My old boat on Six Mile Lake


My tent cabin on the Kvechak River

The Bush Life

The Bush Life
My old buddy "KAYAK"

Sunday, May 28, 2017

I Remembe

                                                          IN MEMORY

                                                 U.S.S. OZBOURN DD846





On this date, my 2 best friends and shipmates were killed in action  off the coast of North Vietnam while handling shells for the after gun mount in support of a SPECIAL FORCES compound being overrun by North Vietnamese regulars and Viet Cong forces.

While providing gunfire support, we came under fire of 81mm mortar shells. Close to 200 rounds bracketed our ship with one round going through the deck and exploding in the handling room where Robert and Ed  was stationed.  We were also hit in the electronics room where 3 were wounded and took 2 rounds in our Anti Submarine rocket launcher starting a fire. We also took some rounds in and near the water line. Despite all this, we remained online and along with U.S. Navy fighter planes, we prevented the enemy from overtaking the Special Forces camp.


Ed and Robert will always be in my memory


Sunday, May 14, 2017

Another setback

Hi everyone, when it rains, it pours. A few months ago, I noticed very small tremors in my body, within the last 3 months they progressed more and more. I decided to visit my doctor and she examined me and decided I needed to see a specialist. Last Wednesday I had an appt. at the Brain Center where they gave me an MRI Cervical Spine Impression and an MRI Brain Impression. The first one showed I have multiple disc herniation's and degenerative changes.  The worst is in the C5 and C6 level where a disc herniation presses against the Spine.

The Brain scan discovered some white matter foci of increased T2 signal, which means one of them has an orientation consistent with minimal manifestation of Multiple Sclerosis.

It's a lot to take in, I have an appt. next Wednesday with a specialist to determine surgery procedure. This is putting all my plans this Summer on hold. Depending on the results, I may have to make some life changes. I do have a lot going through my mind. I will keep all of you updated.

Thanks for being there and take care

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Sunday ride

Last weekend, my friend Randy asked me to fly out to his cabin and bring his sons snowmachine back to town. Not a problem. So, I met him at his house about 9:30 am and we loaded up and took off.

Here's Randy readying the plane

He is wiping some frost off the wing
Off we go
Photos on the way, Mt. Susitna, also known as "Sleeping Lady"

Yentna River
Flying Indian Creek where Randy's cabin is

                                             Arriving at his cabin

                                                   Randy's cabin
                                    Some logs he will use for firewood

                                Here I am on Indian Creek, ready to leave.
                               Here I am on the Yentna River

I got about 5 miles down the river and the snowmachine overheated. This is a liquid cooled machine and they tend to overheat when the weather is very warm.

With luck my cellphone worked on the river, I called Randy and he came out with some coolant.

Ok, we got that problem taken care of, Randy decided to ride a ways with me just in case. Well, there was a problem. A big one, we were following the trail markers, wooden sticks with red tips stuck in the snow. We were traveling at a good clip. As we approached 20 mile slough, there was a 3 foot drop and before I could stop, I went over and broke through the ice nose first.

As I tried to get off the machine I was up to my knees in water and my boots got filled up. As I tried to get out, the ice shelf kept breaking and I got wetter. I finally got out and was soaking wet. I to my boots off and emptied theme and wrung my socks and pants out. Randy drove 10 miles back to his cabin to get a shovel and rope to pull the snowmachine out. Sorry no more pictures but, I just wasn't in the mood to take pictures.

We got the machine out and Randy decided I should go back and go the next day. I decided not to. So, I continued on and arrived at Deshka Landing a couple of hours later. Once I got to Rawleigh Creek, I had to slow down to about 5 miles per hour because the bumps were so bad. When I finally got home, I built a hot fire in the stove, made fresh coffee and slept like a baby.

These things happen and you takes chances traveling the waterways this time of the year. Was I happy when it happened? Nope. I got over it real soon. Will I keep riding the rivers? Yep. It's just another story to add to the others. Anyway, hope you enjoy the photos and story.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Weather and visittors

The weather has been pretty good. Since Feb. 24, we've had clear and sunny days until today. We received a light snow and it's melting already. The day temps. ran from -20's to +39. This was this morning.
As I was sitting drinking coffee, I noticed a movement, a cow moose
She started grazing on the Willows in my yard. She started grazing across the yard and found a nice spot to rest and eat. If you look over her rump, there is a dark spot in the trees, another cow moose.

As she lay there eating, the morning started getting lighter.

As you can see, it started snowing as she layed there.
I guess she got enough rest and decided to graze again.

The white on the back of the legs as well as a very light brown on the face, tells you, it's a cow. Bulls are pretty much, dark brown all over.
This is the other cow, who came out of the trees to graze.
This is the second one.

The first cow noticed her and decided to go over and claim her territory.

As the second cow moved into the woods, the first one followed her, perhaps to dine with her or not.

I really enjoy the moose, I just can't get enough of them. I could watch them for hours. I hope you enjoy the photos. Take  care