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PostPosted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 7:48 pm    Post subject: Re: A trip to where corn don't grow Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Down around Palmer, AK we saw a guy running an old JD combine with grain head across a field, but couldn't see a crop. We HAD to stop and ask- he was harvesting grass seed- cutting grass that was headed out at 6-8 inches tall. Must have kept the sickle sharp!

Spent a summer working in a fish cannery in Soldotna, we started during halibut season, fish up to 300 pounds. Seven twelves gets old when most of the folks are tent camping without showers, good thing we were working with fresh fish!

Fairbanks is in a bowl-like valley, temperature extremes from 80+ in the summer to -80 in the winter. Beautiful.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 7:50 pm    Post subject: Re: A trip to where corn don't grow Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I know it is time consuming, but the drive to Alaska and back is the real treasure of the trip. I have done it three times so far and always recommend driving, when at all possible. I imagine the old Route 66 drive was similar back in the days.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 9:21 pm    Post subject: Re: A trip to where corn don't grow Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Have a great trip. Sounds like you will enjoy your self. Sent a baler, mower, and 2 rakes up there back in the 90's. Don't think they were baling snow.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 7:18 am    Post subject: Re: A trip to where corn don't grow Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Enjoy the trip Tim! My dad and uncle lived in Anchorage when they were young as my granddad was stationed there in the air force. Granddad had a late 60's early 70's Chevy truck he put a camper top on. They would come home to Tennessee whenever they could. Before they went back they loaded the truck down with fresh watermelons, cantaloupes, tomatoes etc. They would have all their friends and neighbors over when they got back to Anchorage and eat all the fresh stuff they had carried back.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 7:32 am    Post subject: Re: A trip to where corn don't grow Reply to specific post Reply with quote

It's always fun to share goodie's from home with those far away from what we take for granted...
 
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 11:31 am    Post subject: Re: A trip to where corn don't grow Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Oh, my goodness.
Who amongst you can shed any light on that spiral tread monster; that's fascinating.
That is one unique critter. Perhaps relating to traction on ICE? just a guess...

Bob
 
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 7:53 pm    Post subject: Re: A trip to where corn don't grow Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Long before my time but it's a Fordson Snow-motor: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fo31_3UzTTY

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(quoted from post at 12:31:18 12/05/17) Oh, my goodness.
Who amongst you can shed any light on that spiral tread monster; that's fascinating.
That is one unique critter. Perhaps relating to traction on ICE? just a guess...

Bob

 
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 9:07 am    Post subject: Re: A trip to where corn don't grow Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Thank You, Glen.
Great video.
Bob
 
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 9:26 am    Post subject: Re: A trip to where corn don't grow Reply to specific post Reply with quote

There is a you tube clip of it being run back when it was developed.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 9:32 am    Post subject: Re: A trip to where corn don't grow Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I am up there now waiting for the sun to shine, the plane ride was long, I would rather load hay all day as to make the trip in a plane,,,,,
 
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 4:07 pm    Post subject: Re: A trip to where corn don't grow Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Tim, are you going to take pics for the rest of us so we don't have to fly?
 
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 4:52 pm    Post subject: Re: A trip to where corn don't grow Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I just got back to my room,,and it's getting dark here at 3:30 only about 4 hours of day light,, i drove North out of Fairbanks to see a ice place,,the road got bad 45 miles out, im driving a Toyota Corola,,not the right car for snowy roads,,got into about 4 inches of snow and turned around,,the wife was gripping the dash board kinda hard,,went to PIONEER village,12 to 14 inches of snow there and it was open but snowed over,,I waded around looking for that Fordson snow buggy,I didnt find it saw the Fordson on tracks. I can't do pics till I get home to my big computer. It is cloudy here now,,it will need to clear up to see the Northern lights. As far as coming up here...I won't be back,,would lot rather drive through the mid west,,and the plane ride was nasty in the tight fitting plane seat,,from now on if i cant drive my Hot ROD LINCOLN..i dont want to go..
 
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 5:51 pm    Post subject: Re: A trip to where corn don't grow Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I spent two years up there in the 60s while in the Army. Was stationed at Ft Greely 100 miles down the Richardson in Delta Junction from Fairbanks. Even colder there than Fairbanks. It was an Cold weather testing and training site. Now it is a "Star Wars" missile site. You can see the silos on Google Earth. When the Pipeline first started pumping lots of money into the Alaskan Government coffers, they thought they could grow barley tin the Delta valley. They cleared hundreds of thousands of acres to grow the barley and only after they had the storage bins and other infrastructure built did they figure out that it would cost more to ship to Seattle than they could sell it for. Now a lot of that cleared land is in hay for the growing horse population and also someone is raising Yaks for meat.We have been back several times, most recently in 2003 when we took our camper and spent 5 week touring around the state. Spent a lot of time with friends in Delta.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 7:05 pm    Post subject: Re: A trip to where corn don't grow Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I saw one area that could be a hay field,,maybe 30 acres,a few round bales at the edge,,other than that 2
drinking Irishmen couldn't raise a disturbance up here...
 
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