Here’s a gallery of photos of various loads Jack has hauled or encountered in his days of driving the Dalton. Click on the first one and scroll to the right.
You’d think that someone would start small and work up to a 75 pound salmon but Jack does it the opposite way. When coming to Alaska years ago he caught the huge salmon first and then is working down and crossing the small fish off his list as he goes.
This summer he got his first Arctic Grayling. Six to be exact. We kept the first few and cooked them for dinner, but they were a bit mushy and muddy tasting, at least compared to the beautiful trout we’ve been getting. From now on we’ll catch and release grayling.
Arctic Grayling are actually endangered in the lower 48. In Alaska though they are quite abundant.
Here are some photos from our late summer Steese Highway camping trip and Jack’s first grayling. Click on the first one and scroll to the right for the best viewing. Hope you all had a great summer.
Recently Fairbanks and the surrounding areas have been getting a lot of rain. So when Jack and I visited the Chena Dam the other day the floodgates had been lowered in order to prevent high water from flowing downstream toward Fairbanks. This results in the river backing up into the reservoir area behind the dam but saves Fairbanks as it has many times since it was built almost 40 years ago.
Dermot Cole of Alaska Dispatch News wrote in 2014 when the floodgates were lowered then that Fairbanks’ “most effective flood insurance policy … takes the form of an unusual dam with four 30-ton gates that operate like giant garage doors, stemming the flow of high water when the river rises. The floodgates are one element in an extensive federal flood control project that cost a quarter-billion dollars by the time of its completion in 1979.”
Click on the first photo and scroll to the right to read the captions.
A few weeks ago Jack and I went north on the Steese Highway to camp for a few days. When we got there it was a normal clear day but dense smoke rolled in later in the weekend and luckily we were on our way out. The road we were on, US Creek Road, gave us a good view of the hillside and one fire. A helicopter was scoping it out but you can’t see it very well in the photos. Later the road was closed by BLM. There’s a couple of Jack fishing shots too. The grayling weren’t biting but I think Jack could’ve kept trying for hours….well he did actually. To view them at the correct size, click on the top one and scroll to the right.
Here are some miscellaneous photos that Jack took a couple of years back at a marine dock in Valdez. He was there in May of 2012, hauling items for the railroad bridge that’s now finished (although there aren’t tracks leading to or away from it).
The above piece is part of the hammer used to drive pilings into the ground. For bridge foundations in this case.
This is used to put pipe on so it can roll while being welded together.
The large circular device in back should be for the large pipe in the far background.
I must say this marine yard is a tad more attractive than most, surrounded by beautiful mountains and all!
Have a wonderful day and thanks to those of you who follow this blog and make comments. 🙂
Sorry for not posting for such a long time! I often ask Jack to take more photos on the road but he’s too busy trucking! So you’re stuck with a few photos of this lovely young moose chomping on willows.
She was really feasting up a storm on Chena Hot Springs Road yesterday.
She’s stripping the leaves off the willow branches.
I bet you didn’t know Moose could open their mouths that wide! (Just kidding, that’s just her lip I think, but it looks funny.)
Here she is being alert. She is actually quite small for a moose that is without a mother. I’m sure she’s a yearling and probably only about 4 1/2 feet at the shoulder (wild guess!). (Calling her a “she” is also a guess.)
Have a nice day everyone!
We want to share this great artwork by Alaskan Christy Hollibone. You’ll see Jack on the far right and next to him are truckers Tony (left) and Phil (middle).
We especially like this one too:
To see more of her transportation art and excellent images of trucks, go to the Moments in Time Art Studio webpage.
Happy November to everyone!
We’ve never heard of this before but there’s a squirrel around here who likes to scrape the tines off of moose antlers!
Several times over the summer we heard a mysterious scraping sound coming from the area where Jack’s moose antlers are stored in the woods. We knew the resident squirrel was up to something and sure enough, when we inspected the antlers a few days ago, the tips were scraped off the tines! Jack says he thinks it’s the squirrel sharpening his teeth and you can actually find a couple of references to this on the internet. (Here is a link to a video of a squirrel sharpening its teeth on some other kind of antlers, in some other part of the country. Our squirrel looks much different, smaller and more orange-red. It could be that the squirrel is getting some kind of nutrient from them too and in the video it almost looks like the squirrel is eating the bits of antler.)
Jack hopes to get a chance to replace the antlers this hunting season!