But I Love To Fish

17 08 2010

Pictures from a truly splendid float down the Chena.  We caught a Greyling about every other cast.


On The Road Again

3 08 2010

A few weekends ago I was lucky enough to drive one of the few roads in Alaska I’ve never been on.  The Denali Highway.  It’s not a traditional highway, it’s 135 miles from Paxon to Cantwell and it’s mostly gravel.  During the winter it’s not maintained and can only be used be traversed by dog sledding, skiiing, or snow maching.

The views of the mountains are apparently stunning…. however it was pretty misty and foggy during our drive, which while unfortunate for Mckinley viewing, did add a haunting beauty to the landscape.  Lefty and I set out with enough diet coke to supply us should we need to walk the 135 miles, and probably enough food, tents, and stoves to live happily on the highway for a  few weeks, I mean months.  Hey if you have an entire truck bed to fill up, why not?

On the way to Paxon.


More mountains, all just hanging out on the drive to the highway, looking awesome.  Oh and yeah it’s about 10:30pm when these were taken 🙂

In Paxson, about to get on the Denali highway.  These sideways telephone poles are in permafrost, that’s why the look all Dr. Seussy

The Alpine tundra of the highway.

Lefty at landmark gap.

Six swans along the way

Second highest pass in the AK.

All in all it was a fantastic trip with fantastic company.  The weather cooperated and we only got rained on once camp was set up and we were in the tent at night.  We saw moose on all three highways we drove and caribou, ptarmagin, and swans on the Denali highway.  Furthermore, we accomplished a rare feat in Alaskan road tripping: we returned to town on a DIFFERENT highway than we left.

Have you ever seen a moose, kissing a goose down by the bay?

21 07 2010

So far my moose count for the summer is 13, including twowhile I was on a bike…. a little close especially since it was a mom and a baby…. but it all turned out well.  Here are some pics of  the ones I saw when I had a camera!

3 moose on the side of the road and one chilling in a lake.

Jennifer, throw another log on the fire

19 07 2010

Over the 4th of July, Mom and I went up to Denali National Park to hike and fish and hang out.  The first day we attempted to hike Mt. Healy, however about half way up we got poured on, and decided to turn back since the terrain was already getting a little iffy.  Mountain hiking on slippery rocks and tree roots is not a great plan.  So we came back ate at Lynx Creek Pizza (yum) and then settled in while the weather periodically got better and worse.  In the afternoon we went down to Savage River (as far as you can drive into the park) and hiked around until it started raining again.  Then a very important event occurred…. FIRST CAMPFIRE OF THE SEASON!!!!!  Wahooo!  Hot dogs and S’mores YUM!

The next day the weather cleared, thought not enough for the mountain to be out, but enough to tackle the climb again.


Half way to the top

Where we started, more or less is the little village down there with the blue roofs.

Cloudy at the summit of Mt. Healy!

Even the squirrel wanted to enjoy the view!

I love Alaska this much!

I Wake Up Every Morning With A Big Smile On My Face

26 05 2010

One of the things I love most about Fairbanks is that you never have to go far to see wildlife.  I was working last Saturday and on one of the breaks in the conference  I took a walk along the river and what did I see but this little guy/girl.

Just a little beaver building his dam along the river!  I watched him/her gnaw on the trees, drag them into the water and stack them up on the dam.  Pretty neat break!

While I was watching a beaver building creation, some mallards floated by.  Sure beats my normal work breaks.