This was one of my many pictures i took from the air as I traveled to villages in August. The mornings were foggy, but we got in the air in the afternoon. Everywhere you look you see tundra ponds and rivers.
Now the tundra is alive with watercolors and pastels orchestrated by natures grace. This is a magical time to be out on the tundra. I like to go out and just sit and listen as I pick berries. The ducks and geese are flocking and looking for their own berry patch to fuel up on before the next flight south.
Three ptarmigan put a smile on the boys face. They were yummy too. The have been plumping up on berries which makes them very juicy. The birds were also eating the caterpillar of a moth that was hanging out on the cranberries.
This is a common sites in villages on the delta.4 wheelers are the main mode of transport in the villages. I love the image of these women, the 4 wheeler and satelitte dishes in the background. The phone guys where in town putting in a cell phone tower while I was there too. Mekoryuk is one of the most isolated villages, but they are connected and they have wheels.
Anyone who knows me understands that I am not the golfing type. But Tundra golf is enough of an adventure to tempt me. I played in the 10th annual Bethel Tundra Golf tournament. This was a 9 hole course with a coffee can and a flag at each whole in the sand pit. This is one of the only high, dry pieces of land in town. We had a beautiful August day. The guys used tundra golf carts. Our entry fee included a cooler, bevies and a fish fry.
The boys made it off the ground at about 2:30Pm on September 1. They were dropped off on an unnamed lake and planned to portage their gear from the lake to the river. The start to their adventure was a bit tense when they had no luggage(guns) by Sunday evening. But their gear arrived on Monday morning and they repacked quickly. I don’t have a picture of the crew, because Tom took the camera. But they are armed with digital cameras, video recorders, fishing rods, shotguns and rifles. I can’t wait to hear their stories and see their pictures. They do have a satellite phone to call out in an emergency. So any friends or family who read this can assume no news is good news.