My tent cabin on the Kvechak River

The Bush Life

The Bush Life
My old buddy "KAYAK"

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Another thought, one I dread

 I woke up just after 6 a.m. this morning and put the coffee on. To me there is nothing like the smell of fresh made coffee. That first cup tastes so good. I sat at the table and sipped my coffee as the sun rose, a really nice sight I might add. As it rose, an interesting cloud hung there.

  There you have it, sunrise for today. I forgot that I took a picture last night as the sun set and thought this was a nice evening.

  I had company  while having coffee this morning.

  While watching the sun rise, an Eagle flew by and it got me thinking. Watching the Eagle gliding on the airwaves and circling probably looking for a meal, it got me to thinking about just how free the Eagle is. Probably, more free than any animal or human.
  What I mean by that is, the Eagle pretty much doesn't have much to worry about from predators. I would think the only predator is man. I can't think of anything that can fly that would pose a threat to the Eagle. They fly very  high most times and when on the ground, the slightest movement makes them fly away out of harms way.
  As a person living in the BUSH, I consider myself to be somewhat free and safe. At least I thought I was. I am beginning to think that those of us who have decided to live a remote lifestyle, are becoming an Endangered Species. I was listening to a talk show out of Anchorage on the radio. The subject was about building Alaska in an industrial way. The people who live on the road system were calling in and talking about how the state should build roads through the wilderness to access many of the villages to promote more business  opportunities.
  These people also said, with more roads hunters could access hunting areas where they couldn't before. I've always known it was inevitable but now the reality of it is setting in. I could never live in a populated area. I will have to give this more thought and then I will share that thought at a later date.


Carol G said...

You have beautiful pics at the top of the page. What a wonderful sunrise and sunset.

John said...

Thanks Carol, how are things your way?

Susan Stevenson said...

The photos are beautiful. What a gorgeous view! I also enjoy my morning cup of coffee. I like to savor it as well, although I don't often sit outside to do it. Perhaps I should.

I have been reading about plans to put in roads to some of the remote villages. I suppose I can see pros and cons of this idea. It would facilitate shipping of goods. They could come in by truck and maybe not cost as much. But then people would come too.

I love to explore AK with my husband. One of our favorite trips was up the Dalton Hwy to Deadhorse. Not many people do it because the road is gravel in places, and bumpy, and there aren't too many facilities. But I think this is a good thing. This way, only those who have an adventurous spirit make the drive, rather than caravans of RVers. Perhaps there's a way to compromise.

I know that if there was a road to some of the remote villages, my husband and I would travel it. We love to visit new places, and meet the people who live there. But then again, folks who choose to live remotely don't often want to be bothered, and I respect that.

Just as long as AK doesn't become too crowded. I was raised in Philadelphia and lived on the east coast until 2003 and our move to AK. I could never go back to living in a big, bustling city.

Rumbarr said...

Morning John =)

Susan, thats what I am concerned with when I move to Alaska, the over crowding part.

I was leaning towards Juneau but after the Japan disaster, I don't think I would be comfortable being close to the coast.

John said...

The last thing I want are roads coming my way or close by. All that does is bring trouble. If it gets so bad that I have people showing up at my cabin, that is when I get rid of it, put on a back pack and head for a more remote area. Many times I have thought about just moving around old cabin trappers cabins hang out awhile and then move on.

Carol G said...

John, you are just a mountain man type you see, said in the most respectful tone. I don't see anything wrong with that. What a life, if you can take the lonesomeness of it.

I'm doing pretty well. The snow is melting away, but I don't get to see much of the good weather as I have to put in about 9.5 hours at work 5 days a week. My husband has bought some seeds and is doing some planning on the family garden. We just bought this place in September and it doesn't have a garden yet. I've been thinking of chickens and goats, but my husband isn't decided. We did chickens in Colorado and the bears got them.

becky3086 said...

derWe are in a much more populated area than you are, of course, but I understand your point. We have always lived in the country and don't want to live any other way.

John said...

Hi Carol, I'm not as much of a Mountain man as I use to be. I do have Internet, LOL. As far as being alone, it can be a blessing at times but, there are times when it would be nice to have someone to share these good times. Who knows, maybe someday the right woman may come along.

John said...

You know Becky, I have tried living on the road system and it didn't work out for me. I just don't do well on the road system or around crowds. I really enjoy the quiet and the wildlife.