Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Video - Drake Passage

Drake Passage

The Drake Passage or Mar de Hoces -Sea of "Hoces"- is the body of water between the southern tip of South America at Cape Horn Chile and the South Shetland Islanda of Antarctica . It connects the southwestern part of the Atlantic Ocean Scotia Sea ) with the southeastern part of the Pacific Ocean and extends into the Southern Ocean . The passage is named after the 16th century English privateer Sir Francis Drake. From what I can gather it is around 600 miles long.

Kathy Griffin

Ok, I admit to being a fan of Kathy Griffin. She is outrageous and funny. She is over the top.

Blogging - Dry Spell

Hey you blog readers.....help me out.... I could use some suggestions....what are you interested in seeing or reading about?

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Crossing Knik Arm to Fire Island

Are these people crazy or what !!!

About 20 members of the Anchorage Adventurers Meetup Group, with a handful of others tagging along, trekked across the mudflats from Kincaid Park to Fire Island and back Friday afternoon. Most hikers crossed the mud barefoot; a couple brought rope and life preservers, and one latecomer carried snowshoes. The group appeared to near Fire Island in just over an hour, still before low tide, and returned just before 6 p.m. on the same tide cycle.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Turnagain Arm - Anchorage - Bore Tide

Bore tide, which basically is what you get when the incoming tide is funneled into a narrow area, producing a distinct difference between high and low tide, which is a wall of water, with tremendous force.

Turnagain Arm is approximately 45 miles long.

The shot above is the Turnagain Arm of Cook Inlet, Alaska which looks like a harmless shallow body of water, and its mud flats may look good for walking, but they’re not. Just like quicksand, the flats can grab and hold the unwary .

With some of the fastest tidal changes in the world, Turnagain Arm’s famous “bore tide” comes in - with a unique and deadly 6-foot wall of water, traveling at 15 mph,there’s no escape. Bore tides come in along Cook Inlet after low tide in a rolling wave. You can often hear a bore tide before you see it. It has a low, thundering roar, and is caused by narrow, shallow channels. The tide takes around 5.5 hours to get to the end of the inlet.

The Anchorage Bike Trails

I lived in Anchorage for 26 years of my 49 years in Alaska. During those years I have walked and bicycled these trails. I do not recall running into bear or moose...thank heavens!

Thursday, June 25, 2009