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    looks like a great adventure, hick.

    though, to be honest: the scenery is nothing to what i've seen just going up to the family cabin every summer in the cascades and working as a dishwasher/busboy/waiter in yellowstone park summers in yellowstone park.

    how would you compare the scenery in alaska to the pacific northwest?

    i had thought alaska would be more impressive.

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    Alaska is much more impressive in terms of density of wildlife, geo & topo expanses (my iPhone is really not capturing it - wait'll I get canon, go pro + drone uploaded), rapid weather changes, dramatic seasonal changes, fishing opportunities, remote opportunities and people, in my (still limited) experiences.

    It loses greatly (to most) with winter. The happy stayers see it as a chance to reach previously unreachable destinations (by snow machine). Other pluses are: Ice fishing regs are lack, no bears in the bush, winter sports and indoor projects.

    Don't get me wrong. I'm in love with the Oregon/WA coast, Olympic, Montana, Idaho, N Calif., etc. but AK's still the last frontier in many respects (amazing how wired <verizon> it is these days) - one can still apply for residency, get in 1 year, stake out some public land off the road system, squat on it (essentially) for a year whilst developing it to varying degrees and call it home,...for a small tax. Homestead Act

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    We've been covering serious ground. 5 and 6 hour drives being common and still aren't anywhere near touching the corners.

    I do believe it'll roll out something like this for me:

    work in anchorage till fall
    buy a jeep camper
    drive ak - ecuador over 3 months
    winter in S America & teach some
    return AK in early spring to work & study for pilot license (small aircraft - float) and maybe teach at a remote village for a year. Wow would be able to pop in and out whenever she wants as per usual.

    *An Afghan (or the right Saudi) job offer (tafflin') could void some of that.

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    Finally, the Yukon river (AK) and the Yukon terr. (Can) keep calling.

    Not to mention Haida gwaii (google image that place!) among others.

    Trying to stay pretty open.


    ps: walking out of the restaurant and towards the bridge of the tiny village of McCarthy, AK (Wrangell-St Elias Natl.Park) last night, Wow spotted a cow moose with 2 toddlers near some abandoned buildings. I shouted, they hastily made their way. Casually mentioned it to a local and he got right on the phone to alert the whole village.
    A: She could stomp someone to death.
    B: A grizzly is probably tailing them.


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    Quote Originally Posted by hick View Post
    one can still apply for residency, get in 1 year, stake out some public land off the road system, squat on it (essentially) for a year whilst developing it to varying degrees and call it home,...for a small tax. Homestead Act
    cool!

    some of your scenes remind me of lake wenatchee in the winter (my father took us up a few times as kids and we had to dig to get into the cabin and clear the snow off the roof to start a fire and stay for a few days):



    in the summer the water in the lake gets nice and warm (often calm like glass); but, there's always snow on the nearby mountains:


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    One more (this phone is killing me):

    that shot of wow's grayling a couple pages back...

    Josh (the guide) said his co. had just acquired permits for some new land to fish on.

    Seems some out of staters had shown up and applied for permits to cross the same "posted private property" parcel along with the adjoining creek and adjacent river some months back.

    They got permission w/o delay and proceeded to make camp and head straight for the mountain base where they started excavating.

    In a few weeks they decided they'd need more equipment, so began clearing for a road.

    A pilot noticed some activity and asked about the project at the next town affairs meeting.

    No one knew anything so the trustees went out there to talk to them and were met with extreme offense.

    After a short lived shoot out (no casuslties) the staties (state troopers) surrounded them and explained over a megaphone that AK does indeed have laws now and legal processes to claim a gold digging venture..and...their "process" was definitely not legal.

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    Brewed a cup of coffee atop a glacier, we did

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    Group of 5 glampers came along behind us.

    Not sure if they were sneering at the fact we'd scrambled off the trail up there or that I was armed. Either way, when 2 teenage grizzlies came ambling down the slope (about 500 yards upwind of us), they quickly moved to put us between them and the big, mean bars.
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    ...exciting commentary, exemplary photography...I'd never set foot there...

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    C'mon Tom There's tiered accommodation at every stop.

    You take the lodge, Wow's in a "cute" cabin and I'll sleep in the ditch

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    That's a nice shot, hick.

    Possibly reminds tc of an air-conditioned mall.

    Those ones that need rotating by 90 degrees though...

    There have been a few.

    You know about 'landscape', right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    You know about 'landscape', right?
    The term is vaguely familiar but I'm completely fucked for malls.
    Air conditioning,...I can clean and change filters.

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    Thanks Hick, for a little sanity in this world of madness.

    Photography is noticably improved. You must have had some mash.

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    There's so much awesomeness on show here but I'm sure there is much much more there. Great thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neverna View Post
    but I'm sure there is much much more there
    ...you suspect there's a there there then...

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    It's the time space warp continuim conundrum, tc. It's here, there and everywhere. For sure there's a there there. It's likely there are hundreds or thousands there. One just has to look and and one will see.

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    I just got back from the there and it really felt like here at the time, but alas It's there again.

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