Saturday, September 30, 2006


Misty Fjords National Monument "Goat Hunting"!

I received an e-mail the other day from my buddy Ernie Robb, "outstanding Veteran" and "skilled Beaver pilot", from Southeast Aviation in Alaska. He had seen one of my "Posts" on my Blog regarding our moose hunt, and he sent me an e-mail and some pics. Check them out!

Date: Fri, 29 Sep 2006 08:24:05

I can appreciate your post about moose hunters. Over here this time of year it's goat hunters. This is a typical goat area called Todd's Lake in the majestic Misty Fjords National Monument. It's at 2900 hundred feet and a little tricky if the wind decides to act up. We do a number of these hunts starting around the middle of September and into October. Hope all is well with you and yours.


Southeast Aviation's Beaver, and "the boys" ready to hunt! Posted by Picasa

WOW! "Todd's Lake"! Posted by Picasa

Yes, I can imagine it might be a little "tricky" if the wind decided to "act up"! Great shots, Ernie, thank you very much. From one "Bush Rat" to another, "Hope all is well with you and yours also"! Definition of "majesty", from the Steve Taylor Encyclopaedia; "Alaska"!

LINK - Southeast Aviation

Great "Website"!


Steve's Video Of The Day: "So", You Want To Be A "Pilot"..........

Check out this "hilarious" interview with some of our "best drivers"! Real "stick and rudder" pilots, "YEE-HAW"!!!


"So", You Want To Be A "Pilot"..........

Friday, September 29, 2006


"Success", at "Northern Lites"!

I "Posted" yesterday about our "Moose Season" in full-swing, and moving a camp from lake to lake yesterday. Well, I actually had to pick up the crew from Northern Lites today, as they had been moose hunting for a few days. The weather was "putrid" this morning, and "Unforgiving Lake Winnipeg" is a "real bitch" as she adds moisture to the already "tempestuous local meteorological churnings". As I made the lake, killing all the "tree-top squirrels" along my route in the process, I pulled up to the rock!

I tied up at Northern Lites Lake, and the wind and weather quickly improved, and the "moose hunting crew" dis-assembled their camp! Posted by Picasa

"Uh-huh!" Success! Posted by Picasa

Loading the moose in UKN! Posted by Picasa

I tell you, moose hunters haul "way too much gear" in, and of course you have to "haul it all out again"! Stay tuned........... Posted by Picasa

***P.S. - The first day I dropped the group off, they thought they would catch some fish close to camp for supper. Two people in a canoe, with a fishing rod, as a "Bull Moose" crashes out of the bush, into the water, and swims the lake in front of them, and they realize their rifle is "back in camp", because they are "bush rookies", all I can say is "PRICELESS"! They figured it was a "50 inch rack", that is still "roaming the bush"! "HAW"!


Steve's Video Of The Day: "Hang Onto Your Beer", Here Comes the Red Bull "DC-6"......!

Boy, they let large aircraft "fly low" in Budapest..........!!!

VIDEO - "Hang Onto Your Beer", Here Comes the Red Bull "DC-6"......!

Thursday, September 28, 2006


"Moose Hunting" Begins!

We have been very busy this past week "hauling" moose hunters into the "bush". Moose hunters are a "strange breed", and the amount of gear they need for a week is "astronomical". Oh well, they look forward to their "hunt" all year long. It just gets a little "stressful" being able to depart small lakes and narrow rivers when their hunt is over, with all their gear, plus any moose they have harvested. As you just "clear the trees", all the "plaque" in your arteries "lets go", and is absorbed by your body. I guess that's why old "Bush Rats" like Punch Dickens lived well into his 90s, with his "mobility and his marbles" still intact! Anyways, we moved a camp for Dave Pomarenski from Fraserwood the other day, from Shebaylo Lake, as he wanted to go back to his old hunting spot at Northern Lites Lake! Here's how it went...........

We arrived at Shebaylo Lake, I tied a rope on Otter UKN, jumped on shore, and was greeted by part of a ...... Posted by Picasa

..."Moose Jaw"! Posted by Picasa

Otter UKN tied up! Posted by Picasa

We pulled out the two canoes we had to move, and I believe these were the first two canoes "Moses" ever made! Posted by Picasa

"Pontiac" carries down the rest of their gear...... Posted by Picasa

UKN wasn't the only "Otter" present at Shebaylo Lake, as this "scat" bears witness, full of "crayfish shell"........ Posted by Picasa

UKN was loaded, canoes tied on, and we were airborne............ Posted by Picasa

Arriving at "Northern Lites Lake", Pontiac unties a canoe.......... Posted by Picasa

"Unloaded"........ Posted by Picasa

The new "old" camp structure....... Posted by Picasa

Shit, the "Beaver Logging Company" has been harvesting recently....... ***Steve's Trivia***!!! Were you aware that after "man", the "Beaver" has had the most "impact" on "Earth's Geography"? *** Answer*** TRUE! (after "natural occurrences", obviously) Posted by Picasa

The "log slide" to the lake....... Posted by Picasa

Then we went and moved their boat.......... Posted by Picasa

Tied on with "double-braid solid core" 1/2" nylon rope. Can't beat it! Let the "moose hunt" begin...........!!! Posted by Picasa

Monday, September 25, 2006


Steve's Video Of The Day: "That Was Close"!

Check out this TSB animation, with actual "audio", from an incident that happened at LAX on Runway 24!

VIDEO - "That Was Close"!

Friday, September 22, 2006


"Us", and "Our Best"!

Your alarm goes off, you hit the snooze and sleep for another 10 minutes. He stays up for days on end. You take a warm shower to help you wake up. He goes days or weeks without running water. You complain of a "headache", and call in sick. He gets shot at as others are hit, and keeps moving forward. You put on your 'Anti war/Don't support the troops' shirt, and go meet up with your friends. He still fights for your right to wear that shirt. You make sure your cell phone is in your pocket. He clutches the cross hanging on his chain next to his dog tags. You talk trash about your "buddies" that aren't with you. He knows he may not see some of his buddies again. You walk down the beach, staring at all the pretty girls. He walks the streets, searching for insurgents and terrorists. You complain about how hot it is. He wears his heavy gear, not daring to take off his helmet to wipe his brow. You go out to lunch, and complain because the restaurant got your order wrong. He doesn't get to eat today. Your cleaning lady makes your bed and washes your clothes. He wears the same things for weeks, but makes sure his weapons are clean. You go to the mall and get your hair redone. He doesn't have time to brush his teeth today. You're angry because your class ran 5 minutes over. He's told he will be held over an extra 2 months. You call your girlfriend and set a date for tonight. He waits for the mail to see if there is a letter from home. You hug and kiss your girlfriend, like you do everyday. He holds his letter close and smells his love's perfume. You roll your eyes as a baby cries. He gets a letter with pictures of his new child, and wonders if they'll ever meet. You criticize your government, and say that war never solves anything. He sees the innocent tortured and killed by their own people and remembers why he is fighting. You hear the jokes about the war, and make fun of men like him. He hears the gunfire, bombs and screams of the wounded. You see only what the media wants you to see. He sees the broken bodies lying around him. You are asked to go to the store by your parents. You don't. He does exactly what he is told. You stay at home and watch TV. He takes whatever time he is given to call, write home, sleep, and eat. You crawl into your soft bed, with down pillows, and get comfortable. He crawls under a tank for shade and a 5 minute nap, only to be woken by gunfire. You sit there and judge him, saying the world is probably a worse place because of men like him. If only there were more "men like him"! "Thank God " for our "Servicemen and Servicewomen", and their understanding of the "Global Situation", and when I hear someone "slag" them, they"re "Walkin' On The Fightin' Side Of Me"!

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Thursday, September 21, 2006


Steve's Video Of The Day: "Dogfight"!

A "Spitfire", a "Mustang", and a "Corsair"! Three "all-time Classics"! Listen as they "harmonize" across the skies! The "Spit" and the "Stang" look great in D-Day "Invasion" markings. Notice at the end of the vid the contra-rotating props on the Spitfire. It is a Mk XIX, with Griffon engine. "Crank" the volume!

VIDEO - "Dogfight"!

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Wednesday, September 20, 2006


Steve's Video Of The Day: Much "Too Close" to the "Ground"!

In this next vid, an aerobatic maneuver is attempted much too close to the ground. I am sure that at airshows and aerial displays the accident rate would "fall" if the aircraft had an "altitude floor" below which they couldn't perform below. Maybe they already do, I don't know. It just seems to me that some of these maneuvers are performed 'Much "Too Close" to the "Ground"!'

VIDEO - Much "Too Close" to the "Ground"!

Tuesday, September 19, 2006


"Freedom's Heroes"........

Too many people in this day and age of "consumerism" and "laissez-faire" lifestyle don't understand, or don't care, and don't support, our "finest" people. Before I "take off" on a "rant", remember why your life is "easy" and "enjoyable", it isn't "owed" to you by any means, it is because of the sacrifices of our "Great Veterans" from the past. Remember them. In "Their Honour", also remember and support "today's finest", sacrificing and doing their best for you and I, "humanity" is at stake!!

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"We are all in debt to them"..............................