Kite Skiing to Serpentine Hot Spring

We started on April 8 in the very wintery and friendly native village of Shishmaref. Before we knew it, we were towed into town behind a snow machine and invited to dinner of Caribou stew at Clifford Weyiouanna’s house. A quick look around town confirmed that spring and boating season hadn’t arrived yet.


The next morning we headed out of town with a perfect tail wind across Shishmaref inlet.


Although travel wasn’t always that easy, we also experienced a spectacular “train-wreck” when we towed both of us, backpacks and two sleds behind┬áthe smaller of our kites in some strong and gusty winds. The trail was mostly well marked although the white-out conditions were at times challenging.


Serpentine Hot Springs were as magical and spiritual as everyone had told us.


The wildlife around Serpentine was amazing with 100’s of Caribou, huge flocks of Ptarmigan and this resident Fox.


Then it was time to return, and lack of wind combined with warm temps (rain) turned it into a long walk dragging our sleds. At one point we still had 44 miles to go and only 2-day left before our flight back. Nancy practicing the art of kite-napping while waiting for wind.


But the wind came and once again as a nice tail wind, so our speed increased from 6-miles a day to 6-miles an hour.


Conditions were so perfect that I could pull out my camera and take pictures while flying along.