Part 3 of the Alaska Series. Click here to read Part 1: Above the Arctic Circle.
Any camp that has razzleberry pie or cake every day is not too shabby in my books, even if it does mean dealing with a long-drop. I thought I was going to lose weight out there - not a chance - these guys can cook! And you have the opportunity for fresh caught food, like the Arctic Char one of the hunters fished. If you've never tried fresh Arctic Char, you're missing out on a treat.
Part of the fun of camp is helping out with the chores. This is no five star hotel with a chocolate on your pillow! But that's not my cup of tea anyhow - I'd much rather be having fun in the 'great outdoors'. Although, the hot shower in Kotzebue after eight days out in the field was much appreciated. Taking showers by mixing a tub of hot water with a tub of cold water, then ladling it over the top of your head has only so much entertainment value. Especially when the shower tent is built with shorter people in mind.
I made a killer pasta sauce one night (with the help of a special, top-secret ingredient entrusted to me by Le Roy) and chicken with chipotle sauce another night. What else was I going to do while having to hang out in camp for a couple of days, nursing a nasty head cold?
Then there's the wood-chopping to do and plenty of it, to keep the cold nights at bay. I helped out with that too, mostly chopping kindling. Welllllll, I say chopping, but it was more like scaring the wood to pieces, if the truth be told...
Next up: Wolves and Bears