We went to a barrier island near Prudhoe Bay today to anchor down a connex so it could not be floated by storm or ice flow. We went in a hover craft – my first such trip in this craft. It was kind of like the sensation of flying in a heliocopter, without the noise. The craft lifts slightly off the ground with a big propeller in the back – like an airboat has – and then moves along on a cushion of air. You can go from the sea over a sand bar and back in the sea with no problem.
We saw a group of cow and calf musk ox on the way to the trailer site. At the trailer, we saw hoof prints of recent musk ox presence. They looked like a cross between a moose and a caribou. There was some very fresh scat there, too. It looked very much like deer scat, only larger, of course.
Mark Stopha and Sara Hannan
Alaska Wild Salmon Company
Wild Salmon and Salmon Pet Treats
4455 N. Douglas Hwy
Juneau, AK 99801