Thursday, June 21, 2012
The next morning the real fun began. The site crew had arrived by float plane the night before and were stationed at Lake Eva where they would build the dock and cabin. They informed us the helicopter was on its way. Yep, all the supplies were getting offloaded and transported to the lake by helicopter. For the rest of the day we took turns on deck hooking the various loads to the cable on the helicopter and then waiting as it flew up to the lake, dropped off the supplies, and returned for the next load. The process took a bit longer then expected, turns out the loads were right at the limit of the helicopters lifting ability, so the pilot had to run with half fuel or less to make sure he could get off the deck, and that meant a lot more refueling breaks than we expected. After the last of the supplies were lifted off, the final excitement of the day came when I took the Zodiac in to shore to drop off the work crew that had made the trip out with us. Just after I dropped them on the shore, I turned to head back to the Glacier and the outboard motor died. With a dead motor and only one oar, it was looking like a long trip back out to the boat, and the weather took this moment as it's cue to change from cloudy and misting to heavy rain and wind blowing me back towards shore. Luckily, as I was paddling away from shore, the crew on the boat was pulling the anchor, and once they saw my dilemma they motored in to meet me and shortened my futile attempt at self-propulsion. The rest of the trip home was uneventful, but I did get to drive again for a bit to break up the boredom.
Next week I get to take a float plane trip to one of the companies remote lodge locations, so hopefully I'll have some good stories and photos to share.