An Alaskan Icon – Wal-Mike’s

Wal-Mike's, Trapper Creek, Alaska.

Wal-Mike’s run down store of all things, Trapper Creek, on the Parks highway, winter, Alaska. Click on the thumbnail above to view a larger version of this photo.

Hey Folks,

Here’s a photo I took this past week on a thwarted trip north to photograph Denali. I’d hoped for a nice clear morning and view of the grand old mountain with some nice alpenglow, but a low lying fog settled in the river valley overnight, and I couldn’t see much of anything until well after sunup. Kind of a bummer after spending a night in my bag at 0˚.

So I packed up and headed back south, towards the warmth of a shower. Along the way, I drove past Wal-Mike’s, a place I’d driven by many times and always thought to myself ‘I gotta shoot that sometime’. Well, friday was ‘sometime’, so I went for it. Mike was around, but fortunately used to photographers, I suppose. He didn’t come out with a sawn-off shotgun, as I suspected, and I was able to take a few photos and scurry on before any drama unfolded.

I must admit, I was a little uneasy standing around taking photos with all the ‘Joe Miller for US Senate’ signs in the area, but no one bothered me, and I escaped without any trouble.

I must admit, the name of the store is pretty clever.



5 thoughts on “An Alaskan Icon – Wal-Mike’s

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  2. Jenna

    I went to Alaska this summer and I saw this store with my group. We all wanted to by ground squirrel skin hats from there. 😛

  3. John Sullivan

    I purchased a gold pan and some batteries there in 2006. He actually took batteries out of a radio and sold them to me 1/2 price. I believe he would sell you the fillings out of his teeth, lol.

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