Go away bear!!

Trip Start Dec 28, 2004
Trip End Ongoing

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Sunday, July 30, 2006

38 days left and finally i have a bit of something to write about here in the great north woods. after having worked 11 days in a row me and a few friends left directly from work and drove the 250 miles to anchorage. the scenery on this drive is just amazing as the road weaves in and out of mountain ranges until it finally comes out at the cook inlet where the road hugs the side of the mountain range, trying to stay dry from the cold stormy sea that brews a few dozen feet away. we made it into anchorage and found the bar (the moose's tooth)with about 5 minutes to spare before string cheese came out and started their show. this was the first of two days of music and the first show seemed a little more family orientated since it was held outside and there was a general county fair feeling to the whole thing. the music was great as usual and for those of you who were wondering.....yes you can do a bluegrass version of "walk this way".

the show ended at about midnight so we packed into the car to head towards a campsite that was recommended to us and that was fairly close to downtown anchorage. it took us a few twists and turns to find our way out of the unfamiliar city and amazingly enough, during these twists and turns we stumbled upon every strip club in anchorage. it was as if we had some built in homing breast becon built into us. having absolutely no desire to frequent one of these establishments, we headed out of town and found our nice little campground which was situated right next to a state correctional facility. ok rule number one.......neal likes to stay as far away from prisons as possible. by the time the tent was set up and i was ready for bed it was about 2am with the alarm set for 630am.

amazingly we were up and moving by 645 and on the road by 7am. after catching a little breakfast we headed towards girdwood which is a little hippie town buried deep in a mountain range. alaskas most famous ski mountain is here as is a very posh ski resort. on the way out to girdwood we stopped at bird creek to catch a little scenery and watch the amazing spectacle of "combat fishing". pretty much dozens and dozens of people standing asshole to elbow try to bag their limit in salmon for the day. as we stood on the bridge taking in the sights i looked farther upstream and saw two very large brown bears standing in the water doing a little fishing of their own. being the idiotic tourists that we are, we decided to head up the river to get a closer look and to snap a few photos. i mean honestly, how often do you get the chance to hang with some brown bears (unless you live in alaska)? so as all these fisherman were walking away from the bears we were heading towards them until we were about 50 feet away. at this point it seemed a good idea to er on the side of caution and just stay put while we watched these huge animals. it turned out that it was a sow with her yearling cub and it seemed that the sow didnt give much of a shit about coming close to people because here she came. people started to turn and walk at a quick pace while others took it upon themselves to do what the park service says and stand your ground and verbalize loudly "go away bear!!"...."ya bear, go away!!" at this point she is about 20 feet from me and thats when i decide its time to turn and go. thus concluding my brown bear incident.

after all this we headed up to girdwood and looked around and checked out the resort but the weather was just too crappy to go on any long hikes so after a few hours we headed back into anchorage and did a little bit of necessity shopping before the concert. as for the second concert, well it was in a more traditional setting of a concert hall and the music was friggin stupendous but due to the consumption of certain narcotics, this is all im gonna say about that concert.
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