Last week we had a knock on the door — Raymond asking if we’d like to take a ride upriver. Of course we said yes, then gathered jackets and mud boots and headed down to the beach at 6:30 pm. It was a beautiful night. The boat had come up from Kotzebue and was a big jet boat with a big motor.
The river really meanders and it takes a skilled person to read the river and not end up on a sandbar.
The trip upriver to fish camps used to take us three or more hours. In this boat we arrived at the Maniilaq River mouth in about an hour and a half. We passed familiar sites and also noted new camps along the river.
The salmon are just now returning to the upper Kobuk. Families are heading out to their camps to harvest fish and berries. School begins on Monday so students won’t be able to participate in fish camps.
We remember a long time ago when Margaret had been way upriver. Upon returning she said, “It was so beautiful it made me tired.” We agree.