Greetings to my fellow Taku Lodge friends, We arrived at the lodge two weeks ago today, and I am happy to report that place is still here! We had a very cold and windy winter, but things have calmed down and are warming quickly. Every year travel back to this remote we open the Taku Lodge in the spring. This year we arrived my ski plane as the river is thoroughly frozen. This week we are between the thaw in a unique period where the ice is not strong enough to land a ski plane, but not broken enough to land a floatplane. There are always unique aspects to our little piece of heaven. There also seems to be different issues resulting from the conditions of the past winter. This years lack of snow and freezing temperatures have frozen the ground to a depth of about 2 feet. Although we winterize all our waterlines, we had a few broken lines, and a frozen fuel line. These are relatively normal issues, which are now fixed and flowing freely. We were happy to see that the only damage to any of our buildings was a small broken window in our generator shed.
The Taku River valley is as beautiful as ever. The quiet peaceful serenity, towering snow covered mountains, and of course the magnificent Hole in the Wall glacier are all reminders of how lucky we are to be in such a majestic environment. We are working hard to get the place ready for all our visitors to come and enjoy this same connection with the wild Alaskan wilderness. Half of our docks have been dug out and sitting on the river ice waiting patiently for open water and the arrival of the first Wings Airway’s float plane. I hope this first Taku Lodge report of 2011 finds all its readers well, and we are looking forward to seeing all of you soon to enjoy this special place with us!
~Michael Ward, Taku Lodge Manager