A collection of rants and nothing of intellectual importance


Gates of the Arctic National Park August 2012.

Dalton Highway to Oolah Lake trek. Instead of wasting days hiking up the Kuyuktuvuk Creek to reach Oolah Pass, we hiked up over the mountains and saved two days hiking. See the map below for our route.

Dietrich Creek. We parked about a half mile and crossed the river here.


Looking back towards the Dalton Highway


Day 1 camp.


Looking down from where we hiked.


Oolah Lake at Oolah Pass.


Route we took to Oolah Lake


The Magic Bus, February 7,  2009

Peter Fleck from England has been training dogs with GB Jones and they plan on a trip through the Alaska Range to McGrath, Alaska.  350 miles by dog team sometime in March 2009.  However, Peter wants to see the Magic Bus where Christopher McCandless met his maker in the fall of 1992.   So, the latest plan is to take three small dog teams from the Stampede Road near Healy, Alaska and venture to the bus where GB and Peter plan to make it their camp for the night.  I, however, will fashion a snow cave and camp well away from the bus I call a "tomb."

Christopher McCandless in his camp on the Stampede Trail (self-portrait found undeveloped in his camera at the time of his death)

Born February 12, 1968 Southern California, USA

Died August 18, 1992 (aged 24) Stampede Trail, Alaska, USA


Christopher Johnson McCandless (February 12, 1968  - August 18, 1992) was an American wanderer who hiked into the Alaskan wilderness with little food and equipment, hoping to live a period of solitude. Almost four months later he died of starvation near Denali National Park and Preserve. Inspired by the details of McCandless' story, author Jon Krakauer wrote a 1996 book, Sean Penn directed the 2007 film about this life, both titled Into the Wild and with Emile Hirsch portraying McCandless.


"I have had a happy life and thank the Lord. Goodbye and may God bless all!" Christopher McCandless



The Magic Bus 2009 around midnight



Another shot of the bus


GB posing outside the bus


Graffiti from over the years



The view inside



The trail home taking a break


Peter Fleck outside the bus


My snow cave.  I was not sleeping in the bus.


Peter Fleck in the bus with some of the dogs




Photos from 2008 February trip to the Magic Bus.  

These are the only photos of the trip due to extreme cold (-55 below) and all equipment including cameras failed to function after we started along the Stampede Trail.


Road sign off the Parks Highway


It got to -34 below when we finally departed for the bus


My three-dog sled made from cross-country skis, hockey sticks, plastic and stuff bought at Home Depot.