A Sun City resident and his partner from Prescott will not be traversing the Yukon River this year.
Art “Karts” Huseonica of Sun City and Lauren “Lolo” Sherwood of Prescott had planned to canoe down the length of the Yukon River in Canada and Alaska. The trip was to be an attempt to become the oldest and youngest people to make the trip. They were originally to set off in May and the trip was delayed to June due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, the trip is now postponed for another year, according to Mr. Huseonica.
“Lolo and I are absolutely gutted right now, having to officially postpone our Yukon 2020 expedition until May 24, 2021,” he stated in an email.
The pair remained optimistic and continued preparations even when the pandemic became an international issue in early-March. However, the adventure took its heaviest blow within the last weeks when officials in the Yukon Territory refused to let Mr. Huseonica and Ms. Sherwood enter the area under any circumstances this year. The pair had taken a number of precautions, and communicated those to Canadian officials.
“Secondary, is the negative public appearance that we’re going off on a highly visible adventure while so many people are suffering financially and the uncertainty of the world’s health status,” Mr. Huseonica stated.
Mr. Huseonica and Ms. Sherwood made significant financial investments in the complex adventure and will reach out to their sponsors to discuss continued support. They will also keep their GoFundMe page active, but will honor refund requests, according to Mr. Huseonica.
“While we’re taking a huge financial loss by postponing such a complex expedition, the economic devastation occurring to our expedition business friends in the Yukon and Alaska is what deeply saddens us,” he added. “We’ll keep the same expedition plan in place with our Canadian and Alaskan outfitters, and the many other logistical support people if they can survive until then.”
The expidition is now referred to as Yukon 2020one.