South to Aniak
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We did a morning test flight, refueled, packed our stuff, and continued south, quite happy to be on our way out of Unalakleet after four days. We followed the shoreline until it swept to the west then we angled inland. Though much of the ground remained red and yellow tundra, the trees became more numerous colorful with white birch and aspens which appeared as patches of golden yellow among the green spruce. We intercepted the Yukon River and followed much of its southern stretch until its brown silty waters banked away toward the west. After miles of the wide Yukon valley, we crossed more mountains and into the Kuskokwim River Basin then on into Aniak.
The town looked much different than in April. The river flowed and trees and vegetation had bloomed. We noted the first regular green grass that we had seen all year. We stayed at the Aniak Air Guides Lodge which was an awesome place. Five hunters had just returned, each with a caribou. The main dining room of the lodge displayed a wide variety of Alaskan wildlife on every wall; trophy-class antlers of moose and caribou, fine furs of brown bear, wolves, wolverines, and gigantic salmon. Guides from the lodge transported hunters into remote back-country by bush plane. They also arranged rafting trips down the smooth waters of the Kuskokwim River.