An (Almost) Dud Day in Denali

We set of from Fairbanks yesterday in pouring rain and low cloud. In fact some of the sections of the highway at higher elevations were  shrouded in fog where the visibility was only a few hundred metres. Any idea of superb photography during the day was quickly forgotten. Our whole day was spent in intermittent…

Wiseman

There are no virtually no settlements along the Dalton Highway that runs for 666 kilometres to Deadhorse on Prudhoe Bay. Around the middle of the road is the remote settlement of Wiseman. It’s nearest town is Coldfoot (13 miles to the south) but it is only a rough truckers stop and some basic accommodation left…

Driving The ‘Haul Road’

We’ve been out of contact for the last few days as we were staying in the little settlement of Wiseman, 120 kms above the Arctiic Circle on the Dalton Highway which is locally known as the ‘Haul Road’. Wiseman has no power or phone service. The Haul Road runs 666 kms north of Fairbanks to…

Fairbanks

Fairbanks is the second largest city in Alaska and is pretty much right in the geographic centre of the state. It’s a fairly nondescript city of about 100,000 people. Summer temperatures can get up as high  as 30C and in winter it’s a very cold -40C (coincidentally, this is also -40F). While we have been…

Riding the Alaska Railroad

Our 3 1/2 hour flight to Anchorage from Seattle was uneventful. The only remarkable thing was the manner in which the Cabin Manager gave the in-flight announcements. She spoke so quickly that I couldn’t understand her. I think as a child, she was inoculated with a gramophone needle. It was as though she was a…