Ketchikan Harley

“Historically, Alaska is a place that has attracted those fed up with conventionality.”

-Bill O’Reilly

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“This was one of the places people told me to go, it was one the big trips that you should see: Alaska.”

-Jeff Goldblum

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“For sheer majestic geography and sublime scale, nothing beats Alaska and the Yukon”

-Sam Abell

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“To the lover of wilderness, Alaska is one of the most wonderful countries in the world.”

-John Muir

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“Nature is man’s teacher. She unfolds her treasures to his search, unseals his eye, illumes his mind, and purifies his heart; an influence breathes from all the sights and sounds of her existence.”

-Alfred Bernhard Nobel

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“I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright.”

-Henry David Thoreau

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“Motorcycling in the lower 48 states seems relatively easy in comparison to riding to Alaska. I always knew that there would be gas somewhere up the road, that there would some place to stop for the night. I rested easy knowing that if I had a problem with the motorcycle, I was never too far away from a service shop. But when traveling to Alaska, a feeling of uncertainty abounds as one ventures into miles of uninhabited territory. And that’s exactly what makes the idea of this journey so exciting; the unpredictable nature of travel and the feeling of adventure that lay further up the road.”

– Daniel Cohen – The Reports: 2 Wheels to Alaska

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There are lots of grizzlies in Alaska, but this actually is a hard place to live for someone who loves them.  Everywhere you look you can see the bears struggling to coexist with humans.  Some of the greatest threats include gun toting fishermen, bears shot because they were attracted to garbage at homes, trophy hunting, poaching,  mines that threaten to destroy some of Alaska’s most precious bear habitat,bears being provoked to attack by ignorant humans, predator control and poor management initiated by our selfish, corrupt and misguided State Government Regime…. the list goes on and on and on.Bear 2A

I believe that putting a value on these animals living in their natural habitat is one of the best ways to support their conservation, and the best way to do this is through carefully controlled,responsible ecotourism.  I pray that Alaska will eventually follow the models of Botswana, Costa Rica, and other nations who treat their wildlife resources as if they were gold or oil deposits.  Unfortunately, I fear that we are too tied to our 19th century roots of manifest destiny which drive us to conquer the land, rid the forest of evil creatures, and to kill what scares us rather than to embrace it. The grizzly bear is always destined to lose in the end.Bear 4A

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The best time to watch for bears is in spring and summer during the dawn and dusk hours when they are actively searching for food. The shoreline is a common place to see bears beachcombing for dead animals, foraging on shellfish or grazing on sedges. In late July through early September, look for them at streams feeding on spawning salmon.

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“I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright.”

-Henry David Thoreau

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“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”

-John Muir

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The 48-inch diameter trans-Alaska oil pipeline is truly the man-made wonder of the Last Frontier, traversing 800 miles (or 1300 km) of frozen tundra, boreal forest, 800 rivers and streams, three major earthquake faults and three rugged mountain ranges. The corridor includes more than 550 wildlife crossings for moose, caribou and other wildlife. Alyeska Pipeline Service Company completed the pipeline in 1977 at a cost of $8 billion.

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“I have traveled all over the world by motorcycle and still find riding to Alaska an unparalleled experience.”

– Dr. Gregory Frazier: Alaska by Motorcycle

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“The climate of Barrow is Arctic. Temperatures range from cold as shit to fucking freezing.”

― Steve Niles, 30 Days of Night

 

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Help me…I’m MELTING!!!

Weathered siding of an Arctic home.

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“If you are old, go by all means, but if you are young — wait! The scenery of Alaska is much grander than anything else of the kind in the world. And it is not well to dull one’s capacity for enjoyment by seeking the finest first.”

-Henry Gannett of the US Geological Survey in 1899

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