Friendly First Nation
Posted by: yknpdlr on Oct-11-12 5:06 PM (EST)
During the Yukon 1000 mile race, it was a warm day in the middle of the broad expanse of the Flats and we were paddling our voyageur canoe toward our next waypoint. A couple of guys were tending their fish wheel attached to a small island in the middle of nowhere. As we approached, one of them hopped in his small motorboat and quickly headed directly toward us.
We were a bit apprehensive, not knowing what to expect when he cut his outboard and stood up, holding his hands out about 3 feet apart. He says "you want king salmon"... offering two huge salmon to us for free. It hurt so bad to have to turn him down, as we were in race mode and had neither the time nor the means to prepare the fish for consumption. I am not sure if he understood as we tried to explain with a hearty thank-you.
The Kayak Wing
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