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Quick Camping Trip Report

Tue May 23, 2006 7:33 am

Nothing special . . . took the camper out a small place called Hope . . . originally a Gold Mining community . . .

It's ready for the summer now, stocked, cleaned, maintenance done . . .

Here's a few photos of the trip . .

Alaska Railroad Princess Cruises train coming from Whittier (Princess built s new Cruise Ship terminal there in 2005):

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/csmpep/PrincessCruisesTrain1May06.jpg

Eagles by the dozens. Some are hard to see. There were thirty at least in a 5 mile stretch of Turnagain Arm. The Hooligan are running and the Eagles are feasting.

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/csmpep/Eagles7May06.jpg
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/csmpep/Eagles8May06.jpg
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/csmpep/Eagles1May06.jpg
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/csmpep/Eagles5May06.jpg

Looking South down Turnagain Arm towards Portage Glacier. I believe thats Robinson Glacier hanging off the mounting in the back center of the picture.

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/csmpep/TurnagainArmSouthMay06.jpg

A grand weekend for a camping trip . . . even an overnighter. Generally clear, +60sF, no wind, absolutely beautiful couple of days.
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RE: Quick Camping Trip Report

Tue May 23, 2006 7:38 am

Absolutely gorgeous. I'd be hard-pressed to come home.
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RE: Quick Camping Trip Report

Tue May 23, 2006 7:43 am

A delight for the eyes !

I take it you loaded your rig on the train for the journey.
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RE: Quick Camping Trip Report

Tue May 23, 2006 7:43 am

Nice scenery. Definitely a place I would like to visit.
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RE: Quick Camping Trip Report

Tue May 23, 2006 7:44 am

Wow! What beautiful scenery
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RE: Quick Camping Trip Report

Tue May 23, 2006 7:52 am

I'd like to post a picture of a monster salmon I caught, only I didn't catch any . . .  cry 

Fishing was not the focus of the trip though . . .

In 18 days I'll have my daughter and my neice in the beast, for a week of camping, and wanted to make sure it was good to go. I will pack plenty of "Stoli's Cough Syrup" for a nine day outing with two 12 year olds!!!

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Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 1):
I'd be hard-pressed to come home.

This IS home.  bigthumbsup  And it's 30 miles from my front door.  biggrin 
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RE: Quick Camping Trip Report

Tue May 23, 2006 8:57 am

Nice pics ANC, glad you got out before the damn highway is chock full of idiot tourists, though Im sure that wont stop you when they do show up. Just remember you cant bait em, but there is no bag limit wink 

It has been quite a few years since I have been down the hope way. Nice area it is.
On my own side, we managed to get the keg in on NAC friday evening. Rager bonfire until very early in the morning. Party started and it was daylight, party ended when it was daylight. Final party tally, 1 keg of Amber, at least 6 cases of various beers, few various bottles of liquor passed around. 40+ people. For the fire; 37 pallets, quarter cord of wood, 5 gallons of gasoline, an artificial xmas tree, 12 tires, and a coffee table 15 foot flames...no cops. HEHE!
 
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RE: Quick Camping Trip Report

Tue May 23, 2006 9:03 am

Quoting Bushpilot (Reply 6):
On my own side, we managed to get the keg in on NAC friday evening.

 bigthumbsup 

Quoting Bushpilot (Reply 6):
Party started and it was daylight, party ended when it was daylight.

Don't you just LOVE summer in Alaska!!!

Quoting Bushpilot (Reply 6):
1 keg of Amber



Quoting Bushpilot (Reply 6):
no cops

 Wow!

I don't think I've ever seen this many Eagles along the Seward Highway . . . not nearly as many as the Chilkat Nat'l Forest outside Haines, but there were thirty, at least thirty, and all within a 5 mile stretch just south of Girdwood. Some too far out for my little Olympus . . . occasionally I'd see one dive and scrounge a morsel . . .
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RE: Quick Camping Trip Report

Tue May 23, 2006 9:08 am

Quoting ANCFlyer (Thread starter):
took the camper out

That's not camping, that RVing.  Wink

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Tue May 23, 2006 9:11 am

Quoting Newark777 (Reply 8):
That's not camping, that RVing.

Semantics young man . . .

It's the only type of camping my ass is every likely to do again . . . spent enough nights sleeping on the ground, or the tank, or in a tent . . . not again. . .  bigthumbsup . Thirty feet of "all the comforts of home" and it goes where I go . . .
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Tue May 23, 2006 9:15 am

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 7):
I don't think I've ever seen this many Eagles along the Seward Highway . . . not nearly as many as the Chilkat Nat'l Forest outside Haines, but there were thirty, at least thirty, and all within a 5 mile stretch just south of Girdwood.

They must be having a damn good time on the hoolies. Find any feathers on the beach? On another note, youll get a kick out of this one. Few years back, I had an Irish girl working for me for the summer. She was quite surprised when we went out fishing with a gillnet instead of rods. But when we were out on the river she kept talking about wanting to see a bear and an eagle. We didnt see any on the first trip out, but later that night after the fish were cleaned, she kept asking when she would see one. I threw her in the truck and drove out to the dump. She saw all the damn eagles she would ever want, and 4 bears, she was nearly in tears over how beautiful they all were. I was cracking up going jesus christ they are dump critters. Not much different from rats and shit. Some folks from outside just dont get it.
 
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RE: Quick Camping Trip Report

Tue May 23, 2006 9:20 am

Quoting Bushpilot (Reply 10):
Find any feathers on the beach?

No beach, just the Turnagain Arm tidal flats. I do NOT go out on them . . . I know you've heard the horror stories . . .

Quoting Bushpilot (Reply 10):
Some folks from outside just dont get it.

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Like the damned tourists up north . . . stopping a 40' Monster Motorhome in the middle of the Dalton Highway - yes, on a curve on a hill - because there's a caribou 5000 yards out on the right . . . . a caribou, big damn deal. After a while, we (Sourdoughs) become immune to our creatures up here . . .
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Tue May 23, 2006 9:26 am

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 9):
It's the only type of camping my ass is every likely to do again . . . spent enough nights sleeping on the ground, or the tank, or in a tent . . . not again. . .  bigthumbsup  . Thirty feet of "all the comforts of home" and it goes where I go . . .

Further proving you're an  old  git....

I keep saying I'm going to start going camping again (The last time I went camping was almost 10 years ago), just haven't gotten around to buying the equipment (I sold or got rid of most of my equipment). I know some nice spots up in the mountains to go camping at.

I used to go camping all the time when I was in Boy Scouts (Once I became an adult leader and had to balance my involvement in Scouts with work and college, I went camping less and less.). I used to camp over the course of the year at least 3 weeks, and one year I camped out a little bit over a month that year (over half of that between Summer Camp and the National Jamboree).
 
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Tue May 23, 2006 9:28 am

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 11):

Like the damned tourists up north . . . stopping a 40' Monster Motorhome in the middle of the Dalton Highway - yes, on a curve on a hill - because there's a caribou 5000 yards out on the right . . . . a caribou, big damn deal. After a while, we (Sourdoughs) become immune to our creatures up here . . .

Haha, I saw so much of that going through Yellowstone and other areas out west.

I remember the first time we saw a buffalo, it was, "Holy shit, a real live buffalo!!" But by the end of the trip, it was, "Damn, there's another f%&$#@# buffalo in the road." And we hadn't even been there that long.  Smile

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Tue May 23, 2006 9:32 am

Firstly, I am not anti tourist, and I encourage anyone who wants to visit AK to do so, like ANC, I thoroughly enjoy playing tour guide to outsiders, and in small numbers they are fine. I dont know how the folks in SE AK deal with an influx on 15thousand of them a day.

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 11):
No beach, just the Turnagain Arm tidal flats. I do NOT go out on them . . . I know you've heard the horror stories .

No no, I was talking about the gravel, I know better and never mess around on the flats. I have heard them all, what about the idiot base jumper a few months or weeks back that decided to go ice berg surfing in the arm. What an IDIOT! Bunch of tire trucks and ambulances responded, future darwin award winner there. Same Irish girl in question as before really insisted I stop the skiff so she can get some buckets of this glacial mud so she can have some kind of "treatment" in the maqi. Luckily it was on the flood tide and gave her 3 minutes then got her back in the skiff with no trouble.

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 11):
Like the damned tourists up north

Like I said earlier, most Alaskans are very proud of our state and are willing to show it off, but just because one is a tourist it doesnt give them the free pass to be a complete idiot. Every year some tourist gets hit by a car standing next to the highway in question that ANC drove down to Hope. Either step into traffic trying to take a picture of a dall sheep and a beluga in the Arm. God I wont even mention Tim Treadwell...well I did. But wont say anything else about him, idiots that dumb arent worth the bandwidth.
 
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RE: Quick Camping Trip Report

Tue May 23, 2006 9:35 am

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 5):
I'd like to post a picture of a monster salmon I caught, only I didn't catch any . . .

could always post the picture of the one i caught...lovely shots!  Wink
 
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Tue May 23, 2006 9:37 am

Quoting Bushpilot (Reply 14):
idiot base jumper a few months or weeks back that decided to go ice berg surfing in the arm. What an IDIOT! Bunch of tire trucks and ambulances responded, future darwin award winner there

 laughing  laughing  laughing  I don't know if they ever caught the guy . . . he disappeared before anyone really made an attempt to rescue him . . . but he tied up AFD Water Rescue, some troopers and a helo while he was out on the water being an asshole. Once agian, proof the gene pool needs another cleaning . . .
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RE: Quick Camping Trip Report

Tue May 23, 2006 9:42 am

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 9):
Quoting Newark777 (Reply 8):That's not camping, that RVing.
Semantics young man . . .

It's the only type of camping my ass is every likely to do again

My old chiropractor used to do that. Called it Polish camping (it was okay, he was Polish). He'd rent an RV, and drive up to a Red Lion Inn near Shasta, and park it there for a week. They all stayed in the hotel, of course, not the RV.
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RE: Quick Camping Trip Report

Tue May 23, 2006 10:17 am

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 17):
He'd rent an RV, and drive up to a Red Lion Inn near Shasta, and park it there for a week. They all stayed in the hotel, of course, not the RV.

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