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Russian River Falls

Friday, July 18th, 2008


The trailhead to the Russian River Falls near Cooper Landing, Alaska, is about a 45 min. drive from my house.  The trail, an easy 3 miles long,  is one of my favorites as the rewards (the falls or Russian Lake) offer spectacular scenery and a good chance to see brown bears.  This one showed up just as we were ready to hike out.  We stayed another couple of hours, of course.


Sea Kayaking Admiralty Isalnd

Sunday, May 18th, 2008

cary.jpgI was tempted to stay in Angoon after school let out for the summer just to have the time to do some more exploring in a sea kayak.  Mitchell Bay, a saltwater inlet, extends about 20 miles into Admiralty Island just east of Angoon.

narrows.jpgYou have to time the tides just right as you enter the bay, as the entrance is very narrow. Run it in the middle of an incoming or outgoing tide, and you have to brave standing waves and large kayak-tipping whirlpools.  So you need to know when the slack tide is and you have about a half-hour on each side of slack to get into the bay.  Then you’re stuck on that side at least until the next slack tide – 6 hours later.  But the bay is worth it.  Bears and more bears.  Great scenery and there’s often no one but your paddle party around. You can portage your boat over a series of trails and then paddle some connecting lakes and cut through the island to the east side and then paddle to Juneau.

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Thursday, January 31st, 2008
It's end of January and I had been back home from the North Slope of Alaska since the end of October. We didn't get any good snow until the middle/end of December, but since then the skiing has been ... [Continue reading this entry]

Subsistence Whaling Aftermath in the Arctic

Monday, October 1st, 2007
whalebones.jpgYesterday afternoon, Rusty, Emily and her son Henry and I set out for an afternoon beach walk to a point where a lagoon connects to the Arctic Ocean - about 4 miles from Wainwright. This ... [Continue reading this entry]

Russian River Reds and Bears

Monday, August 14th, 2006
Hiked the Russian River with my friend Jan. I try to head up there a couple of times each summer to see the salmon jump up the falls - it's always a cool thing to check out. It ... [Continue reading this entry]

The Eve of Deduction ( I hope)

Monday, August 7th, 2006
I know how to pack all of my needs for a couple of months in a single carry-on bag. I know how to let things happen when I arrive - rarely planning a definitive thing beyond the first night after ... [Continue reading this entry]