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Old 08-21-2010, 01:53 AM   #1
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an Alaska road trip (lots of pics)

Last month our good friends, John and Jody, came up to visit. We took a 10 day 1,200 mile Alaska road and ferry trip. We don't have any Interstate highways in Alaska, but we do have marine highways. We drove from Anchorage to Whittier and boarded the state ferry Chenega and took a 7 hour boat ride to Cordova in Prince William Sound. this is a pic of the Chenega. She is 235' long, can carry 250 passengers, and 34 vehicles at an impressive 32 knots (37mph).


We spent 2 days in Cordova, a small fishing town.


Here's John and Jody on the Eyak River outside of Cordova.


On a road about 50 miles out of Cordova you come to the Copper River. Yep, that's where the famous Copper River salmon come from. Two large glaciers dump into the river, the Miles Glacier and the Childs Glacier.




This pic is John, Jody, my mom, my wife and myself after dinner in front of the Cordova boat harbor.


Then we got back on the Chenega and went to Valdez. On the way we went through the commercial fleet. Here's a salmon seiner pulling her purse seine.


At the head of Valdez Arm is a fish hatchery. Late in the evening a momma grizzley brought out her three cubs to do some fishing.


And a video of the bears fishing.


Fish wheels along the Copper River on our way to McCarthy,


The road to McCarthy goes next to the Alaska pipeline.


McCarthy is at the end of a 60 mile gravel road. We had an unbelievable 18 course tasting at this 100 year old lodge.


John posted this link to the meal. Check it out.
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Then we drove 10 hours from McCarthy to Fairbanks to visit family and judge the Alaska state bbq championship. I couldn't resist posting this page from the Fairbanks Daily News Miner.


Here's where the Alaska state bbq championship happened. My wife and I were judges. Judging was a total blast that we thoroughly enjoyed. The competitors were set up around the preserved Yukon/Tanana river sternwheeler, the Nenana.





This is my wife Dian on the restored upper deck where the judging occurred. It was really cool to be on the restored salon deck of of a Yukon River paddle wheeler and have people bring you box after box of bbq to judge.


I gotta end with the pic we took when my nephew took us on a tour of the Ft. Knox gold mine outside of Fairbanks where he works.


You all need to come up and visit my state. You'll be welcome at my house.
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Old 08-21-2010, 07:16 AM   #2
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Too much fun. Great pics Griff.

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Great pictures Griff, looks like a fun trip!
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Griff, those pictures were out of this world! I do have to say that I don't recall seeing a plated picture!
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Very nice!
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Outstanding looking pics and scenery!!! Thanks for sharing.
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Griff, those pictures were out of this world! I do have to say that I don't recall seeing a plated picture!
Look here Moron
John posted this link to the meal. Check it out.
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You might have to copy and paste the link in your browser.
That sure is some fine dining not served on butcher paper!

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Really nice pictures Griff. Great trip and the food shots were over the top.
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Dang Griff must be nice to live in such a wonderful place. I would not mind to live there but only in the summer. Think I would rather return to civilization when the snow flies.

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[quote=Pigs On The Wing BBQ][quote="Nick Prochilo":37qrwn97]Griff, those pictures were out of this world! I do have to say that I don't recall seeing a plated picture! [/quote]

Look here Moron
John posted this link to the meal. Check it out.
[url="http://jgdouglas.smugmug.com/Other/2010"]http://jgdouglas.smugmug.com/Other/2010[/url] ... 6403_zZ9mE
You might have to copy and paste the link in your browser.
That sure is some fine dining not served on butcher paper!

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Try this
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Looks great Griffster. What was the plate cost of that 18 course meal? It looked killer and very upscale.
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Scotty, that meal was so off the top of the scale, it is hard to describe. I've never done any thing like that before. And to find it in a town of 32 residents at the end of 60 mile long one lane gravel road that was built on a 100 year old railroad bed blew me away. It was way upscale and spendy -- $120 a plate. And I got drunk the night before and said I'd pick up the tab for the entire party. I'd do it again.

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Great pics!! I live in the wrong part of the country.
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Scotty, that meal was so off the top of the scale, it is hard to describe. I've never done any thing like that before. And to find it in a town of 32 residents at the end of 60 mile long one lane gravel road that was built on a 100 year old railroad bed blew me away. It was way upscale and spendy -- $120 a plate. And I got drunk the night before and said I'd pick up the tab for the entire party. I'd do it again.

The chef has been invited to do a charity event at the John Beard Foundation in NYC in October.

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I'll tell you what Griff, you indeed live in God's Country. I would give up walking to be able to live in a place like that and see the Nature and History you get to see!!! Awesome pic's thanks for sharing.
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Thanks Griff!! the pics brings back a lot of great memories!
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Thanks for sharing those wonderful pics. Definitely need to see your state sometime.
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Thanks for sharing those wonderful pics. Definitely need to see your state sometime.
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