Photo gallery of birds, animals and wildflowers from June of 2010. Photos by Patrick J. Endres / www.AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com
Our usually sweet little Middle Fork of the Koyukuk River is raging and bursting her banks. She hit flood stage on the afternoon of July 6 after two days of incredibly hard rains. Up until a few days ago, it had been very dry and water levels in most rivers were low.
There continues to be a flood warning for all rivers on the south side of the Brooks Range from the Alatna River to the Canadian Border.
Update: The Flood Advisory for the South side of the Brooks Range has been canceled. However water levels in that area remain high.
Our crew: 5 kids, two moms and a dog. Our expedition; 7 days to backpack north on the Katakturuk River from the south side of the Sadlerochit Mountains to the Arctic Ocean. We had stunningly sunny weather with lots of wind and lots of Caribou.
The coast was the perfect place for the kids to do a little marshmallow roasting.
Three Generations of Nickisch Pilots just returned with the newest addition to the Coyote Air fleet. Dirk, Willard and Bremner flew the Stinson 108 from Texas to Alaska. She is a beauty and very retro with lovely wood paneled interior.
Break Up has arrived in Coldfoot. It is a bit early this year, and seems like it might be an easy one. The ice is out on the Middle Fork of the Koyukuk River, and the snow has left the floor of the valley for for the time being.
As the winter snow melts and runs onto the lakes, the lakes temporarily flood like at Wild Lake. In a few more days the lake ice will brake free from the shore and float. Then all the water will run off of the ice and we will be able to land on the ice for another week or more depending on ice thickness and temperatures. This is always a fun time of year as the changes that happen are rapid and we are always wet and muddy. If you look closely you will notice that Jean (the aircraft) is on Skis.
This year we did not have a large snow pack in the central Arctic. Valleys on the North side were largely blown clean, so break up on the North side will probably also happen quickly when it starts. I have seen a few bear tracks in the hills, and the caribou seem to be heading north at this time. Most noticeably the sun is just setting at 10:00 P:M. Summer is definitely close.