Monthly Archives: November 2016

6 Years Ago

The Rover in Montana
The Rover after pushing through a blizzard near Flathead Lake, Montana

It was six years ago, when The Rover & I traveled through the portal and back into Montana, en route to Mexico’s Yucat√°n Peninsula. I could use a good, long-distance road trip now, as much as I did then.

The man (& Rover) need a plan.


Hold Outs

Late season ducks


It’s Axe Week

axe-paul-bunyan


Get Out!

OptOutside


Happy Thanksgiving

Snoopy Thanksgiving

Snoopy visits courtesy of Mr Charles M. Schulz


R.L. Burnside

Happy birthday to Mr R.L. Burnside (1926-2005)


The “Oil Can Highway”

Army Jeep on the AlCan

The Alaska Highway was completed on 20 November 1942. Construction was spurred on by the bombing of Pearl Harbor and really shifted into gear when the Japanese occupied Kiska and Attu Islands in the Aleutian Chain.

Caterpillar working the AlCan in 1942

Dubbed the Oil Can Highway, by the men building it, due to the enormous number of discarded 55 gallon oil drums long its route. The AlCan crossed over 200 streams and contained over 8000 culverts. 16,000 men built the 1700 mile road through the wilderness, at a cost of $138,000,000 in 8 months and 11 days.

Photos courtesy of the United States Library of Congress; Statistics come courtesy of The Thousand Mile War by Brian Garfield