Sunday, August 23, 2009

Round 3 up the Kwethluk with a Fishing Rod

We found a nice campsite that overlooked the mountains and gave us a large view of mountain ranges. It also gave us a large fishing area.We decided to bring a fishing rod with us this time for the kids, but Greg got really obsessed with fishing. He caught about 20 fish in two days at camp. Caught fish included rainbow trouts, and graylings.  The one (s) that got away:  Greg had 2 much bigger fish  on line (maybe Dolly Varden or salmon?) but they would jump high out of the water and release themselves.

Kids had fun the first two days watching Greg and I fish, but they soon lost interest and did their own exploring after awhile.

little bear print, probably a baby black bear.

Greg got desperate at one point because he lost all 3 of his fishing lures on snags. We started collecting these berries and tying them to the end of hooks, to imitate salmon eggs.  Tried pouring a little sardine juice over them, but no luck. 

Ruby gives the "thumbs up"  (sideways) as she tries to catch fish on a little stick.

We ran into some rafters from the Oregon area. They supplied Greg with a lure they found so he could resume his fishing expedition.

sheltered from the rain. We would wait little rain showers out under the tarp. All warm together.

Pointing out the float planes up above that were dropping off rafters far up river.  My nursing student friend flies float planes in the summer. We wave from below thinking it may be him passing by.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Kisaralik River

A nice warm day on the river.  At this site i can see fish galore.  I feel that I can just reach out and grab them with my bare hands.  

The kids are loving that they are no longer in a boat.  Lots of area to run and let loose.
This is the first campsite that we could park our boat away from the river and start it in calm water.  We loved not having to put the tarp up.  Susan I still love this tent!  Thank you.
Kilbuck mountains turning purple at sunset.  I am not actually sure if they are the Kilbuck Mountains though because we don't have a topo map for this section of the river.

Ruby refusing to go to bed because she knows that mommy and daddy are going to eat chocolate and stay up late.
Greyling in the pool of water.  I think. I believe the bottom picture is silver salmon.

Ruby took this picture.  Greg and I can now have our picture taken together.  She seems to do a great job.
We believe we are camped below Spein Mountain.  We are on a braid of the river that nobody else took and it is our final destination point as we don't think we can push further from here.  

We are celebrating and pleased with our camping spot.  hey that shirt I am wearing is 19 years old.  
Ruby is busting a move, and Moxy is letting me know that he is not going to be following any directions that I may have for him.  :)
Brown bear in the distance.  This is a picture of a sow and her cub.  We left this dead salmon as an offering of peace.  They ate it the next morning.  Don't worry they did not get to close, and they did not seem to even notice us.  

Grizzly from a distance.  So beautiful.  All we had to do was bang our pots and pans and they would run away quickly from us.  

Friday, August 7, 2009

Berries up the Gweek River

Lots of Tundra blueberries.  

we decided to search for more berries by going down a little slough.  It started out big but had many tight turns and ally ways.  I love our little boat because we were able to just keep going farther and farther back into the tundra.

Our friend Olga.
We finally found a nice little area to climb to the hill.  Our neighbor Dorothy in front of boat.
We are amazed how far the boat was able to travel.  The water way is actually pretty deep even in the narrow parts.
Full night of berry picking. We are ready to push the boat off.  Ruby is trying to help push with the oars.

Gweek River at sunset.

Kuskokwim River at sunset.