Confluence of Red Sheep Creek and Chandalar River
1045. Last day. Waiting at the airstrip at the confluence of Red Sheep Creek and Chandalar River for Kirk – he’s supposed to be here between 0900-1200 – fingers crossed. We’re all ready to go, I think. Rained most of the night, gray morning so far. A plane, not Kirk’s, dropped down out of the clouds and the pilot asked if one of us was Jennifer and if so, to come with him.
We did, and got to Arctic Village about 1130-1200. Not long after that, Continue reading Notes from the Field: 19 August 2013, Day Seven
Confluence of Red Sheep Creek and Chandalar River.
2039. Fresh snow on some of the high mountains this morning! And cooler this morning, once it stopped raining (it rained all night). We had a great day today – good walking, great views and not very far to go. The vista we had at the Chandalar valley when we left Red Sheep Creek was stunning – stopped for 45’ to take a bunch of photos looking up and down the valley and back where we’d come from. We got to the area of the landing strip around 1400, set up Continue reading Notes from the Field: 18 August 2013, Day Six
Red Sheep Creek.
2047. No Scrabble tonight – we’ve played the last three nights but we’re all beat and we’d have to huddle in one tent because it’s raining and we all have nasty, horrible gas of the most noxious odor. We had a good day’s walk today, nearly eight miles again through a lot of boggy, swampy stuff and, when we needed a break, on the river bed (rocky and hard on the feet in many places, but at least not a swamp).
Found a neat fossil today – several, in fact, but only kept the one. Continue reading Notes from the Field: 17 August 2013, Day Five
Red Sheep Creek.
1853. What can I say about today? It was sunny and clear at 0600 when I got up, already clouding by 0700 when Shari and Erin got up, and raining – again – by the time we hit the trail at 1020. It did stop, finally, around 1400 but as of this writing has started again. To imagine what our walk today was like: Put on a bunch of bulky clothing. Put on a 40-pound pack. Do alternate lunges. For six hours. In the rain. Continue reading Notes from the Field: 16 August 2013, Day Four