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As stated at the bottom of Page 2, this page continues our "Day Trip to Eagle Summit" adventure of March 26th, at 10:24 AM.  This page continues where we left off on Page 2, at a turnout about 3 or 4 miles beyond Eagle Summit.  We have seen the last of the Caribou and now we are chasing a covey of Willow Ptarmigan around trying to get some good photos of them.  After that we'll be going for a short hike to try and find where those Caribou came from, and then we'll be heading back towards Fairbanks.  You'll find the latest news and photos regarding "Kazuya's Baked Delights" down in Row 12.  Please enjoy your tour here and please come again next month.  Click on any thumbnail to begin.

March 26th Continues from Page 2 (at 10:24 AM)
  Here is a shot of a snowy hillside at Underwear Turnout. Then, we took a walk down the road and Kazuya heard some ptarmigan, so we started hunting for them. We spotted a large covey of them, doing their best to stay out of our sight. Both shots in this row show at least 3 Willow Ptarmigan (Lagopus lagopus).
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  We are still chasing the Willow Ptarmigan (Lagopus lagopus) around trying to get some good shots. In this row you can see that we did pretty good, thanks to our 40x zoom lens.
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  Now we are going to be taking a walk from our rig - the "X" on the map in final position on Page 2 - towards the northwest. We want to get to a spot where we can look down into Bonanza Creek. The first shot is looking back at our rig, the second shot shows me hiking up the mountain and the third shot is looking back towards Eagle Summit and down into Grognon Gulch.
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  The first two photos in this row were taken as we were looking down into Grognon Gulch and Caribou Gulch. The third shot was taken as we looked to the north or northwest. Look at all of the Caribou tracks.
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  At this point we have given up at thinking we might be able to find a spot where we can see down into Bonanza Creek. Now we are just hiking and enjoying the scenery and the activity of the hike.
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  The first shot in this row shows Kazuya. The second image is a 2-shot panorama and shows Eagle Summit on the left and Grognon Gulch/Caribou Gulch. In the third shot, we have hiked along that first ridge between the mountain on the left and the one on the right. We did that last summer when the weather was nice.
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  Here are three more "beauty in the snow" shots. In the center photo we have hiked that first ridge - a 2-Shot Panorama - between the mountain on the left and the one on the right.
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  More snowy beauty. Oh my! Amazing! The second shot is an iPhone panorama and shows about a 140° view. The third shot was taken as we were driving back towards Eagle Summit.
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  The first shot here was taken as we drove back towards Eagle Summit. The height of the snow was probably about 15 feet or so. The second shot again shows a snowdrift that has been avalanching at various times during the winter. The third shot shows blowing snow as we were driving between Eagle Summit and Twelvemile Summit.
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  Here is another blowing snow shot and then a shot taken from just before we got back to Twelvemile Summit.
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  Here is another shot taken from just before Twelvemile Summit. The third shot was taken from the same spot to show precisely what the highway looked like. When the weather is cold, and it was cold here, this makes for very good driving conditions.
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Kazuya's Baked Delights
  Kazuya was invited to sell his products at the Fairbanks Rings and Things store for First Friday, so he said yes. It happened that this was a busy weekend, with several events going on in Fairbanks, plus the fact that there was a Severe Weather / Winter Storm Warning in effect, so we did not do so wonderfully. The store owner told us we could come back and spend all day Saturday there if we had leftovers. Well, we had lots of leftovers and we did go back and spend all day Saturday there too. Just look at all of the stuff this place sells!
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  Kazuya had two special orders for German Chocolate Cakes to be delivered on March 16th! Amazing! One of them was for the birthday of a friend and the other was for a Fund Raising auction at the Fairbanks Trapper's Fling. Here are photos of both of them.
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  On March 24th we attended an event at the Arctic Market. This was our third time to sell goods here. There were few vendors and not many customers either. Fortunately Kazuya has a following and posts his upcoming gig venues on his Facebook page, so we did have some customers, but we took a lot of product home with us too. A disappointing day.
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