A walk down the Chatanika...

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Jesse Clifton & Associates, REALTORS® AREC License #15292

Seeing the site, I understood the attraction.  Covered in towering spruce, the tall cut bank would be a beautiful place to build a  cabin. No cell service.  No television.  No internet.  For some, a nightmare scenario.  But for a few, it's pure heaven. 

Chataika River Fairbanks Alaska

It was less than two hours drive from Fairbanks, but standing ankle deep in the cold, clear water of the Chatanika River we could have been hundreds of miles from home. The only noise present was the sound of the water rushing over the rocks at my feet. "Wonder what's around that next bend?" he asked as he made his way to the opposite bank.  "Let's find out" I answered... again and again. 

The breeze blowing through the valley did precious little to offset the 85 degree weather.  I hitched the backpack up a little and silently cursed for bringing 20 pounds of camera gear.  Did I really need all this?  Maybe yes. Maybe no.  Regardless, two miles from the truck wasn't the time to be having that conversation with myself.  When a new trickle of sweat made its way from the top of my head to the jumping off point at the end of my nose, I decided crossing to the opposite bank wasn't all that important. The middle of the river was perfectly acceptable place to be. 

We spent the better part of the afternoon walking the river.  Each bend offering the same treasure.  Beautiful unspoiled vistas, fresh air to fill our lungs & the camaraderie of an old friend.  Ultimately I don't think the parcel will fit his future plans, but I can hardly think of a better way to spend an afternoon.

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TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

My memories of AK were miles of unspoiled valleys, vistas and all sorts of eye candy. Tis an area were wildlife still has free reign...

Aug 01, 2010 11:15 PM #1
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional


Now were you working, or not? It sounds like a stroll through heaven to me. Except for the 85 degree part. But I'll bet the riverbed was cool and clear!

Aug 02, 2010 12:28 AM #2
Susan Mangigian
RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A - West Chester, PA
Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches

Sounds wonderful Jesse and how lucky to be able to work with a friend in such a gorgeous area.  

Aug 02, 2010 12:43 AM #3
Mike Jaquish
Realty Arts - Cary, NC
919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate


You are going to raise a lot of envy with this one.  Made me wish I had been there.   Beautiful writing and photo!

Aug 02, 2010 12:48 AM #4
Leesa Finley
RED Properties - Wake Forest, NC
RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate

Oh my goodness, Jesse!  Talk about unspoiled nature at it's finest!  The picture is simply breathtaking and the water DOES look cold!

Wake Forest NC House Chick

Aug 02, 2010 01:02 AM #5
Laura Giannotta
Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore - Little Egg Harbor, NJ
Your Realtor Down the Shore!

Just beautiful!  Thanks for sharing the photo, and a wonderful afternoon!

Aug 02, 2010 01:33 AM #6
Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC - Rockledge, FL
... a small office, delivering big service!

I would love a little vacation cabin there...I will take it! Nice picture and good exercise!

Aug 02, 2010 01:48 AM #7
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Jesse,,,No cell, NoTV..No internet?  What is the down fall.  You could put me there in a heartbeat!!

I am so jealous of what you have so close to you!!!!

Aug 02, 2010 02:59 AM #8
Pam Pugmire
Silvercreek Realty Group - Meridian, ID
Meridian Idaho Real Estate

Jesse, your photographs are spectacular!!!!  Really does look like heaven....but how could I ever get my facebook fix?  : )

Aug 02, 2010 03:56 AM #9
Susie Blackmon
Ocala, FL
Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing

All I can picture there is a geeked out little Airstream... ;-)

Aug 02, 2010 03:59 AM #10
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Hi Jesse!  What a wonderful trip and just to get away from technology MUST have been a DREAM!  Glad you enjoyed your little piece of heaven!

Aug 02, 2010 03:06 PM #11
Ruthmarie Hicks
Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605 - White Plains, NY

I'm always amazed at how close you are to the wilderness and how you capture it on camera.

Aug 02, 2010 04:58 PM #12
Lynda Eisenmann
Preferred Home Brokers - Brea, CA
Broker-Owner,CRS,CDPE,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co

Hello my friends,

"No cell service.  No television.  No internet.." sounds/seems to me like we all need that every now and then.

Not long ago I was on a trip (with fellow Realtors) and it took about a day or 2 to down compress...well then maybe it was the wine after day-2.

Hi-tech is great, yet 2-much...maybe not.

Aug 02, 2010 06:38 PM #13
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Hi Jesse: It's so nice to see that you are blogging again. I have missed you!! And I love this photo. So much that I downloaded it and tweaked it a little bit for you - just to remove some of the shadows. What do you think?

for jesse

Aug 03, 2010 05:38 AM #14
Judi K Barrett
Judi Barrett~Integrity Real Estate Services~Idabel, Oklahoma - Idabel, OK
BA, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

Would be heaven for me.

What a beautiful place, so tranquil and peaceful.

Wish I was there.

Looks cool while we swelter in the heat here.

Aug 17, 2010 04:01 PM #15
Rebecca Gaujot
RE/MAX Vision Quest - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Jesse, I can just fel the quietness there on the lake...beautiful photo. Went back to see some other posts and love the one on the bear, esp. the photo where the bear is sticking her tongue out....

Sep 01, 2010 03:52 AM #16
LaNita Cates
REMAX of Joliet - Joliet, IL

How beautiful and quiet! I can't imagine it but I think I would miss my internet and TV after a little while:)

Sep 06, 2010 04:53 AM #17
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Jesse, what a great picture, I loved your original, no hard feeling Elizabeth:) Not to have Cell and Internet for a few hours is like being on a real vacation nowdays:)

Sep 09, 2010 06:00 PM #18
Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation

How do you do it, Jesse?  You make every square inch of your state sound so desirable.  What an ambassador you are for Alaska!

Oct 05, 2010 03:55 AM #19
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