Saturday, June 21, 2014

Fairbanks to Anderson

But first…here’s a few photos of the drive up the Dalton Highway.  The road started off very good until we reached Livengood where the Elliott branches off, the Dalton then continues on to Arctic Circle Parallel line and eventually Prudhoe Bay.

That white line in the middle of the picture is our first glimpse of the Alaska Pipeline.  Click on the picture for a close up.

What you can’t see is how slushy the road is here, we are only driving 5MPH here.  We weren’t  comfortable with the condition of the road so at the first opportunity, which was 5 miles up the road, we turned around and headed back.  We will try again sometime in the future.

So after a rainy night and a noisy generator being run all night in the Wal-Mart parking lot, we headed south towards Denali.  The road goes over a range of mountains then drops into a very large beautiful valley.  Turnouts are few but we did manage to get a few good shots of the valley.


Then we crossed the bridge over the Tanana River at the village of Nenana.  The railroad also crosses the river here, it is to the left of the bridge.

Here’s the City of Anderson Campground.  The hookup sites are electric only.  The dry sites are located in the trees and beside the river with the mosquitoes. 

We took a drive around Anderson, not much here anymore, and beside the river too.

Jon and Butch solving the world problems.

Tomorrow is Summer Solstice, June 21st, longest day of the year.  Sun isn’t supposed to set.  As I write this at 11:30pm the sun is still just above the tree line.

Stay tuned for more adventures!

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