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.

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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

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