>Trial by Fire


Tom Kane

It’s just days before the trip on the Yukon and one of the original Coxswain on the trip has to drop out due to a death in the family. This puts the trip in jeopardy as three boats were the minimum number for the journey so a driver had to be found fast or scrub the trip. I was asked to be the replacement Coxswain and drive the boat down the river. I got my trial by fire at the Big Lake packout. The following week we all met in Fairbanks to prepare for the trip and go through the boat for mechanical prolems. We fixed a throttle problem and then gave the boat the thumbs up. We will be leaving Fairbanks tomorrow morning headed for the pipeline crossing on the Yukon River and then push off and head to our first destination of Stevens Village.