Alaska Warnings and Dangers
Unidentified dropping on ice while...
Be careful around bears, Alaska
Another rainy day in Ketchikan
Sometimes you might encounter Moose, I heard a story of some kids throwing rocks at the Moose, then an innocent person came along later and the Moose was annoyed and killed this person. They can be...
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Wildlife Denali National Park and Preserve
Deer are abundant all around Kodiak and, like all deer, they are not the brightest about staying alive around vehicle traffic. Especially at night where headlights cause them to freeze up no matter...
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Tsunami Warnings Kodiak
In the past century, Kodiak has been hammered by two natural disasters, the 1912 Novarupta eruption on the mainland and the 1964 earthquake/tsunami. Effects from both catastrophes are still visible...
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MrClay2000 finally makes it in to Kodiak albeit 5 hours late!! We had a massive fog bank that wouldn't break up so his first flight cancelled and he was able to make it on the next one! Just as I was...
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What to do around bears???
My sister and I went to Cooper Landing so that we can hike the Russian Trail. There was still some very slippery ice on the trail and we had to go around those --- and then, at one point, we heard some rustling of some creature near us and we got scared it might be a bear. Due to too much ice, we decided to head back.But I was asking my sister if she knew what to do if we did see a bear -- and we both did not know! Well, scats and tracks are indications that bears are nearby. What you could do is CLAP, TALK LOUDLY, BANG TWO STONES, WEAR CHIMES. And of course, they always say DO NOT RUN - stand your ground, clap, yell and let the bear know that he is entering "your space". An aggressive response from a bear is when they are scared and it is simply protecting itself and possibly its cubs.And never allow them to get to your food or garbage when you are camping.
After being in Alaska for a while and experiencing the wilderness, we got experienced at identifying droppings and also avoiding stepping on them...but still, most of the droppings we saw were UDO's (Unidentified Dropped Objects).Moose droppings look very circular and like a small easter egg chocolate. It has the same shape of the sun-dried dropping from some animal we saw in the wild in Cape Town, South Africa (I put that dried dropping in my mouth for a contest as to who could shoot the dropping as far as possible - I did not win...)But the moose droppings here are still moist (not dry as in Africa) and so I don't think it's wise to play that game ---- but there is Moose Dropping Festival believe it or not held at Talkeetna - very interesting (talkeetnachamber.org)
In Alaska much of the road construction must be done during the summer months. It is also the busiest time tourist-wise. Main highways, like the Seward Highway, are still mostly just two lanes. If construction blocks one lane, traffic can really back up. I got caught in a line on the Seward Highway. It was about a 45 minute wait. Also watch out after you do get through the construction. There are always a few impatient drivers trying to make up the lost time by passing in places you would not believe.
If you're using the Alaska Marine Highway and want to get closest to Anchorage, you probably will get off at Whittier. Do not let this be a lasting impression of Alaska. Whittier. I don't even know what to say about it. It's been described by other VTers as "creepy" and I think that about sums it up. It's technically connected by road to Anchorage but you have to use a toll tunnel to get through and when you emerge out to the Whittier side, you'll probably say, "why did I do this?" The setting is pretty--a town on the water with ferry and road access should excel, but it doesn't. Everyone used to live in this one building, a communist looking highrise but after the earthquake, they had to leave it. So now, they live in another highrise and can't afford to knock the first one down. It sits atop a hill looming over the town, in all its creepiness. When we visited, it was gloomy and we saw...
Dog sledding on the Mendenhall Glacier
This tip is in relation to my 'Things to do' tip of the same title.Be warned that, if the weather is not good, or looks like it might turn for the worst, your pre-booked dog sledding trip may be cancelled. Money is refunded, but it is still very disappointing. It is better to be prepared for the worst, as when we visited Juneau, we didn't even consider cancellation to be a possibility. We were lucky, and had a fantastic experience but lots of other people had their sledding cancelled in Skagway.It may be possible to book on another, later flight to the glacier, but often the helicopters are full.
Alaska isn't realllllly bad on crime, however my husband and I are being stationed (military) from Elmendorf AFB, Alaska to Tinker AFB Oklahoma in June 2007... And I am having one heck of a time trying to make sure we don't move into a "bad neighborhood".... So, I figure I could post this for anyone looking into moving into Alaska for their own personal info...Neighborhoods you kinda probably don't want to move to unless you have to. (they are all low-income housing areas...)Mt. View (near Mt. View Drive, and the Air Force Base)Fairview (this is on the outskirts of downtown, but is all low-income housing)Mid-town (this is "central" Anchorage... which does have many businesses; stores, banks, etc... but again, low income housing.)Government Hill, is located right off the port, and is a considerably small neighborhood, but is nothing but apartments, and low-income housing....If you can...
Leave what you find!
While hiking stay on the main trail to protect nature and don't wander off by yourself. Steer clear of flowers or small trees. Once hurt, they may not grow back! Use existing camp areas at least 100 steps from roads, trails and water. Leave plants, rocks and historical items as you find them so the next person can enjoy them. Treat living plants with respect. Hacking or peeling plants can kill them. Good campsites are found not made! Do not dig trenches or build structures in your campsite.
Be Careful with Fire!
Use a camp stove for cooking. It's easier to cook on and clean up than a fire. Be sure it's okay to build a campfire in the area you're visiting. Use an exisiting fire ring to protect the ground from heat. Keep your fire small. Remember, campfires are not for trash or food. Do not snap branches off live, dead, or downed trees. Instead, collect loose sticks from the ground. Burn all wood to ash and be sure that fire is completely out and cold before you leave. It was sad to see the fireweeds instead of forests all over the Yukon and Alaska. Forest fires are serious problems all over the State.
Pack out your trash!
Pack your trash. Put litter in trash cans or carry it home. Use bathrooms or outhouses when available. If you have to go act like a cat and bury poop in a small hole 4-8 inches deep and 100 big steps from water. Place your toilet paper in a plastic bag and put the bag in a garbage can back home. Keep water clean. Do no put soap, food, or poop in lakes or streams. Carry out all the trash you hike with. Animals may try to eat discarded litter. Garbage attracts bears; keep a clean campsite. Litter can also entangle or trap wildlife, especially fishing line.
Observe animals from a distance and never approach, feed or follow them! Human food is unhealthy for all animals and feeding them starts bad habits. Protect wildlife and your food by storing your meals and trash. Control pets at all times or leave them at home. I've seen several times that people was feeding small squirells just right next to a board "Do not feed or approach...". Why?! Avoid shouting, gesturing or otherwise disturbing animals. Never throw anything, including snowballs, at wild animals. Don’t get carried away with camera shots and do not corner wildlife. If an animal shows signs of being disturbed (ears back, eyes bugged out, hackled back, or alarm cries), give it lots of room.
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