Noatak River, Alaska August 2015

From Nelson Walker Lake to Kotzebue

August 19, 2015

Up early as Ron is taking us to the airport. As we were heading down the gravel road his favorite song came on with one of his favorite sayings.  "God is great, Beer is good and People are crazy". At the airport we got to watch the TSA personal unpack our bags to check for illegal items. The one man was quite excited when he found some boat glue that he deemed dangerous. He called out my name andI had to give it to an agent. The most fun of the morning was watching him try to repack my canoe barrel. I was not allowed to help and became a little nervous as he used the push on it with all your weight to get the lid closed method. Fortunately nothing was broken when we unpacked it. The plane was on time, the two Danes brought us coffee and hot chocolate and sent us on our way. As we left Kotzebue we were able to see the Noatak briefly as we quickly headed into the clouds and made our way back to Anchorage. Fairbanks was our final destination as our van was waiting for us there. We started up the van, loaded our gear and drove back to Palmer.   This last month has been an amazing journey!