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crankwalk
crankwalk SuperDork
7/21/18 1:16 p.m.

I'll give this a shot with a little update with the Ram. We've got one of our friends up from Chicago visiting for the first time so I wanted to take her on a whirlwind few days to see some of my favorite spots. Luckily, she came during the sunny 70 degree stretch we've been having.

 

We did a 40 mile dirt road ride from Willow to Hatcher Pass that is only open from July 4 to October 1 due to heavy snow. Once at the Hatcher Pass we explored some of the decrepit gold mines. We come up and ski here a few times in the winter but I rarely make it up in the summer for whatever reason. It looks completely different  and always reminds me of all the tetanus I would get if i fell in the right spot while skiing early in the season.

 

Next day, we drive through the long tunnel to Whittier and hike up and over Portage Pass to Portage glacier:

 

 

Whittier is ALWAYS socked in with clouds. I've never been here when it was so clear out.

 

Working our way up:

 

Mrs. Crankwalk with the light windbreaker and exercise pants. Visiting friend with the 2 borrowed sweatshirts and multiple pants. Hahaha. FYI, it was 70 at sea level and still only mid 50s on the glacier.

 

So far i'm loving this Ecodiesel. Incredible mpg,range and really good power. Almost 80 miles of this was creeping offroad, 20% city and then the rest highway.

Pete Gossett
Pete Gossett MegaDork
7/23/18 10:08 a.m.

In reply to crankwalk :

Wow, so beautiful up there! But NFW I could deal with 70* as a high temp in July...is it wrong I thought our 96*/104* heat index was only a little hot at the autox yesterday?

crankwalk
crankwalk SuperDork
7/23/18 4:46 p.m.
Pete Gossett said:

In reply to crankwalk :

Wow, so beautiful up there! But NFW I could deal with 70* as a high temp in July...is it wrong I thought our 96*/104* heat index was only a little hot at the autox yesterday?

You get used to anything. I'm from Atlanta so 95* and 10000% humidity was normal. Now when it hits 70* i'm sweating. When I go home to visit, I schedule it in Spring or Winter because I can't breathe in that anymore.

 

Conversely, 30* F used to be cold....wink

Bent-Valve
Bent-Valve Reader
8/18/18 6:14 a.m.

See those buildings in that photo? I have great memories of a picnic with my kids and mom near there! Mom flew up to visit me while I was stationed there. She was no stranger to Alaska, my SS# is from there! We left in 1974 and drove the Al-Can in a hideous gold Dodge Maxi van we named Mobi, I was 8 at the time.

We didn't make it much further north on mom's visit. We wound up down at Homer camping on the beach later on.

I did lock my keys in my running truck in Hatcher pass once, while there was snow on the ground and the pass was impassable. Oh and it didn't get the wonderful mileage of an Eco, it had a little less than 1/4 tank left. I was freezing cold and about to break the window when, dang I forget who, got it unlocked with a piece of wire so we could get back to civilization.

Dang, you make me miss Alaska. I'd say stop posting but don't you dare!

CJ
CJ Reader
8/18/18 9:18 p.m.

In reply to crankwalk :

I'm going to guess the bank is First National Bank of Alaska?  Worked for them when they were First National Bank of Anchorage many years ago.

crankwalk
crankwalk SuperDork
9/3/18 4:43 p.m.
CJ said:

In reply to crankwalk :

I'm going to guess the bank is First National Bank of Alaska?  Worked for them when they were First National Bank of Anchorage many years ago.

Close, but no cigar!

I've been working a lot this summer and when I'm on call I have to stick pretty close to town and within cell range. The last few weekends we've been able to get pretty far off the beaten path.

 

Some excerpts include:

 

Peak 2 outside Anchorage

 

 

"Sir, no soliciting."

 

Ok, now we're ready.

 

Tern Lake:

 

Out to McCarthy and the abandoned Kennicott mines in the Wrangell- St. Elias mountains. The last 3 hours are on dirt roads.

 

Two swans on an unnamed lake:

 

 

McCarthy:

 

Kennicott:

The old powerhouse:

Ginormous.

Hiking out to Root Glacier:

 

Closer

 

Crampon time:

 

Ok who is going to do it? My buddy Zak volunteers:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4OviaJGDfk

 

Meatball subs on the wood stove after a glacier hike:

 

Starting to get a little Fall colors:

 

 

Swapping an electronic ignition in the Triumph to hopefully squeeze out a few rides before the snow flies this season. Everything that says Lucas is getting thrown away. That's my new rule.

 

 

Until next time

SkinnyG
SkinnyG SuperDork
9/3/18 5:36 p.m.

Darn you.  Darn you all to heck.  The North still calls me.

Lived in Stewart BC right by Hyder Alaska for a few years, among other places.  I'll never go back .... but I want to.

java230
java230 UltraDork
9/3/18 9:00 p.m.

So awesome! 

irish44j
irish44j UltimaDork
9/9/18 2:55 p.m.

I really should never read threads like this. The things I consider "adventures" living in this suburban hell just seem like, well, not adventures at all. <sigh>

 

But seriously, keep up the updates. Threads like this give me the hope that someday I'll do all the real adventures that I've planned a million times in my head :)

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