Friday, December 5, 2008

Pike Fishing on The Black River

Hello all, to day it is 14 degrees F. What a difference from earlier this week when it was a -29 degrees. That is over a 40 degree difference. Like going from 30 to 70 degrees. Wow! We have received about 2 or 3 inches of snow this past week and more coming. We have about 10 inches on the ground now but need more! Going to move the snow machines to the house to get them ready for riding.

There have been some postings concerning Alaska becoming crowded. I am concerned about that too, but if you look on the positive side, there is one person per square mile here in Alaska. Now if you take out the population and land mass south of the Alaskan Range, I would suspect that that density is reduced to about 1/4 of a person per square mile.

One of my most favorable experiences here in Alaska is when we went to the Black River to fish for pike. There were eight of us and three boats. My boats gas tank capacity is 25 gallons so we put in a spare tank of 40 gallons and 4 fifty gallon barrels in the front. Got home with about 30 gallons to spare.

The trip was to drive from here in North Pole to Circle . and put in at the Yukon.

Circle is on the Yukon River, and is where we launched our boats. There is a link at the bottom of this write up that shows pictures of our trip and a view of Circle.

You will see a picture of a motel or lodge that was being built. What a stupid idea. Circle has a population of about 100 people , and the only reason people come there is to launch their boats to get out of there. Any way construction was stopped due to lack of funding.

So we got on the Yukon and navigated down stream past Fort Yukon and went up the Porcupine River to the Black River. Stayed for eight days. Out of contact with the world for those days.

Good food. good company, and the beer was good too.

Interesting thing is the only animal we saw was the mink, which is in the slide show. We did have critter alarms but the only thing that set them off was me at 2 in the morning. When I did set them off no one got up. So much for them!!

As you look at the pictures remember it is July and the sun is up 24/7.

Here is the link Pike fishing

You need to click on the pictures to change them.