ANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2657 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 . . .
Wrangel/St. Elias Mountains as seen from the Richardson Highway between Glennallen and Valdez.
Worthington Glacier, Thompson Pass, near Valdez, Alaska
An old railroad tunnel near Valdez, Alaska - never saw a train . . .
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.
Keystone Canyon south towards Valdez, Alaska
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.
Home Sweet Home for the last 11 days . . . .
View from the from porch of the Home Sweet Home - twenty five feet from the front door
My two favorite flags . . . . flying from the staff on the camper . . . damn this is a great picture!!
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 . . . .
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.
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 . 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 . . .
AislepathLight From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 562 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2631 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."
ANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2612 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 . . .
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 . . .
ANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2516 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 .
I do NOT rough it any longer . . . no tents, no dry camping, no sleeping on the ground . . . I'm an git and I need my comforts.
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.
*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.