Located this bench mark by accident in 04 while fishing for Dolly Varden of this rock outcropping. Thought it would be fun to make it official and log it and also to look for the DM2. There is a great geocache close by, as well. That is what we were specifically after on this trip. Wife and I each caught a pink salmon and accidently snagged a few more while waiting for a school of Coho to swim by, which they never did. The Pink Salmon were in especially rough looking shape for being caught early in the season and considering were were at the edge of the saltwater. Normally, the fish are rather bright and fresh in this location. Picked up a bunch of trash on the way out.
[Photos:]Trail to UW7512 Ingram
Nice path to Ingram
Found as described.
Following a third of a mile walk from the trailhead on a well-defined trail we (Mrs NW & I plus the dogs) reached the end of the rocky peninsula hard alongside the west edge of Ingram Creek. The two reference marks were immediately found, but triangulation station disk INGRAM was not to be seen. After unloading my backpack, reading the National Geodetic Service (NGS) datasheet (with more info listed than on the geocaching.com page), and measuring from nearby trees and the two reference marks it became obvious that INGRAM itself was buried under the loess (windblown soils carried from nearby Turnagain Arm - even as we sat here the wind was blowing silt in from the exposed mudflats at low tide!). A few minutes' work with my knife to carefully slice away a 4" deep layer of soil produced the mark! Since its placement in 1964 no one has logged a recovery update with the NGS, so it's plausible that the 4" of overburden have been laid down over the past 43 years. I took great care to only remove enough soil to see the triangulation station mark in its entirety.
Recovery report submitted to the NGS.
[Photos:]UW7512 INGRAM 1964 (closeup) Kenai Pen Boro, AK
UW7512 INGRAM RM1 (closeup) Kenai Pen Boro, AK
RM1 lies on the very NE tip of rock on the peninsula, with no room for me out above the mark, so an angled view was necessary.
UW7512 INGRAM RM1 (view NE) Kenai Pen Boro, AK
Looking NE from triangulation station INGRAM over RM1 disk (circled in yellow at bottom center-left) across upper Turnagain Arm towards the TwentyMile River valley (three miles distant) and the Seward Highway.
UW7512 INGRAM RM2 (closeup) Kenai Pen Boro, AK
RM2 lies to the SW of the main disk, alongside the trail accessing the station, on the rock right above the creek.
UW7512 INGRAM RM2 (view NE) Kenai Pen Boro, AK
View across RM2 towards station location (at right edge of willow bush in center left of photo) and RM1's location. The north side of Turnagain Arm is visible in the distance.
UW7512 INGRAM 1964 (view SW) Kenai Pen Boro, AK
Looking SW from the mark up Ingram Creek. The Seward Highway lies just beyond the brushline in the distance. Mrs NW & the dogs are in front of RM2's location. This mark is only 8 feet above the creek at high water; the tide range here is nearly 37 feet! Today there were pink salmon in the stream below us... we kept a sharp eye out for bears, but saw only their tracks accessing the exposed tidal beach below and SW of us.
UW7512 INGRAM 1964 (view NE) Kenai Pen Boro, AK
Looking across station (in depression, to right of the green compass on the ground) NE towards the TwentyMile River valley across Turnagain Arm. It's low tide, so the stream channels and mudflats are exposed to view.
UW7512 INGRAM 1964 (closeup) Kenai Pen Boro, AK
An area view, showing the 4" incision in the loess atop the bedrock made for the purpose of exposing the triangulation station mark.
UW7512 INGRAM 1964 (view SE) Kenai Pen Boro, AK
Looking SE over the station mark across the mouth of Ingram Creek, towards the mountains along the southern side of the Portage River valley at the head of Turnagain Arm.