Into the wilderness

Trip Start May 06, 2010
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Trip End Oct 14, 2010


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Sunday, July 25, 2010

My guides and I caught a float plane in the morning to Turquoise Lake in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve.  We set up camp on a spit at the west end of the lake.  The weather was, again, unseasonably cold and wet.  We went for a several hour hike west of the lake through the tundra.  I've never walked across tundra before.  It's very difficult to walk through.  The area around the lake was a mixture of areas of rock, puddles and knee-high brush.  The only trails out here are some faint animal trails.  We haven't seen much wildlife yet; just birds and ground squirrels. 

On Monday, 7/26/10 we hiked up the ridge south of the lake.  The weather continued to be cold and wet.  To get to the ridge we had to cross a stream.  A very cold stream.  I found out I suffer from Raynaud's disease (white spots on the skin in response to cold) in a couple spots on my right foot but I guess if it takes walking through water barely above freezing to trigger it, I don't need to be too concerned.  We saw a little more wildlife today.  We had three caribou spend some time checking us out.

We spent the night camped on the spit, again.  We're going to move tomorrow.
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