Day With The Dogs

My day, my day out with the dogs. We headed up to Hatcher Pass around 8:30am this morning, to beat the tourons (tourist + moron). We continued on through the Pass, back down, then turned on Craigie Creek Valley Rd. Well, let me tell ya, this is one rocky road, not for the average truck, only those with a good ground clearance and good low creeper gear. We crawled up the valley as far as I thought I could, could have gone further, but not much. we then started walking up, and I mean up, never have I had my ears pop as I was hiking up, they sure did here. Anyway, we climbed just about to Dogsled Pass, if I had known at the time how close I was, I would have gone all the way. There, we rested, took in the views, snapped some photos, then headed back down.

Craigie Creek Valley is loaded with waterfalls, beaver ponds, old gold mining sites, including cabins, and wonderful views.

The only down side of the day, well really two, was it was quite hazy out, so photo taking wasn’t the best, and the number one down side, Jan wasn’t with me, she had to work. I do so miss discovering new places with her. OK, end of the soppy shit.

On the way back, back through Hatcher Pass, we stopped at a spot that still had snow. The dogs loved it! Griz took a bath, and Eli just stood in it, like saying, Ahhhhh, cold snow again. 🙂

On to some of the photos of today. I’ll be posting more in the next few days.

On the way up Craigie Creek Valley Rd.. I had stopped driving by this point, walking was easier.

From the top, I think about 4400 FT

Eli and Grizwald on the way up Craigie

Gertie at her best, in the rocks. Coming back down from the end of Craigie Creek Rd…sort of

Snow in Hatcher Pass

Eli – Hatcher Pass

Grizwald enjoying a bath

Some wild flowers –


Wild Geranium

Chocolate Lily – I understand they are quite rare.

Mastodon Flower

’til next time

Just Photos From Today

I’m not going to go into the problems we had, maybe later, picking up Alex and Ian from the airport in Anchorage. Alex is Jan’s son from England and Ian is Alex’s friend from Scotland. They will be staying with us for a couple months. Today I took them for a quick trip up into Hatcher Pass, then in Archangel Valley. We didn’t get going until later in the afternoon due to how the night before went, up ’til almost 2 AM, that’s part of the airport pickup problem.

Anyway, here are some photos from the day. They really did enjoy themselves out hiking about.

Parasailing in Hatcher Pass

View looking back

Alex and Ian, Hatcher Pass

Alex and Ian Archangel Valley

Alex and Ian looking down from 4300 FT


Wild flowers

Couple of daisies

’til next time

More Photos

Yeah, just a few more photos from this past Saturday up in Archangel Valley.

Not really much going on today, just another work day.

Jan has been busy getting ready for Alex, one of her sons, and his friend arriving later Wednesday evening. I am looking forward to showing them some of the area, Alex enjoys seeing and experiencing new things.

Pond on the high side of the Talkeetna Gold Mine Dam

These last two of the pond are from about 300 feet above, looking down

This was on my way back down the road, looks like a storm is on it’s way, and it was.

Another random view

Talkeetna Mine shaft

Couple more views from about 4300 feet

A creek above 4000 feet

Not sure what kind of plant/flower this is, but thought it was cool how it was wrapping it self around the rock

’til next time

Cleaning ’round The House

Today was the day to clean up our guest bedroom, was full of boxed stuff, and put all the boxes out in the garage, but first, we needed to clean out the garage. Most of the stuff in the garage was either stuff to throw away, or haul out to the shed, now my shop. 🙂 I have a good place to work on the cars back by the shed/shop, but my tools were in the garage, pain in the neck, having to walk back ‘n forth for tools. Now they are all out in the shop, I just need to get that organized now.

The weather lately has been quite predictable, nice in the morning and early afternoon, warm, then come later in the day, rain with thunderstorms pass through, then clearing in the evening. All in all, pretty damn nice.

More photos from yesterdays hike in Archangel Valley.

Random views

Wild flowers with a view

Views at over 4000 FT

There’s a river, a roaring river, under all those very large rocks

Very jagged peaks

Some birds

Golden-Crowned Sparrow

White-Crowned Sparrow

’til next time

Another Trip To Archangel Valley

I guess I’m having a hard time getting my fill of this area, Archangel Valley. All I can really say about it, is that it’s just spatacular, plain and simple. I just need to get out there earlier in the day, instead of between 10 and 11 am, like around 8 or 9 am. If I get there at that time, I’ll have that much more time to hike back in further. There is just something about the area, it’s hard to describe, there are no trees, just openess, with towering mountains on three sides, and the valley on the other. There are old gold mines, quite a few really, scattered about, Beaver damns, water rushing underfoot, yes, underfoot. At times, the water rushing beneath can be almost deafening, and quite unnerving, wondering where it is and if you’ll fall through the ground into the rushing water.

Today I went back further then I have before. I crossed the old Talkeetna Gold Mine Damn, up a bit more, took a turn to head up on top of a hill. Well, this “hill” turns out to be at about 4300 FT, Oh, and what a view.

I got home just before a storm came through. We got some nice hail, thunder and rain.

Anyway, here are a few of the photos I took. Yes, I took another shit load. 🙂

I’ll be post more of the photos in the days to come, and as time allows.

Views from Archangel Valley

On Top!

Hail Storm

’tile next time

Day Off / Jeep Work

Yep, had an unexpected day off today. We had plenty to do, but only if the floor crew had done their job, and they didn’t.
So, I came home at about 10 this morning and decided to do some more work on the Jeep, like clean and change the fluid in the differentials. I got the rear done, but didn’t have enough fluid for both. Oh well.

While testing, checking, for leaks, in the differential, I went down to the lake behind out house. It was really pretty down there, so I took these photos.

Unnamed Lake

Flower around the house.

Red Velvet Pansy

’til next time

Solstice and Archangel

Today is the Summer Solstice at 9:46 PM here in Alaska. The longest day of the year, the day with the most sunlight.
Today’s sunrise was at 4:13 AM and sunset will be at 11:47 PM, with twilight in between.

The day started out with rain, but as mid-day came around, the clouds began to break, and the sun started to peak through. Ended up being a wonderful day with clouds, sun, a light breeze, and a great temp in the mid 60’s.

I went up to Archangel Pass today for about 4 hours.

I have lots of photos to post from today. I’ll update this post later.

Here are a few of the photos, just a few.

At about 4000 ft, near Talkeetna Mine and Fern Mine

Archangle Creek

River near Talkeetna Mine, it may be what’s left of the Talkeetna Mine Damn

Grizwald and Eli

Some wild flowers. I’ll find out what they are and post the names.

Labrador Tea (Ledum palustre)