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Alaska Trip

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by loclhero, Jun 22, 2008.

  1. loclhero

    loclhero Supreme Member

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    I've been offline for the past week on a cruise up to Alaska and thought I'd share a couple pics I took. I was blown away by some of the shit we saw and it was only just a small sample of what is one big-assed state.
    We did the inside passage up to Ketchikan, Juneau, Tracy Arm and then Skagway. If anyone ever gets the chance, do it. It's fucking amazing. The spooky pic was taken in Tracy Arm fjord. All I kept thinking was Lord of the Rings. The sunset pic was taken around 11:45 at night somewhere north of Juneau.

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    Dude... WOW.

    Very very nice bro.

    I've always wanted to venture out to Alaska myself. My friend
    just returned on a journey to Alaska, he said it was amazing out
    there.


    First picture = new desktop background... gracias.
     
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    De nada. I just edited that pic down to size so I'm not sure if you grabbed it beffore I did. One suggestion though: Do NOT trust a cruise line when they say they have "hi speed" internet access..lmao. They charge an arm and a leg and (at least up there) the satellite reception sucks so you're lucky if you're hooked up at 28.8. I spent 35 bucks just getting my yahoo email to open and said fuck it. So we're sitting in Sea-Tac International waiting for out flight out.
    Time to get back to reality.
     
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    man that's amazing. wish i could make it up there sometime.
     
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    I think I did get the lower resolution picture.

    Can I have the higher res one? Lol, makes for a better background.
     
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    Should be able to grab it here
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    Gracias senor... beautiful picture.

    Sorry to hear about your internet difficulties lol.
     
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    Looks amazing Loclhero, I've been around that area on a skiing trip but never saw the fjords. I'll be putting this on my places to visit.
     
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    Your avatar sure looks like a mountain man haha.

    I've wanted to go boarding in Alaska ever since I saw First Decent.

    How was it Whisker?
     
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    Sick of course Smitty, it was in the Chugach range near [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][SIZE=-1]Alyeska. I've been to Whistler Blackcomb as well which is around that general vicinity(give or take 8 hours ;)) and recommend to anyone who has not been there. Alaska is a little more serious, but i plan on headin back to the Chugach for some heli-skiing maybe next winter.
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    I immediately became extremely jealous of you haha.

    I've been to Colorado, Utah, and Oregon boarding but I'm sure Whistler or Alaska are much cooler.

    I have both on my list and am very very excited to venture to both.

    Take some dang picks when ur out in Chugach I'd love to see it.
     
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    Nice, looks amazing. Thanks for sharing the pictures
     
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    I'm not sure I'd survive but I would cut off a nut to do some heli-skiing up in Alaska. We keep saying we're going to hit Whistler or some other cool spots every winter but we always wind up in the eastern Sierras. Maybe this year if my BH methods keep paying off.
     
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    No problemo. Yeah....it only sucks when you are a bh noob and your income is pretty much based on manual labor. Fuck it though. It was worth it. I'll just start jamming that much harder for the rest of the month to make it up.
     
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    Find a way - once in your lifetime - to go to AK. Had the great good fortune to spend 4 years there; two fishing out of Dutch Harbor and two in Fairbanks at the the university.

    No feeling on earth like heading out into the wilderness halfway between Fairbanks & the Arctic Circle and realizing that you're standing on a patch of earth that no other human has likely ever set foot on ... or coming face-to-face with a grizzly across a shallow, glacial creek. I don't think he'd ever seen a human before. Put his nose up in the air & sniffed a bit, then did an abrupt 180 and disappeared into the thickets. That'll humble you.

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    Humble....yeah that about sums it all up. We did a bunch of tours while we were there. Did a helicopter trip up to a (I think it was called the Mead) glacier in Skagway, part of the Juneau ice field. We're walking around the glacier and the guide says, "This just opened up". It was a crevice about 200 feet deep. You could hear this fucking thunderous roar of water flowing down there. Humbled? Uh....yeah. It was like an out of body experience. We also did some kayaking, typical tourist shit but the guides who we met were BIG TIME serious about AK. My wife and I kept thinking how amazing it would have been 30 years ago, in our early 20's to have said to our parents, "Fuck this noise, I'm going to LIVE. I'm going to see Alaska."

    I'm a fairly well educated guy but the thing that completely surprised me on this trip was that southeast AK is basically a big freakin rain forest with very mild temps year 'round. We all know how cold it gets in the interior but I guess I kind of assumed the SE portion was the same. So much for what I knew. We're already planning another trip up to Anchorage and some interior travels to Denali. There was a naturalist on board the ship who actually was pretty cool. He enjoyed pointing out to all the Texans on board the ship that the one place that can mess with Texas, and pretty much kick it's fucking ass into next month is Alaska. Almost 600,000 square miles with a population of about a half million. Unbelievable. I have twice that many people surrounding me withing a 30 minute drive.
    To spend 4 years there would be outstanding.

    Oh yeah, the bald eagles. Jesus H. Ya know, I'm not ignorant to nature. I grew up in the midwest and have lived in the pacific southwest for 35 years. I've seen all kinds of animals including mountain lions, bears, condors and all that....up close. But to see a bald eagle was something I'll never forget. About 3 1/2 feet high and a wingspan of almost 7 feet? Not the biggest bird I've seen but yeah...that word humble comes around again.