Kobuk Valley National Park, Day 2

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

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Saturday, July 2, 2011

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Our camp site was near a stream that divides the dunes.  We decided to go back across the stream and explore the dunes on the side where we landed yesterday.  We then hiked to the far side of the dunes where we had heard there were some wolves.

These are great dunes to walk on.  They're hard enough that you barely sink in and rarely get any sand in your shoes.  Even so,it always seems to take longer than you expect to get to something when you're walking through dunes, which I think is at least partially due to the difficulty walking and partially due to the difficulty in judging the size.  These dunes are quite large.  The largest are probably around 200 feet high and some of them probably stretch for a quarter mile.

We continued along the edge of the dunes.  The stream down below us eventually met another stream.  The combined stream was large enough to support fish. 

We eventually headed across the dune field to the stream that goes by our camp and started following it back.  For a while, there was a fairly easy area to walk in between the stream and the dunes but that eventually disappeared, forcing me to take off my shoes to go through the stream.  We wound up walking in the water the rest of the way back to our camp.  It was a little cold but it was much warmer than I expected to find in the arctic.
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