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Old 10-02-2016, 11:17 PM
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Default A post from an OLD friend waaay out in the Alaskan bush

This is from a long-time friend I last camped with in February in the "My Buddy's Property in the Sierra" thread around post #132. I think we met around 1997 or so.

Posted last night...

Well, camp life just gets better and better, and bears continue to keep us on our toe's. Until about a week ago we had never seen one in camp, but last Sunday the boss was cooking in the bunk house and he had an uninvited dinner guest. The bear was standing at the open door, two paws inside, nose in the air. He startled the hell out of the boss, who grabbed a hammer (the only available weapon) and scared it away. Meanwhile, we now have two cool camp dogs to entertain us. Unfortunately, the smaller black and white one tangled with a bear yesterday and barely escaped. He was wearing a bandana that was ripped up and recieved some claw marks on his chest. He thought he was after a deer, but it turned out to be much bigger and meaner. All in all though, the bears have pretty much not been a problem, and hopefully they will be gone soon. Meanwhile, we continue to enjoy fresh shrimp, crab, halibut, red snapper and venison, but salmon have been a bit thin. Otherwise I got a few days off to see Mrs A/T and to move my boat from Juneau to Ketchikan and had a great trip in good weather. I needed to get back to camp from Ketchikan and heard that the CEO was flying in to camp on a chartered float plane. I was able to hitch a ride with him, rather than fly commercial and then drive several hours to catch another boat to camp. My timing was pretty good on that one. Now that I'm back, in additon to being in charge of marine operations, I'm told I'll be leaning to operate heavy equipment. Oh joy, I can hardly wait to start ripping things up. The two bottom photos are the site of the penstock intake. Life in the bush is rewarding.

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It was just anounced that we will be shutting down for three weeks at Xmas. My hope is that it snow's like hell starting about Nov 1st so we get shut down till Feb. Three weeks won't be enough to make the Baja 1000 and I really want to see the race. As for dogs, I enjoy the ones in camp since I get to have a good buddy, but I don't have to clean up after them. The biggest problem with dogs is that you have to run the dog food through the dog instead of putting it directly in the trash. A bear dog would be great, but there is enough fire power in this camp to take down every bear in Alaska. I'm the only one in the entire crew that doesn't have or carry several guns. I'm such a lousy shot, a gun would be nearly useless, so I'm relying on bearspray.

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I pointed out that the tail number on his plane had three 6's in it. He was not amused.

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You should take a road trip with Curtis and report back to us.
That would be an epic follow up to the friend's cabin in the sierra foothills.
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^ Ha! Now you're talking bucket list material. Can't think of many things I'd like better than to load up the GF and Curtis (and Gladys) and spend a Summer up there in our van. Holy crap.
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I lived the dream in Alaska for five years as a commercial fisherman and hunting guide .all before smart phones and digital cameras... the pictures in my head would make your head spin ! Ridding a curler in a crab boat through st . Paul breakwater. Watching pots come up and begging for color like a gambler wishes for a flush, sitting in the crows nest on bear watch as my buddies pick salmon berrys. The Sitka rodeo...water skiing behind a gillneter at 30knts in Bristol bay..... it is gods country up there one day I hope to return with my family
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^ Ha! Now you're talking bucket list material. Can't think of many things I'd like better than to load up the GF and Curtis (and Gladys) and spend a Summer up there in our van. Holy crap.
The best way to have the best time in southeast is on a dual sport. Pack all your crap on and hop on the ferry in Bellingham ....
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Thanks for sharing.

Been to Alaska 8 or 10 times for work. Always to inhabited areas, but I love it up there. Will never live there, but I have a lot of contacts I hope to leverage in the future.

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I lived the dream in Alaska for five years as a commercial fisherman and hunting guide .all before smart phones and digital cameras... the pictures in my head would make your head spin ! Ridding a curler in a crab boat through st . Paul breakwater. Watching pots come up and begging for color like a gambler wishes for a flush, sitting in the crows nest on bear watch as my buddies pick salmon berrys. The Sitka rodeo...water skiing behind a gillneter at 30knts in Bristol bay..... it is gods country up there one day I hope to return with my family
Sounds sweet...especially the water skiing part LOL! He ran adventure charters before he got this new gig. Here’s his old website: http://arctictraveller.com

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Oh, I’d definitely have something on a Joehauler on the back of the van! KLR, V-Strom…something with long range and bags. If the GF is there, the van is there. No way around that. She needs her furnace.

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Been to Alaska 8 or 10 times for work. Always to inhabited areas, but I love it up there. Will never live there, but I have a lot of contacts I hope to leverage in the future.
Only been once, but I loved it. Living there would be hard. He is my only contact up there and invited me up for a free cruise on his yacht. Good to hear he got his boat moved from Juneau to Ketchikan. Maybe I/we can still take him up on that offer some day.
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New update today...

First part is a response to my question about the cranes in Juneau Harbor. Then it goes on to his adventure...

Juneau is continuing to expand the cruise ship docks as the ships keep getting bigger and bigger. In the past, when all dock spaces were full, then then had to anchor out and shuttle guests back and forth to shore. They added a large section of pier last year, but ran out of time to finish, so now that the season is over they are continuing. Otherwise, life here in the Alaskan wilderness continues to get more interesting. Last week we lost our foreman ("your fired............. you can't fire me cuz I quit!") Suddenly, like a rudderless ship we were drifting. Fortunately, the CEO of the company flew in and did the dirty work. For the time being, I got elected to be the captain, assisted by our road foreman. A formal anouncement is coming on Monday regarding the future direction of the project. Meanwhile, with a ton of different balls in the air, I found time to spend a few hours in the landing craft and take our 3000 gallon fuel truck to town tfor a fill up. My next marine priority is to build a bridge to our dock with logs, the photo shows some of the ones I'm using. Sadly, with my new responsibilitys, I don't know if I'll ever get time to pick up my van. What the hell did I get myself into? Life without my van is pretty darn sad.....

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Ahh yes, my friend has finally come to his senses!

Well, I'm still seeing bears every day, and since I am often the only one in camp on the weekends, I've decided to buy a gun. A Glock 20 10mm to be exact. It may not do me any good if a bear charges me (doubtfull I could hit it) but at least I feel better packing the thing. I plan to run several boxes of bullets through it though to improve my aim, but I doubt that in a split second I'll be able to hit much, although if it's chewing on my head, and if I can avoid shooting myself, hopefully I'll be able to distract it long enough that it spits me out. (assuming that I can get to the gun, but I plan to use a cross draw holster so if I'm rolled up in a ball on the ground hopefully I can still get at it.)

He just needs some training.

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