Valdez, Alaska, United States

Trip Start Jun 25, 2009
Trip End Sep 10, 2009

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Wednesday, August 19 - Valdez, AK - Day 1 of 3

We traveled from Palmer to Valdez, AK today on the Glenn and Richardson Highways. This was no ordinary travel day with scenes unlike any we have encountered yet.  I'll let the many pictures and videos speak for themselves. 

Note:  Each video is only about 1 - 2 minutes long.

In the meantime, here is some information that you can't live without:

While hiking through much of Alaska, you are almost sure to find moose nuggets.  Have you ever wondered how many moose nuggets are produced in Alaska every year?

Gross Natural Product

A. Deposits per Day----------------------------------------------------15

B. Nuggets per Deposit-------------------------------------------------25

C. Nuggets per Moose/Day------------------------------------------375

D. Nuggets per Moose/Month-----------------------------------11,250

E. Nuggets per Moose/Nugget Year-------------------------101,250

F. Moose Population in Alaska--------------------------------175,000
G. Nuggets per Moose Population ----------------------17,718,750

Research has shown that in the summer a moose's diet consists of fresh leaves and this produces a "loose moose" dropping similar to a bear’s.

BUT... during the fall, winter and spring, moose eat dry shoots and twigs, and the droppings become the familiar and well-loved "nuggets."

During those 9 months, known as the moose nugget months, the average moose produces 375 nuggets per day ... or more than 11,000 per month.

Each moose, then, is responsible for producing about 101,250 nuggets a year.

Multiplied by the 175,000 moose in Alaska, if they were stacked end to end they would produce a pile 71,258 times as high as Mt. McKinley. That's enough for every person in the world to own at least 4.

So please walk carefully when hiking, and don’t step on your neighbor’s four nuggets.

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