Monday, 14 July 2014

JUL 14, 14 .. INTO FAIRBANKS ALASKA ..

Today is Monday .. 14 July 2014 .. 

I am going to publish TWO separate POSTS today. 

This post (INTO FAIRBANKS ALASKA) is about our drive north from Anchorage Alaska to Fairbanks.

The second post which will follow this post .. focuses upon Denali National Park and Preserve here in Alaska. 

 Please be sure to read both of these posts.

This-being-said .. 

I WILL BE TOTALLY 'OFF-LINE' FOR THE NEXT WEEK .. because ..

Patti and I HAVE driven north from Anchorage Alaska to Fairbanks Alaska arriving this afternoon about 3PM.  Later today the two-of-us will drive to Manley Hot Springs Alaska.  We will stay at our cabin (see my Post below dated 13 JULY 2014 for photos) until Saturday the 19th. Our 'plan' is to then drive back south through Fairbanks to Anchorage Alaska arriving on Sunday the 20th.

And ?? We will be 'off-line' because we do NOT have internet-access up in the rural interior of Alaska at Manley Hot Springs. 

CAPTAIN MY CAPTAIN .. you said this to us yesterday and HERE YOU ARE AGAIN ?? .. what-are-we-to-believe ??

When we arrived into Fairbanks Patti and I came straight to the Fairbanks Alaska Library. I 'lucked-out' and grabbed a computer and I am on-line !

BELIEVE THEE THIS ..


We left Anchorage Alaska at 8PM last night heading north and rolled-into Cantwell Alaska this morning at 1AM .. a 'nifty' (Hi 'Zilla) five hour drive covering 212 miles (350 Km).

WELCOME TO CANTWELL ALASKA ! !


"Captain ?  It looks dark and gray and rainy ?"  .. "Welcome to summer in Alaska sports fans !  WE LOVE IT !  It is in the 50s and chilly !" .. 


Dating-back-to 1998 .. I have slept in my truck at the Chevron Gasoline Station here in Cantwell Alaska as I drive back and forth between Anchorage Alaska and Manley Hot Springs and Fairbanks Alaska.  Below are photographs of MY FRIEND .. the Chevron Gasoline Station and Convenience store in Cantwell Alaska !




Below is a photo of my Chevrolet Suburban truck .. his name is Mister R. Richardson Richtoffen .. 


The three photos below show the general scenery of the Parks Highway and are of a very special-to-me Parks Highway Milepost.


Back in the year 2007 .. my son Robb and I were in this area of Alaska.  Robb took a monumental bicycle ride of some 40+ miles round trip from Denali National Park and Preserve to this sign and back.  So I always stop and say hello to Milepost 257 !




Here in Alaska we have some LARGE TRACTOR-TRAILER 'RIGS' ..




OH YES ! YES LADIES ! AND YES GENTLEMEN ! .. HERE IN ALASKA .. IN THE SUMMER .. WE TOO HAVE ROAD CONSTRUCTION AND LONG DELAYS !



OK .. time to close this first post of 14 July 2014 and continue on to a second 14 July 2014 post about Denali National Park and Preserve here in Alaska immediately below .. 

So 'scroll-down' .. Smiles from Cap and Patti ..

I 'know' what you may-be-thinking Gullible .. "Cap .. for one day do one single post!"  Sometimes I like to separate them as I have done here. What can I say to you my Blogspot Guru ! ?  



JUL 14, 14 .. ALASKA'S DENALI NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE ..

After Patti and I left Cantwell Alaska (please refer to the above post) we drove 25-miles north to Alaska's Denali National Park and Preserve.

For more .. much more .. go to 'Google' and enter .. Denali National Park and Preserve .. have fun !

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Alaska has many parks .. all of them wonderful parks. The most famous single park of them all is Denali National Park and Preserve.  'Denali' is among the top tourist-destinations for visitors coming to Alaska.

The few photos below are a mere touch-base for those of you reading along here ..





The below photos were taken at 'Denali's' Visitor Center.



Below are two close-up photos of the information Kiosk shown above in the left foreground of the top photo ..



OK !  Inside we all go !

Looking down on the main visitor exhibit.


Patti pointed out to me the bowls of fresh blueberries below !


The replicas of the animals look like real animals !




A fascinating scale-model of Denali National Park and Preserve.



Information about two of 'Denali's' most prominent people.

Charles Sheldon ..



Adolph Murie ..



Oh My !  Do I need to apologize 'Miss Denali' for this rapid-fire thumb-nail sketch of you ?

Joy .. Cap and Patti !

Sunday, 13 July 2014

JUL 13, 14 .. TIME FOR A SHORT ' ROAD TRIP ' ..

I WILL BE TOTALLY 'OFF-LINE' FOR THE NEXT WEEK .. because ..
 
Later today .. Sunday the 13th of July 2014 .. Patti and I are going to drive North from Anchorage Alaska to Manley Hot Springs Alaska.  We will stay at our cabin (front, side and rear views below) until Saturday the 19th. Our 'plan' is to then drive back South through Fairbanks to Anchorage Alaska arriving on Sunday the 20th.
 
And ?? We will be 'off-line' because we do NOT have internet-access up in the rural interior of Alaska. 
 
 
 


The trip-North consists of two individual 'legs'.

First the two-of-us will drive North from Anchorage Alaska to Fairbanks Alaska .. about 375 miles (625 Km).  We will stay-the-night in Fairbanks to rest and visit friends.

Then we will drive from Fairbanks Alaska to Manley Hot Springs Alaska .. about 160 miles (270 Km).

Below are a few photos of Manley Hot Springs. 

The small village of approximately 100 people is divided by a small river (we call it a slough).  Below is the bridge across the slough.



OH CAPTAIN MY CAPTAIN ! ..

You have GOT-TO snap some summer photographs this trip! Your wonderful friends over in India (Hi Jeevan, Raj, Shivam, Johnson and the rest-of-you!) will actually think that we have SNOW in the month of July!

We have a wonderful Road House where guests can stay and enjoy a nice meal.


A close-up photo of the mural on the side of the Road House.



 
We have a wonderful church to Worship The Lord ..


 Can you all see our Church-Bell up in the Bell-Tower?


 
We have 'running-water' here in our village.  We 'run-up-to-the-well-house' where water is pumped-up from underground.
 
Straight ahead in the below photo ..  behind our Chevrolet Suburban truck .. you can see the blue-water-hose that delivers water to our 'water-jugs'. 

 
Below is a closer view of the blue-water-hose affixed to a blue water-jug.  You can see the electrical switch that activates the flow of water from the well-house.
 
 
After we fill our 'water-jugs' with water from the well-house .. we then fill-our-vehicles with the full 'water-jugs'. 

 
We 'stash' our full water-jugs inside of .. and outside of .. our vehicles and then haul them back to our cabins.

 
"Thank You for asking 'Zilla!"  I have ten (10) .. five gallon capacity .. water-jugs and four (4) five gallon capacity white water buckets.  You can see one of the white buckets between the blue water-jugs below as they rest on the rear of my truck.
 

When we get the water-jugs back to our cabins .. the process of storing the water in our cabins begins!  Do you all see the blue water-jugs on the porch of our cabin?  One of the white water buckets is to the left beside the porch at ground level. 


Dispensing the water is quite a project!  I empty the water from the five gallon water-jugs into one-gallon and 3/4-gallon jugs.  The small jugs are much easier to handle inside the cabin.

"Yes 'Zilla?" .. "Some of the one-gallon jugs are numbered (1-32 actually) because I will methodically rotate their use through a complete cycle allowing the water to thoroughly settle.  There will be some sediment (minerals) in the water from the well-house that I avoid drinking."

I filter all of my drinking water through Brita brand water filters. 


First I pour the water into one-gallon plastic pitchers.


OH YES !  THIS IS A PROJECT !
 
I fill several of the plastic pitchers at a time .. then I empty them into the white one-gallon and 3/4-gallon jugs.



Each five-gallon water-jug weighs about 41-pounds.  Each one-gallon pitcher weighs about 8.33-pounds.  You lift the five-gallon jugs up-into the truck and position them.  You then take them out out of the truck and position them on the porch.  You hold them up while emptying them into the one-gallon pitchers.  Then you pour the pitchers into the one-gallon jugs.  You lift them up and carry them into the cabin.  Then you position them in the cabin.
 

WHEW .. a lot of WORK ! I need a nap !

By-The-Way .. I also have a second system for storing water in the cabin.

I have two (2) .. 32-gallon .. plastic Rubbermaid trash containers.  I will fill each of them to capacity thus adding an additional 64-gallons of water storage capacity for the cabin.  During the heart-of-winter I can store 140-gallons of water inside the cabin.  I will use from two to three gallons of water per day.  This means I do not have to start my truck and make a 'water-run' very often during the winter.

I also generate snow-melt-water during the winter.  So basically once I 'water-up' in the late autumn I NEVER have to make a water-run until spring!  I can easily generate 5 to 10 gallons of snow-melt water a day in the winter.

WHAT YOU HAVE HERE IS A REAL LIFE-STYLE.  It is not for everyone.  Try losing-your-heat for a month when it is fifty degrees below zero.    

As I work away at my water project on the front porch of the cabin .. I have some 'local friends' who keep-me-company!


I know them as 'spruce geese' and let-me-tell-you ..

They are SASSY! 

They come-right-up-to-me .. they look up and they 'eye-me' .. and think to themselves .. "Dad! What  are YOU doing here on OUR land!?" ..


"OK Dad .. I have got to get back to my dinner .. have fun with your water project Dad!"


OH YES there is more .. much much more .. but I have got to get packing and I will have to save some photos for later.

We will see you in a week-or-so.  For our travel schedule go over to .. babakaps.net .. and click onto the TRAVEL PLANS button at the top of .. Baba Kaps Doxology ..

Over and out for now .. Cap and Patti ..