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Old 06-16-2009, 05:27 PM
 
Location: The end of the road Alaska
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It has been 3 years since we've had warm enough weather in the Southeast islands to play in the water. In fact it rained every day but 10 last spring/summer/fall. But look what we've got now! The last 6 weeks have been amazing, topped with temperatures in the high 80's and even breaking 90 last weekend.
The mouth of the Stikine river empties into a wide sandy delta about 15 miles north of town. Another 17 miles upriver takes you to a slough leading to two shallow basins at the base of the mountains. During the fall moose hunt you can walk across on dry land, but with all this heat the snowmelt is filling them up to chest high in most places, 12 feet at the deepest.
I believe we emptied the town of Wrangell last weekend, moved the city limits upriver. By midday Friday there were 30 boats in the lakes filled with what seemed like every kid, dog and adult in Wrangell, all turning our halibut-belly skin a bright red.
A couple years ago the US Forest Service sent uniformed, rule-toting representatives to hold town meetings telling us that the Stikine River is a Federal Wilderness area - therefore no more than 12 people are allowed to gather within hearing distance of other "visitors" to the wilderness area.
How are we doin' so far?







And then we took a ride upriver to take in the sights. The forest service also told us we couldn't have our little cabins upriver anymore. They burned 'em all down. Cabins, I might add, which have been stocked with emergency supplies since before Alaska became a state and have saved more than a few lives. Anyway, our response to that is floathouses anchored offshore. The feds don't own the water, just the land.



The glacier is straight ahead and then a few miles to the left but this is as far as we can go. Solid ice ahead.



Glacier ice is the BEST for coctails!



The snowpack hasn't even had a chance to all melt off yet We're in Canadian waters here, yeah, I know. Not supposed to be.



Okay, back in the US of A

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Old 06-16-2009, 05:41 PM
 
Location: Too far from Alaska
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That much for border security
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Old 06-16-2009, 06:05 PM
 
Location: Naptowne, Alaska
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Wrangolians are rule breakers!
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Old 06-16-2009, 06:10 PM
 
Location: The end of the road Alaska
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Actually, it's "Wrangellites" and nope, don't follow rules.
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Old 06-16-2009, 06:13 PM
 
Location: Naptowne, Alaska
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I see a Svendsen boat in the one picture. I tried googling but could only come up with an outfit selling sailboats in California. You by any chance know the boatowners? Was wondering if they like the make and model.
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Old 06-16-2009, 06:14 PM
 
Location: The Woods
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A certain bit of rebelliousness is quite desirable. Keep up the good work!
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Old 06-16-2009, 06:19 PM
 
Location: Mayberry
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Beautiful pics, who'd of thought 90 degrees in AK? I am surprised and very pleased. Thank you!! Gorgeous shots!!
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Old 06-16-2009, 06:54 PM
 
Location: The end of the road Alaska
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Actually most all the aluminum boats in these photos 'll be Svendsens. They're made in a local boat shop, mostly to order. We love 'em. These guys have spent years figuring out the right boat for the various waters we cruise from the gravelly river to the open waters. Great craftsmen.
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Old 06-16-2009, 06:59 PM
 
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Is that a dry heat or a humid heat ?
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Old 06-16-2009, 08:01 PM
 
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It has been kind of eerie with all this sun in SE. It rained yesterday for the first time in awhile.
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