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Another Alaskan Adventure

Wed Jul 19, 2006 2:34 pm

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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RE: Another Alaskan Adventure

Wed Jul 19, 2006 2:49 pm

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RE: Another Alaskan Adventure

Wed Jul 19, 2006 2:58 pm

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!
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RE: Another Alaskan Adventure

Wed Jul 19, 2006 3:04 pm

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 . . .
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Wed Jul 19, 2006 3:11 pm

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...
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RE: Another Alaskan Adventure

Wed Jul 19, 2006 3:12 pm

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.

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RE: Another Alaskan Adventure

Wed Jul 19, 2006 3:13 pm

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 
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RE: Another Alaskan Adventure

Wed Jul 19, 2006 3:18 pm

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...
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RE: Another Alaskan Adventure

Wed Jul 19, 2006 3:23 pm

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...

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Nope . . .

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 3):
Big Ass Ford Diesel Truck
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RE: Another Alaskan Adventure

Wed Jul 19, 2006 3:33 pm

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.
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RE: Another Alaskan Adventure

Wed Jul 19, 2006 3:38 pm

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 . . .
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RE: Another Alaskan Adventure

Wed Jul 19, 2006 4:09 pm

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
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RE: Another Alaskan Adventure

Wed Jul 19, 2006 4:15 pm

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

Wed Jul 19, 2006 5:07 pm

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!

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RE: Another Alaskan Adventure

Wed Jul 19, 2006 5:26 pm

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.
 
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RE: Another Alaskan Adventure

Wed Jul 19, 2006 8:24 pm

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.
 
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RE: Another Alaskan Adventure

Wed Jul 19, 2006 10:06 pm

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.
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RE: Another Alaskan Adventure

Wed Jul 19, 2006 10:20 pm

Shit, man, you just made me homesick.
 
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RE: Another Alaskan Adventure

Thu Jul 20, 2006 1:17 am

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?
 
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RE: Another Alaskan Adventure

Thu Jul 20, 2006 1:26 am

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 
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RE: Another Alaskan Adventure

Thu Jul 20, 2006 1:32 am

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

Thu Jul 20, 2006 1:54 am

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

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RE: Another Alaskan Adventure

Thu Jul 20, 2006 2:05 am

Cool trip Big grin



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RE: Another Alaskan Adventure

Thu Jul 20, 2006 2:14 am

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
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RE: Another Alaskan Adventure

Thu Jul 20, 2006 2:18 am

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 
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RE: Another Alaskan Adventure

Thu Jul 20, 2006 2:20 am

Man I wish I could see those pics  Sad
 
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RE: Another Alaskan Adventure

Thu Jul 20, 2006 2:34 am

Quoting ANCFlyer (Thread starter):
Only managed to catch but TWO lonely, small red salmon.

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 Classic.

Quoting ORFflyer (Reply 15):
Too cold for snakes up there.... Big grin

You have to go all the way down to Ketchikan to see those. There were always rumours in Juneau that there were garter snakes around, but 12 years, I never saw one.

Great trip ANC. Now that I'm back I'm planning on taking Eric up this fall and showing hime the old stomping grounds. I doubt we'll make it north of SE on this trip, but if we do, someone is buying somebody a beer!
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RE: Another Alaskan Adventure

Thu Jul 20, 2006 5:05 am

Quoting Searpqx (Reply 26):
someone is buying somebody a beer

Who?  innocent 





Of course I'm buying the beer!

Quoting Searpqx (Reply 26):
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 Classic.

If she caught that all by herself, I'll eat my shorts . . .
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RE: Another Alaskan Adventure

Thu Jul 20, 2006 5:39 am

Quoting Searpqx (Reply 26):
You have to go all the way down to Ketchikan to see those. There were always rumours in Juneau that there were garter snakes around, but 12 years, I never saw one.

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 Home Depot a few weeks ago. It was pretty heroic.
 
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RE: Another Alaskan Adventure

Thu Jul 20, 2006 3:51 pm

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 salmon out here in the bush. Have helped personally in the demise of over 1000 salmon this summer. Like I said look for pics and a thread about it in the next few days. Hope all is well buddy. Talk Soon. BP
 
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RE: Another Alaskan Adventure

Thu Jul 20, 2006 8:49 pm

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....
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RE: Another Alaskan Adventure

Fri Jul 21, 2006 12:35 pm

Quoting Gunsontheroof (Reply 28):
I'm surprised you can find them anywhere in Alaska!

Never heard of them either.

In fact, I can't think of any reptiles that are indigenous to Alaska.
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RE: Another Alaskan Adventure

Fri Jul 21, 2006 12:47 pm

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 wen't driving when i was over?
 
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Fri Jul 21, 2006 12:56 pm

Quoting QANTAS077 (Reply 32):
Shawn, what was that area we wen't driving when i was over?

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 is known as the Butte.

I am told that NBC TV just used the mine in the opening sequence on one of those treasure hunter/reality TV shows.

It was too bad that the road across was not open....That is a really neat trip and great for spotting wildlife.
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Fri Jul 21, 2006 1:41 pm

Quoting L-188 (Reply 33):
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 is known as the Butte.

that was my first time seeing a "trailer pk" community!
 
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Fri Jul 21, 2006 2:23 pm

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 on a day off.

Me


Getting ready to board our 8 hour bus tour
http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j183/MJM1982/Alaska/IMG_0199.jpg

Beautiful scenery
http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j183/MJM1982/Alaska/IMG_0203.jpg

Our best bear sighting (right before we turned around to head back!)


Our best shot of Mt. McKinley
http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j183/MJM1982/Alaska/IMG_0244.jpg

At one of many of our bus stops
http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j183/MJM1982/Alaska/IMG_0246.jpg

Shot at another one of our bus stops


Near the end of our bus tour


I couldn't resist stopping here Big grin


How common are forest fires up there? We spotted a few driving to the park and back, and a few days on base it smelled like a forest fire and the smoke made visibility poor on base.

I must say it was strange leaving a bar at 2 am and it still being light outside. Thankfully the Air Force Inn had thick curtains  Wink Big grin

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RE: Another Alaskan Adventure

Fri Jul 21, 2006 2:40 pm

Quoting Bushpilot (Reply 29):
Hope all is well buddy.

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.

Quoting L-188 (Reply 33):
And when I took the back way/Old Highway through that redneck country to the Palmer Airport, that area is known as the Butte.

Or in plain non-Vulcan english: DOPER HAVEN.

Quoting L-188 (Reply 31):
Never heard of them either.

Nope, never seen a snake up here . . . but the abundance of pesky mosquitoes makes up for their absence.

Quoting QANTAS077 (Reply 32):
John you old goat that looks awesome!

Don't call me a goat, we wouldn't want Kirkie taking a fashion to me now would we . . . oh, wait - that's sheep . . . . never mind  wink  laughing 

It was a great 11 days . . . can't beat the scenery, and the weather - except one day - was in the mid-70s (F) with clear or mostly clear skies.

Quoting MattCLE (Reply 35):
but I did get to visit Denali National Park on a day off.

Your "best shot of McKinley" is far better than most people get . . . I live here and see McKinley once in a great while. It creates it's own weather and is usually shrowded in it, invisible.

This morning, on my way to ANC I could McKinley from the highway. And then on the plane to work, we passed East of McKinley, and there wasn't a cloud to be had . . . of course, I didn't bring my camera. Yes, I kicked myself.

Quoting MattCLE (Reply 35):
How common are forest fires up there?

Very common. Usually caused by lightning strikes and usually allowed to burn unless they become threatening. Remember, this is a big place, a few hundred thousand acres burned due to natural causes is just Mother Nature's way of culling the herd so to speak. We had a bad fire along the George Parks Highway, just south of Nenena earlier this season. It has since been extinguished, but many homesteads were burned.

Quoting MattCLE (Reply 35):
thick curtains

Never bothered me, in fact, I can sleep through anything . . . when it's time to sleep, it's time to sleep. Light, dark, no matter. You get used to it after a fashion, at least most folks do.

Here at work at Prudhoe we'll get a sunset in about another month or so. Until then, it's 24/7 sunlight.
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RE: Another Alaskan Adventure

Fri Jul 21, 2006 2:55 pm

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 36):
Quoting L-188 (Reply 33):
And when I took the back way/Old Highway through that redneck country to the Palmer Airport, that area is known as the Butte.

Or in plain non-Vulcan english: DOPER HAVEN.

The only place I ever heard of where taking a shot at a State Trooper results in a misdemeanor "Disturbing the Peace" charge.

Quoting QANTAS077 (Reply 34):
that was my first time seeing a "trailer pk" community!

Hell we didn't even drive in.
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