Category Archives: Alaska Outdoors

Animal’s Daily Ice Breakup News

Before I get into my gloating over spring in the Great Land, check out the latest chapter of Barrett’s Privateers – Unrepentant Sinner over at Glibertarians!

Now then: This is a bit of local news, but it’s significant in that it has to do with when the fishing starts, so here we are, discussing why the ice break-up here in some parts of Alaska may be a little late this year.

After a brief period of warm, springy weather, many Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta communities plunged back into negative temperatures the second week of April.

“Even though it might not feel like spring is coming, it’s coming,” said Johnse Ostman, a hydrologist with the Alaska-Pacific River Forecast Center and the National Weather Service in Anchorage.

And with spring, and warming weather, comes river breakup.

“Breakup is complicated and changes every year, absolutely,” Ostman said. “And (when predicting breakup) we take into several different, measurable data points.”

One factor is snowpack – how it compares to previous years, and the “snow water equivalent,” or how wet the snow is.

Ostman said he and his colleagues primarily get that data from National Resources Conservation Service snow telemetry sites and monthly reports.

I can’t speak for the Yukon-Kuskokwim area; Alaska is a damn big place and that’s a damn long way away from here. But hereabouts the ice is leaving the streams pretty well now; Willow Creek looks to be mostly open and a tad farther north the Kashwitna is losing ice.  I haven’t looked at the Susitna itself or Sheep Creek yet, but it won’t be long now.

One of our main reasons for coming to Alaska was the fishing – and it won’t be long now!

Animal Magnetism LIVE Ep. 3: Why Do You See So Many Cargo Containers in Alaska?

Animal’s Daily Bush Plane News

Before we get into this, check out the first installment of Barrett’s Privateers – Unrepentant Sinner over at Glibertarians.

Now then: This happened only a few miles down the road from us.

At around 4:30 p.m., firefighters with the Houston Fire Department (HFD), along with the Mat-Su Borough Emergency Medical Services (EMS), and the Alaska State Troopers responded to reports of a plane crash near the Dilley Estates subdivision in Houston.

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Crews located the plane, a 1947 Stinson 108, which had crashed into a wooded area, ending up nose-down into the ground. HFD reports that two people were on board and that the pilot and passenger suffered only minor injuries and declined medical transport after an on-scene assessment by EMS.

In true Alaskan style, neighbors who witnessed the incident quickly hopped on ATVs and snow machines to provide assistance, actions the HFD acknowledged on social media.

“It is always easy to find the real Alaskans – when there’s trouble, they are solving it,” the HFD wrote on their Facebook page.

Alaska wouldn’t be what it is without civil aviation. Even now, in late March, we’re already seeing the light planes out of Talkeetna, Willow, Houston, and even Wasilla buzzing overhead.  Some of them will be hauling sight-seers and tourists, or taking fishermen and, later in the year, hunters out to remote locations.

And, once in a while, something like this happens.  Fortunately in this case no one was badly hurt, and I guess that the plane is repairable.  Our current Congresswoman’s husband, only last year, wasn’t so lucky, but at least he went out an Alaskan, doing something he loved.

Alaska is a different sort of place.  The bush pilots are one of the things that make that so.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

I’m going to do something I haven’t yet done, and that’s feature one of my own RedState pieces here:  2 US Navy Sailors Arrested for Selling Intel to China (also linked in my RedState section below). Give it a quick read.  I’ll wait right here.

Back?  OK, then, now that you see what I’m talking about, I’ll just say something that RedState’s editorial standards don’t allow:  Fuck those shitheads, both of them. I hope that if we can’t get them executed, that they at least rot in damp, shitty jail cells for the rest of their natural lives.

In better news, grouse season opens here in the Great Land tomorrow. With a bit of luck and cooperation from the weather I’ll get out to shoot some toothsome sprucies this weekend.

There.  I feel better.  Now then…

On To the Links!

It might not be a bad bet.

Don’t bet on this one, unless you’re betting on the GOP to deliver another Strongly Worded Letter.

That’s nothing new.

Is America Headed for Civil War?

Welcome Back, Ron DeSantis

Countdown to war in Africa.

Would you get bored?  I’d never get bored.

The longest-ranged sniper rifles in the world. Not sure I agree with all of these, but interesting all the same.

National Treasure Dr. Victor Davis Hanson:  Two Sets of Laws for Two Americas

Welcome to six months ago.

We’re not locked in here with you.  You’re locked in here with us.

What if Trump Stops Playing Along?

I love a happy ending.

Some specifics would be nice.

National Treasure Dr. Victor Davis Hanson reveals the remaking of America.

This is known as belaboring the obvious.

My RedState stuff:

Biden’s BATFE Gets Dealt Major Blow in Pistol Brace Case

Canada PM Trudeau and Wife Announce Separation – on Instagram

SNAP Benefits, Incentives, and Reform

Hunter Biden, Class(less) Act

Stopping Looters: We Ain’t Gonna Take It, Any More

2 US Navy Sailors Arrested for Selling Intel to China

Which Side Would Win a Second American Civil War?

Trump Campaign Pulls Strings to Ensure Primary Delegate Counts

Sweden’s Vigilantes Deal With Street Crime

Amending the Constitution: A Proposal

Maine Residents Alarmed by Mysterious Purple Haze

Driving, the Younger Generation, and the Glorious Freedom of Mobility

BREAKING: Unconfirmed Reports of Wagner Group Personnel Aiding Coup in Niger

Sunday Gun Day II – Curios and Relics

Oregon Drivers Now Allowed to Pump Their Own Gas

Spain’s Supreme Court Rules: Gender Theory in Schools Now A-OK.

National Purple Heart Day – Some Personal Reflections

Japan Releases ‘Defense of Japan 2023’ White Paper, And It’s An Interesting Read

Supreme Court Ruling Allows ‘Ghost Gun’ (For the Time Being)

This Week’s Idiots:

Vox’s Ian Millhiser (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

The New York TimesRachel Laser is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Hayes Brown (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

The New Republic’s Matt Ford is an idiot.

Washington Monthy’s Robert Shapiro is an idiot.

No shit, Sherlock.

The Nation’s Charlie Heller is an idiot.

The Hill’s Bill Press is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Not only was Frank Zappa a dozen different kinds of musical genius – he carved his own initials deep into rock & roll, he endlessly parodied other artists, his own music was never played the same way in any two concerts, and oh, by the way, he wrote and conducted his own symphonies – but he also did some amazing covers.

Now, everybody who’s anybody in music has covered the 1971 Led Zeppelin hit Stairway to Heaven. It’s one of the greatest rock & roll songs ever produced, and it’s been covered endlessly.  But Zappa, in his 1991 live album The Best Band You’ve Never Heard In Your Life, did the best cover of Stairway ever done, anywhere, ever.  Here it is – enjoy.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

Thanks as always to The Other McCain, Pirate’s Cove, The Daley Gator, Flappr and Bacon Time for the Rule Five links!  As always, if I’ve missed you in the lineup, let me know in the comments and I’ll add you to the reach-around.

On Saturday past, Mrs. Animal and yr. obdt. had fishing in mind, so we proceeded hither to Seward, where we caught a charter boat out into Resurrection Bay to fish for halibut, salmon and rockfish.  We had a great time, and brought home a good freezer-load of tasty fish.  And yes, I highly recommend Miller’s Landing in Seward, if you’re looking for a good Alaska ocean-fishing experience.  We had a great time.  The halibut were running a little scarce, but we limited out on rockfish, mostly pelagic rocks but Mrs. Animal caught a pretty bright orange yelloweye.  We caught a few halibut but a buttload of Pacific cod.  It was a really great day.

A day’s Great Land fishing.

Regular posts resume tomorrow.  See you then!

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

You can tell it’s spring at last here in the Great Land when the sound of snow machine motors is replaced by ATV motors.

Our ATVs.

We don’t yet have a snow machine (in the 48 you call them snowmobiles) but we have two ATVs, a big six-seat Polaris Ranger for taking guests on tours, and a neat, agile little Polaris Sportsman that I mostly use for getting out in the woods after grouse or just indulging in one of my favorite activities – woods-bumming.  If you like the outdoors and live up here, one or both of these machines is a hell of a handy thing to have.

Now then…

On To the Links!

No shit, Sherlock.

Florida Man rides again.

And in the end, we’ll go further and further into debt.

And nothing will come of this.

Sanctuary city, my ass.

Another one leaving Chicago.

Impossible.  IEDs are against the law.  And I’m pretty sure this is a no-IED zone.

Because they are ruled by morons.

Atlas is shrugging.

Just when you think you couldn’t get any more disgusted.

Senator Murphy:  Come on out here to the Susitna Valley and try to take our guns.  Let us know how that works out for you.

OK, is there anybody in this group who isn’t a Fed?

This isn’t a good sign.

“Missing?”  One wonders if cement overshoes are involved.

The red-pilling of Elon Musk continues apace.

Haw haw haw!

I’ll take my chances.

This Week’s Idiots:

Salon’s Heather Parton is an idiot.

Whoever thought this was a good idea is an idiot.

Minnesota is run by idiots.

An actual photo of Brian Stelter.

Brian Stelter is an idiot.  And a potato.

New York Magazine’s Ed Kilgore is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Hayes Brown (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

Policies designed by morons result in epic cluster-fuck.  Film at eleven.

Slate’s Michael J. Socolow is an idiot.

How can you tell when Joe Biden is saying something stupid?  His lips are moving.  And again.

MSNBC’s Steve Benen is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

I love Japan.

This is Masayuki Suzuki, who does a lot of soundtracks for Japanese television and so forth, in addition to pure musical work.  I’m not sure what genre he falls under, but these two songs are from the soundtrack of an anime called Kaguya-sama:  Love is War, they’re kind of fun, and a little different than our usual servings.  Enjoy.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Up here in the Great Land, the bears are waking up.

Yr. obdt. on bearwatch.

Bears are just one of the wildlife-related things we deal with, living in rural Alaska, of course.  We had a black hanging around for a while last summer, and while I stood watch a few times while Mrs. Animal was working in the greenhouse, I never got a good clear look at him – or else he’d have been in the freezer.  Black bear is downright good eating, and the season is open up here year ’round, with an annual bag limit of three.  And there’s a reason we keep a chest freezer that’s big enough to double as a crypt for a Pharaoh of old.  So, maybe this year.

Now then…

On To the Links!

The urban v. rural divide, in microcosm.

Now do Fetterman.

My good friend Brandon Morse nails the gun control debate.

No, Tim Scott doesn’t have a chance of being elected President in 2024.  He’s not really running for President; he is at most running for a cabinet post.

I love a happy ending.

Once in a while, a little common sense emerges.

Demand in one hand, defecate in the other, see which hand fills up first.

Piers Morgan finds an acorn.

Massive chimp-out in Chicago.

California goes full Commie.  Commiefornia?

Why are people fleeing the blue states?

Well, people in blue states are leaving in part because of stores being forced to shut down by runaway crime.

Something about the plank in one’s own eye…

Dead bird drones.  Yes, really.

This Week’s Idiots:

Slate’s Alex Kirshner is an idiot.

The NY TimesLydia Polgreen is an idiot.

Slate’s Nitish Pahwa is an idiot.

Robert Reich (Repeat Offender Alert) remains a sawed-off runt, and an idiot.

The LA Times’ Robin Abcarian is an idiot.

Rep. Ro Khanna (Horse’s Ass – CA) is an idiot.

“Pothole Pete” Buttigieg is an idiot.

The daffy old Bolshevik from Vermont has another stupid idea.

Katie Porter is an idiot.

Germany doubles down on stupid.  Why not just invade Russia again while you’re at it?

Outgoing Chicago Mayor Beetlejuice is an idiot.

Incompetent, and stupid.  Kind of defines the entire Biden(‘s handlers) Administration.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Something a little different this week; you’ve all seen here, in previous installments, my fond memory of the great Johnny Carson.  Well, in this show, he had as his guest on the Tonight Show another great, Ann-Margret.

In this episode she puts on, as a preview for an upcoming performance, a musical number that will knock your socks off – among other things.  (Also, it must have been chilly on that stage.)  Unforgettable is something of an understatement here.  Enjoy.