[bct] Re: Alaska

  • From: "Curt" <catucker24@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 11 Feb 2006 17:46:21 -0600

Slythy,
 
I enjoyed your inviting descriptions of Alaska.   I've always wanted to
visit there and you make it sound larger than life.
Curt
 
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Beth,

Ahh, the story was in the Juneau papers and went thusly.

Jet took off from Juneau.  There was a terrific impact against the
cockpit window.  Jet circled back and landed at Juneau to ascertain if
the cockpit window was cracked and if the plane was still flight-worthy.


The Jet had scales and slime consistent with at least a 20 pound salmon
that had hit with great force and then slid over the plane body and off.


Consensus?  The law of the wild took over.  If the big bird has it and
the bigger bird wants it - let the bigger bird have it.  

Apparently the eagle that took the salmon gave it to the bigger bird
(the jet).  Only in Alaska could a jet be "attacked" in mid-air by a
salmon.  

Such is life in Alaska - you never quite know what is going to descend
from the skies with all those birds and all those planes.  

I remember one time a jet engine started coming apart on the ascen t
from Anchorage International airport and it littered itself several
miles down Airport Drive.  Miraculously, on a busy morning, no one was
hit.  The jet was able to return safely to the airport on the remaining
engine and we were all told not to pick up any parts because the NTSB
had to do an investigation.  Most of them were not hard to swerve
around, some were moved to the side of the road because they were really
quite large pieces, like the round mounting around the front of the
turbine.  

Every year there are sad stories of moose landing on or in cars as they
try to jump them and are killed or kill drivers or passengers.  The most
perplexing photo I ever saw was of a yearling moose who landed on a car
butt first, smashed out the windshield and landed rear first in the
passenger's seat and had all four legs and his head and neck out the
front of the windshield.  Of course,  the poor thing's back was broken
and it had to be destroyed.& nbsp; Fortunately, there was no passenger
and the driver survived - although the car was totalled by the time all
was said and done.

There are about 3,000 moose in Anchorage at any one time and usually a
few dozen bears in the green belt area as well.  Combined with the
eagles, the various fish runs up and down various creeks, the ravens and
various other wildlife like voles, squirrels, etc., it is like living in
a wildlife park.

Slithy


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