|Jim and I decided since we would be leaving River View Campground on June 30 we would take a ride on the Dalton Hwy. to Atigun Pass. For you that don't know it is 244 miles one way on a road that is more dirt than paved. It goes to the Arctic Circle then to Cold Foot, up past Wiseman to the top of the Brooks Mountain Range, which is "ATIGUN PASS". Anyone who watches the "ICE ROAD TRUCKERS" on TV knows that Atigun Pass is the very top of the Brooks Mt., driving on the Dalton Hwy. on a 12% grade up!! I'm convinced that when it is winter with alot of snow and ice it is very dangerous driving those big trucks with over sized loads up that pass. Just going up with our little car in the summer was uneasy for me. Of course Jim just loved every minute of it! As you drive the hwy. you can see the "Trans-Alaska Pipeline", it follows the hwy. (sometimes going under the road and back)all the way to Deadhorse, Prudhoe Bay at the Arctic Ocean. Anyway, it was a very long but interesting drive. We where told we would see a lot of animals along the way, all of the 244 miles going up we didn't see one, just birds! But on the way back our first sight of the wild was a bunny rabbit---just as we gave up hope a Lynx ran across the road in front of us. Half asleep I fumbled for my camera, couldn't turn it on fast enough when the Lynx ran into the woods--but to my amazement it turned around and looked right at us. Well, I did get it's picture, but I was so excited---the picture came out blurry, I put the picture on the blog anyway. I've got a lot of beautiful pictures, it'll be hard to pick only a few for you all to see. The whole trip (from Fairbanks to Atigun Pass and back) was a total of 20 hours, 650 miles round trip. Are we crazy or what! Needless to say we where very tired, it took days to feel human again, but we are only here once so why not.