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Old 07-11-2005, 12:05 PM   #76
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Rode up to Independence gold mine today with my friend Beej, near the start of Hatcher's Pass, which I'll be taking in a few days on the way to Fairbanks.



Up higher there are little mini versions of this all over every hill, tiny rocky, foamy streams that empty melted snow into this river.




Beej and I in a large parking lot where people prepared to climb then jump off the nearest peak.



Independence Mine.



This is a hoary marmot on the roof of a mangled building. A magpie started harassing it or I never would've spotted it.















Ok here's another "look how good my zoom works" picture. But really, look how good it works--I shot this from a balcony on one of the restored mine buildings. It looks like a regular grinny to me, but it's an "arctic grinny" according to something I read. Ok it didn't really say grinny, it called it an "arctic ground squirrel".



I think the city in the valley here is Palmer. Either that or Wasilla. I just like how this one looks.




Me and Beej are riding to Seward tomorrow to camp, then take a boat ride and look for some whales the day after. I'll probably leave for Fairbanks on Thursday over Hatcher's Pass.
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Old 07-11-2005, 04:57 PM   #77
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Those are some great shots of Hatcher Pass, SnowRider! I did the run up and over the pass to Willow a few weeks back, and it was a great trip... You are running around my neck of the woods, and I hope to run into you one of these days... Enjoy the great weather and have a blast in Seward! Ride safe and keep up the great work!
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Old 07-12-2005, 08:55 AM   #78
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Hey Snowrider,

Big Dr. Pepper fan, are you? I think I saw you at the grocery store last night. Looked for your bike in the lot, but didn't see it. Are you enjoying Fairbanks?
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Old 07-13-2005, 08:41 PM   #79
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Hmmm, not if I was buying Dr. Pepper in Fairbanks. I was in Seward last night eating some sea bass and halibut that was out of the ocean about 3 hours and perfectly cooked over coals by some army guys who were on pre-deployment R&R.
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Old 07-13-2005, 08:58 PM   #80
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Great shots - great writing!
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Old 07-13-2005, 09:11 PM   #81
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hey snowrider, I saw you and your friend at hatcher pass. not a lot of guys touring on DRs and I remembered seeing the begining of your trip thread and wondered if it was you. cool

we are going to McCarthy Friday and will end up in Fairbanks Saturday morning on our way to Prudhoe. If you want to ride with us for any portion you are more than welcome

check out the McCarthy and just because its there threads in the great white north forum
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Old 07-13-2005, 09:11 PM   #82
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if it's not too late

Try entering the US along the Top of the World Hwy, did the ride last weekend from Anchorage to Dawson. Pretty Cool. Good luck.
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Old 07-13-2005, 11:23 PM   #83
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I did top of the world highway on the way here. I wouldn't mind spending more time in Dawson City, but don't want to double any of my route if I can help it.
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Old 07-14-2005, 02:37 AM   #84
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Originally Posted by ganshert
we are going to McCarthy Friday and will end up in Fairbanks Saturday morning on our way to Prudhoe. If you want to ride with us for any portion you are more than welcome
I don't know for sure when I'll get there, but that's pretty close so there's a good chance you'll see me in Fairbanks or heading up.
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Old 07-14-2005, 08:49 AM   #85
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Outstanding read - thanks for sharing and keep it coming - bdagw
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Old 07-14-2005, 02:02 PM   #86
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Beej and I left for Seward on Monday and slowly wandered our way down stopping fairly often for a short ride. This sand is glacial silt, gradually becoming water as you look out. Beej tried to convince me that people sink in up to their waists and helicopters have ripped people apart trying to get them out. I still think the people who've gotten stuck were just panicky and stupid, and I could get myself out from waist deep. It's almost worth trying.
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Old 07-14-2005, 02:03 PM   #87
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It's a nice ride to Seward--the road was the nice, curvy, between a mountain and a lake kind of road. Little waterfalls poured out of the rocks right next to the road and the water disappeared somewhere under or along side the road.


These dead trees are all over down here. In 1964 a 9.2 earthquake sank the ground and salt water came in and killed all the roots, leaving forests of trees that look like this.
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Old 07-14-2005, 02:04 PM   #88
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We stopped at a wildlife refuge along the way.
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Old 07-14-2005, 02:05 PM   #89
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Playing with a really wound up young fox.
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Young grizzlies playing tug of war with the food dish.
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