Such is a rainy day in Alaska!
Friday, August 29, 2008
Such is a rainy day in Alaska!
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
But the first thing you notice when you walk in is all the stuff hanging everywhere. Bra's, underware (hers & his.. *shudder*), business cards, driver licenses, military ID's and there was even someones fake leg hanging on a post. After you have a beer or two, the bartender will come up to you with a jar of pickles. He'll calmly ask you if you'd like a pickle. He'll then take the lid off and all of a sudden you get a whif of the most obnoxious smell. Then he'll inform you that if you can eat one whole pickle that you can drink the rest of the night for free. I have to tell you, when I was younger I thought I was pretty daring and would do a lot of things on a dare. But, there was no way one of those pickles was even going to touch my lips. Don't get me wrong, the thought of drinking the rest of the night for free was a real temptation. I figured though that after eating one of those pickles, there was no way my stomach would be in any mood to have alcohol added to the mix.Notice the comfortable stumps for stools? Needless to say, people didn't sit there for more than a couple of beers.
As you can see the Bird House was a fire hazard and the odds finally caught up with the owners and the it burned down about 1996 or so. Since then a bar in Anchorage called Chilkoot Charlie's built an addition to their bar and made a replica of the Bird House for tourists to visit. It's not the same thing but gives you an idea of what it looked like.
All the above pictures are pics that I found online. I had pics of this from before but can't find them.
Upon going through film from cameras that they had set up on various trails in the area. They found pictures of a couple other bears that are also in the area. There has been no mention as of yet as to what they plan on doing with those bears. Probably nothing unless they endanger humans.
This monster king salmon below was caught out of Kenai this year. Fish and Game recorded the monster fish, which was just beginning to blush, at 54 inches long, 32 inches in girth and weighing 72.75 pounds. Just 3 lbs short of the record. The man (George Wambold) came all the way from Pennsylvania to fish up here.
Below is a few more huge king salmon that was caught in Alaska. I don't know the details of when or where they were caught. I found the pics online and put them on here for you all to enjoy.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Kathy and I are planning on a trip down to Homer to visit Jean and the eagles that visit her as soon as we can. I'll post more pics as soon as we get them.
Monday, August 11, 2008
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Sunday, August 10, 2008
Devon showing his bandaged body and shredded pants
The teenager ( Devon Reese) said he knew the attack was on and even though they say the best thing you can do in this situation is to drop, cover your head and play dead. The bear may nibble on you a little but hopefully it'll figure you for dead and no threat and leave you alone. Devon said to heck with that. If the bear wanted him, he was going to have to earn it. With that Devon fought back. Swinging with fists, elbows and feet. As fast and furious as he could. The bear got in the better of the licks to say the least. Gouging Devons legs, thighs, scratching his face and biting his arms. Then for no reason the bear turned around and walked back into the woods. Devon made it to safety and called for help on his cell phone.
August 8th another jogger was attacked in Bicentennial park. Clivia Feliz, 51 was jogging and was attacked by a brown bear. She recieved bite marks to her head, arms and torso. She was injured pretty bad. She was jogging in the same area where the jogger I wrote about in earlier blog was attacked. This same sow bear with 2 cubs is said to be the one that attacked another young girl just before I moved up here and injured her real bad. She is still recovering in the hospital. A bike rider was said to have been attacked by this same bear. He was able to outrun it though.
Game & Wildlife Biologist heading down the trail in search of sow bear responsible for several attacks
The police have been out along with game and wildlife biologists trying to find the bear to put it down.
There was another attack on Admirty Island to a woman tourist. She is in fair condition. The bear was scared off by a man with a gun. She recieved a couple bite marks.
Yet another woman was attacked about 2 weeks ago at a resort. She works there in the summer and was going outside for some fresh air and was attacked just feet from the door of the lodge. She recieved bad bites to the head and torso. A tourist that was staying at the lodge scared the bear off and got help for the lady.
My wife Kathy went rasberry picking last weekend (August 2) in the Spenard area of Anchorage. That is where we lived when I first met and married Kathy in 1984. She was picking the rasberries behind a friends house in the alley along the back fence. While she was picking she came across a fresh pile of..... well, lets just say the bear left a present. The grass was matted down around the rasberry bushes where it was eating the berries. Needless to say she decided she didn't really want to make rasberry jam that day. She got in the car and came home with a cup of berries.
Hopefully we won't have any more attacks. But people obviously aren't listening and still use the trails, put dog food out on their decks and other things that bring the bears in.
Monday, August 4, 2008
Large grooves are cut into the frozen Tanana River ice about 300 feet from shore. Volunteers lends their muscles to pull on ropes to stand a wooden tripod upright. Holes are drilled in the ice, allowing water to seep upwards, filling in the grooves to freeze the tripod in place.
A watchtower erected next to the tripod holds the official clock of the most recent breakup, and provides a "photo opportunity" for visitors while they wait for the ice to move.
Once the ice has thawed to the point where walking on it is no longer safe, a wire is attached from the watchtower on shore to the top of the tripod, and rigged up to a clock mechanism so that the clock will be stopped when the tripod moves 100 feet. Watchmen monitor from the time the clock is activated until the ice has gone out. A siren will alert the townspeople to the tripod's first movement.
When the tripod trips the clock, spring has officially arrived, and Interior Alaska's rivers are once more navigable. And someone is a lot richer.
Closeup of a tripod set up on dry land
I've had a lot of people ask me about the Northern Lights up here in Alaska. So I thought I'd post a few pics to show everyone just how beautiful they can be. This first picture shows the bright fluorescent green color that most people hear about or see in pictures in magazines.
I thought this picture was really neat because of how bright the northern lights are even with the city lights.
This picture has a really spooky feeling to it. The first time you see the northern lights in real life, you get an end of the world feeling. You feel like your in the twilight zone for sure. It is definately an awe inspiring sight. One of natures real things of beauty that will take your breath away.
The northern lights are usually visible from Sept to Oct and Mar to Apr.
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Sunday, August 3, 2008
I just couldn't see me on crutches running around town with a camera trying to get shots of bears. So I went to our newspapers website (Anchorage Daily News) and found these pictures that were contributed by readers.
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This one amazes me. A large bear like this balancing on the top of a fence. You can tell this one has had to outrun the law before! I wonder if the homeowner insurance will repair the fence?
Makes you a little leary about just going out to have a BBQ on the deck doesn't it? The dog food on the deck lured this bear in with her cubs.
This one was taken within a mile of where I live. The easy pickings in the garbage persuades the bears to come in to town for the free meal.
This big brown bear was spotted in Eagle River just out of Anchorage.
Friday, August 1, 2008
After getting up here I find out that the animal population in the city limits was just as bad as it was in 1984 when I moved up here the first time. They say there is about 50 brown bears, 35 black bears and over 100 moose living in the city limits. Just last week a jogger was attacked by a sow who had 2 cubs with her. The jogger could feel the bear snapping at his rear as he was trying to outrun the bear. He made it without getting mauled but only because the bear quit chasing him. Lucky to say the least.
The salmon are running here and lots of good fishing. There is a small river that runs in off the ocean right through town called Ship Creek that the salmon use in their yearly quest for reproduction. I haven't been fishing yet but hopefully I'll get to before the season ends.
The biggest news of all though is that Kathy and I got remarried! It was just a small wedding at home. Her Brother married us as the rest of her family watched. Unfortunately no body from my side of the family was physically here but I know they were here spiritually.