Friday, February 5, 2016

BBBC #5

This post is part of the blogger challenge titled BBBC. Today's topic is:

5. Name a place you want to visit this year. Why?

Photo from https://en.wikipedia.org
/wiki/International_Space_Station
My interpretation of this sentence is "Name a place that you would like to visit this year and have a high probability of actually making it there." After all, I would certainly like to visit the ISS or the South Pole but the probability of actually making it there is so close to zero that it would only register as a positive number by definition not in displayed digits.

Photo from https://en.wikipedia.org
/wiki/Kennecott,_Alaska
One place that I've been to a couple of times in the past and would like to visit again is Kennecott Mine. It is located at the end of a gravel road inside of the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. It is located next to a glacier and the scenery enroute as well as at the mine site is spectacular. I haven't been out there since the advent of digital cameras so any pictures I have taken in the past are buried somewhere probably as slides.

To me, it sounds like a perfect Ural destination. Assuming it is running reliably by then. But then again, visiting the ISS would be incredible. 

12 comments:

Rachel said...

I myself have been wanting to go to a Caribbean getaway for months. Today I finally booked a week stay in Punta Cana.

Unknown said...

I, too, hope that you visit Kennecott again, Richard. Well, that's only if that whole space station vacation thing doesn't work out.

Visiting ghost towns, especially those associated with mines and mining, is my kind of getaway.

redlegsrides said...

I don't know RichardM, but at least in my case, I foresee a ural rig with a beemer engine transplant, all else remaining URAL.....maybe as a spare rig.

RichardM said...

I'm not holding my breath on the ISS thing but Kennecott should be nice. I've been meaning to go there for years since I started riding.

The first time I went to Kennecott was right before it was declared a National Historic Landmark and you were free to wander around just about anywhere. Tools were still hanging on the boilers, notes still in the drawers. And there was no bridge over the river. You had to pull yourself across on overhead trolleys over two forks of the river from the end of the road into McCarthy which as several miles from the mine.

RichardM said...

I'm liking the Kubota diesel conversion myself… ;-)

ToadMama said...

The mine sounds awesome. I would love to visit any part of WSENP, which I know is kind of big. But then, Alaska is big. Huge. But that park is definitely on my future wish list. I really hope you get to go!

RichardM said...

WSENP is huge at 13 million acres but remember, if you want to explore Alaska you'll need to cover over a million acres a day for a year. Better start soon...

The mine is a wonderful place to visit and the road in is popular among the ADV types.

ToadMama said...

That's a lot of acreage. We visited AK for a couple of weeks in 2008, saw a ton of stuff, covered quite a bit of ground, but didn't even scratch the surface. It was actually that trip, and a desire to share it, that inspired me to create this blog.

I will return one day.

RichardM said...

The University of Alaska had a poster once that they used for out of state recruiting that mentioned 365 million acres of wilderness to explore. Maybe a bit of an exaggeration, or at least the wilderness part, but still a lot of land. I think Alaska is just over 1 person per square mile...

Definitely worth returning!

RichardM said...

Thank you for commenting. (Still feels like spam due to the link to a legal firm in PA)

Steve Williams said...

Space... I dream about that in more ways that I can say. The ISS would be a Quiky Mart stop. I was just born a few hundred years too soon. I'm still waiting for the flying car and jetpack that Popular Science was promising me as a kid...

RichardM said...

You and me both. I'm waiting for the hover board from Back to the Future as well. (Not the fiery disaster being marketed now under the same name.)