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.