Noatak River, Alaska August 2015

From Nelson Walker Lake to Kotzebue

August 10, 2015

Quite windy last night as our tarp did not make it upright by morning. We feel blessed to be surrounded by so many beautiful birds and vistas. Today we had gulls, loons, ducks, rough legged hawks and peregrine falcons visit us. A group of twelve musk oxen were seen in a protected area that was sheltered from the wind. We stopped at a site near where Alan Coulter had drawn us a map to find the Mammoth Tusk. Unfortunately when we tried to access it this evening, we were stopped by water. We will have it on the agenda to look first thing in the morning after we pass the small outlet. Dino almost got lost last night as I (Donna) laid him down and did not pick him back up. Fortunately, in retracing our steps, there he was. That was a relief as tomorrow hopefully he will see a kin. We are using a stove that Jeff had cleaned over 10 years ago when he was helping out at NOLS. MSR stoves are impressive. Blueberry scones and blueberry chocolate pudding were on the menu tonight. We were a bit sugar overloaded.

Miles traveled 30