DAY SEVEN: FROM HOPE TO WHITTIER

sixmile-creekOur seventh day in Alaska brought us back to the Alaska rivers with a wonderful adventure with Chugach Outdoor Center in Hope, Alaska. Chugach is an outstanding company that is owned by Jay Doyle and is associated with RaftDenali. They have an incredible program for running Class III-V rapids through the canyons in the gorgeous Chugach National Park. After the rafting adventure, Jack and I drove to Whittier — a tiny town of 200 that is one of the most remote and one of the most interesting places that I have ever visited. The drive to Hope is incredible as the immense grandeur of the Kenai Peninsula area opens up in front of you.

IMG_4669We left Anchorage for the 90 minute drive to Hope and were overwhelmed by the beauty along the Alaska 1 highway. With low clouds and a deep mist, the mountains of Chugach were spellbinding against the cold steel blue waters.

We pulled into Chugach and met with Lorna Betts who manages the family-owned business. (It turns out that Betts was raised in McLean near my home). Lorna is an excellent resource to plan the perfect rafting trip. Lorna welcomes guests with members of the staff as you arrive. They have a staff of river guides who have years of experience and are hands down the coolest people you will ever hope to meet. The initial presentation was done by Archie Prentice, who teaches science classes in Greenville, South Carolina. He and his colleagues have decades of collective experience. Indeed, the novice of the group has seven years experience. The guides first fit you out with waterproof suits, shoes, lifejacket, and helmet. You then go to the river for a training session that you will never forget.

Sitting along the river, the guides teach you about the boat, safety features, and rescue techniques. It is a very detailed presentation. They then have you go into the river on foot in the 35 degree water. You are told to walk into the river and dive in to swim across and then float on your back downstream where a boat is waiting. They want to be sure that you swim in the current and understand the conditions. It is an incredible shock to the system with an open helmet and no gloves in a fast moving river at 35 degrees. I actually missed the eddy down river and had to grab a thrown rope. It was exhilerating and it was very very very cold. You should wear as many layers as possible though the wetsuits keep you very dry.

We boarded a boat guided by Matt “Popcorn” Booth from Tennessee. Popcorn has been rafting for over ten years and has been a guide in various states. He did an excellent job on our boat. Jack and I manned the front of the boat as paddlers while a third guest sat in the back. Popcorn manned the middle with two long oars due to the fact that the river was higher than useful. We did the first two out of three canyons with class 4 rapids. It was unbelievable with long drops and narrow pinch points. We decided not to do the final class 5 rapid in order to get to Whittier for our morning kayaking trip. You can sign up for two of the canyons or all three. Anyone over 12 can go so long as you can swim. Even if you sign up for three canyons, you will have the ability to stop after two canyons. When you return to the Center you can warm up in the hot tub and the staff have coffee and hot chocolate waiting.

I cannot recommend Chugach more highly. Like RaftDenali, this is a family business of the most highly trained and experienced guides that I have ever encountered. They say that the company only takes the best guides from around the country and I believe them. Each one of them has a long history of rafting on rivers around the country. As you go down these incredible rapids, they have boats stationed down river to catch those who fall out. Boats will occasionally turn over and the guides teach you what to do in such cases. They are all focused and continually trained for such recoveries, as the letter that I spotted in the office attests (below).

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We left Chugach committed to return to do the Class V rapids. If you want a real Alaskan experience, this is the ticket. Indeed, we enjoyed doing both the Denali rapids with RaftDenali and the Chugach rapids with Chugach Outdoor Center. There are very different experiences. It is more than worth the $159 per person price tag for a lifetime experience. We chose the Six Mile creek run and I would recommend that option, though Lorna is a great person to ask.

We left Chugach and drove to Whittier. More on Whittier tomorrow.

33 thoughts on “DAY SEVEN: FROM HOPE TO WHITTIER”

  1. Steve…..by its very nature, I don’t know if a presidential pardon CAN be considered illegal under any circumstances.
    The Marc Rich pardon would not pass any reasonable smell test, but Slick Willy was heading out the door and probably wasn’t worried about political consequences.
    I don’t think it’s common for an FBI director, rather than the AG, to announce a major decision like this involve.
    But Loretta Lynch probably felt she got enough press last week when she and Bill “happened to” be at the Phoenix airport at the same time.
    They were probably in the TSA line and had time to chat during the wait.😊
    Anyway, I think she was happy to let director Comey do the honors of making the announcement all by himself.
    It was reported today that she’s accepting his recommendation not to indict…..that was a real “news flash”.

    1. tnash: I agree that eleventh-hour pardons are immune to anything short of the court of public scrutiny, unless there’s something more. Comey wouldn’t have been investigating Bill Clinton if that weren’t the case.

      Loretta Lynch’s choreographed deferral to Comey was the federal equivalent of a county prosecutor deferring to the police chief as to whether the county would prosecute. It was a whimpy piss-poor avoidance tactic designed to take heat off of Lynch because she’s entrenched in Democratic politics.

      As for what Comey said, it’s demoralizing. Not only did he admit that she was “reckless” with sensitive material, he dismissed the need for prosecution because there was no evidence of intent under the espionage act. However, a finding of of recklessness is the basis for criminal negligence. That should be prosecuted, and there’s no reason it shouldn’t be prosecuted other than Clinton being an elitist defendant.

      Her “mistake” defense is really “willful ignorance.” She signed the SF312, and she chose to ignore its warnings, one of which was:

      “I have been advised that any unauthorized disclosure of classified information by me may constitute a violation, or violations, of United States criminal laws, including the provisions of sections 641, 793, 794, 798, *952 and 1924, title 18, United States Code; *the provisions of section 783(b}, title 50, United States Code; and the provisions of the Intelligence Identities Protection Act of 1982. I recognize that nothing in this Agreement constitutes a waiver by the United States of the right to prosecute me for any statutory violation. . . .”

      (Admittedly, this is taken from the 2013 revision of the standard form, but I’d be surprised if the same weren’t included in the form version that she signed.)

      For instance, 18 USC 793 states in part:

      (d) Whoever, lawfully having possession of, access to, control over, or being entrusted with any document, writing, code book, signal book, sketch, photograph, photographic negative, blueprint, plan, map, model, instrument, appliance, or note relating to the national defense, or information relating to the national defense which information the possessor has reason to believe could be used to the injury of the United States or to the advantage of any foreign nation, willfully communicates, delivers, transmits or causes to be communicated, delivered, or transmitted or attempts to communicate, deliver, transmit or cause to be communicated, delivered or transmitted the same to any person not entitled to receive it, or willfully retains the same and fails to deliver it on demand to the officer or employee of the United States entitled to receive it; or

      (e) Whoever having unauthorized possession of, access to, or control over any document, writing, code book, signal book, sketch, photograph, photographic negative, blueprint, plan, map, model, instrument, appliance, or note relating to the national defense, or information relating to the national defense which information the possessor has reason to believe could be used to the injury of the United States or to the advantage of any foreign nation, willfully communicates, delivers, transmits or causes to be communicated, delivered, or transmitted, or attempts to communicate, deliver, transmit or cause to be communicated, delivered, or transmitted the same to any person not entitled to receive it, or willfully retains the same and fails to deliver it to the officer or employee of the United States entitled to receive it; or

      (f) Whoever, being entrusted with or having lawful possession or control of any document, writing, code book, signal book, sketch, photograph, photographic negative, blueprint, plan, map, model, instrument, appliance, note, or information, relating to the national defense, (1) through gross negligence permits the same to be removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of his trust, or to be lost, stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, or (2) having knowledge that the same has been illegally removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of its trust, or lost, or stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, and fails to make prompt report of such loss, theft, abstraction, or destruction to his superior officer—

      Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.

      Look closely at subsection (f). Clinton is certainly guilty under subsection (f) simply by what Comey admitted, i.e., that she was reckless which is the legal equivalent of gross negligence. Depending on how and which documents were actually turned over to entitled agents, she may be guilty of the other two subsections as well. These are all felonies, at least one of which our probable next president will have committed.

      The public needs to come out at large in the streets in peaceful egalitarian protest of this miscarriage of justice at the very highest level. Those who don’t are of the class that think that people are not all the same. They’re in Clinton’s corner.

      1. Steve….it’ll be interesting to watch today’s scheduled Congessional appearances by Lynch and Comey.
        Comey’s “no reasonable prosecutor” remark was so far over the top that he’s an “energetic” response.
        I’m still not clear how Comey distinuishes “extreme carelessness” from “gross negligance” in determining criminal liabilty.
        He’ ll have an opportunity to address that, as well.

        1. thash: If Comey said extreme “carelessness” and not “recklessness,” then I stand corrected, and it will indeed be interesting to see how he distinguishes his statement from gross negligence. It’s almost as if we’re reliving “what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is.”

          Playing that game at the highest level is beyond belief.

  2. “Why don’t you quit writing about Alaska and address this Clinton fiasco?”
    ~+~
    Self-evidently, he’s on vacation.

  3. Boy, Turley sure picked the wrong time to head off to Alaska ! He’s missing all the fun.

    1. Jay S: What? Haven’t you ever heard of the FBI Director deciding whether to prosecute so the AG can avoid the issue?

      By the way, Comey found no evidence of illegality when Bill Clinton made his midnight pardons of Marc Rich among others.

      There’s something about defending the Constitution that doesn’t dovetail with all of this.

  4. Never mind what I wrote about Comey – turns out he is 1%er – formerly involved with HSBC and a hedge fund. SO back to the TPP. Birds of a feather and all that…

  5. Why don’t you quit writing about Alaska and address this Clinton fiasco?

  6. I meant to write Paul would you care to elucidate for those of us are NOT down with legalese

  7. Briguy, no need to bother Professor Turley with the distinction between “gross negligence” and “extremely careless” in the Hillary Clinton email case. The “extremely careless” standard applies to loyal drones of the NWO Elite when they are caught in criminal conduct. The “gross negligence” standard applies to top members of Government, but one step below NWO loyal drone status. And anyone else gets the book thrown at them. Got it?

  8. I would be interested in Professor Turley’s thoughts as to what the difference is between the gross negligence standard of the statute in question and the “extremely careless” actions that the FBI director says were taken by Clinton.

  9. glad that a favored one percenter is able to enjoy great vacations.

    Those who produce should have, but we know that those who produce the most – that is, those who work hardest, and at the most difficult and most menial tasks, have the least.

  10. emendation: “BernieorBust 2016 – our numbers are growing as our Trump supporters.”

    meant to write: BernieorBust 2016 – our numbers are growing as ARE Trump supporters.

  11. @bulldog

    Definitely HOC came to mind again. My questions being a GDI (g-d-independent) are

    1) Why has Obama managed to keep her emails secret regarding the TPP until after the (s)election?

    2) Why is State trying to keep 27,000 emails from her corresponding with the Clinton Foundation on ice for 2 years?

    BernieorBust 2016 – our numbers are growing as our Trump supporters.

    We are done, done, double done with corporate control of our nation

  12. Speaking only for myself, the amazing thing about Bill and Hill is that I can easily make a case that she is totally being railroaded and this is just stupid right-wing paranoia with numerous failed attempts to nail her [and him]. AND I can just as easily make a case that they are guilty of every single thing they have ever been accused of and they have managed to get away with all of it – that they are indeed the models for House of Cards.

  13. Also, Professor Turley – excellent photos – those wildflowers make my soul sing!

  14. I actually felt sorry for Comey – his reputation ruined as he committed “hari kari” (sp?) in front the entire world watching. If anything, this just hardens the opposition to fight even harder against the oligarchs. We can unite against the TPP.

    On another topic: I am not getting all of this blog feeds – yesterday, for example, I wondered where all the regular commenters were and it turns out that there was another post which I never received.

    How can I remedy this? I am a neo-Luddite so not computer-savvy.

  15. FBI recommends no action against Clinton. I told you so. But more important, I told you why. The FBI, the Justice Department, and Obama are merely drones following orders. The NWO Elite had ordained Clinton as their candidate long ago. Nobody else has any say in the matter. Or, as Trump would say, “The game is rigged!”

  16. Went whitewater rafting in Colorado several years ago and it was an adventure. 🙂 Glad you are enjoying!!

  17. Great post. Don’t worry, those testes will distend again in a week or so. That cold water is superb for quickly chilling beer.

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