Virtual Trip - Upper Base Camp - Kanektok River with Dave Duncan and Sons - Alaska

Scott took Susan on another Tundra walk - on a horn hunt. Not sure how we would get these home, Susan insisted on bringing this nice rack back to camp.

 


Big bear tracks. We were glad to see only tracks from this large bruin and not the real thing.

On the edge of the Tundra here, you can see the edges sloughing off. There are swallow's nests in the soft soil on the Tundra's edge.

The Arctic Tundra is an amazing place. It is squishy, but not wet. Only a few feet down you will find permafrost. Only shallow rooted plants grow in this environment. There are many kinds of lichens and lots of blueberries. You can see in the photo above how the top layer is sloughing off. These section end up in the river and the larger ones often make nice structure for trout to use. There seemed to be a trout sitting in front of or on the side of every one in the river - a great place to throw the mouse.

Although the fishing was incredible, it was nice to take the occasional break and see some of the unique natural beauty this far north. All the guides were very willing to share their knowledge of this unique environment.

We never ran into any bears, though we could smell them on occasion as we were floating down the river. Scott pointed out that they smell like a wet dog that has rolled in dead fish. Ummm - a lovely musky odor that is unmistakable. We did see one bear at a distance, but he wasn't hanging around, so we didn't really get a good look at him.

 


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