Trip Report 5 July – 29 July 2019 Noatak River

Trip Report 5 July – 29 July 2019
Noatak River approximately 476 miles
Arctic Alaska entire trip north of the Arctic Circle
Crew: Sue Plankis and Rob Kesselring
written in Kotzebue, Alaska 30 July

When people imagine far north canoe trips, they might visualize bears, ice, and barren landscapes. After 34 or so expeditions up here, when I think about paddling the far North, especially north of the Arctic Circle, I think of weather. Continue reading

Exciting Opportunity

The Merlyn Carter Book Project
Retired school principal and mayor, Steve Staton was quite taken by my new book, Merlyn Carter Bush Pilot. So much so that in the summer of 2019 he took his son to Nonacho Lake, Northwest Territories to visit Merlyn’s sport fishing camp and the site of Merlyn’s demise from an unprovoked and fatal charge of a bear. But it goes beyond that. Staton believes that there is so much important history of the North in this book that he would like to get the book into all  of the northern high schools and libraries in Canada and Alaska. He has taken this on in a non-profit totally volunteer effort. I applaud and heartily support his efforts. Continue reading

On the Road

I have been remiss in not keeping up with my blog. That’s a bit of an understatement. It’s been nine months since my last entry. I could string together a bunch of how time flies cliches but suffice to say my life has been frenetic and keeping up with the blog was not high on my priority list. Followers, please forgive.

A brief update of my trail since July and after an outstanding visit with Myles and Lisa Carter at Nonacho Lake Northwest Territories. After 3+ weeks at Nonacho, I did some book readings and drove from Yellowknife to Minneapolis with Sue Plankis while stopping at national parks, wilderness areas and museums to discover and learn. 

Late August and September included a Boundary Waters canoe trip, hiking, and elk watching in Rocky Mtn National Park, a canoe and hiking trip at Shoshone Lake in Yellowstone with Dan Cooke and the … Continue reading

The Center of the Universe

Beginning three weeks at Nonacho Lake 62 degrees north latitude, 190 miles from the nearest road, and at the absolute center of the Universe. Nothing beats wandering in the wilderness. Saw some musk ox yesterday and have caught many Lake Trout. Myles Carter is spearheading an effort to upgrade the camp. Nonacho lake Adventures now includes hot showers, 20 hp out-boards, Lund boats, electricity, refrigerators, modern cabins, even wifi… Quite a change from 43 years ago. And the lake is as beautiful as ever and the fishing still beyond belief. I love the hiking on the sandy esker where I built my cabin 43 years ago. It stretches for several miles and virtually untracked by humans. What can beat the joy of discovery?

My newest book, Merlyn Carter Bush Pilot is garnering some wonderful feedback. I am going to do a reading at the Hay River Library before I head … Continue reading