Well, we are happy to say we have heard from Bob! He was able to call his dad and one of his brothers last week as well as send us an SD card with pictures and a letter. He is doing well and is in good spirits. He has been battling the Bering Sea tidal mud flats (you can see them in the last 3 pictures) which have been a difficult obstacle. Thankfully by now he should be through the mud flats. While traveling through the flats, finding water was also an obstacle since the water was not drinkable. He had to get most of his drinking water from rain water, which he has been getting a lot of since the weather has been cloudy and rainy lately.
Bob told us in his letter that the Bering Sea is not canoe country and the fishermen/seal hunters he has been meeting can't believe he is paddling the coast. But as we know, Bob seems to like challenges and will make it through this one just like he has all the others he has encountered during his trip.
Now, let us explain the pictures above.
1.) For those of you who know Bob, he is almost unrecognizable with his bushy beard! He said there aren't any barbers in the villages so he is just letting his hair and beard grow! Even through that bushy beard, it's great to see his smile that shows he really is having a great time!
2/3.) This is an arctic loon that Bob rescued from a salmon net. Bob said that after he cut the loon free, it rode on his leg in the canoe for a half an hour! We're sure Bob loved having the company!
4,5,&6.) These pictures show how much mud Bob had to deal with while paddling through the flats.
This is what his camp looked like while he was traveling along the mud flats.
As you can see from the pictures, Bob continues to see more wildlife as he travels along the coast. To add to his list of wildlife he has spotted along the way, he saw a herd of muskox, seals, and walruses. Bob is more determined than ever to paddle harder and we know if anyone can finish this adventure, it's Bob. He knows he has many followers and supporters which are helping him when he needs the strength to keep going and to "paddle harder". We hope to hear from Bob soon as he is nearing the end of this amazing adventure!
Until next time.....
Kayla & Cassie