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A six week summer adventure, featuring some of the most gorgeous scenery in North America.

In June, Bill Collett from Bettendorf and Dave Marshall of Eldridge hiked the Chilkoot Trail for thirty three miles and paddled hundreds of miles along the Yukon River.

The two men joined four Canadians and followed the Klondike Gold Rush from Skagway, Alaska to Dawson City, Yukon Canada.

They canoed while surrounded by mountains. The group panned for gold along  some side streams of the Yukon River. They  retraced many of the steps that thousands of prospectors took more than one hundred years ago during the Gold Rush.

Collett says he did have some gold fever, and did find a rock which he thinks might have a speck of gold in it.  

Collett says the most challenging section of the trail is called The Golden Stairs.  It was steep and snow covered.

With special arrangements, a train brought in their canoes and a resupply of food on part of the adventure.

Bill and Dave attended a three day music festival in Dawson City to end the trip.

The two men left the Quad Cities June 10th and returned at the end of July.  Quite the summer adventure, featuring the beauty and rigors of the far north.

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