Gates of the Arctic National Park, Day 6

Trip Start Mar 02, 2011
Trip End Oct 14, 2011

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Thursday, June 30, 2011

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When we woke up in the morning, the a few of the nearby peaks had gotten a dusting of snow overnight although we seemed to have gotten only rain.  We packed up, got back in the canoe and headed downstream.  Unlike the other days, we had a specific destination today.  We had the coordinated of a gravel bar where our pilot would be picking us up.  It's hard to measure the distance on a meandering river, but we estimated we had traveled over 50 miles on the river from where we had started.

We eventually reached the airstrip/gravel bar/campsite.  We were surprised by how low it was.  It had been completely submerged just a few days ago.  It was dry now and we hadn't seen any signs of the river rising but I camped a little higher up on the tundra anyway.

Canoeing in the arctic has been a great experience although, if I do it again, I'd  come back in late August when I'm told there aren't as many mosquitoes.
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