Eagle - Circle
Right now I am sitting in the local library writing this text. I hope to be able to put it on the website immediately. I don't think it will work with the pictures because the internet here is very, very, very slow....
It took me 38 minutes to open my email...
Again, nothing with updating the website. I hope it doesn't go on like this....
We visited Mark. He offered to let me use his wood to rebuild the trimaran. This helps me a lot, especially as I can use all his tools. I'm going to cover the deck with another piece of wood to give me more space. It will also be possible to sleep on the boat.
The internet is so slow at the library in Eagle. You can read the newspaper there ....
In the morning Chuck, the customs officer, invited me to his house for breakfast. He served Mexican food.
A Japanese man arrived in a Featherkraft folding kayak. It was Chin, I knew him from one of my expeditions. He will be paddling down the Yukon to Emmonak again, his second time....
I went to the lending library to check my mail, but unfortunately the library was closed until 5pm today.
Back at the store I met an archaeologist who invited me to his camp outside Calico Bluff.
I gratefully accepted. I also met Joan O'Neal, the principal of Eagle. She invited me to her house to check my mail. Unfortunately, her internet connection was also very slow. However, I was able to send an email to Mark in Kandik. He can't get his boat to the Yukon because the water in the Kandik is too shallow again. It's a bit of a curse. It's just not possible to get to the Kandik. There are several fires near Mark's Cabin. There are fires again in the Yukon/Charly Park. So far only small fires ...
Joan and her friend are starting a newspaper in Eagle. The first one there. I gave them permission to use my pictures from the website. I look forward to the first issue.
Around 17:00 I left for the Circle. Before Calico Bluff I visited the archeologist. He was at the camp with some women. We talked about his project. The sky was getting darker. The smoke from the fires was getting closer. I said goodbye and drove on.
It became very windy. After about 80 km I was looking for a camp. I saw Sebastien's boat. He was staying in a Cabin on the Nation River. I said hello and continued to a sand island. I had a lot of trouble setting up my tent, it was so windy. But the wind also had its good side, there were no mosquitoes any more, they were forbidden to take off in this wind.
The Cabin at the mouth of the Kandik River
The night was wonderfully calm again. In the afternoon I went on to Slaven Cabin. There I signed the guest book. I decided not to go and see the old Golddredge. I had photographed there years ago and wanted to spare myself the NUMBERS of mosquitoes this time.
(As Chin told me later, there were millions of the m again).
Golddredge Yukon River / Slaven Cabin © Copyright by Ch. Breier
Chin and Lech had been here yesterday. They had signed the guest book.
I stopped by the Mc Gregor cabin and took some photos. Unfortunately all the cabins there had collapsed.
I passed Woodchopper Roadhouse and Devils Thumb, a bizarre rock on the right side of the river.
Before Takoma Bluff I met a couple from Whitehorse, they had just come from Old Crow on the Porcupine and were on their way back to Whitehorse.
At Takoma Bluff I took some pictures of the bizarre rocks. The weather was getting worse. It was very windy and it started to rain again.
About 10 km behind the bluff I camped on a sand island.
In the Slaven Cabin, " Luxury " in the Bush
Before Circel I took the right channel this time and not the main arm. I arrived without getting stuck.
Olaf from Germany and his first nation Buddy.
(Olaf lives now for some years in Fairbanks/Alaska!)