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Old 12-08-2011, 08:42 AM   #136
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Sure, I believe that....

Entering Alaska


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Leaving Alaska


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Old 12-08-2011, 10:52 PM   #137
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From my trip to Deadhorse June 2011
All photos are clickable to get a larger version on my smugmug site


Entering Alaska via the Top Of the World Hwy June 25th after having a blast at D2D




Gaggle of riders after the gathering at "Jim's Tree"






Returning from Eagle




June 26th on the way to the Arctic Circle

(NOTE: I'm pretty sure I passed Bob Riley former AL Governor was out there somewhere)






Obligatory Arctic Circle sign photo




Still on the Dalton




And a disturbing photo...anyone know what happened to the rider of this bike on June 27th...
I see he has no bags, and the fuel can is off the bike too....no helmet or gear in sight either...
This was about 20 minutes south of 69.18303, -148.83423 per my spot map..







While trying to plot where I took the photo above I found the following photo on google street view
It's near Icce Cut Is it someone from on here??

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July 1st, 2011 A Cloudy Day in Whittier

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Old 12-11-2011, 12:44 AM   #138
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Hey, how you can get that goldwing over there ? i think the ground clearence is lower than dual sport eh ?
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Old 12-18-2011, 05:14 PM   #139
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Merry Christmas from Alaska!

About 9 years ago I started a tradition of going on a backcountry ski trip out of a real popular trailhead and decorating a Christmas tree along the way. Last year I got chewed out by some park rangers who said it's illegal and complained about "trash," even though I always went back after New Year's Eve to retrieve all the ornaments I could find. So this year I kept things very low key and four of us decorated a tree in a huge city park - not state park.

I hope everybody has a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year with lots of great riding!


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Old 12-20-2011, 11:24 AM   #140
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Since the Duchess didn't have an extension cord long enough to put lights on her Christmas tree, we'll have to look elsewhere for typical Alaskan electric decorations... such as this display in front of British Petroleum's office building.
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Old 12-21-2011, 01:42 AM   #141
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Well since we've taken to a winter theme, here I am on my studded tire KLR with neighbor Snowzilla.

Some of us LOVE winter! Happy Holidays, Mark H.

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Old 12-23-2011, 09:06 AM   #142
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Backpacking in Eagle River Valley

I spend a lot of time backpacking, hiking and skiing in the Eagle River Valley as the trailhead is about 24 miles from my house and offers easy access to remote wilderness with stunning scenery and a variety of wildlife. On this particular trip I hiked in by myself, about 11 miles, and a friend hiked in to join me the following day. It snowed overnight so we hiked out through wet, slippery snow. I saw lots of fresh bear sign, but luckily didn't see any bears this time. There are some HUGE grizzlies back in there, along with wolves, lynx, wolverine, on and on.

There are two yurts and a cabin available to rent, within two miles of the trailhead, in case you have time during your travels to spend a day or two hiking and exploring. Or you can backpack farther up the valley and there are lots of camping places.

Here are a few photos. This view is nearly 4 miles up the valley, past Echo Bend. This area is covered by deep, swift water in the summer.



This was one of the countless, gorgeous reflection shots I saw that day. I was lucky as there was no wind and some sunshine! Although the high, steep mountains blocked most of the sun from the valley floor.



This is 9 or 10 miles up the valley. Eagle River is fed by Eagle Glacier, which sits below the high, snow-covered peak in the center of the background.




The trail that goes through this valley is known as the Crow Pass trail. The 26-mile trail starts in Girdwood and climbs up and over Crow Pass, traverses a glacier/snowfield or two, and comes out at the Eagle River Nature Center. This trail is part of the Historic Iditarod Trail, which originally started in Seward and came through this area. Horse-teams also used to pull sleds/sleighs through here and years ago there were roadhouses along this trail. The trail goes below and in between the two sunny peaks on the center left and the peak with a bump on the right. This river is pretty mellow in the fall and winter but fills up in the winter and the whole river bed is covered with fast-flowing, freezing-cold water.

This is Raven Creek, fed by Raven Glacier, which is visible from the Crow Pass area. This is the water source when we camp back here as it's not silty like the main river.



There are lots of black bears and grizzlies back in this valley, and some of them are incredibly HUGE! Over the years I've seen quite a few huge grizzlies and luckily haven't had any problems. I start singing, which is enough to scare most critters away. At the place where this photo was taken, we saw these fresh tracks and fresh blood on the trail, so we made lots of noise for 15 or 20 minutes.



Unfortunately there's a river crossing to get to the secret place where we "camp," but I don't mind crossing in the winter when the water is usually only knee-deep, unlike the summer when it's up to your hips.



P.S. AKDuc, I like your Snowzilla picture! I went by the Billy's house the other night and there's no snowman there yet.
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Old 01-01-2012, 08:56 PM   #143
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Different perspective - bird's eye view

These photos, taken a few miles outside of Anchorage, show a bird's eye view of parts of Turnagain Arm, the Kenai Peninsula, part of Cook Inlet and a couple peaks in the Chugach front range. A friend and I had ambitious plans to climb Rainbow Peak and then traverse a challenging ridgeline over to South Suicide Peak. This was in May. Snow conditions were rotten, very soft and slippery, and provided no traction on steep slopes. We weren't able to reach our goal, but had a great day enjoying sunshine and fantastic views, barely hearing the traffic below us.

Rainbow Peak is the small peak in the center background. It doesn't look like much but it's a VERY strenuous hike, gaining 3,500' elevation in less than 2.5 miles. It's a true thigh burner! Turnagain Arm is to the left and Cook Inlet is to the right. The Kenai Peninsula is in the distance (barely visible, and on the far side of Turnagain Arm.



Here's a view looking down on Turnagain Arm and the Seward Highway, barely visible far below. The Seward Highway goes along Turnagain Arm, past an incredible array of tall mountains, waterfalls, glaciers and rivers. The Chugach Mountains line one side of the Arm and the Kenai Mountains line the other side.



Here's a view looking towards the Kenai Mountains and the little town of Hope, across Turnagain Arm. There's a trail that traverses the valley - called the Resurrection Pass trail. It starts in Hope and ends in Cooper Landing, going 38 miles. It's fantastically fun to ski or ride bicycles on! There is a dirt road in Hope that ADVers can ride on sometimes, but I can't remember the name of it since I haven't been on it yet. It might be called the Palmer Creek/Mine road.




A few views of South Suicide peak. We tried hiking along the high ridgeline, and got pretty far. All the brown crud on the snow is leftover ash from a volcano that erupted. It really changed snow conditions. We noticed lots of very fresh snow slides and avalanches.



A closer view of South Suicide. What a beauty! I've climbed it once.



Here's a view of South Suicide and North Suicide peaks, with frozen Rabbit Lake on the valley floor.


When we gave up our ambitious hike, we traversed across the steep slope underneath the big rock outcroppings. When we tried crossing the big snowfield, my friend's dog, who was above us, started a snow slide. We ran off to the side and watched the snow slide become bigger and wider. It was slow moving, but it's still a good thing we didn't get caught in it. The only problem was it didn't take the whole snowfield, so we still had to cross it. My friend made her dog cross it below us the second time we tried crossing.




The Seward Highway, between Anchorage and Seward, is a national scenic byway and after you ride on it, you realize why. It's beautiful in every season, with countless views of mountains and glaciers. Ahhh.....
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Old 01-10-2012, 03:01 AM   #144
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I took these in Thompson Pass on a rare clear day while guiding a tour with Motorrad Magazine. Enjoy!






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Old 01-25-2012, 04:29 PM   #145
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How about some northern lights pictures?
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Old 01-29-2012, 03:27 PM   #146
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No Northern Lights, But...

...still some purty scenery. Mts Sanford, Wrangell, and Drum from Mile 21 on the Tok Cut-Off. That's about 103 miles southwest of Tok. It's terrible that I have to drive by here a couple times a week.


And since the Duchess threw in some of her Kodiak shots, I'll add another panorama that was taken on our ride around that island in '09.


The view across Kachemak Bay from the ferry dock at Homer
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Old 01-29-2012, 03:59 PM   #147
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really?? there are green trees in Alaska?...we people of arizona thought that it snows all year round in alaska? and trees cant even survive,,,we thought wrong,,,we also thought that it rains non stop 365days in Seattle. (??)

...but your alaska trip is very inspiring..
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Old 01-29-2012, 11:22 PM   #148
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ATV at Knik Glacier

Moon rising while loading ATV at Jim's Creek

And a few minutes later

Griz on the Russian

Russian Orthodox Church in Ninilchik

Wolf in Denali NP

Sunset over Susitna from 5th at the Inlet

Sunset from western Northern Lights east of Earthquake Park

Float Planes on Six Mile Lake

Rainbow near Mt. Edgecumbe, Sitka

Waterfront home in Sitka

Sitka Marina

Water tank on Wornzof beach with view of downtown Anchorage

Sunset summer solstice at Wornzof beach

Returning from Halibut charter out of Homer


Oops...look who snuck into this shot!
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Old 01-30-2012, 09:47 PM   #149
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PowerT, you have some great shots! They remind me so much of my years in Anchorage. Thanks!
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Old 02-01-2012, 11:34 PM   #150
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PowerT, you have some great shots! They remind me so much of my years in Anchorage. Thanks!
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