Noatak River, Alaska August 2015

From Nelson Walker Lake to Kotzebue

August 8, 2015

The rain continued all night so when we awoke we were relieved that the river had not risen too much. Unfortunately drinking tea at night increases our need to relieve ourselves during the night. Peeing in the rain has its disadvantages, but giving up tea and chocolate is not an option. Since we waited for breaks in the rain to pack up we had a slow start. It was cold as we loaded up the canoe. We are thankful for our paddle pants and warm neoprene gloves.  A fresh large wolf track near camp made us aware that we had been visited last night.  A short walk near Cutler Lake provided us with the blueberry allotment for the day. Some white fronted Geese were the birds of the day. Usually most gravel bars have pairs of gulls.  Even though we are past the nesting season, they are still quite protective of their territory.They often dive bomb us as we paddle by, coming quite close. This is the first day that we have not seen another group. Most groups have taken out by now. We are looking forward to the remaining miles of the river.

Miles traveled 30