One of our favorite places to go on an afternoon is the Chatanika River. It is just a few miles out of town and very peaceful and pretty.
This was the first time we had gone to the Chatanika since “the big thaw.” There were still some massive sheets of ice up on the shoreline and evidence that there had been an ice jam and flooding. There were many trees that had been washed down river and deposited on the shoreline. I took the opportunity to harvest some birch bark from a large log. Many people use birch bark for projects up here, and some people aren’t so responsible about where they get the bark. You will see live trees with section of bark missing. This exposes the tree to pests and disease. I hate to see that. This is the only real way to get it, responsibly, in my book.
Joshua spent some time doing a little gold panning. No luck today.
Remember my mentioning the ice? Here are some bits off one of the huge slabs that was melting on the shore. The crystals were beautiful and clinked like glass in your hand.
Jennifer walked Griff, and took quite a few pictures herself.
Joshua then spent some time skipping rocks on the water. He is quite good at it, and was skipping them all the way across the river, and landing them on the shore on the other side.
The key is finding smooth, thin rocks….light, but not too light.
Griff was enjoying the sunshine too!
Nearby was something quite exciting. A deer hunter in the lower 48 would recognize this as a rub. But this rub was HUGE. A moose gives an antler rub whole new meaning. There were actually moose tracks in the mud below this, so it was pretty clear what it was. And man! Judging from the height…..I’m glad we didn’t have a run-in! ……or maybe I should be disappointed. He he he!
Jennifer soaking up the sunlight.
And Jack…was still fishing.
On the way home, we saw this street sign. Some of the street names up here absolutely crack me up.
This one was the latest.
Of course up here, that street sign is absolutely serious.