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[TR] Talkeetna - 5/25/2008

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Trip: Talkeetna -

 

Date: 5/25/2008

 

Trip Report:

No northern exposure would be complete without visiting Talkeetna, where the women smell strong, the men are in trouble with the FAA , and the children are feral. Whether it’s listening to Jerry Garcia in a ranger’s uniform berate the Germans for screwing up the “This is Denali” video presentation, shaking your black sweat pants at the Fairview, or enjoying an ice cream and cigarette down by the river, Talkeetna is always a good time. So drop off your poo can, slip on your Xtratuffs, and join me for a quick tour of Alaska’s Gateway to The Mountain.

 

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The Alaskan wilderness is temporarily beaten into submission by a motley array of machines that somebody got a good deal on, which take on a second life as yard art after losing their final bout.

 

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Who among us who grew up watching James West kicking post civil war ass in his 1870’s stretch pants wouldn’t want to live in a railcar? This one came standard with toxic lead based paint, and so was uninhabitable. Apparently there was a no returns policy.

 

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When your dish is bigger than your cabin, you can bet your friends will be over to watch the Vogon Volleyball Worlds, live from the Andromeda Galaxy.

 

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Alaska’s most ubiquitous machine. Be careful who you fly with however; you might find yourself upside down on a 40 foot long gravel bar surrounded by 39 degree whitewater 50 miles from the nearest dirt road…

 

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…in need of another propeller.

 

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An evening at the river: Hunter, Foraker, Denali, arctic terns, and dog shit.

 

 

 

 

Gear Notes:

Xtratuffs, black sweat pants, check shirt, chamo ball cap. Lab or Supercub optional.

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Don't forget to catch 3 days of great music, dancing and debauchery at the Talkeetna Bluegrass Festival the first week of August. Although I have not been to one in a decade, I'm sure it promises to be a good time. Here is a great chance to see all the wiley character come out of the woodwork in Alaska.

 

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What a great little town!

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