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Pacific Northwest yetti

Expedition Medic
You have quite an amazing, inspirational lifestyle guy!

Thx for sharing your adventures.
Able- well thank you, that actually means a lot. I have gained so much from this forum, and other blogs; and only hope to return the favor so others can add to their own lists, gain a smile or get a view of something new.

To show that travel, and exploration is not always about those long off journeys, but just weekend wanders and dog ventures as well. The last few months, I left my long standing good 9-5 desk job with DuPont Pioneer, as a Safety Coordinator. To pursue a passion, remote medicine, and disaster relief work. Fingers crossed the hard work and planning continues to pay off. As of right now, I am pretty happy with this one. Allowing me insurance, the ability to roll over and keep my 401k, and only work 6-8 months out of the year. The rest of the time left over for travel, and more freelance work. If you have any questions please let me know, Happy Trails & Safe Travels
 

Pacific Northwest yetti

Expedition Medic
This is going to be a it of time travel to December of 2014. I spent Nov 15-Dec 20th ( ish) outside Levenworth Wa, re certifying my Emergency Medical Technician Basic, that had lapsed. The course was all inclusive, we ate, slept and breathed remote medicine all month. With night scenario's, and daily's that required hiking and or snow showing to our patients.

We got a few weekends off, but most were spent studying.

You see,they took a course that most colleges take two terms or more to do, and did it in 1 month, including clinical and remote endorsements.

That was the beginning of a new plan for me, something that took me to where I am today.

One of the days off i wanted to go for a hike, and found myself heading into the Ghost Town of Wellington Washington.





I had no idea what to expect, unaware to the history, despair,those trees had born witness. The roads was one of the only ones partially open and close- so it became the chosen one.


It is the site of the deadliest avalanche disaster in american history ( including the 2015 Oso slide) taking 93 lives in the winter of 1910, March 1st. I can not do it justice, the first link I posted does a great narration of what happened.

The road was closed 1 mile in, so i parked strapped on the snowshoes and started that direction. It was quiet, but bright out, easy walking along the road. No sounds but my breathing and movement through the crunchy snow. The further up the road traveled, snow started to dissipate, until i decided to sit my snowshoes in a bank, and grab them on the way back.

After all, i had not seen nor heard any tracks, or sign of people around.

There were massive scars on the adjacent hillside, looked like the area had troubles with avalanches, some recent, others with trees stunted from those around it, but still decades old.

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I clicked a picture of the biggest scar, continuing on. Surprised at the pockets of snow, and bare ground. Tierra learning center ( where we were taking the classes, base camp) still had feet, and the pass was requiring chains. ( not that I put them on).

Lost in thoughts and running scenario's and study notes in my head.

What appeared around the bend, well it caught me by surprise.


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Its not everyday in this world you come face to face with a tank. It was slightly covered, and had not been moved in some time. Even equipped with a tiny solar panel and WDOT, sticker.

I made a guess, it must be used for avalanche control, the scars i was surrounded by sure showed it could be a problem here. I found a little parking area, some signs. and two trails, of course- have to look at both of them.


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The signage helped clear a few things up, what a cool little place. Why had I never heard of it before?

That means there must be tunnels as well, i always like those, where is it?
 

Pacific Northwest yetti

Expedition Medic
December 2014-

I continued on heading into the snow sheds, relics to a different time,

An eerie and sad feeling came across me, like a shower. A feeling that told me this was a place of reverence. I brushed it off, as hiking alone in the middle of winter with no coms. Glad i had a small pack with me, and had left a note back on the classroom of where I was headed and estimated time of return.

forging forward with a driving hunger to discover what lay beyond.

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They were pretty awesome to walk through, all the things they had seen. The reminder of the struggle between nature and engineering, parts being taken back with each day. Water wearing its way through the concrete and steel structure.

The day still as silent as can be, my foot steps, sounds of water moving. No bird song, or other expected noises. Walking back towards the tank, toward the other trail this sign is posted.
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At that point, i had to read it twice. I just stood there taking everything in, the gravity of what i had been exploring hitting me.

Wondering what the mud, and snow the cloak of quietness has hidden all around me. The sad eerie feeling, the voice that had me second guessing my days plans.

Continuing onward, with a new reverence.
 

Pacific Northwest yetti

Expedition Medic
The other trail, was almost gone. Branches, twigs and foliage bent out, the opposite of the direction headed. Soil and snow disturbed, the board walkways that were so well taken care of on the other side strewn about, reclaimed by the world around me.

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I followed the small creek, on what looked like the old trail. Wanting to see what was there, A sign was posted

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That sign could not be made more clear, all the branches and torn up trail made sense. I think it had opened up and dumped again recently by the sign around. Some of the broken branches still showing green.

I got closer to the entrance, fascinated by it.

For almost the first time that day, i was immersed in sounds. Water gurgling, a sound like rocks splashing into a deep pond, creeks and groans,, and so much cold air rushing out of it. The rather steady sound of rock slides inside kept me awat from directly standing in front of the opening.

Thinking id like ti explore it someday, with a buddy, coms, and air meter from the other side. I cant swim,and have no desire to do so there. I have been caving, splunking, and am certified and trained for confined space rescue.

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I have always wanted to return, and see the other side of this tunnel. I have yet to do so, find my self in Seattle this week thinking maybe on my way home Saturday.

maybe better to let sleeping dogs lie.
 

Pacific Northwest yetti

Expedition Medic
I will, get to all the Alaska postings eventually. Once back from the remote locations I have been spending a week in Seattle, followed by a week home. In Eastern Oregon, about a 4.5 HR drive since I returned.

I will head back up to Seattle later today.

On my last return trip, I decided to go for a hike on the way home. Met a friend, and decided to hit Mirror Lake, via the PCT. About a 7 mile round trip hike. Since I'd still have a 3 hour drive after I wanted to get on the trail early.

The work week on the ship had been quite sedentary and a good hike was just what I needed. I left early, did not sleep well so walked down the gangway at about 04:30. I like Seattle way better, at night and when there is no traffic. Getting out of town took no time at all.



Made it to the meeting place a few hours early. ( I knew I would). Filled up with fuel, washed all the windows and light covers. Had a long conversation with a friendly stranger who guessed I was a fire fighter. It's a bit of a Brotherhood.

Pulled into the parking lot at country pride, where we were to meet for breakfast. I would not eat there again. Turned the truck off, seat heater on: took a nap until they opened at 6am.

After a disappointing breakfast, and rendezvous with my morning hiking buddy and her pup.

We began to make our way up the road, it was a pretty typical forest service road. Big holes, rough. The truck never noticed.

7 miles later, we were at the already busy trail head. With 4 Subaru's already there, on the still cold, icy morning.

It felt good stretching out, and getting a good climb in. Only a few others on the trail.

The trail had some icy sections, some small scrambling. Made it up in about 2ish hours. ( I'll post the route and stats)

The lake was beautiful, I had cell service and began getting tones from Dispatch about wrecks, and fog as thick as pea soup. We started the hike down.

With fog moving in quickly, I was surprised we passed 15 other groups on the way down.

I was blown away, by the 25 other subaru's squeezing in on the road and trail head.

I can't imagine what the trail would be like on a nice day. Maybe too close to Seattle still.

On the way down, more vehicles starting upo the road. On the most rough section, Honda fits, smart cars had stopped to continue by foot. I laughed, loudly and for a long time at the Ford raptor parked next to them.

The way off Snoqualmie was fine, clear until the climb up to Prossor and the rest of the way home was thick low fog.

I'll get photo"s added in a few hours. Thanks, Tapatalk and your 1 photo limit. I should probably uninstall it, at this point.


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Pacific Northwest yetti

Expedition Medic
I wished I had put the small camper on and slept there for the week, i was worried it would flag.

Turns out the guy in the Airstream did so all week with no trouble.

Turns out, PCT hikers have a sense of humor. And since its now snowing, was probably the last time this hike would be open until snow melt.


Also some pictures of the ship above, the freezers, my office, usually clean and organised. Currently getting restocked,since the other Safety Medic will be coming back, he requested to stow all the supplies personally. Rightfully so, as he is the one who will be using it.

The steering room, spotless.

and some of the lake,

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Pacific Northwest yetti

Expedition Medic
After the whirlwind turn around from my Sunriver Triathlon contract, I had only a short time to get to somewhere named " Egegik, Alaska"

I landed on the 4th of July. After 2 long days at the Corporate office in Seattle.

Seattle-Anchorage- Anchorage-king Salmon, King Salmon to Egegik
the planes kept shrinking the further in I went.



The anchorage airport has full size bush planes hanging from the ceiling.
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When I landed I in Egegik, we first had to drop another passenger off across Bristol Bay, landed right on the beach.

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The planes that are small enough not only do they wag, you are rubbing elbows and knees with the Pilot. This one had a bad door, and was sucking quite a bit of air through the door seal, the Pilot pulled out a map whilst flying and stuck it to the door, it sealed.

We landed in the Egegik Airport, just a dirt strip with not much around,

I was met with a the Surburban, and a bunch of incoming and outgoing mail. ( and yes, Amazon prime does ship out that far!)

After meeting with the gal who came to meet the flight, she gave me the tour on the way back.

Once at the facility, I did not even get to unpack, as i had patients waiting, including a very recent amputation. I saw abut 30 people that day- and it never slowed down.

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That service truck, was one of my favorite vehicles in the fleet. We are not on an island- but they only access is by wings or boat.

Everything is on piers, and elevated due to the permafrost.

Thats the courtyard between the main office, my office/house, and a few bunk houses.
 

Pacific Northwest yetti

Expedition Medic
More pictures of the Facility, rec rooms, net storage and parts of the cannery.


Also. at this point we had daylight for 22hrs/day

I will post more pictures soon, and follow up- but need to go work on the solar before the next rain storm hits. Its the part where i drill a scary hole in my perfectly good roof.

After the first few days, it kinda calmed down- but was still averaging 20pts/day. It was almost a week before I was able to tour the facility, on the inside.

Unfortunately a few more severe medical needs, as well as typical sick call things. Cough's colds, orthopedic, dental I do it all. And was also on "loan" for community members and anyone in need.

I wish I had done a journal of some sort- next will I Believe I will and post here every few days, internet permitting.

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Pacific Northwest yetti

Expedition Medic
Xena is the town dog, she does whatever she wants, when ever she wants, and owns the place. Its her town, she is also the sweetest dog.
Her laying in front of the door was the first day I got on site, it was up to us to go around.

I saw her laying on the helipad one day, when it came in she refused to move and it had to land on the road. haha Looked right at it and went back to her nap

I found that penicillin in a desk drawer..EXP Sept 1967

The entire facility is on a pier, they have almost a 30ft tidal swing. Bears love to hang out under the facility,
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Pacific Northwest yetti

Expedition Medic
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The town cat, was a great mouser! and always helpful.....
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Our Fleet,

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Beauty every where
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I had a few patients who came directly from the fishing boats on the dock, we had to use the crane and stokes basket to get them to us
 

Pacific Northwest yetti

Expedition Medic
Most the processors at this location are Eastern European, ( Russian, Serbian, Bulgarian, Ukrainian, etc). Most of them are very well educated, teachers, lawyers, police, doctors even. They are unable to make enough in their home country to survive even with education.

If you arent aware, fish processing is extremely hard work, its not pleasant, working 16hrs/day 7 days a week, for 4-6 months a year. They dont get scheduled days off, these folks are amazing. I really liked this location, its my favorite so far.

One of the Ukrainian ladies I was talking to, explained what she makes here triples at home. Some come back every year, others work every other year, sustaining off of these wages.

The hourly wage is not great, in Alaska everything after 8 daily hours is OT, though.

The Heli Pad
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This little guy, was a first for me. I named him " Captain Jack ", and he spent about 6 hours with me.

I was in the main office one day, when I heard someone yell " Pawley, Medic" there was also a lot of laughing so i did not think it serious.

They told me this little guy fell out of the sky landing where they were all smoking. I picked him up, joking about if i should do CPR. I figured he must of hit the power line of something.

I that maybe he broke his neck, flying into something. As i picked him up I noticed his neck and head was self supported. Looking closer someone noticed what looked like grain in his beak. You can still see a little underneath it in this image.

I flipped the tiny dude over and pushed on his stomach with a finger, ( still kinda joking, it was one of my slower days)

I could not believe it when grain came out and the tiny thing started breathing, hahaha


Best I could figure he was flying when eating and choked. As you can imagine in a camp of 300, it did not take till the next meal for it to get around.

We used captain jack ( I am the Safety Guy after all) as a campaign to not eat and walk, haha

He hung out with me, most the day, following me around, sitting on my shoulder or hand.
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Those containers are massive ice makers, 1 of 3 on site.
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It amazed me how many would tie together when it was low tide, to go dry.
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This is Lilly, one of two office dogs. ( the world needs more office dogs) I also functioned as the site " vet" with my livestock background. She had tore her pad open, and needed wrapped.
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There were two of these old Army Ducks- Someone had retrofitted them to be used as drift netters at one time.
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Pacific Northwest yetti

Expedition Medic
I loved these old ducks, And took so many pictures. Crawled all over them, having so many questions about where they came from,

A little later we will get into, how much American History left out teaching us about conflicts in Alaska.

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As you can Imagine, its more of our bunk houses. These two are the largest ones and the only two story ones. Each room has 4 bunks, and they have shared bathrooms and showers.

The little building on the right, with the two windows is the back of my office/ infirmary.

I continued to see patients, and learn a new industry. I had two broken ankles, coming from vessels, broken arm, broken wrist,

Broken neck, broken fingers, lots and lots of overuse repetitive injuries, 6 cases of Pneumonia from bronchitis, 100 cases of " the crud", 2 sprained ankles,

sooo many cases of athletes foot, over 100, many abscesses, and drainages, 3 ingrown toe nails, 2 fillings, just to name a few.



Something that was new to me, every building gets moth balled, drained, and winterized prior to winter- including all windows boarded up.
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The nations that are brought together in these places have deep history, pain and suffering. Its never far from the surface,
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This sign, was posted outside one of the bunk houses the last week of processing.


Also, please feel free to ask any questions, about anything.

 

Pacific Northwest yetti

Expedition Medic
Despite the hours, and the work most are quick to smile and have a good sense of humor, which really is required in this type of location.


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The airport, in all its massive Glory,
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Xena- doing her thing, outside chow hall.
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It was my last day on site before I was able to actually explore the town,
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We began putting boats from our fleet up for the season.
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Pacific Northwest yetti

Expedition Medic
I walked around town taking pictures and soaking everything in, relaxing for a little bit. The weather was pretty good for most of the contract.

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The red roofs are part of our complex
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Pacific Northwest yetti

Expedition Medic
The entire facility is supplied power from large generators that run non stop.

We had been flying out about 20 ppl a day for the last week +. The largest planes we can routinely charter in hold about 15 people, at about 10k/ flight direct.

I was able to fit a few runs in on the roughest days, which was nice.


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It amazes me, how little hold these things up
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The town, incinerator the surrounding fence is electrified
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All around us
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That Astro, was probably my favorite of the fleet vehicles with the exception of the service truck


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The second office dog, Scout. She loves box's more than a cat. No box was safe, she would just crawl in and lay down.


City Airport
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When I flew out, this was our ride. One of the mechanics, the electrician and I. The small one ^




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