We've only seen bears at my house twice, and both times the dog slept through it. She did tangle with a porcupine last week though, more than 100 quills in her face and paw. That was a painful and expensive mistake, and the vet says given the chance the slly dog will probably do it again.
@ inyun Yes it's a long way to go on the farry from where I live, and you can only take so much equipment. Fourwheeler, trailor behind it, camp gear, food for a week and a 30-06 is the biggest rifle I got, a 30-06 is a little light duty on a big brownie, so the shotgun is the best thing I've got. I do carry a 1911 45 but that is light duty too. But then with the shotgun you have to wait until he get's close and if he's coming at around forty miles an hour, just standing still and taking aim is a big problem. And no I've never had a brownie charge me, but a wounded black bear did once. And the .06 bullits flew, when they are hardpoints they don't stop a bear very well.
During WW2 the boys over there tryed hunting browies with the .06 army rounds and some of them fellers got ate.
Does the railroad still have the “flag stop” service? I knew people who would have the self-propelled car stop and let them off so they could go fishing/camping for a week or so, and then they would flag the yellow car down and catch a ride back to Anchorage. It’s supposed to be the only railroad in the US that provides that kind of service.
"Maybe there is something to that wintertime writing theory."
Yeah, I tried the Sing-It-Yourself-Messiah Celebration and set off every sled dog for fifty miles! The howling was so bad break-up came early and we had record avalanche reporting! The town council presented me with paper and pen and begged me to use my voice in a much quieter manner.
Yes you can flag the train down. But there is no train on Kadiak Island, that I know of. The Train is the only way to get to some of the place's it goes, but I don't know too much about it. I should go and be a tourest and ride it from one end to the other.
I seem to remember something about that kid, thats been awhile ago. They say there's one born every day. But I think the train still has spot's along the track that are flagging place's. Almost like a depoe with out the buildings, if you are not there they drive on.
We bought a travel trailor when we first got here in march of '93', propane heat 10 gal every three days and we still froze. We bought this ground and I had a cabin up and we were into it by augest. Hauled coal off the beach for heat, we were warm and toasty. Sold that trailor to the next sucker and they lived in it for ten years. I'd sure hate to try to live in a bus.
They made a movie about it. I heard it was a Sean Penn movie, but when I saw it I was disappointed that it was only directed by Sean Penn. We had been looking forward to watching Sean Penn die penniless and alone in the bleak arctic night that is Alaska in winter, but with this unknown actor it hardly drew a chuckle from the audience.
Yes it would be fun to see Sean Penn die in a frozen bus. And it seems like I saw the movie or maybe just the preview, I don't like Sean Penn movies or the guy, so probably only saw an advertisement.
I have a book here of Alaska bears, it tells of bear attacks in Alaska. I've had it for 15 years, but one of the storys is about two hikers. One had serval bells on him so he wouldn't surprise a bear. But the bear must not have liked the bells, the bear came from behind the guy and swatted him, when his body when flying by the guy in the lead was the first he knew the bear was there. These are true storys, I'll have to look it up and see if you wrote it. What's the n--- never mind it's not safe to post the name of your book here. Like the bear coming from behind.
I see you dissribe Alaska very well. There is so much about the bear that people do not understand. They are such 'cute, cuddly things' I have never had the earge to hunt a brownie, I hunt only what I eat, and I don't need a trophy. People need to read bear (attack) book's before they go into bear country. Some of the true storys would make a lot of people change their minds about going.