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  •  Tell us more Little! (4+ / 0-)

    To thine ownself be true

    by Agathena on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 04:40:49 PM PST

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    •  For 4 summers in the 80s went up to work the (8+ / 0-)

      canneries along the peninsula and other spots around Alaska. (Chignik is even more remote, really.) Financed my travels to strange foreign places. Took bumpy seaplane rides to get down - no roads is a way of life. (That and four-wheelers, Holy crap, it's like a religion.) back again one year in the late 90s for commerical fishing. I wish I could say I knew more about this particular thing - I don't, and there's are plenty here that do. Spent a lot of off hours wallking the bush - came too close to a wolverine once! Nothing like it. Rocky, shale-y, intermixed with squishy tundra - you can feel how delicate it is just walking it. Like you could break it walking it.

      •  Thanks, you really painted a picture for us there (2+ / 0-)
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        Little, LilithGardener

        By 4-wheelers you mean all-terrain or off-road vehicles? I think that's part of the reason people want the road.  

        I can say I almost went to Alaska. I friend offered me a cruise and I took up the offer. We visited 3 Alaska places, Juneau, Ketchikan and Skagway. But a cruise ship of 2.000-3,000 people changes every place it goes. And there were always other cruse ships in the harbors we visited. I had a few moments trying to imagine what it would be like to live there. We took local buses in the different places instead of tour buses. The bus drivers and locals were only too happy to talk about their towns.

        To thine ownself be true

        by Agathena on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 08:49:38 PM PST

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        •  Hey, you went to Alaska. Southeast is true Alaska (2+ / 0-)
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          LilithGardener, Agathena

          and you see some amazing things on those ships. I hitchhiked up twice, once from Oregon - and once from NY (made it in 8 days, or 500 miles a day, not bad hitchin'!), and took a seiner up from Seattle once. That trip from Seattle to Ketchikan (I assume that's what you took), is just dynamite.

          Yeah, the off-road fat-wheeled four-wheelers. They are ubiquitous in rural Alaska, and yes, because of the lack of roads.

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