Earlier this spring my friend Roy and I promised to take some nice folks down the Niyukluk / Fish river from Council to White Mountain this summer. This past weekend was a time when it could happen. It was nice to get back to kayaking and a little nostalgic as I haven't had time to do any overnights lately.
|Roy's family camp, half way|
Roy is from White Mountain and provided an incredible history and cultural lesson the whole way down. It
was a blast.
The mode of travel was a nice change of pace from my typical go go go attitude. The river was glorious and the weather cooperated. When I have done this segment in the past I usually continue on to Golovin Bay then kayak out on the ocean back to the Lost Train outside Nome. It's a 100 mile strenuous 2 day paddle so it was really nice not to have such lofty goals and enjoy a more casual pace on the river. Though the pull of the ocean was pretty strong when we reached White Mountain. It was a little hard not to continue but really happy that I didn't. The wind changed dramatically to a 30 + mph blow a few hours after our trip back up river.... which would have been a typical Phil madventure but will save it for the next one.
|Boat haul back upriver|
|Doesn't get nicer than this sunset|
|calm and picture perfect|