new tires

The hunting camp buggy gots new tires.

While it’s not a high-speed sporty rig like a Commander or Rhino, the 2″ lift kit and taller tires will cruise over most large rocks on the riverbed. The lugs will also help crawl thru the beaver swamps.

Zee Mule in front of father-in-laws house in Tok

Zee Mule in front of father-in-laws house in Tok

A couple more inches of ground clearance

A couple more inches of ground clearance

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fishin in jammies

Is it a cardinal rule that you must let your ex-girlfriend catch a fish before you? Regardless…I didn’t. But I did wait til 10:30 PM to catch it.

No Pike

No Pike

Nice Pike

Nice Pike

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risk

Every person and critter has a unique perspective of risk. I understand and live with both financial risk and health risk in my business. My bids need to match conditions of the construction project to make money – or my wallet thins. My crew & I lessen the potential of fuel or fuel vapors leaking when hot tapping an active jet fuel pipeline – or else. All my activities and hobbies are low risk – including flying our planes.

I am very glad other folks accept risks that I will not. Otherwise the grander luxuries, enriched life, and genuine art would be much less grand, enriching, or realistic.

While this National Geographic photographer was pursuing art and storytelling, he’s crossed way over my personal boundary of acceptable risk.

Photo swiped from Paul Nicklen's website: http://www.paulnicklen.com/

Photo swiped from Paul Nicklen’s website: http://www.paulnicklen.com/

Another photo from Paul Nicklen’s website.

Another photo from Paul Nicklen’s website.

The story he tells of the Leopard Seal mothering him is worth the time to watch.

http://www.ted.com/talks/paul_nicklen_tales_of_ice_bound_wonderlands#t-126155

For a different and more lucid explanation of risk, see CaveGirl MBA http://cavegirlmba.com/2013/11/22/the-mba-alphabet-r-like-risk/

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moose hunting area

Yesterday, a friend and I flew up Matanuska River valley up to Chickaloon River to check out his moose hunting area. We were blessed with calm winds and warm temps.

Flying out of the sun helped the Red Baron in WWI. As in WWI, keeping yourself between the sun and your (photography) target creates the best shots. A good photo is rare when taken into the sun through the cub’s windscreen.

Leaving Palmer and flying up Matanuska River valley

Leaving Palmer and flying up Matanuska River valley

Passing King Mountain

Passing King Mountain

Approaching Chickaloon River confluence with the Matanuska

Approaching Chickaloon River confluence with the Matanuska

Returning to Merrill Field over the Palmer Hay Flats and Wasilla horse properties

Returning to Merrill Field over the Palmer Hay Flats and Wasilla horse properties

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no more tying flies

Everyone has this idea.

Skeeter-Vac, Super Glu, and hooks. Walla. Go fishing.

One days effort from the Skeeter-Vac

One days effort from the Skeeter-Vac

Alchemy - it may work this time

Alchemy – it may work this time

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this is not China’s smog

We drove through smoke from Kenai Peninsula forest fires while returning home from Tok this weekend. Made the mountain scenes look like the China smog photos.

Along the Glenn Hwy near Victory Rd.

Along the Glenn Hwy near Victory Rd.

Panning towards Chickaloon

Panning towards Chickaloon

Panning further down river

Panning further down river

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separated by a year

Which view is better? Last year? Or this Year?

ski or swim?

ski or swim?

Both photos taken on May 17.

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