On tonight’s episode of “Life Below Zero,” those who live near the Arctic Circle experience different lifestyles, but nonetheless, they all love their lifestyles and are happy in this extreme environment.
This episode titled “Red Flag” begins in Kiwalik, 37 miles south of the Arctic Circle; the Hailstones are listening to the weather report, and both Chip and Agnes call it a “Red Flag.” With 40 MPH winds on the way for the next three days, they need to get firewood to keep warm; food to keep them satiated, and they must secure all their belongings. Chip warns the girls to secure everything as he and Jon go looking for ducks or any water fowl they can find.
In Chandalar, 65 miles north of the Arctic Circle, Glenn Villeneuve plans to go fishing now that the ice is thawed and found some wood to make fires. The tree he starts to chop down has grown in a spiral, making it more difficult to chop as the wood is not straight. He finds another tree and finds the same growth pattern. When he takes off in the canoe, he hopes to find some fish. He hooks a large pike, and must be careful because they have big and sharp teeth, but this one is big enough for two meals for him. Glenn starts a fire, but it is not easy with the wind picking up. Now he can cook his fish, which is delicious.
In Nenana, 138 miles from the Arctic Circle, Jesse Holmes desperately needs to find fish to feed himself and his dogs. He has to use a net that has seen better days, and begins mending it. He must catch some fish with the net because bringing the gigantic fish wheel down the river is a big job.
In Kavik, 197 miles north of the Arctic Circle, Sue Aikens finds the generator down again. A supply plane is on its way to her with food and new equipment, but with the generator not working, she cannot contact the plane. Her nephew Jesse is there to help and fortunately; they find the problem and get it going. Now Jesse is fixing the runway so this big plane can arrive safely.
Chip and his son Jon are on the water hoping for ducks. They went to the same island where they found the eggs and found some birds. The wind played havoc on Jon’s shots, and he missed but found an eider that will help a bit for now. As the winds keep blowing harder, the Hailstone girls are busy fighting the ferocity. Agnes is a very reassuring mother to her girls as they work together so well. Jon got another bird before they headed back to camp.
With his first try with the net unsuccessful, Jesse moves downriver to find a better spot and still has no luck. He takes off to find another spot where he hopes the fish will be and tangles his net on the motor. Once he is free, the net gets to work. When Jesse goes to check the net, he has lots of fish in the net, and his job is going well as he, and his dogs will eat tonight.
Sue is having more problems in the Kavik River Camp as a burning wire smell in one of the trailers makes her shut down the power to make a repair. Sue must be careful to fix the problem and not burn down the camp. She disconnected the bad line and eliminated the trailers that she could not fix.
When Chip and Jon return with two birds, the girls prepare them. One must be skinned and the other plucked. Agnes got busy chopping the wood they brought back. The family feasted on the delicious meal around the fire to keep them all warm on this episode of “Life Below Zero.”