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Hoon on the loose ..... Jacqueline heads to Alaska

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azkaisr

I cant wait to get my autograph on the book you are going to write. (you are, arent you??)

 

I have enough material to write several books thumbsup.gif. What I share here is only a fraction..... eek.gif.

 

Whip, your welcome for the moose pic's thumbsup.gif. I'm still looking for Bear! I may have to go back to Hyder, they all seem to be down there.

And yes, men, men, and more men...... there's something about a BMW F650GS.

 

Tom, you can ride or fly on up and see me also. Just don't go pushing anything/anyone else over grin.gif.

 

Not that I ever did push anyone over is what I am sure you meant to say. I am not going to look at this as a truce violation otherwise I would ask why you are taking pictures of boyscouts when it was supposed to be Mountain.... wink.gif

 

 

And I may just sneak up there and visit you yet!

 

Tom

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Jacqueline

On Friday 7/06 I rode Hatcher Pass again……

 

This time the wildflowers were out in full bloom…..

 

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One of my favorite flowers……. Daisies every where…..

 

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Views of the Little Susitna River….. Just beautiful.

 

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I could have sat on the bank all afternoon and just listened to the calming sounds of the great outdoors…….

 

But I was off to the Museum of Alaska Transportation & Industry in Wasilla….

 

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What a fanatic Museum…

 

It was full of Planes…..

 

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Trains……

 

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Automobiles…..

 

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Snow machines……

 

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Boats…….

 

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Farm equipment…….

 

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Road equipment....

 

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Even this Pink thing…..

 

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But not a single Motorcycle????????

 

I asked the very nice lady who took my admission fee if I missed the motorcycle(s). She said “no” and suggested that I make comment of that fact in their comments book….. so I did (in a very nice way). I was really surprised there was not at least one; I have been told that Alaska has the most motorcycles per capita….. and from what I have seen…. I believe it.

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tallman

Troublemaker! tongue.gif

Keep up the good work .

Have fun. wave.gif

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Whip

Thanks J

 

I can't wait!!!!

 

Where ya stayin now????

 

Are ya still workin for Barb some???

 

You gonna change my tires and oil when I get there???

 

 

 

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Whip

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azkaisr

At least they had the "pink thing" Very nice flower pics by the way!

 

Glad all is well

 

Tom

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Bill_Walker

Beautiful river!

 

Cool museum, but it looks like their restoration department is a little underfunded. They get points for originality, though.

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Richard_D

Jacqueline, your bike will be ready for the museum soon. grin.gif

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Jacqueline

The Northern Riders BMW Club held a BBQ on Sat. 07/07/07, which I was invited to.

 

What do they have at a BBQ in Alaska….. Salmon, Reindeer dogs, and hamburgers.

 

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The food was delicious and the company was great.

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They gave out door prizes and I was given a very nice pair of BMW gloves for coming the longest distance,

 

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as well as a club shirt, pin, and a sticker for my bike.

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Thank you so much!!!!

 

On my way back to Anchorage I stopped by Eklutna Village Historical Park, the oldest continuously inhabited Athabaskan settlement in the area,

 

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with colorful Spirit Houses built over graves.

 

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On Monday 07/09/07 I hopped on the bike and headed out to find Hope, Alaska.

 

On the road to Hope...

 

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Hope was one of the original gold rush towns founded in 1889. The town (camp) was named after a 17 year old prospector, Percy Hope.

 

Hope still holds a charm from the early days…. And as I rode into town, the air was full with the sweet small of wild roses

 

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The turn-of-the-century log Social Hall still host community meetings, dances and weddings.

 

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Hope is a town for opportunists and adventurers.

 

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It's wonderful to find places still without a McDonalds or a Wal-Mart ..... clap.gifclap.gifclap.gif

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motorman587

Miss Jacqueline,

I saw some where that you stated were not ready or did not want to do the haul road, can remember which. Not a bad thing, but... You need to do it. It will be something that you will take from Alaska and keep with you. I am glad that I did it and having kept up with your post where you travelled that one road towards Inuvik, Canada. You have the "will" and the "guts" and the motor that can do it. I wish I could show you the pictures from the haul road that I took, but I computer dumby. lmao.gif I also know, if you went, you would take such great pictures to post. The haul road is not that bad. The worst to me was between Fairbanks and Yukon River bridge, closer the bridge, construction zone, and I was on an LT. thumbsup.gif Anyhow, love the updates and pictures like the rest of us.

Enjoy, and wish I was back up there.

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Jacqueline

Where ya stayin now????

Are ya still workin for Barb some???

You gonna change my tires and oil when I get there???

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Whip

 

Whip,

I am back in Anchorage for now. I have a house sitting / cat sitting gig for the next three weeks. It will allow me to stay in out of the cold clap.gif…yes its cold up here …. And I can take short trip. I will also be helping Barb out again. Barb is such a super person thumbsup.gif. And Whip yes, I’d be more than happy to change your tires and oil!!!! grin.gif I may be a little slow; I don’t know your bike like I know mine wink.gif.

 

 

Jacqueline, your bike will be ready for the museum soon. grin.gif

 

Rich, I was thinking the same thing!!!! It might be a fitting end for the bike when the time comes thumbsup.gif!!! I spent today cleaning her up and she still looks pretty good for what she has been through. It really the Jesse bags that have taken the beating…. And I’m covering them with stickers tongue.gif from places she been.

 

 

Miss Jacqueline,

I saw some where that you stated were not ready or did not want to do the haul road, can remember which. Not a bad thing, but... You need to do it.

 

John,

I did the harder highway (the Dempster) so I should be able to handle the Haul Road thumbsup.gif. I know I can if the weather is right and my mind set is right. In fact I’m getting ready to go meet Curtis (the gentlemen I rode the Dempster with) at Barb’s house. Now that I’m rested, if he is going to do the Haul Road sometime in the next month…… eek.gif I very well may be right there with him.

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Whip

Your my hero!!!!!

 

Dempster and the Haul Road!!!!!

 

WOW!!!!!

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motorman587

She rocks!!! thumbsup.gif Eventhough she did not return my call, as I travelled all the way up to Alaska to see her. blush.gif, but all the attention she is getting I do not blame her. grin.gif

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keithb

Jacqeeee

I LOVE the pics of the old snow machines and the piece of road equipment. Classic stuff there for sure. That road equipment piece was used in an old WWII movie I just saw recently. Don't recall the name. The British were searching for a spy in their midst and of course they found out who he was at the end. As they were flying out of Germany the spy ended up jumping out of the plane to avoid being hanged back in Britain. Just a good ole war flick. It looks like you are having a blast in Alaska. It is one of the places I truly want to see before I depart this world. Keep writing and snapping photos. It is the trip of a lifetime for you. Godspeed.

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Warren_H
Your my hero!!!!!

 

Shouldn't that be shero? grin.gif

 

I've enjoyed the pictures and story as well I'm leaving for Alaska this Saturday. I won't be doing the Haul Road or any other dirt/gravel roads. GF flies to Anchorage on 8/1 then we're taking the ferry from Skagway, AK to Bellingham, WA to see the Inside Passage.

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Jacqueline

Last Thursday, I decided since I have been to several BMW tech days in the “lower 48” I’d see what a KLR tech day in Alaska was all about. Also thought I might get some pointers on how to go about working on Whip’s KTM when he gets up here… thumbsup.gif.. Both bikes start with a K so I figure they have to be the same, or close enough grin.gif.

 

There were a lot of KLR’s, and a lot of eager riders ready to be mechanics. Under Beezer’s (member of the Adventure Rider board (plaid shirt)) watchful eye a lot of wrenching was going on clap.gif.

 

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This seem to be a popular tool that afternoon.

 

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I give this rider a lot of credit….

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He wrecked on the Top of the World Highway coming back from Dust 2 Dawson and did some serious damage to his right shoulder….. but that wasn’t stopping him from wrenching on his bike thumbsup.gif.

 

In the mist of all the KLR’s was this Dakar with a leaky Fork Seal.

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Leaky fork seals on F650’s seem to be a popular thing up here this summer. I was very impressed with the young rider; Aaron.

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This past weekend I managed to do my own mini tech day; when my battery went dead eek.gif(for the forth and final time). I will have to admit each time I have had a problem with my battery it was because of something I did. I now know how to put acid in a battery, charge it, and change it out. I’m getting so familiar and comfortable with the bike….. I’m ALMOST ready to tear into the motor…. If I need to grin.gif!

 

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Jacqueline

Saturday I went to Kenai Fjords National Park in Seward, located 125 miles south of Anchorage on Alaska’s famous Kenai Peninsula.

 

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Where I boarded the vessel, Greatland for a four hour wildlife cruise; where I saw.....

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A Sea Otter

 

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Bald Eagles

 

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Steller Sea Lions

 

 

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Seabird Colonies

 

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In the middle of the cruise we stopped on Fox Island were we were serviced a nice meal…….

 

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and where I went for a short walk to see what beauty the Island held....

 

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173596023-L.jpg... wonder if there might have been a bear close by.

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BFish

as usual very interesting and wonderful pics. thanks again. grin.gif

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OoPEZoO

Jacqueline, I've been following your thread but this is my first post up on it. I am absolutely loving this. My Dad did a trip to Alaska a few years ago on his Goldwing and has been bugging me ever since to do a second trip with him. Your pictures and travel stories have been great. His pictures didn't really do the country side much justice (he's not real good with a camera). Keep it up, you have me jonesing for an adventure of my own.

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RichEdwards

Jacqueline-----

I'll have you know that you have completely ruined the memories of my two weeks in Alaska. tongue.gif You have seen and done so much more. I'll have to return. wave.gif

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Whip

Hey J

 

Thanks for the pix.

 

Keep that ugly wrench away from my KTM!!!!

 

Don't forget August 4th in Talkeetna.....all form of consumables will be on me.

 

I hope you still have my ##s

 

Whip

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BULLman
as usual very interesting and wonderful pics. thanks again. grin.gif

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U go Girl wave.gif [waaaaaaaaaaaaaay beyond jealous mow eek.gif]

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Trajan

It sounds like "Where Eagles Dare" by Alster McClean. Clint Eastwood's BIG break. javascript:void(0)

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Jacqeeee

I LOVE the pics of the old snow machines and the piece of road equipment. Classic stuff there for sure. That road equipment piece was used in an old WWII movie I just saw recently. Don't recall the name. The British were searching for a spy in their midst and of course they found out who he was at the end. As they were flying out of Germany the spy ended up jumping out of the plane to avoid being hanged back in Britain. Just a good ole war flick. It looks like you are having a blast in Alaska. It is one of the places I truly want to see before I depart this world. Keep writing and snapping photos. It is the trip of a lifetime for you. Godspeed.

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Jacqueline

I took a ride to Talkeetna…. The doorway to Denali…. WOW, WOW, WOW!

 

The Talkeetna Spur Road…..

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A view of Mt. McKinley…. (about 160 miles away)…..

 

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Talkeetna started as a supple station for miners and trappers and has maintained its rustic spirit; it’s a small town that keeps civilization at arm’s length.….. I love this town!

 

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Flowers (wild and domestic) were in full bloom and adorned many of the log cabins that many locals still live in. I could live in one of these little cabins.

 

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Miners and trappers who live in the bush without running water or electricity come into town for supplies, messages, to do laundry and for showers…..

 

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I was told there were no snakes in Alaska…… I guess they were wrong…..

 

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A bummer sticker I purchased says it all: TALKEETNA,ALASKA

Where the Road Ends And Life Begins

 

I am going to return to Talkeetna to take a small plane…flightseeing ….

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Look for the write up in about 10 days!

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BULLman

Look for the write up in about 10 days!

We'll be waiting lurker.gif

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RatSnake

That snake wasn't native to Alaska, as I'm sure you've guessed. It was a corn snake (a member of the rat snake family) who's usually found much further south. More like GA and FL.

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Dances_With_Wiener_Dogs

The photos and stories are really amazing. I've enjoyed your contributions to this community since you first started. Keep them coming...many of us (me included) wish we could take off and do what you are doing. thumbsup.gif

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Whip

Talkeetna!!!

 

Plane ride!!!!

 

Wait for us????

 

 

We'll be there in ten days.

 

 

 

The Whip's

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hANNAbONE

yEAH bABY..! thumbsup.gifthumbsup.gifclap.gifclap.gif

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Jacqueline
Talkeetna!!!

Plane ride!!!!

Wait for us????

We'll be there in ten days.

The Whip's

 

I've been waiting tongue.gif.

 

My son flies in tonight at midnight... for six days thumbsup.gifclap.gifclap.gif

 

I've been busy planning my return route.... I'll be leaving Alaska frown.gif around Aug. 11-12 and back in DeLand around Sept. 18.

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StretchMark

Awesome! Such a cool town.

I'd highly recommend Doug Geeting Aviation out of Talkeetna. We had a great flight with him!

He's the guy they call when there's trouble on the mountain. thumbsup.gif

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BFish
Talkeetna!!!

Plane ride!!!!

Wait for us????

We'll be there in ten days.

The Whip's

 

I've been waiting tongue.gif.

 

My son flies in tonight at midnight... for six days thumbsup.gifclap.gifclap.gif

 

I've been busy planning my return route.... I'll be leaving Alaska frown.gif around Aug. 11-12 and back in DeLand around Sept. 18.

 

well we can't wait for the welcome home party. just in time for hurricanes...had to throw that in. ride safe. wave.gif

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BMWRich58

Just missed ya Jac last week when I bought tires from Barb...Oh well....

 

In Watson Lake headed homeward after doing the haul Road all the way north,Valdez,Fairbanks and everthing up/down and in between!! Dawson City kicks AZZ too!

 

Can you believe 88F in FairBanks this week??? C-YA

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Richard_D

Jacqueline, Let us know your plan for your route coming home if you can.........Rich

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randys

well we can't wait for the welcome home party. just in time for hurricanes...had to throw that in. ride safe.

 

Think we will be in the "J's" for hurricane names by then?

 

Hurricane jacquie

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dhanson

What a trip! I thought I was stubborn when on a mission, whew.

 

Does anyone know what camera she is using?

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Jacqueline

Last week I spent working for Barb at Alaska Leather…. clap.gifclap.gifclap.gif

meeting many riders that were passing through…..

 

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and catching up with local riders that I have come to know over the pass two months. clap.gif When I first arrived at the Alaskan border it was a little scary eek.gif…. Alaska is a huge place and I didn’t know anyone; but in the short time I have been here I have come to know so many wonderful, friendly people smile.gif and I have come feel right at home smile.gif, which will make it hard to leave crazy.gif.

 

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I won’t try and spell her name as I’ll ruin it…. But I will get the correct spelling……

She is originally from Australia but is living in the UK with her husband and son. She is my age and about the same size as me. She is two inches taller then I, putting her at 5 foot 2 inches….. and she rides a HP2!!!! WOW!

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motorman587

J

The HP2 has been sold at Dusty's. Do not be sadden. bncry.gif

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tallman

Jacqueline,

Nice pics.

Does this mean the R 1200 C will be for sale?

Do I see a lowered R 1200 GS in someone's future?

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We aim to please. bowdown.gif

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Jacqueline
Does anyone know what camera she is using?

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My camera is a Canon Power Shot A710. My pictures are 40% the camera, 50% the subject, and 10% luck! tongue.gif

 

 

 

J

The HP2 has been sold at Dusty's. Do not be sadden. bncry.gif

It wasn’t meant to be frown.gif. That might be a good thing eek.gif.

 

 

 

Does this mean the R 1200 C will be for sale?

YES! thumbsup.gif Know anyone that’s looking for one?

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tallman

Jacqueline,

Could've sold it twice this week.

Timing. crazy.gif

Will try to find a home for it when you return.

I'll set up a meet w/a lowered GS too (just to see how it feels, don't think it's for sale, but can build another one).

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RichEdwards

Jacqueline--There's an HP2 a BMW Tampa and the price is spectacularly low. I don't know if it will be there when you get home to sultry Florida.

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azkaisr

I've never pushed a HP2 over....

 

Answer your mail woman or I am telling your sister.

 

Tom

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Jacqueline

My son arrived in Anchorage at midnight Friday…… Saturday morning we were up early and off to Whittier.

On the way to Whittier we saw Dall Sheep resting on the mountain side along Turnagain Arm…..

 

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Whittier was created by the military during World War II. The US was looking for a spot to build a secret military installation which needed to be an ice-free port, but to be inaccessible as possible, lost in visibility-reducing cloud cover and surrounded by impassable mountains….. They found it in Whittier! The Army maintained Whittier until 1968 and until 2000 Whittier was accessible only by train or boat; in 2000 the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel was overhauled for auto traffic. The Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel goes through 2.7 miles of ancient bedrock beneath the Chugach Mountains.

 

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The Gateway to Prince William Sound; Whittier the jumping off point for enjoying the Sound and where we took a Glacier Cruise.

 

In Prince William Sound we saw many otters….

 

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Seabird colonies…..

 

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Magnificent glaciers……..

 

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Harbor seals…….

 

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BEAUTIFUL seascapes and landscapes.....

 

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What a perfect day!

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Highway41

Will never get tired of that scenery. Great shots.

Hoon looking good as does Son of Hoon.

Bill

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Huzband

That's it! I'm selling the lab & buying an ice cream shop in Alaska.

 

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Twisties

How did you ride the bike on the cruise ship? lmao.giflmao.giflmao.gif

 

Great pics and story as always.

 

I've been busy planning my return route.... I'll be leaving Alaska around Aug. 11-12 and back in DeLand around Sept. 18.

 

Too bad you are planning to be home before the fall Torrey. But if your way home takes you near or through SLC, don't hesitate to contact us locals. I'm sure I can speak for more than myself when I say, we'd be happy to help you pick a route, lend you a spare room for a day or two, or get together for a ride.

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Jacqueline
That's it! I'm selling the lab & buying an ice cream shop in Alaska.

 

After I put my son on the plane in the morning, I'll ride by there and let them know they have a buyer grin.gif. Can I work for you? I think I can scoop ice cream! smile.gif

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azkaisr

Just don't let them push you around Jacqueline.... wink.gif

 

I am not jealous I am not there....

I am not jealous I am not there....

I am not jealous I am not there....

I am not jealous I am not there....

I am not jealous I am not there....

I am not jealous I am not there....

And I still wont admit I miss you tongue.gif

 

Glad you are doing good!

 

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Jacqueline

Fishing has been on my agenda since I arrived in Alaska. How can one come to a place known for fishing, and not fish? I thought I would go salmon fishing, but one thing on my son’s agenda was to go Halibut Fishing….. and why not? “The city of Homer likes to brag that it is the Halibut Fishing Capital of the World.” So at 2:00am on Monday we were on the road and headed for Homer to board a fishing boat by 7:00am! Yes, another port and another boat! thumbsup.gif

 

Homer: Stunning beauty…. Homer Spit, Kachemack Bay and the Kenai Mountains… WOW!

 

 

The sun coming up on Homer Spit.

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Rods ready and waiting….

 

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Leaving port……

 

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Tyler(First Hand)getting the bait ready...

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I will admit that a 3 lb. weight and a 15 lb. fish are not easy for me to reel in…… I had to hug the pole and work at reeling in the line and after about doing that four times, I was hurting!

 

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One of those is mine……

 

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I caught six Halibut, but you can only keep two……. I know a couple of the ones I let go were bigger, but it’s a gamble one has to take in hopes of getting a bigger one. Some times it pays off, some times it doesn’t.

 

Our catch for the day……

 

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Again our catch for the day…. (all clean and boxed).

 

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Whip

The fishing looks great!!!!

 

Nice pix too.

 

Hope to see ya in a couple days.

 

Whip

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