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Middleton Island: what kind of place ?

Old Apr 23, 12, 4:10 pm
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Middleton Island: what kind of place ?

Here is a news article.
"Volleyball and soccer ball swept away by Japanese tsunami turn up in Alaska"
Article -- http://exm.nr/I7eNkI

These balls were found in Middleton Island, AK. Thanks very much Mr. & Mrs. Baxter for finding them.

I am interested to know what kind of place Middleton Island is ? Is day trip from Anchorage possible ?
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Old Apr 23, 12, 8:24 pm
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Here is a news article.
"Volleyball and soccer ball swept away by Japanese tsunami turn up in Alaska"
Article -- http://exm.nr/I7eNkI

These balls were found in Middleton Island, AK. Thanks very much Mr. & Mrs. Baxter for finding them.

I am interested to know what kind of place Middleton Island is ? Is day trip from Anchorage possible ?
It's one of a number of islands in Prince William Sound, one I hadn't heard of before the recent stories. There is a gravel airstrip on the island and the Federal Aviation Administration apparently maintains radar and air navigation facilities on the island. I guess you could charter a plane from ANC for a day trip if you wanted, at least one air taxi outfit advertises a rate:
http://www.alaskaairtransit.com/otherpws.html

Weather camera available here:
http://akweathercams.faa.gov/viewsit...kmark=678BZ90I

Some photos here:
http://www.eyakfish.com/nalemp/nalem...html#middleton

Another story here:
http://www.adn.com/2012/04/23/243644...ylink=misearch
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Old Apr 26, 12, 8:39 am
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It's an uninhabited island way out in the middle of nowhere: http://g.co/maps/t8spc

As jerry a. laska indicated, a day trip is possible...but you'd better be made of money.

Actually, the space-available seat fare service looks like it's passably affordable. Not sure there's much to do once you're there, though: http://www.radomes.org/museum/recent...landAFSAK.html
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Old Apr 26, 12, 12:23 pm
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Thanks very much, jerry a. laska and jackal. I checked the photos. Looks like the only things I could do there is bird watching or debris watching.

The distance to Middleton from Anchorage looks almost as same as to Denali National Park. Hmm, not so close.

Why almost no trees here? Forest limit is far up north, isn't it?

Space-available seat fares: is it common in AK? Do you have to register and have them put you on the list? And some day they will call you up? Interesting.
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Old Apr 26, 12, 11:35 pm
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Why almost no trees here? Forest limit is far up north, isn't it?
Windswept open-ocean islands often have temperatures too low and winds too high to support much vegetation.

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Space-available seat fares: is it common in AK? Do you have to register and have them put you on the list? And some day they will call you up? Interesting.
This is the first time I've heard of such a service in Alaska. My guess is there are probably regular flights out there to support the government (FAA, etc.) needs, and the air taxi company is happy to have extra seats filled. No idea how it works, though.
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Old Apr 29, 12, 10:47 am
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Thanks, both of you. All of my questions have been answered.
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Old May 2, 12, 10:27 am
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Now a Harley Davidson:
http://www.adn.com/2012/05/02/244867...-davidson.html
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Old May 2, 12, 11:37 am
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I have found seat fares to be relatively common in Alaska especially on routes that have EAS service. In fact, it is one of the lowest cost ways to do some flightseeing in Alaska. Most recently I bought a seat fare from Yakutat to Cape Yakataga in SE Alaska.
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