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    I rode Turnagain Pass yesterday with a friend. Got there early enough to be the third vehicle to park. Sunny, 15ish and calm...perfect day to ride. Snow was OK but not great...a few inches of powder over a hard base.

    Got up on Seattle Ridge and enjoyed the magificent scenery. Went down the back side and found some powder to play in. Had a great time.

    Later, as we pulled up behind my trailer I was approached by a man in khakis and tan jacket and a ball cap. I had the immediate thought "Uh oh, he looks official", followed by "I don't think I did anything wrong". As it turned out the Californian was on his way to Kenai with his 12 year old son. Volcanos are something of a father/son hobby and they'd come to Alaska to observe Mt. Redoubt. They'd done some sight seeing already and had been to the start of the Iron Dog earlier. He said they pulled in to the parking lot at Turny to use the outhouse and stayed to watch the younger guys catching air. It seems the boy was catching the beginnings of the snowmachine bug.

    He offered me $20 to take his son for a ride. "20 bucks for 15 minutes" he said.

    I told him to keep his money and told the boy to hop on. I had him stand in front of me and hold on to the mountain bar. I took him south towards the Bertha Creek campground in search of some soft snow. We found a little and made a couple of carving turns and a few runs up some small banks. We even got the ski's up off the ground once or twice. I even let him "drive" with my help, of course.

    We were gone 20 minutes or so and when we got back, dad had the video camera out. The boy was a bit chilly but sporting a big grin. Dad was thrilled, so I let him take a spin. He tooled around on the hammered snow close to the parking lot for a few minutes and returned none worse for the wear. Father took a pic of me and the boy with my sled, thanked me again and we parted ways.

    It was a near perfect day to share such a beautiful part of our home in a way that most tourists can't conceive. I was glad he walked up to me.

    As it turns out, after I'd taken off with his son, the father pressed a $20 in my friend's hand insisting we take it. So we stopped at the Brown Bear and had a couple of burgers courtesy of Volcano Tourism. Thanks Mt Redoubt!
    If cave men had been trophy hunters the Wooly Mammoth would be alive today

  • #2
    Thanks Erik!

    Way to represent....


    • #3
      Nice job Erik, way to show that true Alaskan hospitality!!


      • #4
        Good work

        I have offered rides to Tourist on the kenai. When sitting around a fire vacum packing reds you get alot of tourist asking question's maily due to many days with little to no fish. I sometimes offer them a boat trip the next day. I let them tag along and even show them the ropes a little.

        Good job Erik.
        Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.


        • #5
          Well done.......Funny how Turnagain is just out my back door and I never go there, other than drive through once every 4 months to Los Anchorage for groceries.


          • #6

            We never forget what it was like when we were boys and an adult did something special. Way to go Erik. Way to put a smile on their face, and yours too. YOU ROCK!


            • #7
              I've done similar things with tourists a couple of times too. It makes you feel good to give someone a good memory of being up here so we are all winners. I like tourists as a whole but sometimes in the summer it can be overwhelming due to the sheer numbers.


              • #8
                Good story, Erik... thanks for sharing.

                funny how Alaska has a way of touching the heart like that. I've always been impressed by the generosity, kindness, and appreciativeness of people up here, whether they live here or just visiting from Outside...

       take it for granted sometimes until you go Outside for yourself and see how people treat each other in the real world. we are all lucky to live in a place like this, for sure... I know I am.


                • #9
                  You're a good man, EriK! That kind of thing chokes me up and makes me very happy that there are still some good guys left in the world. I hope you enjoyed the burgers!


                  • #10
                    Great Job

                    Great job, more people should do the same, I guarantee you that experience will probably stay in that young mans memory forever.


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