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« Reply #150 on: September 14, 2017, 02:37:56 PM »
But on the flip side you are either first or last.

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« Reply #151 on: September 14, 2017, 11:10:53 PM »
I bet Norm doesn't have one of those!
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« Reply #152 on: September 15, 2017, 06:56:30 AM »
I wouldn't bet against him


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« Reply #153 on: September 15, 2017, 06:57:16 AM »
But on the flip side you are either first or last.
Yeah but grading on the curve is nice.


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« Reply #154 on: September 15, 2017, 12:12:11 PM »
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« Reply #155 on: September 15, 2017, 12:21:26 PM »
Here's an old semi they still use

End of the Alaska Hwy at Delta Juction

Heading to the Dalton Hwy

One of the many hills

Wood decked bridges!



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« Reply #156 on: September 15, 2017, 01:01:50 PM »
Heading to the Dalton Hwy

Made it to the Arctic Circle!!

Great mountain views

Camped on a plateau for the night with great views of the tundra



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« Reply #157 on: September 16, 2017, 11:41:36 AM »
Just gorgeous, a trip I always wanted to make!
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« Reply #158 on: September 20, 2017, 01:48:18 PM »
Here's more pics
There was road construction everywhere and how they do the roads up there.



They put down the base that looks like what Don has been digging up then 4" of foam then the road mix on top!
Then this guy had the best ride to work!

Some of the other rigs on the road

Getting close to Prudhoe Bay we saw the Musk Ox just outside of town



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« Reply #159 on: September 20, 2017, 02:18:41 PM »
Made it to Prudhoe Bay

Oil Rigs


Oil lines from the fields

Tractors to haul things to the fields in the winter



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« Reply #160 on: September 20, 2017, 02:30:15 PM »
Cool stuff.

What is fuel going for up there?

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« Reply #161 on: September 20, 2017, 02:37:31 PM »
 Diesel was $ 2.55 a gal in Fairbanks and $ 4.30 in Prudhoe Bay !!
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« Reply #162 on: September 20, 2017, 03:12:01 PM »
Made it to the ocean you have to use a tour company to get the last 8 miles thur oil company property.
Then 2 guys went swimming and wife said she wished she had brought her suit so one of them we were talking to said he had a extra pair of shorts and a shirt she could use and a large towel then they would head towards the bus and turn their backs while I held the towel like a good husband so she could change!

Going in!

All the way in!!
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« Reply #163 on: September 20, 2017, 05:45:34 PM »
How cool!  :likebutton:
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« Reply #164 on: September 20, 2017, 07:17:15 PM »
What, she swam and you didn't?  :facepalm:
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« Reply #165 on: September 20, 2017, 11:21:17 PM »
Man that is amaZing!   Super jealous


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« Reply #166 on: September 21, 2017, 12:01:56 PM »
Here's a nice caribou on our way back from Prudhoe Bay

Heading back into Atigun Pass



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« Reply #167 on: September 21, 2017, 12:47:28 PM »
Here's a couple of trucks we passed. Getting ready to go up the pass, check out how they're hooked together to get up the mountains!

Made it back to Fairbanks




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« Reply #168 on: September 21, 2017, 12:59:09 PM »
On the tour of Denali National Park

My wife messing around had to tell her she had her horns backwards!!

Let sleeping bears lie

Heading towards the mountain!





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« Reply #169 on: September 21, 2017, 02:26:12 PM »
Awesome to say the least!

...recognize the highway from the old ice road truckers show, but it was greener on your trip. lol

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« Reply #170 on: September 25, 2017, 05:03:46 AM »
ok back to pics
Here's a little boy for you!

He was in Denali on the bus tour we took.
These are on the Denali Hwy about 80 miles of dirt road.

Then we're driving along and Karen yells stop so she can take pictures of some swans in a small lake, and I started looking around and everywhere you look are blueberries!! So I got to work while she did pictures.

That bowl was full in about 20 minutes!!
Happy Camper we had pancakes for a week!!




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« Reply #171 on: September 25, 2017, 05:45:39 AM »
Here's a heavy lifter for Don. This was in Gulkana Ak at a small airport

Then we went to Seward to do the glacier and whale cruise.

Sea lions everywhere!

The views were amazing!



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« Reply #172 on: September 25, 2017, 09:51:41 AM »
^^^ S-64 Sky Crane. My flight school buddy, Mikey flies those locust looking prehistoric things

Two Thomas Edison M-1A steam engines on top!
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« Reply #173 on: September 25, 2017, 11:39:58 AM »
Great pics, any whales?
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« Reply #174 on: September 25, 2017, 01:39:44 PM »
Nice pics and journey.

Man that was a nice caribou.
Hope to see one like that this winter when I'm out hunting.
I generally settle on 'ah heck this one will do', but one of these years I need to get a good one.

We had decent berries this year, found lots where I'd never seen them before.
Farther north my buddy and his wife were swimming in them like never before.


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« Reply #175 on: September 28, 2017, 03:49:08 AM »
Yea we saw humpback and killer whales and Dahl porpoises and lots of sea otters!



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« Reply #176 on: September 28, 2017, 03:57:52 AM »
The captain got us right up to the glacier! You could feel the cold coming off it and hear it cracking!






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« Reply #177 on: October 02, 2017, 04:50:11 AM »
Heading back into Seward

Then we ran into the Ramblin' Rose from Deadlest Catch!

Then we went to Exit Glacier Nature Center you can hike right up to the glacier here.

Nice trails and visitors center here.
Then stopped in a little town called Moose Pass they have water wheel that has been maintained by the same family for 3 generations! It's right by the road and has a working grinding stone hooked up!! Anyone can stop to use it! Only thing I had was my jackknife,it worked great.



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« Reply #178 on: October 02, 2017, 05:04:50 AM »
Next while heading towards Homer went thur Nikiski and in front of the fire station was this old fire truck so I had to stop. 1944 Chevy all restored and looks like running because they took the battery out so nobody could steal it!



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« Reply #179 on: October 02, 2017, 03:34:18 PM »
Cool fire truck! :likebutton:
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« Reply #180 on: October 03, 2017, 12:49:57 AM »
Heading back into Seward

Then we ran into the Ramblin' Rose from Deadlest Catch!

Then we went to Exit Glacier Nature Center you can hike right up to the glacier here.

Nice trails and visitors center here.
Then stopped in a little town called Moose Pass they have water wheel that has been maintained by the same family for 3 generations! It's right by the road and has a working grinding stone hooked up!! Anyone can stop to use it! Only thing I had was my jackknife,it worked great.



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« Reply #181 on: October 03, 2017, 07:44:38 PM »
I like that fire engine too!

Great restoration! Check out the classic art-deco lines.
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« Reply #182 on: October 03, 2017, 08:05:22 PM »
I like that fire engine too!

Great restoration! Check out the classic art-deco lines.

it does need a set of like 38" cut boggers on it though.......
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« Reply #183 on: October 03, 2017, 11:21:20 PM »
Heck Don. With all that room on the farm I am surprised you don't have a water/fire truck. Sure you have water on the fuel trailer but lots of water with a pump may not be a bad idea, ask Ken?
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« Reply #184 on: October 04, 2017, 11:13:11 AM »
Heck Don. With all that room on the farm I am surprised you don't have a water/fire truck. Sure you have water on the fuel trailer but lots of water with a pump may not be a bad idea, ask Ken?
Well, if I get the whole farm (450 acres) put back together as it was in the beginning, maybe I'll have room for such things

I'd make room for that fire engine!

Dig that two piece windshield!

Bet it's weird looking through, though.

Like looking through a HUD in an aircraft. It distorts things. You see a truck going down the road for example while in a Snake. That's what reality is, but from the gunners seat you see a german troop train heading to reinforce the landing at Normandy... That little screen just wants to make you want to dive on and shoot things...

Some sort of military prismatic effect...I'm sure science has a name for it...
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« Reply #185 on: October 09, 2017, 06:26:48 AM »
Well I'll post more pics
Here's our campsite on the Homer Spit!

Here's the Spit  you can see the airport and seaplane lake also

Here's the tide coming in it was pretty cool to watch. It would come up about 6" with each wave!

And while we were standing there this sea otter comes out of the water to play on the beach!



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« Reply #186 on: October 09, 2017, 06:43:49 AM »
Also if you ever watch Alaska the Last Frontier the Kilcher's only live about 20 miles from town!! Not quite as far as they make it look on tv.


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« Reply #187 on: October 09, 2017, 08:48:10 AM »
Also if you ever watch Alaska the Last Frontier the Kilcher's only live about 20 miles from town!! Not quite as far as they make it look on tv.


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I noticed they get mail service, everything though bought arrived in flat rate usps boxes well that & they eat fresh roadkill I witnessed in one episode so you had to think the road had some traffic....
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« Reply #188 on: October 10, 2017, 05:13:09 AM »
Yeah they have their own private road going into the property.
For all you fishermen we stopped at Anchor Point,beautiful scenery and where the locals go fishing. This is how they launch a boat Alaska style!! Check it out because of the tides,you drop your boat in the parking lot and they take it from there!








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« Reply #189 on: October 10, 2017, 05:23:40 AM »
Check out the boat. Twin 250's,radar,lots of fishing poles,25-28 ft lots of room!






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« Reply #190 on: October 10, 2017, 05:28:32 AM »
This is the first time I have ever seen a log skidder used to launch and retrieve boats! Didn't see a price for the service but they're open 6 am 7 pm every day.


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« Reply #191 on: October 10, 2017, 01:17:10 PM »
Great pics! Thanks for sharing them! Love that use for a skidder....makes perfect sense given the launching location, the tides etc. Perfect for the job.

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« Reply #192 on: October 10, 2017, 02:28:13 PM »
It would have to have fluid filled tires to keep from betting buoyant, but very clever!
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« Reply #193 on: October 10, 2017, 10:27:15 PM »
Great but the salt water must play heck with it.
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« Reply #194 on: October 11, 2017, 08:50:04 AM »
Dunno if fluid filled tires would be needed....theyre heavy suckers. The Deere models (most of them Timberjack versions after Deere bought them) range from 36,000 lbs to 49,000 lbs. But you may be right? Just seems like air or fluid wouldn't have a huge impact?

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« Reply #195 on: October 11, 2017, 12:03:43 PM »
Dunno if fluid filled tires would be needed....theyre heavy suckers. The Deere models (most of them Timberjack versions after Deere bought them) range from 36,000 lbs to 49,000 lbs. But you may be right? Just seems like air or fluid wouldn't have a huge impact?
Think about how little air it takes to float sunken things. Soviet main battle tanks get slightly buoyant driving on the bottom of rivers to the point where the current can sometimes move them. THose units, T-55/62/72 are in the 40 ton range.
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« Reply #196 on: October 11, 2017, 01:17:26 PM »
Wait a second, there has to be a story here you ain't telling. I saw that diversionary tactic of talking about soviet tanks. However, you were a tank commander so what gives? :popcorn:
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« Reply #197 on: October 11, 2017, 07:09:38 PM »
Wait a second, there has to be a story here you ain't telling. I saw that diversionary tactic of talking about soviet tanks. However, you were a tank commander so what gives? :popcorn:
Not diversionary

I just remembered how poorly they crawled on river bottoms and they were all steel. So I was comparing that to the Deere thing with its big tires getting light in the surf.
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« Reply #198 on: October 11, 2017, 10:03:25 PM »
What a great trip!  I?m glad to see all those pictures. Maybe when the kids are older and busy with their own lives momma and I will go get some wild blueberries and Elk stew!!
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« Reply #199 on: Today at 04:23:53 AM »
Well I'm going to try to get back to pictures,been a crazy week. Still working 12hr days and working on sons farmhouse trying to get done before winter!
After Anchor Point we went to Portage and stayed in Williwaw USFS campground.
Then we went on a hike to Byron Glacier
Wife climbing snow pack up towards the glacier




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