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Another Alaskan Adventure  
User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2364 times:

I was well on my way into this adventure before the current issues between Israel and the terrorist Hezbollah, and spent some of the time on this adventure working as well. The events of the Middle East in the last ten-twelve days has been horrific, bombings in India, war in Lebanon/Israel, war in Iraq and Afghanistan . . .



Here are some photos I took while out and about in Eastern Alaska . . .

The wildlife was abundant - bears literally everywhere . . . I have those photos on the office computer and I'll upload them to photobucket and post them on Thursday. Also, the standard issue moose, caribou, porcupines, fox, wolf . . . and the occasional Copper River Red Salmon on the line . . . biggrin 

Wrangel/St. Elias Mountains as seen from the Richardson Highway between Glennallen and Valdez.
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/csmpep/WrangellSt.jpg
Worthington Glacier, Thompson Pass, near Valdez, Alaska
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/csmpep/WorthingtonGlacierThompasonPassJul0.jpg
An old railroad tunnel near Valdez, Alaska - never saw a train . . .
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/csmpep/RailroadTunnelSignValdez1Jul06.jpg
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/csmpep/RailroadTunnel1ValdezJul06.jpg
Mt. Logan, the western edge of the Wrangel/St. Elias Mountains. The third and fourth and fifth tallest mountains in North America are in this range.
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/csmpep/Mt.jpg

Keystone Canyon south towards Valdez, Alaska
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/csmpep/KaystoneCanyon2ValdezJul06.jpg
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/csmpep/KeystoneCanyonRvrJul06.jpg
Looking north off Thompson Pass - average snow fall each winter over 700 inches (record over 900 inches) the "trail" is the buried Trans-Alaska Pipeline, the Richardson Highway is off to the right.
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/csmpep/CV120NorthboundPipeline1Jul06.jpg
Home Sweet Home for the last 11 days . . . .
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/csmpep/KlutinaRvrCamping2Jul06.jpg
View from the from porch of the Home Sweet Home - twenty five feet from the front door  biggrin 
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/csmpep/BoatonKlutinaJul06.jpg
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/csmpep/KlutinaRvr2Jul06.jpg
My two favorite flags . . . . flying from the staff on the camper . . . damn this is a great picture!!
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/csmpep/OldGloryArmyFlagCampingJul06.jpg


This wasn't strictly a play time trip. I did some work while I was out - some might have noticied the absence of my obnoxious self . . .  biggrin .

Only managed to catch but TWO lonely, small red salmon. I did go up to the Gulkana River and the Kings were running like crazy . . .I didn't fish for them . . . I had other things to do at the time.


Back to my regular, able to post constantly on Thursday.

I'll post the animal pictures when I get to the company computer.

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User currently offlineBill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8451 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2351 times:

No Hat?



User currently offlineAislepathLight From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 562 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2347 times:

What kinda of truck do you have ANC? It looks like a nice ford, but can't quite figure out what it is. I was up in Alaska a couple of years back... and went around were you were. It was awsome!


"We have slain a large dragon, but we now live in a jungle filled with a bewildering variety of poisonous snakes."
User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2340 times:

Quoting AislepathLight (Reply 2):
What kinda of truck do you have ANC?

The BAFDT . . . Big Ass Ford Diesel Truck . . .

Actually a nice Ford Diesel with off road and towing package . . . diesel engine (I'll never own a gas engine again) . . . and I will only ever buy a Ford. I drive a 1 ton Chevy at work . . .

I was working between Delta Junction and Valdez. It's beautiful country. Of course, most all of Alaska is beautiful country  biggrin . One nice thing about Alaska - if you're tired of buildings and people it'll only take you ten minutes in any direction to be in the middle of no where . . .


User currently offlineAislepathLight From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 562 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2338 times:

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 3):
Actually a nice Ford Diesel with off road and towing package . . . diesel engine (I'll never own a gas engine again) . . . and I will only ever buy a Ford. I drive a 1 ton Chevy at work . . .

Is it an F-250 or and F-350? Regardless, it is solid.

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 3):

I was working between Delta Junction and Valdez. It's beautiful country. Of course, most all of Alaska is beautiful country biggrin . One nice thing about Alaska - if you're tired of buildings and people it'll only take you ten minutes in any direction to be in the middle of no where . . .

No, I would give it 5 minutes. You get out of the town/cities sooo fast. I gotta head back up there in the next couple of summers...



"We have slain a large dragon, but we now live in a jungle filled with a bewildering variety of poisonous snakes."
User currently offlineBaylorAirBear From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2913 posts, RR: 50
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2335 times:

Quoting ANCFlyer (Thread starter):
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/csmpep/CV120NorthboundPipeline1Jul06.jpg

Now, ANC, that doesn't look like a Ford. Are you finally starting to see the light? It might not be a Dodge (yet), but you gotta start somewhere.

BAB  Wink



I'm just skipping stones...
User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2335 times:

Quoting AislepathLight (Reply 4):
I gotta head back up there in the next couple of summers...

C'Mon up . . .I'll meet you, we'll drink beer and kill fish!  thumbsup 


User currently offlineAislepathLight From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 562 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2330 times:

Quoting BaylorAirBear (Reply 5):

Now, ANC, that doesn't look like a Ford. Are you finally starting to see the light? It might not be a Dodge (yet), but you gotta start somewhere.

It is a different color than the nice Ford in the other pics. It almost looks like a Ram 1500 with a 4.7 Magnum, could be wrong though. ANC, what is it? Don't say you drive Dodge trucks...



"We have slain a large dragon, but we now live in a jungle filled with a bewildering variety of poisonous snakes."
User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2328 times:

Quoting BaylorAirBear (Reply 5):
Now, ANC, that doesn't look like a Ford. Are you finally starting to see the light? It might not be a Dodge (yet), but you gotta start somewhere.

Work truck . . .

Chevy 1 Ton . . . 2003 Model . . . with that cold blooded Dura-Max POS engine and the Allison Tranny . . . kinda like the tranny . . . you can have the Dura-Max though.

That's not news by the by . . .

I have always said, personal vehicle will always be a BAFDT, work will be whatever work is, Currently a Chevy.

 rotfl  Dodge don't make trucks . . . they make wannabes . . . you should know BAB . . . you drive a D O D G E . . . right?

Quoting AislepathLight (Reply 7):
Don't say you drive Dodge trucks...

 vomit 
Nope . . .

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 3):
Big Ass Ford Diesel Truck


User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29802 posts, RR: 58
Reply 9, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2321 times:

Its been 3 years since I have taken a road trip.....Maybe before this fall I'll go drive the Denali Highway.

Have never been down that road.



OBAMA-WORST PRESIDENT EVER....Even SKOORB would be better.
User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2319 times:

Quoting L-188 (Reply 9):
Maybe before this fall I'll go drive the Denali Highway.

Let me know, I'd like to say I'll buy the beer, but you know there ain't none up there . . .  cry 

A lot of it has been paved, and the nasty turns, dips and hills south of Pump Station 6 were removed last year . . . you can do FAI-SCC in about 9 hours now . . . 450 miles . . . still no services except Deadhorse or Coldfoot, so bring gas, a spare tire (2 if you're smart) and food . . .


User currently offlineAislepathLight From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 562 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2310 times:

Quoting L-188 (Reply 9):
Its been 3 years since I have taken a road trip.....Maybe before this fall I'll go drive the Denali Highway.

Sound great. I drove across the country this summer from LA to DC, and had a blast. The Mercury Grand Marquis served us well for 3000 miles



"We have slain a large dragon, but we now live in a jungle filled with a bewildering variety of poisonous snakes."
User currently offlineVHVXB From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 5525 posts, RR: 18
Reply 12, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2306 times:

Some nice pics there ANCflyer. looks a nice place to fish pity you couldn't catch more than 2.

User currently offlineDavestanKSAN From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 1678 posts, RR: 13
Reply 13, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2296 times:

Great pics ANCflyer! Alaska looks amazing. Looks like a photographers' dream to shoot up there. Thanks for the shots. Looking forward towards seeing the wildlife shots as well.

Thanks!

Dave



Yesterday we've sinned, today we move towards God. Touch the sky....love and respect...Safe Star!
User currently offlineGunsontheroof From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 3506 posts, RR: 10
Reply 14, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2293 times:

That's pretty much where I need to be right about now...

Looks like a great time, I'll be doing a spot of camping myself in a week.



Next Flight: 9/17 BFI-BFI
User currently offlineORFflyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 2274 times:

Quoting ANCFlyer (Thread starter):
the standard issue moose, caribou, porcupines, fox, wolf . . .

Too cold for snakes up there....  Big grin

Great pictures. Looking forward to Thursday for the others.


User currently offlineYooYoo From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 6057 posts, RR: 50
Reply 16, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2251 times:

Nice pics. It's certainly great up there and i hope to get back and actually spend some time, maybe even camp. Family and i did the cruise thing 2 years ago.

I'm more of a mountain, forest, nature guy (although i prefer indoor plumbing  Wink ) Not to keen on the beach heat and sun.

One day....one day, i'll get back.

Thanks for sharing.

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 3):
Big Ass Ford Diesel Truck

My boss has a big Ford Diesel, he swears by it and has over 500,000 km on the beast.



I am so smart, i am so smart... S-M-R-T... i mean S-M-A-R-T
User currently offlineQueso From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2247 times:

Shit, man, you just made me homesick.

User currently offlineChrisjake From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 874 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2228 times:

wow...

Alaska is definitely at the top of the list of places to visit........and soon.

ANC...at your campsite....do you come across people at all? or is it nice and void of 'em?



Well nothing's dead down here, just a little tired
User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2223 times:

Quoting Chrisjake (Reply 18):
ANC...at your campsite....do you come across people at all?

There were other people there, it's a commercial venture. Campground, Salmon Charters on the Klutina and Gulkana Rivers, etc. But quiet . . . very quiet . . . except for the occasional bear that came by.

I occasionally camp in the woods . . . but not often. The idea is to have a source for AC power for the microwave, TV and Satellite  biggrin .

I do NOT rough it any longer . . . no tents, no dry camping, no sleeping on the ground . . . I'm an  old  git and I need my comforts.  wink 


User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20680 posts, RR: 62
Reply 20, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2217 times:

Love the pix.  bigthumbsup  The railroad tunnel sign is a hoot! Was that from the gold rush era?


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User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2207 times:

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 20):
Was that from the gold rush era

Later actually . . .

There was Copper discovered near a town called McCarthy, Alaska. Kennicott Copper Mines.

Many railroad ventures were started to haul to ore from mcCarthy to tidewater. A project started (and killed) in Valdez (as seen in the pictures) and another in Cordova. The venture in Cordova finally succeeded, and the COpper River and Northwestern Railway was born. It thrived until the 1930s and the copper ore played out. The CR&NW roadbed still exists and in many places is now the highway to McCarthy . . . including a very high, narrow bridge over the Kuskulana River . . . not one of my favorite routes to travel. You can still find pieces of ties, spikes and rail all along the route.

The Million Dollar Bridge (nooo, not the new Bridges to Nowhere) is still used for vehicle traffic, although it was damaged heavily in the 1964 earthquake (and since somewhat repaired by the state).

The man that build the CR&NW was Michael Heney, also the man responsible for the building of the White Pass and Yukon (where I grew up) between Skagway, Alaska and Whitehorse, Yukon.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copper_River_and_Northwestern_Railway

http://www.alaskagold.com/copper/mcarthy/mcarthy.html

http://www.alaskagold.com/copper/mcarthy/mccarthyroad.html

*Note, Alaska has actually had several other railroads, one in Nome, one just outside Cordova and another in Yakutat. Along with the currently operating Alaska Railroad and the White Pass and Yukon. The line in Yakutat hauled fish from the waterfront to the processor.

http://www.fs.fed.us/r10/tongass/for...esources/heritage/ysrailroad.shtml

http://seagrant.uaf.edu/bookstore/beringsea/10.html

http://www.tomsnome.com/reverse.jpg


User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 22, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2204 times:

Cool trip Big grin



Lee



Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20680 posts, RR: 62
Reply 23, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2195 times:

Oh wow, I'd forgotten all about the old copper mining. Lots of great info there, thanks! I love the old west and blazing the railroad eras.

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 21):
The CR&NW roadbed still exists and in many places is now the highway to McCarthy

The railroad's nickname was "Can't Run and Never Will". ROFL



International Homo of Mystery
User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2195 times:

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 23):
The railroad's nickname was "Can't Run and Never Will". ROFL

And in Southeast Alaska, where I grew up, the White Pass and Yukon Route railroad's nickname was Wait Patiently and You'll Ride . . .  rotfl 


25 Post contains images Roger136913 : Man I wish I could see those pics
26 Searpqx : Aww- you just didn't want to show up Lisa M. (we know how much you like her). Local paper showed her with a 63LB King she caught in the Kenai River C
27 Post contains images ANCFlyer : Who? Of course I'm buying the beer! If she caught that all by herself, I'll eat my shorts . . .
28 Gunsontheroof : I'm surprised you can find them anywhere in Alaska! They're pretty scarce in Western Washington...although I did have to capture one that snuck into
29 Bushpilot : Good work ANC, I have been gone for awhile doing my own fishing thing. Im hoping to collect all my pics and put together a thread about how we kill sa
30 Halls120 : Thanks for posting the pics. I haven't been to the Great Land for 15 years, and I miss it terribly. Got to make plans for a visit next year....
31 L-188 : Never heard of them either. In fact, I can't think of any reptiles that are indigenous to Alaska.
32 QANTAS077 : John you old goat that looks awesome! what a beautiful part of the world, make sure you catch a few salmon for me too. Shawn, what was that area we we
33 L-188 : The mountains-Hatcher Pass/Independence Mine. And when I took the back way/Old Highway through that redneck country to the Palmer Airport, that area
34 QANTAS077 : that was my first time seeing a "trailer pk" community!
35 Post contains links and images MattCLE : Great pics! I was up in Eielson for 2 weeks in support of Northern Edge. Didn't have much time to travel, but I did get to visit Denali National Park
36 Post contains images ANCFlyer : I noted your absence . . . back in Dillingham or out killing fish somewhere? I'm now back at work up north . . . no rest for the wicked. Or in plain
37 L-188 : The only place I ever heard of where taking a shot at a State Trooper results in a misdemeanor "Disturbing the Peace" charge. Hell we didn't even dri
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