Trippin' in the Yukon & the AK!

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  1. Nanuq

    Nanuq Aventurer by Trade

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    Alright, we are gearing up to do a small cruise from Sitka, up to the Yukon for a bit of a jaunt. I'm new to posting pictures, so this first post is essentially a practice.

    The plan is to have Chris fly in from the east coast. He is in need of an AK adventure. He is pretty busy building 787's for Boeing. He is anxious for some RR and a midlife crisis outlet. So I am gearing our little crew up with bikes, tools, wilderness swag and all, so he has to just step off the plane and step onto the bike. I always enjoy cruising around my home state and western Canada. Some of my favorite places on earth.

    The plan is to take the ferry to Juneau. We will hang out for two nights and a day then head to Skagway for a day or two-Whitehorse for a hot soak-Dawson City then loop around via Tok-Beavercreek then back to Skagway. We'll eat some good food notice any hot women along the way and swap stories about the old days when we used to live in Italy. We only have a short while before Chris must return to the east coast for work: June 15-June 22. Hopefully we'll see you on the road.

    Stay tuned......:freaky


    The picture is from my old village. It is my name's sake. My Inupaq name is Nanuq, given to me by my whaling captain, Ray Koonuk Sr., who passed last december.
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    Here is my bike for the adventure:
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    Here are a few tempting pictures from the Yukon: Alcan road. I travel it a few times a year on my bike when I head down to America to visit family etc. Stay tuned for more picts. from our actual Yukon stomp.

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    This picture is from the deck of the ferry heading to Skagway. This is what we call a sucker hole-when you see a little blue in the sky, which is just a teaser because it fills up with clouds within minutes.

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    We hope to meet cool new people like these very super laid back Germans I met last year while guiding a trip down to America.

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    But, before we begin a gratuitous nature pict. from one of the islands I work and live on:
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    Ok, just for fun-can anybody tell me what this is? If you can, then you get an air high-five from Alaska. These are all over the AK.


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    Bring it on :clap I am ready for some!!

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    Although this post isn't about the trip or motorcycles- several people have asked me many questions about living an Eskimo lifestyle: whaling the arctic, hunting, Alaska etc. So I am uploading this little video for two reasons. One, I am practicing my video posting skills and two, if you have ever wondered what it is like up in the arctic on the frozen ocean near the north pole, then this is a small taste. Enjoy!

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    I will take a stab at the bucket thing. I would venture it is a modern rendition of a chamber pot. They used to be a lot more elegant, made of porcelain, not that I was around when they were commonly used.
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    :rofl:rofl:rofl

    That's for sure- They are more commonly known as honeybuckets. Several locations: villages, rural areas etc. do not have plumbing for sewage or running water. Many do not even have electricity. People usually chip ice from rivers for fresh water and there are honeybucket services for picking up the honeybucket bags. You are a real Alaskan if you use one. My chamber pot when I'm working in the wilderness is a bright yellow Nalgene bottle marked as poison. My co-workers tease me. But hey, I never have to leave the comfort of my tent.:clap Which is nice on those subzero nights.
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    Only one week to go!:D
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    With pleasure, it is Inupiaq & Tlingît custom, where i live now, that we always recognize Elders-welcome to the forum. Gunalschéesh! Ho, ho! Taiku assuna arriga!
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    Hooorah! D2D is also next week in Dawson, I neglected to keep tabs this year and sure enough we will be there in time for it. It's nice when an unplanned plan comes together...:lol3:lol3:lol3:lol3:lol3:lol3:clap


    See you there!
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    Alright, so now I've been home for a while and I thought I better post some picts.

    Here is a little AK and Yukon porn for you:


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    :evil

    This is on the ferry between Juneau and Skagway. I live in Sitka, so this is my backyard kind of stuff.
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    Random ferry shot:

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    :lol3
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    So after Chris flew in from the East coast, he was not in Sitka for long, his bike was ready to roll. So within about an hour I had him loaded and we were at the ferry terminal "out the road," which is a local term that means down Halibut Point Road about 6 miles. See we only have two roads, and each road is about the same length going out the opposite ends of town. We ferried to Juneau where we had to overnight before catching the ferry north to Skagway. When you live on an island the ferry is the only way to get off with a vehicle.

    It was good to see Chris, I was grateful that he chose me to guide him into the Yukon Territory. We've known each other since we were in our late teens and we roomed together in college. Now he's a big successful Boing 787 builder and manager. He married a sexy southern woman and has a brood of amazing daughters. So that is his back story, oh he also plays guitar, so ever since we were kids women always flocked to him-I was smart to hang out with him so I could meet women by association. I even held a guitar pretending to know something. That was a whole different lifetime.
    :freaky

    These are picts of Chris's life on the way to Sitka:

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    This is on the ferry approaching Juneaue. We didn't take very many picts of Juneau going up, due to the fact that we just went to the Juneau hostel and crashed after eating at Palmeni's-we didn't do much. If you go to Juneau, Palmeni's is an amazing place to eat Russian style dumplings for cheap. Plus they have a killer little record player with hundreds of old LP's. It's located right down town and the hostel was only like $12. Not bad for a place to sleep and a hot shower.

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    For a proper introduction here is Chris-one badass, mother... Just kidding, he's a pretty cool guy. Although he is pretty badass in his own right-the guy plays a wicked guitar. Here he is someplace in Skagway taking a selfie.

    *Correction he is in Chicken, Alaska.

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    ...and this is me: no where near Skagway, a few thousand miles north west. In the arctic, I think near Noorvik. But I don't have any good face pictures from the trip so it will have to do for now.

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