Loc: west of Umkumiut
Acc: Hilleberg Keron 4 tent
no paddling today
We afforded to have another rest- and recovery day, despite good paddling weather today. Very relaxing, with not much activities besides sleeping, reading, eating, and enjoying the visit of two local groups arriving via quad bikes. The first was a father with his two young daughters from Nightmute, a village deep inland. The man kind of enjoyed the rough ride over a not very often traveled path, the two young girls did not like it and want to be back rather sooner than later. He liked to please the daughters by visiting the “carnival” in Toksook, an event with some competitions like running, pulling, pushing and such likes. Obviously also an event to get the locals together from some other villages around.
The other group on a quadbike was a man with his two young sons and his father, now living in the Umkumiut fishing camp next door. The father said he has just found a walrus tusk on this beach, very bleached and with some skull bone on it…but I assumed they were rather interested to sell it to us? I dared to show him my own, just two days ago found tusk, quite of similar size and length. He said those both were female tusks, more curves and thinner than the male ones. After I boiled the open end last night, the old bleeding and nasty smell almost finished, thank goodness. They confirmed this summer here is a very HOT one, after a quite cold winter. We were actually almost daily sweating the last two weeks…on paddling and on days off. But Alaska could be worse!
We will paddle tomorrow pleasantly around the steep cliff headland, with beaches everywhere to land and just one sand flat bay at th evillage on the other side to avoid. We will start at high tide and arrive on the last tide-inrelevant steep beach after maybe 45 convenient kilometers.
As soon as we reach Norton sound, the tide range will be almost nothing, and the whole northern arcic coast will be like that. Thank goodness! Maybe three or four tidal landings in river mouths, then things should be easier to colculate and to land, with few dry-muddy foreshores any more.