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    Default Fairbanks / RayfromAK

    My wife and I did the loop from Wasilla to Denali to Fairbanks to The Sandhill Crane Festival to Chena Hot Springs to the drive home along the Richardson Highway. 950-Mile round trip in one weekend.

    What a Great Time!

    We also had the privilege of meeting "RayfromAK".

    It was pretty funny, I'm chattin' with this guy about the Sand Hill Cranes and then he reveals himself to me as Ray from the Alaska Outdoor Forums. He said that he recognized my wife and our puppy Tank. We had a great conservation regarding photography and he proved to be a true Gentleman.

    Thanks again Ray for planting the idea of purchasing the 200mm lens in my head ...My wife, not so sure!

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    Default A couple more ...

    Here are a couple more shots from the weekend ...





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    Default A couple Panos

    Here are a couple Panos from the Richardson Highway ...



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    Nice little 950 mile weekend trip? I like the way you think man. Been to Chena once myself, in Nov '04. Looking forward to going back sometime. Love the shots man. Very nice image of the three headed moose
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    Quote Originally Posted by danattherock View Post
    Nice little 950 mile weekend trip? I like the way you think man. Been to Chena once myself, in Nov '04. Looking forward to going back sometime. Love the shots man. Very nice image of the three headed moose. What kind of tripod are you using
    LOL!

    I just checked my Notifications and there you are!



    Sorry about that Man! I use a Velbon El Carmagne-640 with a Manfrotto 486RC2 Ball Head with Quick Release plates on camera and most of my lenses.

    Chena was great! Hope to return this Winter. Gotta see what it is like in -50 degrees at night in the hot water watching the northern lights ...and a "Beer"!

    One more pic ...this place was between Denali National Park and Fairbanks. Pretty funny!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tull777 View Post

    Chena was great! Hope to return this Winter. Gotta see what it is like in -50 degrees at night in the hot water watching the northern lights ...and a "Beer"!
    Thats how I fell in love with my now wife. We were barely dating, I was working in Kotz, flew her up for a week and met her in ANC and took the train to FBX. Got to Chena Hot Springs and she brings out a few bottles of muscadine wine she had brought up from NC. A popular, sweet, southern wine. She cools them, puts them in two 32 ounce Gatorade bottles, and we go to the hotsprings. Floating around in those healing waters sipping muscadine wine from NC, good times. That is when I knew she was the one. Years later I tell her that was the moment I decided to marry her. She laughs, thinking I am joking


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    Quote Originally Posted by tull777 View Post
    LOL!

    I just checked my Notifications and there you are!



    Sorry about that Man! I use a Velbon El Carmagne-640 with a Manfrotto 486RC2 Ball Head with Quick Release plates on camera and most of my lenses.

    Chena was great! Hope to return this Winter. Gotta see what it is like in -50 degrees at night in the hot water watching the northern lights ...and a "Beer"!

    One more pic ...this place was between Denali National Park and Fairbanks. Pretty funny!


    This still cracks me up even though I have lived here long enough.
    The guy that owned this place has passed away, though... and pretty recently, too. I am pretty sure it was within this past year.
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    Hey, you made it back home already! It was real nice meeting you, your wife, and Tank.

    I am glad that you had the opportunity to travel around the Richardson. depending on the weather, the scenery can be breathtaking, specially between Donnelly Dome (past Delta Junction) to Summit Lake, and then up the pass near Valdez. Did you get a chance to drive the Denali? That's another beautiful drive when the weather cooperates.

    Your photos are amazing! The cranes in flight look real good, but I am bias to moose and these look great, too.
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    On my way home that afternoon I decided to stop by the Chena River at Peger Road to take a couple of pictures of the ducks i told you about. Well, I took a few photos, and then this guy walks-in by the water with his young retriever. The ducks saw the dog and just left in a hurry

    Guess what lens I used?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RayfromAK View Post
    Hey, you made it back home already! It was real nice meeting you, your wife, and Tank.

    I am glad that you had the opportunity to travel around the Richardson. depending on the weather, the scenery can be breathtaking, specially between Donnelly Dome (past Delta Junction) to Summit Lake, and then up the pass near Valdez. Did you get a chance to drive the Denali? That's another beautiful drive when the weather cooperates.

    Your photos are amazing! The cranes in flight look real good, but I am bias to moose and these look great, too.
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    On my way home that afternoon I decided to stop by the Chena River at Peger Road to take a couple of pictures of the ducks i told you about. Well, I took a few photos, and then this guy walks-in by the water with his young retriever. The ducks saw the dog and just left in a hurry

    Guess what lens I used?
    Ha! Nice pic, looks like you used the 200mm on that duck!

    Had a great run on the Richardson, cloudy but still some amazing scenery.

    We might drive the Denali Hwy this weekend. We have driven in part way fishing for grayling. Would be great to do the whole loop though.

    My wife and I were perty happy seeing the moose feeding in the deep water. Will try to return when the Fall colors are starting to pop to photograph more of them. Will have to hook up with you if we do make it back in the next couple weeks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by danattherock View Post
    Thats how I fell in love with my now wife. We were barely dating, I was working in Kotz, flew her up for a week and met her in ANC and took the train to FBX. Got to Chena Hot Springs and she brings out a few bottles of muscadine wine she had brought up from NC. A popular, sweet, southern wine. She cools them, puts them in two 32 ounce Gatorade bottles, and we go to the hotsprings. Floating around in those healing waters sipping muscadine wine from NC, good times. That is when I knew she was the one. Years later I tell her that was the moment I decided to marry her. She laughs, thinking I am joking


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    Great story, Dan! Chena will no doubt always be a special place for both of you. The Gatorade story sure brings back memories for me. Who hasn't done that. Good times! A friend of ours had a pair of binoculars ...well, a simulated pair that was hollow and you could fill it with your favorite adult beverage. Great for concerts!

    "Muscadine wine"? Never tried it ...got me curious though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tull777 View Post

    "Muscadine wine"? Never tried it ...got me curious though.


    When you firm up the dates in Sept, let me know. We will be there Sept 15-24. I might be able to bring up a bottle or two:
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    Sent you an E-mail though this forum, Tull777.

    Moose season is coming

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    Moose season or Wabbit season?!?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tull777 View Post
    Moose season or Wabbit season?!?

    The wabbits are out, but moose is what I go for. However, when ruffed grouse are plentiful, I take a few near the trails where I hunt moose. However, grouse must be on a low cycle, because I haven't see any lately. Four years ago they would be in my backyard.

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    My son and I would clean up on the ruffs and blue grouse back in Oregon. I sure miss 'em. I got them in the back yard here ...Hmmmmm, BB-Gun for Christmas???



    Good luck with the moose hunt!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by danattherock View Post
    When you firm up the dates in Sept, let me know. We will be there Sept 15-24. I might be able to bring up a bottle or two:
    Better bring three bottles, just in case I end up liking the stuff!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tull777 View Post
    My son and I would clean up on the ruffs and blue grouse back in Oregon. I sure miss 'em. I got them in the back yard here ...Hmmmmm, BB-Gun for Christmas???



    Good luck with the moose hunt!!!
    BB gun would be an excellent idea in rifle form. I am thinking about a .177 rifle with a noise reducer on the muzzle, using PBA pellets at 1,200 fps or so. Gamo has a few, and these can be seen at cabelas.com

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