Today is a week since I got into camp. I cook three meals a day plus a lot of sweeties. There is the main lodge and four spike camps that they hunt out of. Each of the hunters come through base camp and eat lunch or dinner, then fly into one of the spike camps. The guys are all wonderful and treat me great. There has been a bear and a caribou through camp that we have seen. A generator keeps the light on, the internet on, the shower warm. My stove is propane, which makes me happy! I am going to try to post pics on here today for you to see. I am having the time of my life and couldn’t be happier. The clients fly in from Fairbanks to Anatuvuk then Phil our boss and bush pilot brings them into camp. If you look at the map I posted we are north west of Anatuvuk. Keep Love in Your Heart. Lisa
Well I’m here in Alaska. I left Albany on Tuesday @12:30pm next stop Detroit then to Seattle WA, From there to Fairbanks AK. I got to sleep in the airport that night then took a cab across the airport to a small air service Wright Airway. We left Fairbanks around 9:30am for the Brook range, North slope. The mountains in and around Fairbanks airport were smaller than the Ask mountains I an used to, but as we flew north the mountains grew and became more and more beautiful. The small plane I was on sat 7 not counting the pilot, and were all Natives returning to their village in Anituvic. Anituvic is a pass created by glaciers. This village is a dry village so a AK state trooper was there to make sure there is not any alcohol on board the plane! I was met there by my boss Phil, who is the bush pilot. In to camp we flew. Camp is seated besides a river in the tundra, and oh so beautiful. The camp is not fancy but amazing. Any part of the camp has to be flown in, IE the freezers, food right down to the pillows. Phil showed me around , and I met the crew, there are two packers Braiden and Austin, there is Bill, Phil’s right hand man, they are all awesome. . I have my own cabin right next to the river, which reminds me of the beautiful Hudson. My kitchen is small and rustic but I love it and so far they love what I have cooked or baked for them. Heck the second night I was here I was asked to come back next year and also come to King Salmon to cook at the fishing base!! The weather has been beautiful, sunny and warm. Thursday night the wind picked up and brought in rain, no big deal!! Rainy days make good baking days!! My fridge is a hole in the ground, and it works. We wash our cloths in the river, yes there is a shower thankfully! The only way in or out is via a bush plane, and let me tell you what that is a blast!! Life here is simple and amazing, there is but one unenjoyable….. the skeeders there are millions of them!! I will never complain about them in the Adks again. I have taken many photos and a video, because we are on satellite internet I can’t upload the video, but will when I get back, yes I am coming back….. this time. I miss you all and my dog too. More to come soon enjoy the photos I can get uploaded. Keep Love In Your Heart. Lisa
This is Not one of my photos, it is a photo I found on the web while researching where I will be going. One word “Amazing”.
I have also found some interesting information on the Brook Range and I am sharing it here with you. This information is provided by Britannica.com (see I did learn something in college)! Hope you enjoy it. Keep Love in Your Heart. Lisa
Brooks Range, northernmost extension of the Rocky Mountains in northern Alaska, U.S. Named for the geologist Alfred H. Brooks, the entire range is within the Arctic Circle. It is separated from the Alaska Range (south) by the plains and tablelands of the Yukon and Porcupine river systems. The Brooks Range extends about 600 miles (1,000 km) in an east-west direction across Alaska from the U.S. border with Canada’s Yukon territory to the Chukchi Sea, and it reaches widths of up to 200 miles (300 km). The British and Richardson mountains, wholly situated in Canada and a 250-mile (400-km) northern and western extension of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, are sometimes considered part of the Brooks Range.
The Brooks is the world’s highest mountain range within the Arctic Circle. Its peaks average 3,000 to 4,000 feet (900 to 1,200 metres) in the west and about 5,000 to 6,000 feet (1,500 to 1,800 metres) in the centre and east. The highest points, reaching between about 8,500 and 9,000 feet (2,590 and 2,740 metres) are found near the Canadian border. The range is a watershed between the Yukon River drainage (south) and that of the Arctic Ocean (north). Anaktuvuk Pass (2,200 feet [670 metres]), near its centre, is the main means of access from the Yukon lowlands.
I added these two maps to show where I will be in Alaska. I will fly from Fairbanks and be picked up by the bush pilot in Anaktuvuk Pass. From there we well fly to the hunting lodge which is in a remote area of the Alaskan North Slope. I will update a more descriptive location when I arrive there! For now enjoy. Keep Love in your Heart, Lisa
Today I made a memory I won’t soon forget. I have my “river family” and they have become a very important part of my life. What is a river family? They are those who share the love of the power of the river. Today we rafted down the river as part of my going away celebration, they are not celebrating as they don’t want me to leave, and I don’t want to leave them. As much as we both share the unwillingness of not being together, they still give me the support I need to fly and I know no matter what my family will always be there waiting for my return if I so choose to do so. Like I said in the beginning we made wonderful memories today we laughed and played like no one else on the river, because that is what we do. Everyone is born into a family but not everyone is part of a family. I have learned my family is not of the same blood lines but of the same sole lines. Life is short make memories, live the life you are given and the people around you keep that circle filled with love. Keep Love In Your Heart Lisa
Well in 7days I am off on a new adventure! I have accepted a job cooking for Artic North Guides, in the Brook Range, North Slope Alaska. I will be living there at the base lodge and cooking for the guests, 3meals a day & 7 days a week. I have decided to reactivate my blog to include you on my journey. I will do a daily post of what the day offers me, the meals I cook and photos. Please feel free to comment of the blog. I hope you enjoy the blog and the guest enjoy my cooking!! I will be leaving the Adirondacks on July 29th and returning in the beginning of September. Keep Love in your heart. Lisa