I woke up before sunrise, which could have been 3:30 AM, crawled out of the tent and enjoyed a magnificent Northern sunrise with delicate pinks reflected in the mirror-calm water of the Dezdeash River.
We enjoyed a breakfast of eggs scrambled with veggies, plus bacon & fruit. Soon we were on the water, passing the confluence and starting our journey on the brown, choppy Alsek River. It was a fine day. There was river beauty (dwarf fireweed) blooming along the shore, and rugged cliffs and snowy peaks ahead. I loved seeing all this through Nick’s eyes, his first time in this environment.
We stopped for lunch at Lava Creek, where the flowers along the creek were so lovely. We shot a lot of photos atop one of the basalt formations. After lunch, we all took a hike with Alan over rocky slopes, across a creek and up to a ridgetop for a fine view of the river and the mountains. I was amazed that Ione Christenson was able to get up there. She turns 80 in the fall. Gives me hope and inspiration.
We camped near Marble Creek on a beach where grizzly bears had dug holes for horsetail roots. Played euchre with Angie & Nick and ate a chicken stir fry with chocolate mousse. This is the life!