S: Alaska 2011
FC: 2011 | ALaska TriP 2011 July 15 - July 25 | Because some days are better than others
1: Phill enjoying a morning brew with a view.... First morning in ALaska
2: The Great Outdoors | Ready to go! | Headed to Denali National Park! | DAY ONE: Denali | Dad and Phil
3: Mt. McKINLEY: The highest mountain peak in North America ELEVATION 20,320ft above sea level.
4: Riley Creek | Wolf Loop!
6: BEAR POO at our camp site
7: What an AWESOME day
8: Eilson Bus Tour | Good Times
9: 66 miles into the park. 8 hour bus tour | Mooooooose | Caribou
10: Wealth is the ability to fully experience Life- Henry David Thoreau
11: Am I seriously In Alaska? | Yes Broski, You are...
13: Dall Sheep inhabit the mountain ranges of Alaska. Dall sheep are found in relatively dry country and frequent a special combination of open alpine ridges, meadows, and steep slopes with extremely rugged "escape terrain" in the immediate vicinity. They use the ridges, meadows, and steep slopes for feeding and resting. When danger approaches they flee to the rocks and crags to elude pursuers. They are generally high country animals but sometimes occur in rocky gorges below timberline in Alaska.
14: HURICAIN GULCH
15: SUNDAY DRIVE HOME | Fireweed
17: Climbing The Butte | Lifetime memories
19: On top of The Butte.......overlooking Pioneer Peak
21: On top of The Butte.......overlooking Pioneer Peak
22: Baluga Point
23: HOMER SPIT
26: "It isn't how much time you spend somewhere that makes it memorable: it's how you spend the time."
27: Life aint always beautiful, but it sure is a beautiful ride.
28: Kachemak Bay | Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God's handwriting -Ralph Waldo Emerson
29: Homer Spit: The longest road into ocean waters in the world
30: July 23, 2011 Halibut Fishing Charter Inlet Charters | M A X
31: Nobody ever said life was easythey just promised that it would be worth it.
32: CRAZY HOMER WIND
41: Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. -Mark Twain
46: Independence Mine was once two mines: The Alaska Free Gold Mine on Skyscraper Mountain, and Independence Mine on Granite Mountain. In 1938 the two were bought together under one company, the Alaska-Pacific Consolidated Mining Company. With a block of 83 mining claims, APC became the largest producer in the Willow Creek Mining District. The claims covered more than 1,350 acres and included 27 structures. In its peak year, 1941, APC employed 204 men, blasted nearly a dozen miles of tunnels, and produced 34,416 ounces of gold worth $1,204,560; today $17,208,000. Twenty-two families lived in nearby Boomtown, with eight children attending the Territorial School in the new bunkhouse.
47: By 1942, the United States had entered World War II, and the War Production Board designated gold mining as nonessential to the war effort. Gold mining throughout the United States came to a halt, but Independence Mine continued to operate because of the presence of sheelite. Sheelite occurs in some of the quartz veins along with gold, and was a source of tungsten, a strategic metal. But because Independence Mine's scheelite production was low, the exemption was short-lived. In 1943, Independence Mine was ordered to close.The wartime ban was lifted in 1946, but gold mining was slow to recover. After the war, gold could be sold only to the U.S. government at a fixed rate of $35 per ounce.
48: The best memories are the ones that you try to explain but in the end...you just say...you had to be there.
51: "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."