Little Nelchina, Nelchina, Tazlina River Float Pt 1

A month ago Randy and I did a three day float putting on the Little Nelchina, floating to the Nelchina, which emptied onto Tazlina Lake. From Tazlina Lake we motored across the lake to avoid rowing 8 miles of the lake and any potential headwind to the beginning of Tazlina R.  We only had three days to do it but with the incredible perfect weather we experienced all three days it was doable in more like 2.5 days.  It was so hot and sunny that we were baked out of the tent each morning at about 5 AM so we actually suffered sleep loss.  No bugs to complain about, we always had a tail breeze so it felt like there was never a breeze so I was having flashbacks to boating in Southern Ut or the Grand Canyon.  The entire trip felt hot!!!   Good thing I remembered the sun screen!
During the trip we saw tons of wildlife-definitely an advantage of boating in AK!!  We saw black bears, grizzly bears, caribou, moose, tons of bald eagles, river otters, and a lynx that was swimming across a stretch of braided stream.  Our map was difficult to follow due to the scale so we weren’t sure where we were when we finished day 2.  We learned early day 3 when we reached the Pipeline by 1030 AM.  We reached the takeout on the Richardson Hwy by 11:30 AM so we had a leisurely and scenic drive back to Anch where it was raining.  Welcomed relief from that relentless Alaskan summer sun!
I have included maps so you can see roughly where we were.
More pics to come!

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