm husband and he said, “Linds, it’s okay.  We’re just going to get in the car and drive back.”  So we did.  Another fortunate thing was that the drive to the border was incredibly gorgeous and we decided that one day when Nuni gets his citizenship, we’re going to go on a trip to Skagway, just the two of us.

Anyways, I digress.  But like I said, rough start.  Then that night we were kept awake by the people next to our tent who played guitar and sang until maybe 3:30, 4am?  And since we have a baby we were up at 6am.

But that’s all the bad parts, the rest was pretty great!!  We hadn’t been camping in about 3 years.  We hadn’t been to a music festival in about 3 years!  So I was really excited to be there.  I loved exploring Atlin, which is just a gorgeous little town, as you will see.  I loved hearing the bands, particularly the Boom Booms, who we got to meet after, and the Silver Screen Scoundrels.  There were a lot of incredible acts, and though I wish I got to see more, it was really fun being there with Shasta and seeing him interact with people.  He was so social!  He’d just find someone he thought looked interesting(mostly they had food) and would go up to them and be best buds.  Whenever we walked around town with him in the stroller, he waved at almost everyone who walked by.  It was so cute.

But okay!!  Let’s tell the rest of the story in pictures.  I am dying to show you!

welcome to Atlin!

welcome to Atlin!

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on our 6am walk around town.

on our 6am walk around town.

great colours!

great colours!

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view from a restaurant where we had brunch.

view from a restaurant where we had breakfast.

looks like he's about to konk out?  that's what we thought.  then we went back to the tent for a nap and he was suddenly full of energy!!

looks like he’s about to konk out? that’s what we thought. then we went back to the tent for a nap and he was suddenly full of energy!!

i <3 fireweed

i❤ fireweed
so many lovely little cabins like this.

so many lovely little cabins like this.

so hard to find a parking spot...

so hard to find a parking spot…

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he made friends with this lady.. and somehow scored this hat from the other lady beside him!

he made friends with this lady.. and somehow scored this hat from the other lady beside him!

okay, we need one of these hats!

okay, we need one of these hats!

i LOVE this one!!

i LOVE this one!!

clapping!

clapping!

i love his face in this... so funny.

i love his face in this… so funny.

how I was feeling at the moment.  Shasta was cranky.

how I was feeling at the moment. Shasta was cranky.

how Nuni was feeling at the moment.

how Nuni was feeling at the moment.

we managed to get a smile.

we managed to get a smile.

a canine friend!

a canine friend!

just look at his face... priceless!!

just look at his face… priceless!!

The Boom Booms!!  Awesome band from Vancouver.  Check them out.

The Boom Booms!! Awesome band from Vancouver. Check them out.

I cut off Nuni's eyes but he said he thought it was cool!

I cut off Nuni’s eyes but he said he thought it was cool!

finally asleep, just in time for the Boom Booms' concert!

finally asleep, just in time for the Boom Booms’ concert!

the smoothie booth: they made energy by pedalling a bicycle, which powered the blender!!  Awesome!

the smoothie booth: they made energy by pedalling a bicycle, which powered the blender!! Awesome!

weeeeeee!!!!

weeeeeee!!!!

snackin' on some crackers

snackin’ on some crackers

such a handsome guy.

such a handsome guy.

just a few of the tents - there were 2500 people attending the festival!

just a few of the tents – there were 2500 people attending the festival!

sitting on the dock, checkin' out the water

sitting on the dock, checkin’ out the water

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another new friend

another new friend

I took this picture because I liked that girl's shirt.  I wanted to ask her if I could get a picture of just her but I chickened out!

I took this picture because I liked that girl’s shirt. I wanted to ask her if I could get a picture of just her but I chickened out!

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Isn't it just so gorgeous??!

Isn’t it just so gorgeous??!
this was the best moment of the trip.  We found this rock to relax on and we asked someone to take a picture.  The sun was shining on our faces, it was warm, bug-free, glorious.  Shasta was sleeping in the stroller.  Just a perfect moment with my husband.

this was the best moment of the trip. We found this rock to relax on and we asked someone to take a picture. The sun was shining on our faces, it was warm, bug-free, glorious. Shasta was sleeping in the stroller. Just a perfect moment with my husband.

walking back to camp... finally asleep!

walking back to camp… finally asleep!

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farewell, Atlin!

farewell, Atlin!

tuckered out.  aaaand go!  Let's hit the road while he's asleep!!

tuckered out. aaaand go! Let’s hit the road while he’s asleep!!

Love this view by Johnson's Crossing

Love this view by Johnson’s Crossing

taking a little break before Teslin on the way home.

taking a little break before Teslin on the way home.

last but not least... this was taken at the beginning of the trip, when we were going the wrong way.  we never would've gotten this picture if we'd gone the right way!

last but not least… this was taken at the beginning of the trip, when we were going the wrong way. we never would’ve gotten this picture if we’d gone the right way!

and that’s it for now!  As you can see, we loved Atlin, and I can’t wait to go back!

and here’s a video!

 

15 thoughts on “Our Epic Atlin Adventure

    • Lindsay says:

      Thanks Brooke, I don’t know, it seems he gets cuter every day! by the time he’s a teen he’s gonna have to beat the girls away with a stick!

      On Tue, Jul 16, 2013 at 9:36 PM, Lindsay Land

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    • Lindsay says:

      Thanks Holly… I know, you’d think I’d get used to his cuteness but I never do. Every morning when he wakes up I’m like, “how is this child so beautiful?!”

      On Tue, Jul 16, 2013 at 9:53 PM, Lindsay Land

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  1. John Hall says:

    Excellent, Lindsay! And Shasta, what can I say – so photogenic, incredibly social, dramatic and a flirt into the bargain.And, yes, Skagway is worth a visit, but make sure you continue on to Haines on the water taxi.

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  2. Sarah B says:

    Such beautiful photos Linds! Atlin is stunning and that child of yours is just so darn delicious. No wonder he made friends with everyone! xoxo

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  3. Bruce McKay says:

    I did exactly the same thing as you Lindsay when I went to Atlin for the first time. I had New Zealand tourists with me too and they had to dig out their passports when I turned around. We missed dinner with friends and had a story to tell.🙂 Great series. Glad you had a blast.

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  4. Dan says:

    Hey Guys,

    Love the pics!
    I’m Dan, I’m riding the smoothie bike in your photo (I built it).
    Do you mind if I use your photo?
    I’d love to stick it on my blog -http://theroadchoseme.com
    I think it’s the best photo of smoothie bike in action we have!
    Keep up the adventures.
    -Dan

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