Well, as you can see from the first photograph, grooming doesn’t count for much here. The kids laugh at me, though, when the wind poofs my hair. Don’t you think I make Einstein look pretty good? The winds have been very strong now for a week or more and until it dies down this will be my hair style.
Somebody took the picture of me so you could get an idea of the size of these ice flows. One of the old timers told me that they get much thicker, but I haven’t seen them. They certainly get much longer and wider. I’ve seen sheets go by that were 30 or 40 feet long. There is some debate around town about whether the river has truly gone out. Fort Yukon has suffered major floods at least five times. The 1949 flood was a very bad one and destroyed one third of the homes and damaged the rest as the ice “bergs” invaded the streets and crashed into the houses.
I made moose chili tonight. It tastes great but it’s a bit too spicy. Wish you were here to help me eat it!