Upper Southeast Alaska

Discussion in 'Travelling, Commuting & Safety' started by Alaskavan, Jul 30, 2007.

  1. Alaskavan

    Alaskavan Guest

    I looked at the MapQuest map for Haines. Pretty much useless. I'm used to that up here. I highly recomend you come see this place sometime. The government's of Canada and the US are working on making the road an international scenic route. So it's not just my opinion that it's one of the prettyest places in the world. I'll dig around and see if I can come up with some pictures. It might take me a while to figure that out. My camera takes pictures that are usually around 1.5 meg.
     

  2. Alaskavan

    Alaskavan Guest

    Here's what this place looks like.

    In the late spring and fall. Most of my pictures would have to be totally butchered to fit here. If you'd like to see some of those, send an e-mail. They are large files, 1.5 to 3 Megs.
    Anyway this will give a small idea of what it looks like. If you plan to camp here, read up on camping in bear country.
     

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  3. skyl4rk

    skyl4rk Guest

    Looks great, what is the climate like? Are there any jobs?
     
  4. Alaskavan

    Alaskavan Guest

    The climate here is much like Portland, OR, except that when the snow comes in late Oct. or early Nov. It doesn't go away until April or May. We usually don't get too much snow, Glacier Bay is just the other sidw of the mountains behind town, and most of the snow usually falls there. This last winter was an exceptional one. We had about 15 feet of snow. Lots of jobs in tourism during the summer. The fishing boats usually hire local kids. I have one of the few year-round jobs.
     
  5. Alaskavan

    Alaskavan Guest

    If you plan to ride here, bring everything you might need for the motor portion of your bike (or lots of money). If (and it's a big if), UPS can find a place near you to deliver emergency supplies, "overnight" delivery will take a week or 2. On the brighter side, there are worse places to be broke down. I have several friends who had cars break down as they were passing though Haines, and they just never left.
     
  6. gone_fishin

    gone_fishin Guest

    ahhh...it sure was nice to browse a theraputic thread, nothing but serenity in those pics, van...thanx :)

    since i survived a mini motoredbike marathon, i figure it's no good stopping now...i think i'll be riding a lot of this upper coast, wanna take psugg up on his invite to whidbey before the season's out...maybe reverse your proposed route downward someday and say "howdy, alaskavan!"
     
  7. Nice scenery but Brrrrrrrrr ;-)
     
  8. Alaskavan

    Alaskavan Guest

    Augidog,
    Whidbey and the other islands are nice. Almost settled in there once. I spent some time peddaling around on them before I found this place. If you get up this way, I'll shut the shop down for a while so I can ride with you.
     
  9. Alaskavan

    Alaskavan Guest

    And I forgot to mention. When you ride with me up here, a roadside breakdown is not a problem. If man made it, we can fix it.
    No tellin' what it'll look like, but we can fix it.
    So many toys, so little time.
     

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  10. locoWelder

    locoWelder Guest

    Hey Van, Is Tsirku Canning still the largest employer in town,back in the late 80's I worked for Trident and had some friends out your way.
     
  11. iRide Customs

    iRide Customs Member

    I wish I could just pack all my **** and live in a wonderland like that. Yes, I am jealous.
     
  12. Alaskavan

    Alaskavan Guest

    Hi Loco,
    Tsirku Canning is no longer in business. There is a tourist operation, (where they show people how they used to put fish in cans?). It was a pleasant shock to see that someone down below even knows about Tsirku. What were your friends names? Maybe they stuck here.
     
  13. Alaskavan

    Alaskavan Guest

    iRide,
    I've looked longingly at your work. You could work, and therefore live, anywhere you want to. If you lived here.... It would be interesting to see if you could do for snow machines what you do so well for bikes. Very interesting.
     

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  14. Alaskavan

    Alaskavan Guest

    The view from here.

    Here's some pictures I took on my ride today. Just 7 miles out to the Chilkoot River and Chilkoot Lake. One of the prime spawning grounds for Sockeye Salmon. IMG_0380_1.jpg

    We're not the only fishermen around. IMG_0383_1.jpg

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    Oh well, what should I do with my afternoon? IMG_0488_1.jpg
     
  15. beach cruzin

    beach cruzin Guest

    Trident oo i'm sorry loco i know a little about fisheries did some comercial fishing never heard anything good about them
     
  16. beach cruzin

    beach cruzin Guest

    some cool pic's sure is a purdy place you live in
     
  17. Alaskavan

    Alaskavan Guest

    Roughing it in Alaska

    Okay. I'll try again. Started off the morning by going to the skiff to go out and check the crab traps. Both my bike, and my boat are visible in this picture. Clue: Look for the smallest boat visible.
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    Had a couple of nice crab in the traps.Thought it would be a nice day to cook crab at the clubhouse. Had to go get the crab boiler to haul out there.
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    The cooler. Water is run from that little stream you see. We run a pipe up the hill. Keeps beverages nicely chilled.
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    Also serves as a live tank to hold dinner while the water is coming to a boil.
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    Done cookin. My boiler could hold 10 - 15 crab, but it would take a long time to get that much water boiling.
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    Dinner is served.:cool:
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    That valley on the other side. that's bear country. About 5 miles outside town. When the fish are running up that stream,like right now, you might see 3 or 4 bear in a half mile on that stream. Hiking would require having large caliber arms, and someone at your back. Big brown bears.
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    Another project? I'm to busy riding.
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    The clubhouse. Just a meeting room, pool room and loft.
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    Inside the clubhouse, from behind the pool table.
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    You ever have a clubhouse when you were a kid? This is a Clubhouse. Any of you find your way up here on a ride, I can probably get clearance for you to camp here.
     
  18. Alaskavan

    Alaskavan Guest

    More bears

    The bear is just past that rock covered in seagull ... stuff. This is about as close as I care to get to a bear. Even one with a full belly. (Been a lot closer, didn't like it.)
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    Actually, the bears aren't very agressive when there are lots of fish in the river.
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    Unless they want the ones you have.
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    Notice the color of the bear? After I got home and uploaded pictures, I discovered that there were actually 2 bears there. Slightly disconcerting.:shock: I have some pictures with both of them, but they aren't good pics.
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    If you ride up here, I wouldn't guarantee you'd see a bear. But it's not rare either.
     
  19. Alaskavan

    Alaskavan Guest

    Today's ride

    Today I went out towards porcupine. Got a very late start, the clouds didn't burn off 'till about 3.

    About 12 miles up the Chilkat River, stopped to have a smoke and gaze into a valley that rarely gets visited by man (good topic for meditation).

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    The Council Grounds (18 miles up the Chilkat. The water here never freezes because of warm water coming up from underneath. Come fall and early winter, there will be thousands of Bald Eagles here. And I don't mean there will be a bunch of Eagles, I mean there will be a ****load of them. Thousands. More gather here than anywhere else on earth (I believe). They should start gathering in late October. I'll post pics.
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    Since I got such a late start I figured I wouldn't make it all the way out to Porcupine, so at 22 mile I thought "I haven't been down this road." It was a good choice (I'm lucky that way:grin:)
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    I stopped to do a check on the bike before getting crazy. Looked for anything loose that wasn't supposed to be, checked the frame for cracks, all that good stuff. That was about when I noticed the tracks just ahead and to the left of the front wheel. Pretty fresh. Small bear. Could be a Black. I don't care for them.
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    Right behind the bike I found Moose tracks. One large, probably a cow, and these. A calf. That's probably what the bear was interested in. I don't think a Black Bear would stand a chance against a cow Moose protecting her calf.
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    I looked around a bit more and found these. A few days old.
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    This bear was a bit bigger. My shoe is a 9 1/2. I've seen tracks twice this size.
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    The Soapberries must be ripe. The bears eat them so fast they evidently forget to chew, so when they pass through, a lot of them are still Soapberries. Apparently gives them the runs too. Gives one a certain feeling of trepidation going down a road you haven't been down following all these tracks.
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    Beautiful dry riverbed to ride. Miles of it. Looks like the kids come out here to do some off road riding. I had it to myself:grin:. No point in riding meekly. Might as well go Full Goose Bozo. If I fell, I figured that it would be better to die outright rather than just break a leg and wait for the bears to come shambling out of the woods. The thought added a certain frisson to the ride.:grin: I was doin' 20 - 25 mph. Standing on the pedals. Lightly holding the bars. Squeezin' the trigger. Almost like surfing.:grin:
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    Put 75 miles on the bike. The new mounts held perfectly. I did notice that I've worn the friction roller about smooth where it hits the tire. I'll have to order another. Maybe I should order a smaller one. Might slow me down some.:rolleyes:
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    On the ride home the motor started bogging and farting at speeds above 26. I remembered Bama's item about the muffler screen clogging at around 700 miles. Bet that's it. I'll deal with it tomorrow. Tonight I'll just kick back and let the rerun of today's ride cycle through my head. Thanks for letting me share it with you.
     
  20. Barret

    Barret Guest

    Alaskavan - I love reading your posts and seeing those incredible pictures. You shed some light on some pretty incredible living up there. It's a place I've always wanted to visit, but not so much to live there.

    Thanks for sharing!! (Keep 'em coming!)
     
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