Flood Scare in Talkeetna Alaska… 06/24/17

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When it rains, it pours up here folks… Even when it’s #Summer in #Talkeetna, the #borough still has to deal with #ErraticWeather… Especially when it starts #raining for a couple of days…

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Yet there are still many who benefit from this rain…. I think this is a #beaver above… At first I thought it was an otter because he appeared right next to me while I was walking along the river…

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I didn’t have time to get my camera out before he disappeared…

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But then he reappeared when I walked up stream a little… This made me believe he was an otter because he seemed to be following and playing with me… But now I see this picture above and that looks like a big flat tail he’s carrying behind him… So I think it was a beaver, taking advantage of this flood to get some new lumber for his house… Looks like he got a lot of help from #MotherNature…

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I guess one person’s hell is another’s heavan… lol…

Now there’s a picture for the postcards above! I wish I came down here while they were having an all night concert… I bet the pictures would have been amazing… They celebrate #SummerSolstice out here… Which is the beginning of Summer in #Alaska, when the sun is at its highest point…

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They celebrate it on June 21st when the days are nearly 24 hours long… The sun doesn’t set, it just makes it way across the horizon… Which is magnificent to watch…

But I have to say, I missed a lot of the night life out here unfortunately… Let’s face it, I’ve gotten older and staying up until 2am is not attractive to me anymore… Especially considering I have to be at work at 10:30 am every morning and also have to check the campsites every night…

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Honestly, Tracey and I were exhausted up here a lot of the time… #TheDenaliBrewingCompany was a very difficult job and extremely busy… The #campsites were busy most of the time and we had to tend to that on our time off… And then the construction going on every night was cutting into our valuable sleep…

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Now, at first I wanted to pull my hair out over all of this and if you caught #TheTravelingMac anywhere else, he wouldn’t have been happy…

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But the job, environment and people made it all worth it! And I constantly need my patience tested.. It’s one of my major weaknesses in life and these situations give me a good lesson in patience and attitude…

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I mean, how could you remain angry out in this? Flooded or not flooded, it’s completely amazing out here…

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And this #river absorbs a lot of the noise out here… So once again Mother Nature is more of a companion than a thorn in my side… lol!

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It was amazing to see the random tree floating down the river every once in awhile… The flood has taken out so many trees in its ferocious wake…

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This is a picture of Tracey before the floods started, sitting pretty on a nice, secure tree that is rooted diagonally into the ground…

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Now you can see the tree and the earth are completely gone… I think the tree itself is still hanging on under water…

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The whole ledge of earth had been wiped out by the flooding…

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And the #BigSustinaRiver is not playing games… The floods are the worse here because this is where the three rivers converge… The #TalkeetnaRiver, the #SmallSustinaRiver and the #ChulitnaRiver….

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And all three of them are roaring with water, trying to dump it all at once…

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So this crazy intersection of water debauchery is nothing you can ignore because this river pretty much runs parallel with the #BoroughOfTalkeetna… So the water is making its way over the barrier that nature had built… The barrier that keeps from Talkeetna drowning in water…

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So, drastic situations require drastic measures and this is what has been keeping Tracey and I up at night… The big semis carrying this valuable soil can’t come in during the day because of all of the #tourists on the streets… So, they do all of their dumping at night…

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And the Semis go right past the #campground… You can feel the ground vibrate as they pass…

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Tracey and I got used to it after awhile but it sucked… But what can you do? It’s either this or swim to work….

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We would keep #TheMillenniumFalcon’s fan on all night to drown out the noise and we ran the television all night… I lived in noisy NYC for 7 years, so I adapted pretty quickly…

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And it was a good lesson in patience for me… Knowing that this is unavoidable makes me have to deal with it… Getting animated about it does nothing for the situation…

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Even Tracey, who is the poster child of patience, got a little perturbed over all of this… But we dealt with it and soon found a happy adjustment… The construction was supposed to only last until August but that didn’t happen either… But it was soon over come mid August…

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You can’t fight Mother Nature folks… You can only work with her, if she allows you to…

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This is the result of #MeltingGlaciers, constant raining and #GlobalWarming… Sorry if you are a denier but I will go ahead and believe #Science folks….

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I don’t know how this complete disregard for science and fact has taken a back burner in our society… I know about this first hand because my family is very religious… I caught my Uncle telling his son that science is a load of crap and defies their god….

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It’s so funny watching a grown man tell his kid that science is a sham while he uses an iPhone, watches television, drives a car, uses GPS, uses the internet, works at home using all of this newer technology, and so on…  You know, all of the stuff that science makes possible… Especially the computer technology that wouldn’t be possible without #QuantumPhysics… Which is a newer science that made all of what we see today and use possible…

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I’m sorry but the hypocrisy and stupidity is so glaring… I know he’s family but I have to tell it the way it is… I think this planet and everyone who lives on it are more important than the feelings of a relative who is living in an obvious #ReligiousFantasy… And I’m fine with him living in a fantasy until it affects me and everyone else…

If you hate science and question its validity so much… If your bible is so precious that you can’t even accept the reality around you, then I’m sorry, I have no time for you… Your ignorance is contributing to our demise…

And precious boroughs like Talkeetna are being slowly wiped out due to this blatant ignorance… Next time someone tells you that science is fake, do me a favor and ask them to design an #iPhone using their precious #bible…

Until they can do that, I am going to go ahead and believe the proven scientists when it comes to my country and earth… I certainly am not going to rely on a book that was written by man and is the unverified word of god… Especially when a whole party uses this ridiculous defense as the world falls apart around them…

Time to wake up folks! If any organization tells you to ignore science and follow their written word in the face of proven fact, then they are not your friends… I guarantee you their motivation is  power and money…

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