Let's see: First, a parade, second, a moose dropping, and now a jet boat tour scheduled for 4:00 PM. Can this 4th get any better???
It's a little difficult to discern, but look closely at the subtle change in color of the water, approximately in the center of the picture. This is at the convergence of the Talkeetna and Chulitna Rivers. This trip will encompass a portion of 3 rivers: Talkeetna, Chulitna, and the Susitna Rivers. Since all 3 rivers are glacially fed, there are differences in the mineral content of the glacial silt, which slightly affects the color of each.
Our first stop is at an eagle's nest, and she graced us with an appearance!
Continuing upstream, the rivers constantly change course depending on the amount of rocks and boulders calving from the glaciers. Pretty cool stuff and interesting to see.
Israel, our guide, tells us the river is flowing at about 25 mph. On the trip back, our speed will double to nearly 50 mph since the current will be carrying us.
Our next stop is at an Athabaskan village, where Israel's assistant Jen leads us on a tour. Notice the shot gun she's carrying? This is bear country, although I doubt if any self-respecting bear would dare show himself with all the noise we are making. I think it makes for great theater.
This is an example of a pre-icebox type of refrigerator. Remember we are in permafrost country.
This next photo is of a food cache. All items of value were stored here so bears would not ruin their supplies.
The last two photos are of a trapper's cabin. Notice the door opens outward. This is to prevent bears from pushing the door inward. The next photos are walking through the village.
Back on the jet boat, we need to offload some people at the Princess Resort at the George Park Highway. But on the way there, look what we find:
In the picture above, notice the crystal clear water emptying into the silt filled river.
Our trip lasted about 4 hours and was enjoyed by all. What a great end to the forth of July!
For further information: Talkeetna
You guys are just having way too much fun. Beautiful eagle.
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