It had been a long day yesterday and when the sun rose, we were still enjoying the comforts of our sleeping bags. In fact we did not get on the water till 9. Perhaps that is why Don has a big smile on his face.
Today though as we load our canoe, the river is quite peaceful and the temperatures are hot.
We take advantage of the calm day to listen to more audible books using our speaker.
We are also impressed by the mountains that surround us. Every bend in the river has a majestic view.
Our pace has noticeable slowed. The current is still here, but not longer can we float during our breaks and still make much progress. We find a beautiful campsite and enjoy the views.
We were back to our routine of getting up early and being on the river by 7. When we rounded the bend we saw the small village of Rampart. Hoping to fill our water containers here we stopped and Don checked out some of the buildings. No one seemed to be around so headed downstream. We passed some more houses but there was not much activity. Must be a good day to sleep in.
There are more darker clouds today and the temperature is cool this morning. Our crux of the day is going past some rapids. Although with the river level we don't imagine that it will be much of a concern. Once again we are impressed with all the mountain ranges that we pass by.
The rapids were a non issue. It was an easy paddle around them. At a different water level we could imagine that they could be more of a challenge.
Camp was made and we dried out some of our gear.
I was up at 4 and we were on the water by 6. Today the Tanana River joins the Yukon and we are out of the Canyon. Didn't think the water could get much browner, but it does.
It also begins to widen once again. This will now be the trend as more rivers add to the volume.
From our map of Galena, it seems to be quite spread out. We know that the Post Office is in the old part of town, so ideally it would be nice to camp near there. The challenge is to find which part is the old part. In 2013 a major flood occurred here when an Ice dam on the Yukon broke. Half of the town was destroyed. Many people moved away and some moved to a new area of the town. We pull out at a boat ramp and take a look. The gnats are here in full force and it looks like if we camp here we may not be near anything. We decide to go further down and pass a bulwark similar to the one in Eagle. Looks like it had been damaged and was not protecting the town anymore. We see a small clearing above the bank and check it out. This seems like a good place to put up our tent.
This spot was made for this tent!
Don walks up to a nearby road to see if he can get directions to the Post Office. This first vehicle that stops asks him if he is Slop Bucket Jerry. This could be interesting. The man points out the direction of the post office and Don heads in that direction. He finds it and also a small grocery store that is open.. He bought several cold drinks which we enjoy inside of the tent due to bugs. We saw several people on ATV's that had bug nets on. We are wondering if we are into the buggy section that we have read about. Post office opens at 9:30 so will have a leisurely morning.
Miles paddled 27