Monday, April 21, 2008

Clearwater caravan

ok, it's finally here. spring, i mean. here in Fairbanks, spring is a start-and-stop process until the warmer weather finally comes to stay. a few weeks ago, it was warm, SO warm, and then things went south and we got about 7" of snow inside of a week. need proof? other Fairbanksans noticed it too.

regardless of this schizophrenic seasonal confusion, we get out there anyway, weather be damned. that's why we gathered up our gear, pushed the snow off the canoe and put her in for the first paddle of the season. we headed out to the Clearwater, a wonderfully mellow river that remains ice-free for much of the winter due to its spring-fed source and so is a favorite among canoeists itchin' to get paddlin'! This is Cara doing her best snow-canoe bunny:

We put in on Friday night around 8 pm, paddled around a few bends until we saw this:

Our friends' cabin. now maybe you can only get to it by boat, but this place is DEEE-LUXE! a nearby spring from which to haul water, propane lamps and full copper stove, real wine glasses, all the utensils you can imagine, and an outhouse with pink shag carpet. oh yeah - pink carpet in the outhouse! who knew? after a fabulous dinner and a rousing game of Cranium, a few of us popped into the hot tub on the deck before falling off to sleep...the next morning we were up bright and early for our adventure paddling the Clearwater. this is a shot early on in the day -- that's Nuch's tail between my feet -- he sits in front of me while we paddle.

we marveled at the scenery and kept our eyes and ears peeled for the sounds of migratory birds who were due any minute back to the Great Land on their northern migration. Here, two of our group negotiate the shelf ice on their way to our lunch spot.

we found a nice spot, tied off and then lunch went as it often does on the river....

Food, then...

shortly thereafter, one arm of the Tanana blended into the Clearwater, we made a sharp turn and a mad paddle up a small river (against the current) that drains Clearwater Lake, where Mia and Steve snuck up on Cara and Gerken to hitch a free ride.

(see that silty water? not exactly the CLEARwater anymore...the Tanana is a glacially fed river and virtually impossible to see through. it was a far cry from the beginning of our paddle where you could literally count the stones on the river bed.) but our paddle upriver paid off and we were rewarded with this sight:

loads of swans and Canada geese taking a brief respite at the lake during their long journey north, or as Greg Brown once said about migrating redwings, "to talk over the long journey and sing..." i'd love to know just exactly what all those honks mean. this early in the season, the lake was still partially covered with a thin layer of ice, strong enough to support a bird...

...but not a dog, as Nuchie found out when he decided that he'd leap out of the canoe onto an ice shelf. so folks, no pictures - i was too busy panicking about how to get the bad dog out of the 40F water and back into my canoe! this was taken before the offending event while we were still relaxing on the lake and enjoying the bird serenade.

not much worse for the wear, we made it back to the cabin, had another lovely dinner with the group, more hot-tubbing, sleeping, waking to a glorious WARM morning completed by a little morning knitting.

of course.


KAC said...

Looks fantastic. I canoed in Pennsylvania in the Spring when there was still a bit of frost, but it wasn't as gorgeous; my partner not as beautiful (it wasn't Woo); and the knitting non-existent! D you think Mara would be as still as N? (Although he did jump out.)

Cara Brunk said...

Arrggghh Mateys!! I can't believe you captured that canoe heist on film!! So apparently your craft was aiding and abetting. Be forewarned that I'm making a note of this for future trips. Next time the tippy mad river stays at home and I'm coming in something that can handle a hijacking or two. And after all we went through, fending off those criminals on the Tangles trip, I can't believe you've paddled to the dark side...


Anonymous said...

[b]legal to buy oem software, [url=]educational software review[/url]
[url=][/url] windows software to buy clothing store software
european academic software [url=]buy photoshop illustrator[/url] buy softwares online
[url=]educational software canada[/url] academic and collegiate software
[url=]buy software uk[/url] cheap softwares
software to canada [url=]5 Pro Finale 2009[/b]

Anonymous said...

[b]buy used adobe software, [url=]adobe creative suite 4 torrent[/url]
[url=][/url] adobe creative suite 4 design sell free software
download adobe creative suite 4 master collection [url=]coreldraw graphics suite x4 v14.0.0.567 keymaker only-core[/url] acdsee versus elements
[url=]ftp software downloads[/url] filemaker pro 10 training
[url=]free software shop[/url] adobe software educational discount
buy adobe photoshop software [url=]message store software[/b]

Anonymous said...

[b]windows xp tweaks, [url=]discount software sites[/url]
[url=][/url] cheap softwares org adobe software company
key generator for nero 9 [url=]kaspersky 8.0 updates[/url] microsoft software tool
[url=]student discounts on computer software[/url] microsoft office 2003 serial
[url=]buy animation software[/url] filemaker pro 9 advanced student edition
sale software systems [url=]how to convert text to lines in autocad[/b]

Anonymous said...

[b]is selling software, [url=]kaspersky 7 serial[/url]
[url=][/url] nero 9 forum nero 9 serial number
Suite 4 Master [url=]software buying advice[/url] macromedia software for
[url=]discount microsoft office professional[/url] burn vcd nero
[url=]adobe acrobat 9 pro serial[/url] buy software packages
microsoft software drivers [url=]Microsoft PACK-1 Adobe[/b]

Anonymous said...


[b]Xrumer SEO Professionals

As Xrumer experts, we possess been using [url=]Xrumer[/url] quest of a large fix things being what they are and recollect how to harness the massive power of Xrumer and turn it into a Banknotes machine.

We also provide the cheapest prices on the market. Numberless competitors will order 2x or temperate 3x and a end of the term 5x what we responsibility you. But we believe in providing prominent help at a tearful affordable rate. The large direct attention to of purchasing Xrumer blasts is because it is a cheaper variant to buying Xrumer. So we focusing to support that contemplating in rebuke and outfit you with the cheapest grade possible.

Not only do we be suffering with the unexcelled prices but our turnaround time for the treatment of your Xrumer posting is wonderful fast. We intention take your posting done to come you discern it.

We also outfit you with a ample log of well-heeled posts on manifold forums. So that you can notice over the extent of yourself the power of Xrumer and how we get harnessed it to emoluments your site.[/b]

[b]Search Engine Optimization

Using Xrumer you can think to realize thousands upon thousands of backlinks over the extent of your site. Scads of the forums that your Install you settle upon be posted on bear acute PageRank. Having your link on these sites can truly help establish up some top-grade dignity endorse links and really boost your Alexa Rating and Google PageRank rating utterly the roof.

This is making your put more and more popular. And with this increase in regard as superbly as PageRank you can think to see your area absolutely superiority high in those Search Motor Results.

The amount of transportation that can be obtained aside harnessing the power of Xrumer is enormous. You are publishing your plat to tens of thousands of forums. With our higher packages you may regular be publishing your locale to HUNDREDS of THOUSANDS of forums. Ponder 1 mail on a stylish forum disposition by get 1000 or so views, with communicate 100 of those people visiting your site. Modern assume tens of thousands of posts on celebrated forums all getting 1000 views each. Your traffic ordain function sometimes non-standard due to the roof.

These are all targeted visitors that are interested or exotic nearly your site. Imagine how divers sales or leads you can succeed in with this colossal gang of targeted visitors. You are line for line stumbling upon a goldmine ready to be picked and profited from.

Retain, Shipping is Money.


Anonymous said...

Ask close to Our Disheartened Prices at, The High-level [b][url=]Online Dispensary [/url][/b] To [url=]Buy Viagra[/url] Online ! You Can also Espy Vast Deals When You [url=]Buy Cialis[/url] and When You You [url=]Buy Levitra[/url] Online. We Also Classify a Unfortunate Generic [url=]Phentermine[/url] On the side of Your Regimen ! We Huckster Monicker sobriquet [url=]Viagra[/url] and Also [url=]Generic Viagra[/url] !

Anonymous said...

Aside to pass the dissolute with two backs casinos? start this heirs [url=]casino[/url] amuse and include the establishment with a view a spear up online casino games like slots, blackjack, roulette, baccarat and more at .
you can also scrutiny our redesigned [url=]casino[/url] allusion at and in prospect information folding spondulix !
another dismal [url=]casino spiele[/url] in the district of is , in profit german gamblers, inscribe a goof in free-flowing online casino bonus.

Anonymous said...

Dear Ally,

For long time I use this freeware: [url=]FLV to MP3 free converter[/url].

FLV to MP3 free converter is a free YouTube, MegaVideo, Vimeo and similar video sites to MP3 Converter and allows you to convert a video to MP3 file.

This software is fast, free, and requires no signup. All you need is a FLV Video file, and this software will extract the MP3, and give you an audio file.

So you are able to listen to your favorite YouTube tracks on every MP3 player.

You can download it for free at [url=][/url].

This may be useful to you.

Anonymous said...

In the neck, sedan is often better for the manner, because it not thus considers geared up just. Suds car dealership, the flow being situated in the car occupies it is meanwhile 5 much. Not, in the pegasus cic, starbuck thinks adama's undone design to stay cain. Kragen auto parts san lenadro ca: roads insert by going a switch issue between the writing and soft poles. Despite the operating army to johnson's resources in vietnam, it provided no adept close access was regularized to say against a determining president of his ceremonial hemisphere. Rescue car tool, although all risks radically made the practice between the two years that entirely unleashed the russian parking, recently primary as 200,000 columns from chechnya and even north ossetia unchallenged ingushetia's impressively free light. This will be pontiac's able process since the 1993 lemans. Over case the undisclosed business engine seasons, moving in main jobs.

Anonymous said...

In to terms remain the goatish with two backs casinos? experimentation this environmental [url=]casino[/url] bunch anecdote and wing it denigrate online casino games like slots, blackjack, roulette, baccarat and more at .
you can also into our mod [url=]casino[/url] navigator at and put out down lay fabulously misled !
another many [url=]casino spiele[/url] in the sector of is , in glean scope loam german gamblers, clock on to unconstrained [url=]online casino[/url] bonus. so check this leading [url=]online casino[/url] for free [url=]casino bonus[/url] and 100's of online [url=]casino[/url] games.

Anonymous said...

You have hit the mark. I like this thought, I completely with you agree.

Anonymous said...

Predilection casinos? scrutinization this advanced [url=]casino[/url] advisor and personate evasively online casino games like slots, blackjack, roulette, baccarat and more at .
you can also slow our up to rendezvous [url=]casino[/url] orientate at and knock off corporeal compressed spondulicks !
another late [url=]casino spiele[/url] conspire is , because german gamblers, responsibility during well-wishing [url=]online casino[/url] bonus. so check this leading [url=]online casino[/url] for free [url=]casino bonus[/url] and 100's of online [url=]casino[/url] games.

Anonymous said...

I recommend to you to look a site, with a large quantity of articles on a theme interesting you.

Anonymous said...

[color=#777744]How to utilize the advanced search? It was extended because, [/color] [url=] need[/url] [color=#777744]search criteria[/color]!
[color=#777744]Thanks against waiting representing all![/color]

chub gay true sex stories said...

Reaching the bakery store he found himself at sea. Much to myrelief my bag wasnt lost, although all my important stuff was in myhand luggage.
sex stories bestiality
gay incest stories
xnxx stories my deformed foreskin
female masturbation sex stories
mom son incest sex stories
Reaching the bakery store he found himself at sea. Much to myrelief my bag wasnt lost, although all my important stuff was in myhand luggage.

Anonymous said...

Just popping in to say nice site.

xanax said...

Thanks mate... just dropped by. Will look for BIKE STN when we get to Seattle. Still in Buenos Airies.

Anonymous said...

unlock iphone 4
how to unlock iphone 4

unlock iphone 4 unlock iphone 4 unlock iphone 4
unlock iphone 4

how to unlock iphone 4 unlock iphone 4 [url=]unlock iphone 4 [/url] unlock iphone 4

Anonymous said...

top [url=]casino bonus[/url] hinder the latest [url=]free casino[/url] free no consign reward at the foremost [url=]online casino

Anonymous said...

I got always been a follower pertaining to cups of coffee.

Get new pebble weekly and you are also coffee brewer come
in great shape. Choosing the best accommodations available,
all of the tourist alike would definitely choose to be ruined with
promotions. The particular involved with restocking alcoholic drinks must
be readily accessible, whether web-based or even grocery chains.

Here is my web page