20151027

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Been a couple busy days in Alaska.  I’ve been around town, met some very nice people, and enjoyed dinner/drinks/convo’s with them all.  Stopped in at the:

Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitors Center, and got to see the history/making of the pipeline, and the history of the native Athabaskans (spelling really depends on the time in which you refer to when people walked the Bering Strait)
Today was my tattoo, and I couldn’t be happier with it.  Took about an hour and 20 minutes, and I really can’t say it hurt at all.  More of a burning feeling than anything else  IMG_20151027_121600
Kenny and I got to geek out a little together and play with some virtualization stuff.  We’re prepping for the trip to Prudhoe Bay which we leave for Thursday morning.  Nice and early too…. The roads this time of year are quite shite and it’s not a fast (Sage style drive)!  There will be no jumping in the Arctic Ocean as it’s closed for guests due to temps.  I’m not terribly disappointed in this as, I’m a shivering Chihuahua these days already up here at times.  Kenny sent me out for dinner pickup this evening, while he picked up Axel from daycare.  He drew me a map and everything, but I gotta hand it to VW’s updated GPS maps.  *knock on wood* but I’ve gotten everywhere I need thus far.  I promise pics of the Woods’s and their spruce built home.  Evening quadcopters have become a nightly thing, and my Holy Stone seems to be the best crowd pleaser!  Cam, Mattais, and Kenny love it!
Posted on October 28th 2015 in Posts

Day 10 update 1

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Compiled some stats for fun…

Miles         Time
804.92     12:00:24
864.26     11:58:56
743.95      12:08:58
637.6        9:54:02
594.08     10:19:49
595.48      9:34:50

Posted on October 26th 2015 in Data, Posts

20151025 Day 9

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Still in disbelief that I drove here, not sure if/when that will go away.  Today Kenny took me around town.  I got to see the Alaskan Pipeline, and learn about all it’s fun facts.  800 miles from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez, completed in 2 years.  It’s actually free floating on the trusses, and if you check out the pictures you can see how much it shifts year to year from earthquakes.  I’m actually sitting in the Alaska State DGGS facility today, and finally uploading the video of the mountains as I finished up the Yukon, and into AK.  Additional pictures taken with the phone have been added to the Yukon and AK gallery…  A pretty cool mountain sheep sighting as well.

Had a wonderful dinner at a friends house last night.  Cedar planked, self caught, smoked salmon and oven roasted veggies.  Apparently yer allowed 40 Salmon per household a year.  Shout out to Marwan and his wife for the lovely meal!

Tomorrow is a big day, first INK getting done.  When I called the shop a few weeks ago, they were like “Just come in when you get into town”  I knew full well that artists are booked months in advance, but did what I was told.  I got lucky and someone that had scheduled a full day had cancelled, and appointment made!

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Posted on October 26th 2015 in Posts

Day 9 update 1

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Went to a local pub last night.  Alaska doesn’t mess around with their beer gravities, they start at 6abv, and go up from there.   Shout out to Brad, and wish him luck on his house and pending move to Idaho.  He’s in love 🙂

Today’s plans are to visit Sublime line ink, and see about my tattoo.  Still a tad unsure about placement but I guess we’ll figure it out.

Went to the university yesterday, and learned about Alaska’s volcanoes.  Ummmmm yes they have active volcanoes here.  Who knew.  I also saw the VP of BP’s house that he rarely visits, damn what a view he’s got of Denali (mountain)

Posted on October 25th 2015 in Posts

Day 8 update 2

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Congrats to Keri and Travis on their nuptials Having Buffalo for dinner

Posted on October 25th 2015 in Posts

Day 8 update 1

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Getting my neighborly lumberjack on today. 3 chainsaws a running

Posted on October 24th 2015 in Posts

20151023 Day 7

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I stayed at the Westmark hotel in Whitehorse.  It was a much much larger town than I’d expected.  Shout out to Paul for some information related to the area.  He’s a cook at Westmark, born and raised in Whitehorse.  Joanne was a wonderful hostess, and made sure my thirst was quenched.  Hope to see ya’ll again in 9ish days.

The drive, I’ll again have to default to the video (uploading slowly now) was absolutely beautiful.  The mountains prior to Destruction Bay were just magnificent to the point I actually cried a bit *shaddap*  The roads were all paved, but you really couldn’t tell for a couple hours of the trip.

Customs was a whopping 2 minutes at most.  The only real issue was when asked, “How long were you in Canada?”  Ummmmmmm, he was kind enough, as I tried counting back the days, to adjust the question, “more than a week?”  No sir…..  I barely know what day it is these days, just the date from labeling my videos…

I arrived in Fairbanks ~4p AST (Alaska Standard Time GMT -8)  I’m still in a little disbelief that I’m in Alaska, and I DROVE here heh.  There is a rating for the level of activeness/visibility of the Northern Lights, scale of 1-9.  We’re sitting at a 3 for most of my time here, with the exception of a 4 when we’re planning to head to Prudhoe Bay, which should be amazing!  The difference between 3 and 4 is significant enough apparently to make me quite excited.

I’ll update again later today, and introduce my friends up here (the Woods), and their wonderful Spruce built, loggish house!

Posted on October 24th 2015 in Posts

Day 7 update 2

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Been in Fairbanks for a couple hours now… Still can’t believe I drove to Alaska. The scenery was f’ing incredible.. More to come…

Posted on October 23rd 2015 in Posts

Day 7 update 1

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I love West Coast Mountains. They are younger, bigger, more rough around the edges. Covered or not, they are just out there in all their glory. Yes, I’m still talking about mountains

Posted on October 23rd 2015 in Posts

20151022 Day 6

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Last night I stayed at the first and oldest (obviously) hotel in Fort Nelson.  I was built in the 50’s and had a motel add-on completed in 19080’s.  I stayed in the hotel portion.  Place looked like it’s age, but had an indoor pool in the center with Tiki heads everywhere, and a hut for karaoke.  I wandered over to the pub next door, but same building and began dumping my camera data.  I had a goal of staying up till midnight to acclimate myself to PST…  I chatted up the local color, and ran the pool table for bets of karaoke at the bar.  Thank goodness I never lost!!!!  Shout out (hola hola) to Georgeet, (owner/manager) and Ivan (bartender). Bed was 0100…. Needless to say, I checked out and was on the road by 0741PST.  Needless to say I set the camera’s and was out.  Bout 50km in I looked down and hadn’t refueled before leaving….  PPP for sure, and was coasting down most of the mountains in the Northern Rockies, trying to make it to the next station.  I’m carrying 5 gallons or 19 liters, of gas in the trunk, but really didn’t want to have to say I _had_ to use it.  I saw a sign that said “Sheep crossing” and 300 meters later, there were 2 ram/goat looking animals that were eating what little grass there was on the opposite side pull off.  I slowed down enough to watch them run and climb the mountain (which they did very easily) but couldn’t stop for a pic as I was mid coast and running on fumes.  I found a random little pit stop, and actually got some 92 octane (not cheap!)  I thanked the dood profusely for being around.  Never again… filling up at 1/2 talk regardless if it’s available!

BC, I’ve heard about their “winter highway” which is 2 side by side paths for snowmobiles, and ATV’s…  there were Miles or KM of the tracks!

As I traveled, I ran into prolly the most sketchy construction zone I’ve ever seen….  “Wait for pilot car”  ummm…   Thats new!  The sign said 20 minutes, but luckily I caught it fairly quickly.

Driving thru the Yukon, was the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen.  The video was been slowed to 10fps as opposed to 15fps as I’ve been doing to get a little better view.  I’ll be shooting 5sec shots on the way back!  I’ll let the video say what I can’t express….. If I had to turn around and head home tomorrow I would still be happy!

Oddly enough, the most cars, not {x,S}UV/Trucks, I’ve seen are all VW’s.. prolly for the TDI milage/kClicks (the locals tell me)

Camera Highway pics

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Posted on October 22nd 2015 in Posts