S: Alaska 2011
FC: Alaska Trip 2011 July 15 - July 25th | "It isn't how much time you spend somewhere that makes it memorable: it's how you spend the time."
1: Good Morning Alaska | Time to start the Adventure
2: Ready To GO! | Headed to Denali National Park | DAY ONE: DENALI | Jess and Phil
3: Mt. McKinley: The HIGHEST mountain peak in North America. Elevation 20,320ft. above sea level
4: Setting up Camp
5: RILEY Creek Campground: WOlf Loop
6: Eilson Bus Tour | Grizzly Bear | Lynx | Caribou | Dall SHeep
7: 8 hour Bus tour, 66 miles into the park. | THREE BEARS CAME OUT TO PLAY!
9: 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.
11: "Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better." ~Albert Einstein
12: vacation | vacation | vacation
14: Life is Good!
15: "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."
16: BEAR DUNG
17: Thanks to Phil, we were able to see real bear poop. Go Phil!
20: Hurricane GULCH
22: Flowers on the fireweed stem are half gone.... summer is half over
24: West Butte Trail: Tread: Gravel, wood stairs, geo-block hardened, dirt surface, 2â€™-6â€™ wide Length: 1.5 miles(2.4 kilometers) DIfficulty: Moderate to difficult
25: Going up! | Gorgeous day to hike the Butte....
27: Pioneer Peak | As Phil would say: WINNING..
30: SOMETIMES DREAMS COME TRUE
31: Life ain't always beautiful, but it sure is a beautiful ride. | Matanuska Glacier
32: It's worth the climb when you get to the top!
33: LOOKING OUT AT BALUGA POINT | July 22, 2011: Headed south to Homer, AK | 6.5 miles south of Anchorage city limits
35: Gorgeous Day | Beluga Point, a rocky outpost jutting into the waters of Turnagain Arm, is just south of Anchorage all the Seward Highway. It’s named for the white whales that are often spotted from this location as they make their way up and down the inlet.Belugas are often seen from mid-July through August when salmon are running in Cook Inlet
36: Homer Spit: The longest road into ocean waters in the world
37: Wind like crazy!
38: Camping on the SPIT
40: Rainbow in the Distance
41: Alaska's Deadliest Catch
42: July 23, 2011 Halibut Fishing Charter Inlet Charters | Max
43: Nobody ever said life would be easy, they just promised it would be worth it
44: Crazy Homer Spit WIND
45: The Salty Dawg Saloon!
48: Hatcher's Pass: Independence Gold Mine
52: 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
53: 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
54: 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.
55: 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.
57: Taken from through the windows.... the apartment homes of the Miners.
58: The best memories are the ones that you try to explain but in the end...you just say...you had to be there.
59: Seriously Dad!!!! (Butt pincher!)
60: "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."