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Rafting the great expedition rivers of North America

July 18 A river is more than an amenity, it is a treasure. It offers a necessity of life that must be rationed among those who have power over it. — Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, in New Jersey v. New York, 283 U.S. 336, 342 (1931)

Midnight sun oddities

July 13 There are strange things done under the midnight sun…. — Robert Service, Yukon rhymester We are leaving the Yukon and moving on to the Northwest Territories. The Yukon is a great place, but we certainly had some strange experiences:

Land of mosquitoes and bears

July 12 Remember to keep the main thing the main thing. — My father, Carl Bahls There are two annoyances in the Arctic — mosquitoes and bears. High in the Arctic, mosquitoes can swarm you by the hundreds. You might be the only warm-blooded creature in 25 square miles. And it is not uncommon to [...]

Almost Ready! Let the Field Season Begin!

With the rest of the crew, Dr. Jennifer Burnham and Dr. Jeff Johnson, showing up in just two days, the boat and supplies are just about ready for the summer! For the most part, the logistics, restrictions, guns, and boat have all been sorted out. After waiting for the weekend to pass, yesterday 2 July [...]

Hurry up and Wait

One thing I will start to learn in these next six weeks is how to rush and get things done, and then have to wait until the next step. Already I’m beginning to understand the phrase “hurry up and wait.” This morning I flew out of Chicago and to Baltimore to catch a plane to [...]