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#1869920 - 03/03/10 09:48 PM Re: Great Alaskan Adventure Day 2 [Re: white17]
michael_obrien
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How many days were you there okie?

Looks like a blast so far. Did you guys use seperate tooth brushes? lol

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#1869926 - 03/03/10 09:50 PM Re: Great Alaskan Adventure Day 2 [Re: ]
Bruce T Offline
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Registered: 12/24/06
Posts: 15795
Loc: Northern Maine
I sure hope they put this trip up for bid every year.Wow
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#1869928 - 03/03/10 09:51 PM Re: Great Alaskan Adventure Day 2 [Re: ]
Okiekajun Offline
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Registered: 12/24/06
Posts: 841
Loc: Golden Meadow, Louisiana
I think eleven or twelve days there, and a couple of suprise "bonus" adventure days at another location.
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#1869941 - 03/03/10 09:55 PM Re: Great Alaskan Adventure Day 2 [Re: TroyMcDaniel]
redleg83 Offline
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Registered: 11/11/09
Posts: 247
Loc: Alabama
how many days are there and can we get a sneak peek of day 4 ???
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#1869944 - 03/03/10 09:56 PM Re: Great Alaskan Adventure Day 2 [Re: redleg83]
redleg83 Offline
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Loc: Alabama
didnt see the other post
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#1870004 - 03/03/10 10:26 PM Re: Great Alaskan Adventure Day 2 [Re: redleg83]
white17 Offline

"General (Mr.Sunshine) Washington"

Registered: 03/17/07
Posts: 14669
Loc: McGrath, AK
Were you only there 12 days ? I coulda sworn............oh never mind.
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#1870031 - 03/03/10 10:39 PM Re: Great Alaskan Adventure Day 2 [Re: Okiekajun]
TroyMcDaniel Offline
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Registered: 11/04/07
Posts: 985
Loc: Hillsboro, MO. 36 yr. old
Originally Posted By: Okiekajun
Originally Posted By: TroyMcDaniel
Come on day 4 LOL!!!!!!!!!


LOL, The guy making this stuff up only has time to do one a day!
FAIR WARNING

Day 4 should be on scheduele, Day 5 may not make it Friday, but should be posted on Saturday.


I'm sorry but that is UNEXCEPTABLE right now i'm staying somewhere that has high speed when I go back home in a few day's i'll never be able to see the pic's cry cry mad!!!! So the guy making this up need's to get off HLA and get it all on here whistle grin!!!!!!!!!

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#1870036 - 03/03/10 10:43 PM Re: Great Alaskan Adventure Day 2 [Re: ]
trapr Offline
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Registered: 12/31/06
Posts: 729
Loc: idaho falls idaho
Originally Posted By: michael_obrien
How many days were you there okie?

Looks like a blast so far. Did you guys use seperate tooth brushes? lol
toothbrush thing dont bother me much,figure at whites age he rinsed his in some snogo fuel in a jar.part that seems bad to me is I heard there was a shortage of TP.thats not something that should be shared! laugh grin
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#1870068 - 03/03/10 11:08 PM Re: Great Alaskan Adventure Day 2 [Re: trapr]
kansaskoons Offline
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Registered: 10/30/09
Posts: 1055
Loc: Kansas
great read, can't believe the anticipation I have for the next "issue" it's like mom and soap operas!
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#1870086 - 03/03/10 11:18 PM Re: Great Alaskan Adventure Day 2 [Re: kansaskoons]
Eric Cottrell Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 1308
Loc: LA
So your telling me that all you caught was 2 after 24 whole hours! Man what a letdown! I was expecting a truckload! If you'd a been trapping instead of sightseeing and galavanting around on snowshoes playing in the snow, you might would of had a respectable catch!

Ken, sorry you had to baby sit the transplanted coony! Maybe next time, you can get someone that can pull his weight!

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#1870161 - 03/04/10 12:41 AM Re: Great Alaskan Adventure Day 2 [Re: trapr]
white17 Offline

"General (Mr.Sunshine) Washington"

Registered: 03/17/07
Posts: 14669
Loc: McGrath, AK
Originally Posted By: trapr
Originally Posted By: michael_obrien
How many days were you there okie?

Looks like a blast so far. Did you guys use seperate tooth brushes? lol
toothbrush thing dont bother me much,figure at whites age he rinsed his in some snogo fuel in a jar.part that seems bad to me is I heard there was a shortage of TP.thats not something that should be shared! laugh grin


I didn't mind sharing the TP. I always went first in the morning.


Eric, It would take a LOT to pull that much weight. Good thing my Elan gets to rest all summer.
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#1870446 - 03/04/10 07:42 AM Re: Great Alaskan Adventure Day 2 [Re: white17]
mark Offline
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Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 5808
Loc: Logan County KY
c'mon day 4
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#1870451 - 03/04/10 07:45 AM Re: Great Alaskan Adventure Day 2 [Re: mark]
Bruce T Offline
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Registered: 12/24/06
Posts: 15795
Loc: Northern Maine
I'm sure looking forward to seeing that wolverine in a trap.
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#1871503 - 03/04/10 04:57 PM Re: Great Alaskan Adventure Day 2 [Re: Bruce T]
swamphaunter Offline
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Registered: 05/02/08
Posts: 829
Loc: twig Minnesota
TTT for gods sake

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#1871507 - 03/04/10 04:58 PM Re: Great Alaskan Adventure Day 2 [Re: swamphaunter]
mark Offline
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Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 5808
Loc: Logan County KY
really!
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#1872169 - 03/04/10 08:45 PM Re: Great Alaskan Adventure Day 2 [Re: mark]
Okiekajun Offline
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Registered: 12/24/06
Posts: 841
Loc: Golden Meadow, Louisiana
DAY 4

Saturday February 13th 2010
8:00 A.M. Clear, 5 above

Camp day today. Maybe not exactly what the reader wants in an ďaction packed tale of winter wilderness survivalĒ, but quite frankly itís a fact of life out here. The heat doesnít work by turning up the thermostat. The water doesnít come out of a faucet. The wife isnít there to keep the dishes washed (lady readerÖplease no cries of feminist outrage over this, according to my wife they will just fall on deaf ears).

We start with our normal breakfast then plan out the day, dishes to be done, water to be hauled from the river, wood to be cut, gear to be organized, and best of all, marten to be skinned. No one task is too difficult, but when combined with the fact I have to do all of them without disturbing Kenís nap, they become much more tedious. I have to say, after yesterdayís death march, Iím not disappointed to spend the day gimping around the cabin.

Before we begin the chores, we unload the trapping gear and ready the sled to haul water and wood. Itís then that we notice the ďcamp raiderĒ has struck overnight. This time heís gotten into the pack basket, ate a hole into the bait bag, and made off with another chicken. Heís no longer as entertaining and cute as he was, now heís a thieving little {edit} thatís crossed the line one too many times. I may take Ken up on his offer to let me catch him.

Water is hauled by sled from the river up to the cabin. Ken has previously cut a water hole in the ice, so chipping through the few inches and filling the buckets was a quick process. I ran the sled load of water back to the cabin and returned to the river with the chainsaw. Ken had been busy scouting firewood. Ken is a firewood conniseure, so picking the right tree is akin to going shoe shopping with your wife. You might as well just smile and nod, because no matter which one you say looks best, they will always choose different one. We do find some promising looking spruce and cut up a few test sections to be split at the cabin.

When we arrive back Ken grabs up the splitting maul and tells me to take a quick picture. Not questioning the seasoned veteran, I comply. After splitting one piece...yes one piece, he proceeds to do a test burn on it while I split the rest. It's only now, while looking through my index of photos, do I realize the crafty deception. There is only one piece of photographic evidence to support Ken's claims of having to do all the work, and no such evidence to support my claims.



Iíve already decided that everything I catch on this trip will be skinned leaving all feet and claws attached. This will allow me the widest range of options on what the final product will be. Ken skins and boards the first marten in about fifteen minutes to show me how to do it, then he turns me loose on the second. Other than the fact that he skins his marten ďthrough the mouthĒ and he uses some custom built tail stripper, his method seems pretty straightforward. I have to say Iím impressed with his speed and cleanliness skinning this way. Iím pretty confident I can do the next one with relative ease. An hour and a half later I have a finished result Iím pretty happy with. A few small nicks around a couple of the toes but nothing major. Skinning out those toes is going to take some getting used to.









After what turned out to be a pretty productive day, Ken makes a great meal of scrambled eggs, bacon, hash browns, and toasted rolls. Ken tops his roll with Backbreaker. He says thatís how real men do it. I let him know that I certainly donít find anything offensive about Backbreaker, but I cant miss the opportunity to top my roll with cottonís(forum member) homemade jelly. (Thanks cotton!)




Lesson Learned:

Cotton should go into business with Paul to make the ultimate cold weather, sweet, lure/trap-line snack food. Ken swears the jelly has remained in liquid form at 20 below! I swear the jelly is delicious!
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#1872254 - 03/04/10 09:10 PM Re: Great Alaskan Adventure Day 2 [Re: Okiekajun]
michael_obrien
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Pretty sweet.

Couple questions.

do you drink the water straight from the river, or do you boil or purify it?

how thick was the ice on the river during the original hole?

Does that 1921 radio actually pick up a station out there?

How long does Ken stay at the cabin each year?

Seriously, how old is that man-sized bottle of tabasco? that thing looks rough, I'm not gonna lie!

I see Ruff Grouse tail feathers on the post. are there many there?


Edited by michael_obrien (03/04/10 09:11 PM)

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#1872279 - 03/04/10 09:23 PM Re: Great Alaskan Adventure Day 2 [Re: ]
Okiekajun Offline
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Registered: 12/24/06
Posts: 841
Loc: Golden Meadow, Louisiana
I drank the water filtered or bolied with tea or coffee. Ken can drink it from the river without issue.

The tobasco was vintage '87, and was just about properly aged. I think we polished off that bottle at the end of the trip.

I was amazed when he kicked on that radio and we were able to get a brief news report. It was odd though that the report was focused on the Hindenburg and it's recent crash.


I'll let Ken field the remaining questions.
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#1872308 - 03/04/10 09:33 PM Re: Great Alaskan Adventure Day 2 [Re: Okiekajun]
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"General (Mr.Sunshine) Washington"

Registered: 03/17/07
Posts: 14669
Loc: McGrath, AK
Under normal circumstances we go to that location in september and come home in March.

There aren't a lot of grouse in that area. More spruce grouse than ruffed grouse. I wish it was the other way around.

I can pick up radio from all over the world out there. That is a 1975 model radio. AM/FM cassette player, 8 track, and clay tablet player as well.

I have drunk the river water straight for 30 years without incident. That doesn't mean it's the smart thing to do. Barb started to feel queasy one fall but I made her drink some boiled water with clorox in it and it fixed her right up. She didn't like it but it was better than being sick.

I was drinking filtered stuff this trip just like Okie.

That Tabasco is maybe 5 years old. Remember it's been frozen many times. Still tastes fine.

The ice was about 2 feet where I cut the water hole.
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#1872327 - 03/04/10 09:38 PM Re: Great Alaskan Adventure Day 2 [Re: white17]
Bruce T Offline
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Registered: 12/24/06
Posts: 15795
Loc: Northern Maine
Great story so far.
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