Here are some photos from my Friday morning commute to work.
Flying to work that morning in Northwest Aviation's Cessna 206.
Me, the pilot, one other person and tons of stuff. I am amazed at how much stuff the pilot crammed in there.
Heading down the runway.
This is Lockard Point, about 5 miles outside of Kotzebue. In the background is the mouth of the Noatak River where it empties into Kotzebue Sound.
A closer shot of Lockard Point and the Noatak mouth.
Pressure ridge on Kobuk Lake (Hotham Inlet).
Tundra near the village of Noorvik.
These are seismic lines. These lines can be found all over Alaska even in the most remote areas. These lines were created years ago when regions all over Alaska were being explored for oil and whatnot. During the winter equipment was brought up that would send sound waves into the earth and the waves reflected back were analyzed to see if they showed deposits. Large paths were cut through the vegetation so that the equipment could go in straight lines. The vegetation on the tundra grows very slowly so these paths will be visible for many, many years. Well, either that or these are survey lines...one or the other.
This is the village of Noorvik. Can you see it?
Here is my destination. Maniilaq's family recovery camp, Mapsigvik, about 10 miles outsiide of the village of Selawik.
This is where I was last Friday through Monday evening which is why the blog has been so quiet.