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If I Ever Go To Alaska...  
User currently offlineAndesSMF From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1430 times:

When and where is the best time to see the Northern Lights?

What else does Alaska have to offer?

Is there anything there that might interest little kids, considering that I want to see the Northern Lights.

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User currently offlineSTLGph From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 9298 posts, RR: 25
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1423 times:

Andes--

When are you taking me and my god children up there? We can shack up with ANCFlyer.



Eternal darkness we all should dread. It's hard to party when you're dead.
User currently offlineAndesSMF From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1423 times:

Quoting STLGph (Reply 1):
We can shack up with ANCFlyer

Hopefully he gets the hint.  Smile

I wonder how you deal with 24 hr sunshine.


User currently offlineSaxdiva From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 2382 posts, RR: 42
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1418 times:

Quoting AndesSMF (Thread starter):
When and where is the best time to see the Northern Lights?

When ANCFlyer finally takes his hat off. It's been on his head for so long that the big white flash should be mindblowing.

 duck 


User currently offlineSTLGph From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 9298 posts, RR: 25
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1418 times:

Quoting AndesSMF (Reply 2):

I wonder how you deal with 24 hr sunshine.

Haven't you paid attention to these boards before?




Eternal darkness we all should dread. It's hard to party when you're dead.
User currently offlineNWA742 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1407 times:

If I ever go to Alaska, I will have a beer with ANCflyer. He will have many beers. After he is drunk, I will knock him down and steal his Superduty and go explore Alaska for a few weeks.




-NWA742


User currently offlineAndesSMF From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1407 times:

Quoting STLGph (Reply 4):
Haven't you paid attention to these boards before?

I dont know if I could get used to drinking during the day.


User currently offlineSTLGph From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 9298 posts, RR: 25
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1402 times:

Quoting AndesSMF (Reply 6):

I dont know if I could get used to drinking during the day.

Wha???!!!!!?????!!!!!?????!!!!

I'm coming to Sacramento ASAP to work on this.



Eternal darkness we all should dread. It's hard to party when you're dead.
User currently offlineLOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1402 times:

I think its actually a bigger sin to take ANCflyer's hat off in public than it is to take a Saudi Arabian womans head cover off. Thats just a little theory of mine. God will smite you for both  Wink

User currently offlineAndesSMF From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1395 times:

Quoting LOT767-300ER (Reply 8):
I think its actually a bigger sin to take ANCflyer's hat off in public than it is to take a Saudi Arabian womans head cover off. Thats just a little theory of mine. God will smite you for both

Damn, thats a good one! Take a bow. Well, we can try to take it off, and if the earth starts to rumble, well put it back immediately. On the other hand, him being in law enforcement, ANCflyer does carry a gun...doesnt he?


User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1385 times:

Quoting AndesSMF (Thread starter):
When and where is the best time to see the Northern Lights?

In the dead of winter - clear skies (duh), and the colder the better. Best viewed at -30F and below.

Quoting AndesSMF (Thread starter):
What else does Alaska have to offer?

Start with a book called: The Milepost. Geez, this is a big question, I don't even know where to start. Hunting, fishing, hiking, nature, airplane spotting, camping, cruises, two railroads, glaciers, moose, caribou, bear, eagles, cities, farms, towns, villages, oceans, islands, beer, great restaurants, mountains, rivers, lakes, rock climbing, scuba for lobster and crab, I could go on . . .

Quoting AndesSMF (Reply 2):
Quoting STLGph (Reply 1):
We can shack up with ANCFlyer

Hopefully he gets the hint.

     

Quoting Saxdiva (Reply 3):
When ANCFlyer finally takes his hat off. It's been on his head for so long that the big white flash should be mindblowing.

     I still have all my hair . . . so far. A-Net is waring on it though!   

Quoting AndesSMF (Reply 2):
I wonder how you deal with 24 hr sunshine.

Sun finally disappeared tonight about 2200, will be back about 0300. As the summer progresses, we won't see darkness up here at work. Of course - the opposite is true in the winter.

Quoting STLGph (Reply 4):

There is that:


Quoting NWA742 (Reply 5):
After he is drunk, I will knock him down and steal his Superduty and go explore Alaska for a few weeks.

   Never gonna happen . . . never let my guard down that far in public . . . but, I'll take you where you wanna go . . .

Quoting AndesSMF (Reply 6):
I dont know if I could get used to drinking during the day.

Suuuure you will!     

Quoting AndesSMF (Reply 9):
On the other hand, him being in law enforcement, ANCflyer does carry a gun...doesnt he?

2




EDIT: I think perhaps my only answer to this thread should have been to "Alert the Airport/Port Police and Seal the Borders".  rotfl 

[Edited 2006-04-14 10:11:08]

User currently offlineLOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1376 times:

Quoting AndesSMF (Reply 9):
Damn, thats a good one! Take a bow.

I smell sarcasm...  Wink


User currently offlineAndesSMF From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1376 times:

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 10):
Start with a book called: The Milepost

OK, so my kids absolutely adored Yosemite last year. Is there a time when the weather is not that cold when you could see the Northern Lights?

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 10):
Quoting AndesSMF (Reply 9):
On the other hand, him being in law enforcement, ANCflyer does carry a gun...doesnt he?

2

I will try to always be on your good side.  angel 


User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1373 times:

Quoting AndesSMF (Reply 12):
Is there a time when the weather is not that cold when you could see the Northern Lights?

Nope. Winter or bust.

Viewing up this far north is easy - very little man made light sources to clutter up the view. Get on top of Sagwon Pass or Atigun Pass - no man made light for 50 miles - and there they are. These pictures take from Sagwon Pass . . . about 62 miles south of the Arctic Ocean. About 2000' elevation.

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/csmpep/Northernlightsplmp108b.jpg
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/csmpep/Northernlightsplmp108a.jpg


User currently offlineAndesSMF From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1371 times:

Words cannot describe it...wow!

And you say that they move perceptively.

Thanks for the pics. I'll have to take that AK trip, hopefully soon.


User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1364 times:

Quoting AndesSMF (Reply 14):
And you say that they move perceptively.

Hell yeah, they dance across the sky, no question they are moving. If you look closely at the photos you'll see the mountains in the background. They were taken at the same spot at the same time, and you can see how the lights have move from picture to the other.

It's about -26F right now, and they are out tonight. Not as bright as usual, but definitely there.  biggrin 


User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8685 posts, RR: 43
Reply 16, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1352 times:

Interesting, that colour. Is that the colour they usually have? If I recall correctly, the ones I saw in Norway were mostly green and sometimes red-ish.


Walk together, talk together all ye peoples of the earth. Then, and only then, shall ye have peace.
User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1347 times:

Quoting Aloges (Reply 16):
Is that the colour they usually have?

Green is the dominant color for them . . . they can occasionally be red, yellows and oranges . . . usually green though. Must be all the GREENhouse gas in the air  wink  duck 


User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1340 times:

Quoting LOT767-300ER (Reply 8):
I think its actually a bigger sin to take ANCflyer's hat off in public than it is to take a Saudi Arabian womans head cover off. Thats just a little theory of mine. God will smite you for both

I can confirm that ANCFlyer does take his dome piece off on a very rare occasion. Pep, myself and Brenna rolled into a local bar one of my last nights in ANC for a few pops and he actually pealed the hat off and left it in his truck! When we got back to the truck it was back on before I could even blink, but it actually does come off!  Wink


User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1336 times:

Quoting KROC (Reply 18):
I can confirm that ANCFlyer does take his dome piece off on a very rare occasion. Pep, myself and Brenna rolled into a local bar one of my last nights in ANC for a few pops and he actually pealed the hat off and left it in his truck! When we got back to the truck it was back on before I could even blink, but it actually does come off!

Was I wearing the Army Hat or the Cop Hat? If it was the cop hat, then dor damn sure I took it off before going into 'Koots . . . I'm  crazy , I'm not Stupid (contrary to a few members opinions  wink  ). Cops and 'Koots are usually NOT a good mix.  eek  box  fight  ouch 


User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1331 times:

It was the retired Army Hat. I had no idea you owned any other hats!  Wink

User currently offlineAerorobNZ From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 7150 posts, RR: 13
Reply 21, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1312 times:

I will be up in Alaska next month, I guess that's too late for them, but can't wait anyway....all those lovely classic props... and the scenery of course too...

User currently offlineChugach From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1041 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1292 times:

I drove back in from Palmer last night about midnight, and they were out over the Chugach mountains along with a full moon. Spectacular; lots of purple thrown in with the green. That's one thing I miss about Fairbanks.


GO ROCKETS
User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1268 times:

Quoting KROC (Reply 18):

I can confirm that ANCFlyer does take his dome piece off on a very rare occasion.

Myself, along with just about everyone who attended the LAS Meetup, can also vouch seeing him hatless. I doubt he would have been allowed into Delmonicos wearing a hat. And further proof:

http://cc.usu.edu/~stephenh/LASMeet/LAS15.jpg


User currently offlineSaxdiva From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 2382 posts, RR: 42
Reply 24, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1267 times:

Quoting Srbmod (Reply 23):
And further proof:

Ow... it burns, it burns!!!

 duck 


25 Post contains images AndesSMF : I smell a conspiracy theory coming on, that is not the real ANCflyer, but a replacement.
26 Bushpilot : Anytime in winter, they were out last night at my house and I am well south in the state. We get them a few times a year and last night the condition
27 L-188 : Winter-Fairbanks. I don't have the time to look up the website, but I seem to remember UAF having a website that predicted aurora activy.
28 AndesSMF : So I get the idea that even the people of Alaska still love to watch the 'show'? My concern about this proposed trip is what I would do with two smal
29 Post contains images L-188 : Throw a snowsuit on them an let them make snowmen Kids can expend an amazing amount of energy on a sledding hill. Someone more familiar with Fairbank
30 Bushpilot : If your main reason for traveling is the Northern Lights, you must do it in winter, I know there are tour groups and such that do Aurora tours, mostl
31 AndesSMF : Thanks for all the info, Bushpilot. BTW, fishing and I just dont mix, for some reason I just cant get the fish to bite. I have had friends on either
32 Bushpilot : When I was living up there from 98-00 they did offer it, and a weekend package deal to boot. I never did it, but it sounded novel.
33 L-188 : I thought they did.. There you go AndesSMF. Fly into Anchorage, get you and the wife on the train north-they do run winter. And spend a nice night si
34 AndesSMF : Weeeellllll, now thats a little better, my son is a real train fanatic at three years old (we took him on a weekend train trip for his b-day). He act
35 Searpqx : Um, not to nitpick (well, actually, completely to nitpick), but if you spend more than a few minutes sitting in 70 degree water at -40 you're going t
36 Post contains links Bushpilot : http://www.chenahotsprings.com/ There is the website, they offer quite a few activities in the winter as well. Yeah its hotter than 105 even, I know i
37 AndesSMF : Thanks, I might check out prices for my 10 year anniversary next year.
38 Post contains images ANCFlyer : Alaska is well known for it's many, many varied uses for Duct Tape . . . might I suggest you add to the list Or, there's this: Only on weekends. Nort
39 Post contains images Saxdiva : Damn, that's romantic. Get out the Dom Perignon!
40 Chugach : Hell, you don't even need to rent one--just go in the big outdoor pool. You haven't lived until you've been swimming outside at 30 below zero! climat
41 L-188 : Yeah it sucks for the ladies, but for the guys it makes her parts that we are interested in stand more....proud
42 Post contains links Dinker225 : Heres the website that predicts the aurora's. http://www.gi.alaska.edu/cgi-bin/predict.cgi
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