Ginnys Jim on the road again travel blog

ON OUR WAY TO THE ARCTIC CIRCLE ---

OUR FIRST STOP~~WILDWOOD GENERAL STORE

HOW ABOUT BUYING THIS ~~~~~

 

 

ON THE ROAD AGAIN~~~IN THE RAIN~~~

OUR FIRST SIGHT OF THE PIPELINE

LOOKS LIKE THIS MIGHT BE SOMETHING --

INFORMATION CENTER

PIPELINE FROM PRUDHOE BAY TO VALDEZ

OH MY ---- WE HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO ~~~~

STOPPED TO EAT LUNCH WE PACKED (DALTON HWY. ROLLER COASTER)

TOP OF THE SO CALLED "ROLLER COASTER" (12% GRADE)

GOOD EXAMPLE OF FIREWEED, IT'S THE FIRST PLANT TO COME BACK AFTER...

 

WHAT CRASHES ON THE DALTON HWY. STAYS ON THE DALTON ~~~~

FINGER ROCK -( USED YRS. AGO BY PILOTS TO DIRECT THEM TO...

JUST BEAUTIFUL ~~~~

I MAY NEVER GET HIM TO LEAVE !!!

IT IS TOO BEAUTIFUL TO LEAVE ~~~

 

WE MUST CONTINUE ON !!!

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN ---

OH -- THAT ????

HANG ON !!!!

WE MADE IT THIS FAR !!!

 

5TH PIPELINE PUMP STATION

PIPELINE GOING UNDER ROAD

COLDFOOT, WE ATE DINNER HERE (7:30 PM)

THIS IS THE SO CALLED "INN" AT COLDFOOT !!

LOOK WHO BRINGS THEIR CUSTOMERS HERE TO SPEND THE NIGHT, (I'D SLEEP...

THIS LOOKS LIKE THE GRINCH'S MOUNTIAN

WE ARE GETTING HIGHER (SNOW)

WE FINALLY MADE IT !!!!!

AROUND TWO CURVES AND UP THE MOUNTAIN

12% GRADE

THIS GUARD RAIL DOESN'T LOOK SO GOOD !!!!

TOP OF BROOKS RANGE "ATIGUN PASS"

WE ARE GOING HOME ~~~

HERE'S THE WILD BUNNY ----

SUN RISE ~~~~~

HERE'S OUR "LYNX" !!!!!!

IT'S GOING TO BE A WONDERFUL DAY (AS SOON AS I GET...

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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.



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