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Re: The Call of the Wild: Something Fishy's Four Alaskan 2020 Trips
« Reply #100 on: April 12, 2021, 10:30:46 PM »
Is there an option to sell via shutterfly or whatever you use to make your books? Or are the ones you make to personal oriented?

The ones I make are personal.

I have had an idea floating around for a real themed coffee table book, I'm sure it can be done on a per-order basis. Maybe one day.
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Re: The Call of the Wild: Something Fishy's Four Alaskan 2020 Trips
« Reply #101 on: April 12, 2021, 10:56:33 PM »


Maybe one day.

Ouch, teasing is like that.
C'mon, let's get a launch date for the first book

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Re: The Call of the Wild: Something Fishy's Four Alaskan 2020 Trips
« Reply #102 on: April 13, 2021, 07:26:56 PM »
Maybe we can get a poll up with a  to see how many people would buy.

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Re: The Call of the Wild: Something Fishy's Four Alaskan 2020 Trips
« Reply #103 on: April 14, 2021, 12:33:36 AM »

Glacial mud is supposedly great for the skin. Either that, or it's just fun to smear all over your face...



This pic is the opposite of all the jewish magazines.  :)

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Re: The Call of the Wild: Something Fishy's Four Alaskan 2020 Trips
« Reply #104 on: April 14, 2021, 12:39:08 AM »
This pic is the opposite of all the jewish magazines.  :)

ALOL

To be clear, the unblurred woman is one of our guides.
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Re: The Call of the Wild: Something Fishy's Four Alaskan 2020 Trips
« Reply #105 on: June 27, 2021, 02:24:56 PM »
My kids are off today and my son was showing me his notebook in which he learned about various states. In it, there was a picture of a bear in Alaska at the top of a water fall catching a fish in its mouth. I was like, "You think that's cool? I've got some videos to show you!"

For the last hour, my kids have been devouring this thread.

Thanks @Something Fishy!
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Re: The Call of the Wild: Something Fishy's Four Alaskan 2020 Trips
« Reply #106 on: June 27, 2021, 02:35:28 PM »
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Re: The Call of the Wild: Something Fishy's Four Alaskan 2020 Trips
« Reply #107 on: June 29, 2021, 12:42:59 AM »
CMIIW but there's still one more segment, right?

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Re: The Call of the Wild: Something Fishy's Four Alaskan 2020 Trips
« Reply #109 on: July 08, 2021, 01:06:46 AM »
CMIIW but there's still one more segment, right?

A few more actually.
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Re: The Call of the Wild: Something Fishy's Four Alaskan 2020 Trips
« Reply #111 on: July 11, 2021, 11:36:36 PM »
Im not sure where to post it but I saw something I believe @Something Fishy would enjoy to have on camera and it happened in his backyard, so maybe its time to use your gear closer to home.

I was today at Suzanne lake , a family was trying to feed the ducks/geese (it was more then 10" from the sign not to feed them) and unfortunately no ducks came to join the party, I went a little bit further were the ducks were napping and of course they decided that the was good and they all left to the party, a few passed and a deer came to join, the deer was in the lake with the ducks eating (the fleishig cholent), I came closer to watch the deer eat, he wasnt too comfortable with us approaching he walked away and jumped over that tall fence.

I don't have it on camera but if you have away to develop my eyesight let me know

https://www.google.com/maps/place/41.122008,+-74.056925/@41.1219642,-74.0570402,20z/data=!3m1!1e3?gl=us

Once we are here already, what happened to the lake why is it so low (and filthy)
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Re: The Call of the Wild: Something Fishy's Four Alaskan 2020 Trips
« Reply #112 on: July 11, 2021, 11:57:07 PM »

So come to the point, how many Grizzlies were there? :)

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Re: The Call of the Wild: Something Fishy's Four Alaskan 2020 Trips
« Reply #114 on: October 11, 2021, 11:39:55 PM »
Trip 3, August



Part 2

Friday

Our resort was located just outside Chugach National Forest, which encompasses the northernmost rainforest on the planet. Today we were off just a few miles down the road, to ATV inside the national forest. Everyone got fitted out for gear and some quick ATVing instruction, and off we went.

Since we were in a rainforest, there wasn't much in the way of views - but there were more than enough ruts, mud, and giant puddles to ensure that we had an epic time:







We came across a black bear, but he moved out of there mighty fast so all I got was his bottomus:









Once back at the hotel and after a good shower, we headed to our restaurant for a massive lunch-slash-toamehu. My chefs had prepared a massive buffet-style spread, and everyone ate themselves silly.

This far north Shabbos does not come in till nearly 10pm, so there was still plenty of time for one more activity - and it was a doozy. One of the quintessential Alaskan activities is dog sledding, but that is typically only possible in the winter. Sure - plenty of companies offer summer "dog sledding", but that's basically a bunch of dogs pulling a wheeled wagon across a forest trail. Not exactly a dog sledding experience...

What if, instead, we went to where there was still snow in August and went dog sledding there? All we would need is a high-altitude glacier, a helicopter to get us there, and we'd be all set!

No sooner said than done...

We were about 25 people, so we took three choppers and did a couple of runs. The first batch preparing to take off:





The flight is beyond stunning. For most of the group it was their first time in a helicopter, which added to the excitement as well. We departed from Girdwood airport right below the resort and headed up the valley:



A few minutes of steady climbing brought us to an entirely different alpine world...





...and into the realm of the glaciers:



Our destination, Punchbowl Glacier:



Landed!



Chopper #2...



And #3:



So what are the dogs doing here on the glacier in the first place? The answer is the Iditarod, one of the greatest races on earth. The Seavey family holds the record for the most wins (8) and the fastest win, and this is their summer training ground. You don't win dog sled races if your dogs klutz around all summer long, so the entire operation gets transported to the top of the mountain and the training continues apace. While they're up here, they offer tours to subsidize their expenses.

The overall scene is pretty surreal. You have one of the most ancient means of transport along with one of the most modern, in the middle of a completely unhospitable wilderness. The vibe is just completely bonkers and quite frankly a contender for the most fun I've ever had in Alaska:



We split into a couple of groups, some people riding the dog sleds while the others played with the friendliest dogs ever:







Second batch:



Always up for a snowball fight in August:



Dog sledding sledding is extremely exhilarating. The dogs are completely silent while pulling, and their power is astonishing. You're just gliding smoothly along the glacier, the only sound being the scrap of the runners on the odd patch of ice:





Taking a break:



Group shot:





The plan was for me to be the first one on the glacier, and the last one off. But as the second-to-last chopper was preparing to lift off, the pilot radioed the Seavey hut that they need a quote "big guy" for weight and balance. So off I was hustled to a waiting chopper, rotors spinning and practically hovering an inch off the ice. It literally felt like the last chopper out of Saigon.

The door was shut and we lifted off instantly:





Getting lower:



There's our hotel:



Here's a video of the full flight - I don't know who's having more fun, the pilot or the guys:



As the pilot is preparing to take off for the last pickup, I'm like "hey, what happened to weight and balance"? He burst out laughing and told me to hop in.

Not so fast though... there's a guy running towards the chopper, a couple of pizza pies in his hands. He drops them in my lap and tells me to give it to the "guys up on the ice". So that's how I found myself delivering hot pizza, by helicopter, to a glacier. Not a sentence I expected to make any sense before.



I guess I work Uber Eats now, crazy edition:



Grabbed the final group, flew down to the hotel, and off it was for Shabbos prep.



To be continued...
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Re: The Call of the Wild: Something Fishy's Four Alaskan 2020 Trips
« Reply #115 on: October 12, 2021, 06:40:13 AM »
Amazing.

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Re: The Call of the Wild: Something Fishy's Four Alaskan 2020 Trips
« Reply #116 on: October 13, 2021, 12:01:52 AM »
Wow, looks so fun!

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Re: The Call of the Wild: Something Fishy's Four Alaskan 2020 Trips
« Reply #117 on: October 13, 2021, 07:52:53 AM »
How was the first video in the post recorded? A drone that follows you?
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Re: The Call of the Wild: Something Fishy's Four Alaskan 2020 Trips
« Reply #118 on: October 13, 2021, 08:35:29 AM »
How was the first video in the post recorded? A drone that follows you?

This one?



360 camera.
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Re: The Call of the Wild: Something Fishy's Four Alaskan 2020 Trips
« Reply #119 on: October 13, 2021, 11:30:11 AM »
This one?

360 camera.
I meant the ATV one, but this one has the same thing.

That's so cool! How does it work? How can you be in the image with nothing attached?
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