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Aug 19, 2014 - Wiseman, the Haul Road and the Pipeline

Day 73: August 13, 2014 We started our side trip north on the Dalton Highway (aka Haul Road) today; we’ve made the trip 3 times before: 2002, 2004 and 2008. We’ll be staying two nights in Wiseman. Tomorrow we’ll drive to Atigun Pass and come back as we did in 2002 and 2004; in 2008 we drove on to Deadhorse, the community that services the Prudhoe Bay oil fields. The area from Coldfoot to Atigun Pass in the Brooks Range is one of our favorites.. The Yukon River, Coldfoot, and Deadhorse are the only places on the “road” with full services;...

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Alaska 2014

Jun 28, 2012 - Day 14 - Thursday, June 28, 2012

Up early to start our journey further north. We had breakfast at the truck stop. These truck stops have the best food! The breakfast buffet was $14.95 per person at Coldfoot Truck Stop. Keith and I ate, but Janette and Jerald just had coffee back in their room. That concerned me because I knew they didn't order the sack lunch for today either. There are no quick stops for snacks between here and the next stop. As we were eating, the waitress brought several meals in boxes for two men next to us that worked for a solar energy company. They...

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Jul 3, 2010 - Critters on the Dalton

Date: July 3, 2010 Tonight’s Location: Wiseman, AK (75 miles north of the Arctic Circle) at Boreal Lodge Mileage: End - 46906 Start - 46676 Total Miles for the day: 230 Weather: Brilliant sunshine in the am, fog & drizzle for 1 hour around noon, then brilliant sunshine for the rest of the day Temperature: start 40º, down to 35° at the ocean, and 40’s in the mountains High 63 º Wildlife count: this was the jackpot day for wildlife! Birds: Red-Throated Loon, Tundra Swans, Snow Bunting, Canadian Geese, Jaeger; Mammals: Hordes of Caribou,...

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Jul 1, 2010 - Surprise on the way to Coldfoot

Date: July 1, 2010 Tonight’s Location: Wiseman, AK (75 miles north of the Arctic Circle) at Boreal Lodge Mileage: End - 46435 Start - 46149 Total Miles for the day: 286 Weather: Sunny to partly cloudy, periods of brief showers Temperature: start 55º High 73º, lots of fluctuation Wildlife count: raven, moose What an amazing day! We stopped at McDonalds at North Pole for a quick breakfast, and we were on our way. We left the camper at the North Pole. Drove up through Fairbanks, and then hit the Elliott Hwy, and on to the Dalton Hwy. We...

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Jun 30, 2009 - Artic Circle Flight

The six of us left Fairbanks Airport to board our Piper Navajo. We flew north over the vast remote land that is Alaska. We saw the Trans Alaska Pipeline that symbolizes the immense changes to Alaska’s Artic by the discovery of oil over 30 years ago. We also followed along the Dalton Highway that goes to Prudoe Bay. We flew over the expansive Yukon River Valley that is home to indigenous people that have sustained themselves and their culture over thousands of years. And then the pilot said we were crossing the Artic Circle at 66°33’ and...

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Jun 7, 2007 - The Arctic Ocean then back to Wiseman, Alaska

To actually reach the Artic Ocean you need to take a shuttle bus as the only access is with-in the operating oil field and security is high. I had to sign up 24 hours ahead to get security clearance and booked the tour for 8:00 AM. I had breakfast with a pilot from Tok,Alaska who was doing wildlife surveys for the fish and wildlife department. I gained a lot of knowledge about the caribou migrations and the muskox that roam the tundra here. The Caribou actual migrate from the south side of the mountain range to the north slope tundra due to...

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