Winter landscape photo, Wrangell – St. Elias National Park, Alaska.

Winter landscape, Wrangell - St. Elias National Park, Alaska.

Hey Folks,

Well, guess where I’m headed in the next day or so? Back to the shack. I believe, and am putting my trust in, that the van problem is solved. Running some errands here in town on friday brought on the ole ‘cut out and die’ problem yet again .. of course, sitting in traffic in Anchorage, which is always nice. Fortunately, it started again, and I headed straight for my good friends at the Dealership. I’ll spare you all the sordid details, but when I got there 5 minutes later, it ran fine, started right up, etc. No problems. Fortunately, as I was set to leave, yet again, it wouldn’t restart. I walked back inside, told the Service guy it wouldn’t start, he called the mechanic out, and we walked back outside to the vehicle. The mechanic hops it and starts it right up. Beautiful. Now who looks like an even bigger idiot? So the mechanic sat in it a few minutes, turning the key, watching and listening to it, and then, miraculously, it wouldn’t start again. It finally did the problem in the hands of a mechanic. I love my van!!!! 🙂 He looks at the lights, etc, for about 2 seconds, and says, “let’s pop the hood – I might be able to save you some coin”.

That sounded like a good idea to me.

He opens the electrical box, and pulls out 2 relays, the heat and Sensor Relay, and the Relay for the Fuel Pump. ‘$10.00 each’, he says, ‘ and I bet ya you’ll be on your way’.

So $20.00 later, no labor or service charge, and I’m on my way. So far, no glitch. It’s hard to say for certain, because the problem was so sporadic, and because it’s hard to know for certain that those relays were bad, or on their way bad, but I got this feeling it’s all good. So here’s hoping!

So I’ll be packing up and moving out – heading east, into them thar big mountains over yonder. At least for a few weeks – I have to get some tax stuff done, and that’s spread between Anchorage and the Shack, so I can’t be gone for too long – apparently Dubya needs some cash by mid-April.

So anyway, keep your fingers, toes and whatever you care to cross crossed, and we’ll see how it goes!



5 thoughts on “Winter landscape photo, Wrangell – St. Elias National Park, Alaska.

  1. Carl Donohue

    Hey Ron,

    Thanks man – I appreciate it. Yeah, I’m kinda bummed I’ve already missed so much of March out there .. so I’m keen to get back before the snow’s gone. As for the posts, I appreciate it bro – a little homework never hurt anyone (I hope my dad doesn’t read that – I’m sure he’ll make some wise-a** comment about me not doing homework, or any kind of work).



  2. Neil Donohue

    Hey Carl,
    I read that, but I don’t think any comment from me is necessary as your guilty feelings are self-evident.
    However I did want to support Ron’s comment; I found your posts on the aerial predator issue and the oil-drilling proposal both interesting and informative(I didn’t get much out of your MP3 posts as I couldn’t hear any music- Australia is probably too far away for it to be effective here).

    I’m a little disappointed that no one took up your arguments/analysis about the SB176 and HB348 legislation. The debate tended to focus on the rights and wrongs of the management/harvesting/predators vs.other game issues etc. I am happy to leave that debate to those who know more about it than I do.

    Though If your summary of the legislation is correct – if the intent of the Board of Game legislation is to ignore scientific opinion and the voice of the community, then I suspect this is where the debate needs to focus. To me this would be a bigger and more immediate worry than the number of wolves/bears Vs. moose/caribou etc.

    Maybe this is one of those ‘nefarious breezes’ you referred to in an earlier post, now blowing over Alaska.

    Cheers and Good Luck on your trip to , and next venture to McCarthy

  3. Carl Donohue

    Hey Dad,

    Thanks for stopping by, I know you’re busy. How’s the beach?

    I agree with you that the debate about aerial predator control should focus on the actual legislation the issue of whether or not predator control is (a) ethical, (b) practical and (c) well managed is another issue. The current focus should be on insisting sound science be the fundamental governance for managing populations, and the voice of the community should not be allowed to be silenced.

    Hopefully legislators will heed the call of good sense and do the right thing. It’s been known to happen.



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