Thursday, 14 June 2012

FWIW (TEXT).. June 15, 2012

This is 'dated ' June 15th .. I am actually writing it 'after-hours' on Thursday .. June 14th ..

The 'camera situation' is nearing a resolution .. read on and do NOT silently 'weep' ! .. I am doing that (silently weeping) for you all ! ..

With my Nikon S4100 down in California being worked-on .. NEEDING A CAMERA NOW ! ..
I purchased a second Nikon camera .. a model S4300 .. and IMMEDIATELY is has mal-functioned .. I turn it on and its lens comes out and immediately retreats back to its 'closed' postion (silently telling me "Dad .. not now !") .. and to make matters worse it then gives me a message IN FRENCH ..

I called Nikon (with whom I am now on a 'first name' basis since I am still dealing with my Nikon S4100 having sent it to Nikon some 'other-lifetime ago' ) and Nikon told me .. "Send your NEW S4300 in .. you can NOT work with it because when it closes its lens its menu function then shuts down immediately " .. 

I thought silently to myself .. "I will just take it back to Costco for a full refund .. I am NOT sending a brand new camera anywhere !" 

Patti arrived into Fairbanks on time and on schedule yesterday .. Wednesday .. June the 13th .. so .. BEING IN FAIRBANKS .. I strolled (without passing 'GO') to SAM'S CLUB on College Road and I BOUGHT .. FROM SAM'S CLUB .. ANOTHER BRAND NEW NIKON (This one a Model Number S3300) digital camera .. 

And I successfully got this new Nikon Model Number S3300 fired up !  .. into it I put the new battery from the S4300 with that Nikon's memory card .. and immediately it came-to-life (saying to me .. "Dad ! .. I AM READY!") .. and its menu worked .. I selected ENGLISH .. programed the day and the date and the time successfully .. 

So the new Nikon S3300 seems .. ready-to-go ..

My buddies at Nikon down in California e-mailed me telling me .. "Your S4100 has been shipped to you !" .. and gave me a UPS tracking number .. UPS told me .. "Your S4100 was delivered to Billie Cook in Fairbanks at 3:30PM Thursday June 14th !" .. I called Billie Cook and Billie said to me .. "Yes Cap .. I have .. on my kitchen table .. a UPS package for you ! " ..

So I will go to Billie's Backpacker Hostel and pick up my (I hope !) satisfactorily repaired Nikon S4100 a veteran of India and Hong Kong and San Francisco and Apple Valley and oh yes!  .. a veteran of Anchorage ! 

Then .. fully armed with TWO (2) working Nikon Cameras .. I will start taking photos for you all ..

When Patti saw my 'working lists' .. Patti just 'rolled her eyes' .. and smiled ..

Right now we plan to be in the Fairbanks area until next Monday .. June the 18th .. at which time we will roll NORTH .. we will roll PAST the turn off to Manley Hot Springs and go to the Mighty Yukon River ..  cross the bridge .. pass the Yukon River Construction-Trailer-Hotel and go NORTH five miles to the Hot Spot Cafe and Sleeping-Place .. this place has the world's best hamburgers ! .. IF IT STILL EXISTS ! .. the Hot Spot Cafe and Sleeping-Place is NOT answering NOR returning my calls .. LOVE Alaska ?  .. I CRAVE ALASKA! ..

After eating hamburgers at the Hot Spot Cafe and Sleeping-Place .. and staying overnight .. maybe BEFORE staying overnight .. Patti and I will then drive NORTH to the location of THE ARCTIC CIRCLE .. at least where it crosses the Dalton Highway (the Dalton is the 'haul road' NORTH to the oil fields on the North Slope of the Brooks Mountain Range here in Alaska) .. either way .. Patti and I plan at a minimum .. two (2) sessions of eating-the-world's-best-hamburgers at the Hot Spot (Cafe and Sleeping-Place) ..

I called Patti from Manley Hot Springs Wednesday Morning at 9:45AM saying .. "I am just now leaving Manley" .. silence .. Patti was thinking .. "Hummm.. he has a four (4) hour drive and I am due into Fairbanks at 2:30PM" .. I did interrupt Patti's thinking when I said .. "IF I am not at the airport on time .. call a taxi and go to Billie's" .. and kindda sortta hung up saying .. "I GOTTA shag ass and GET OUTTA HEAH!".. and did .. both .. FULLY KNOWING I HAD PLENTY OF TIME AND WAS NOT IN ANY RUSH .. you do NOT rush the road trip on the road out of Manley Hot Springs IF you have so much as one 'whit' of common sense that is ..

NOT GOOD .. it was raining .. it was fogging .. it was dark and gray overhead .. NOT GOOD ..

Lord God of Abraham in Heaven Above .. I LOVE ALASKA .. I think that the drive to Fairbanks from Manley Hot Springs was the worst ever of my past fourteen (14) years .. well .. one of the worst ever .. on one trip in 2002 I was off-the-road in February at 30-degrees-below-zero for fourteen (14) hours .. my Suburban's steering wheel has many finger prints embedded into it and the drivers seat has MANY 'pucker-marks' also ..

(Zilla .. a 'pucker-mark' is when that place you sit upon and which sees very LITTLE SUNLIGHT .. 'puckers' up at the same time your fingers are gripping the steering wheel so tightly your fingers turn white and your hands go numb as your finger prints are being embedded into the steering wheel as you are sliding sideways NOT knowing how you are going to get 'outta-this-one-alive' .. ) ..

FORGET WINTER WITH ITS DARK AND COLD .. THE SUMMER MUD IS HORRIBLE TO DRIVE .. sometimes almost axle-deep and slick as slick can be .. Mark and Jeanne who were behind me all the way in .. towing a long flat-bed trailer behind their Suburban totally agreed with me and my assessment of the road .. the eighty (80) mile stretch of the Elliott Highway from Manley Hot Springs to the Dalton 'Haul Road' intersection with the Elliott Highway .. was VERY VERY BAD Wednesday the 13th of June 2012 ! ..

This morning .. working diligently with a small plastic motel-size-ice-bucket and a wheel-cleaning-brush .. out in front of Billie's Backpackers Hostel on Mack Blvd here in Fairbanks .. it took me a full two (2) hours to clean my Suburban .. it was covered with a coating of glacial mud from the bottom to the top .. it will again be covered with mud (this is NOT a new phenomenon believe-thee-me) and I WILL photograph him for you at this future time ..  

ENOUGH ! .. well .. TOO MUCH CAPTAIN .. but here it comes .. Over and Out for now .. just hit 'Publish' .. THEN go get Patti to 'proof-read this Post' .. Smiles from ear-to-ear .. Cap ..

Friday, 8 June 2012

FWIW (TEXT).. June 8, 2012

I just put a short post up  on ..  babakaps.net .. under LATEST NEWS ..  so you may wish to visit babakaps.net .. my other web site .. for some up-to-date news ..

In a nutshell .. I am in Manley Hot Springs Alaska ..  it is now 4 o'clock in the early morning .. the arctic daylight is strong .. and we are coming up to the 'longest day of  the year' on June 21st ..

My BRAND NEW NIKON S4300 CAMERA will NOT function ! .. I am really 'bummed out' but I will either get it going or buy a new camera in Fairbanks .. right now getting photos and posting them onto the world wide web seems like some FAR AWAY DISTANT DREAM ..

I plan to drive into Fairbanks tomorrow (a 160-mile road trip) .. Saturday June 9th .. and remain in Fairbanks until Patti flies in next Wednesday the 13th ..

To say I am busy .. is some drastic understatement ..  having been away from my home for about 22-months .. it is a real adventure .. I can NOT find things I know I have because in the almost two years away .. my memory of where things are has faded .. you know.. ah-h-h-h .. where is my sleeping bag ..

Getting water into my cabin .. getting my truck batteries charged up .. just 'doing' things like finding out what adventures await me in opening my mail .. some of it dating back into the year 2010 .. all takes time ..

So this bit of chit-chat not-with-standing .. it looks like I AM UP ON THE WORLD WIDE WEB from Manley Hot Springs Alaska United States of America .. almost .. but not quite .. 'due west' of Fairbanks Alaska USA ..

The mosquitoes are in a word .. horrific ! .. and I mean BAD .. I am 'doing outhouse things' inside my cabin because the mosquitoes will eat me alive in the outhouse .. getting adjusted to things like this will take me some time .. I did find two cases of mosquito coils and am burning them out on my front porch .. so inside my cabin I am 'relatively safe' from them .. it is BAD when you 'breathe them in' .. nose and mouth .. NOT too pleasant ..

I have hot water .. I heat it on my (propane fueled) stove and then store my hot water in three (3) thermos bottles .. and put them into my oven to keep the hot water hot .. then mix cooler water with the hot water to make a usable mix of warm water ..

I had forgotten how NICE it is to be physically active just 'living' here in rural Alaska .. I get my water .. haul it to my cabin .. then filter it and just handle it .. each gallon I lift is a nice 7.5 pounds of exercies ! .. and I am handling gallons a day it feels like .. LOVE THE LIFESTYLE ..

OK .. over and out for now .. I have much-to-do .. our mail plane will be here soon and I have some mail I must post today ..

From the Manley Hot Springs Alaska Bath House .. about two miles from my cabin .. enjoying some WiFi at our local 'hot spot' .. I sign off with joy .. Cap ..

OH MY HOW I WILL JUMP WITH JOY WHEN I CAN POST SOME PHOTOS ..


Tuesday, 5 June 2012

FWIW (TEXT).. June 5, 2012

TODAY HAS ARRIVED .. AS I WRITE THIS .. IT IS TUEDAY THE 5TH OF JUNE ..

IN A FEW HOURS I WILL FLY NORTH FROM ANCHORAGE ALASKA .. TO FAIRBANKS ALASKA .. THEN I WILL 'HANG OUT' WITH FRIENDS IN FAIRBANKS FOR A FEW HOURS AND THEN TRAVEL BY ROAD TO MANLEY HOT SPRINGS ABOUT 4PM THIS AFTERNOON ..

MORE TO FOLLOW .. OVER AND OUT FOR NOW.. CAP ..

Sunday, 3 June 2012

FWIW (TEXT).. June 3, 2012

Today is Sunday the 3rd of June .. two days from now .. this coming Tuesday .. the 5th of June .. I will fly North from Anchorage Alaska to Fairbanks Alaska .. then I will travel by road from Fairbanks to Manley Hot Springs my home ..

I have no idea whether I will have internet access when I arrive in Manley Hot Springs .. the chances are good that I will have internet access .. probably 90% .. but until I am actually in Manley .. I will not know .. and as I have written .. I have purchased a new .. Dell Brand .. Inspiron 14z Laptop .. which runs Windows 7 Home Premium .. so I HOPE to be able to upload photos onto my web site from Manley .. but only time-will-tell IF I am actually able to accomplish this ..

ANOTHER THANKS TO MICHAEL 99611 .. who stopped in to visit Patti and I last Friday evening .. my new Dell Inspiron is up-and-running .. WHEW WHAT A JOB TO get it going .. I had no idea of the effort it takes to get a new laptop ready-to-go !  SO A BIG THANKS MICHAEL ..

OK .. over and out for now.. Cap ..