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... First stop, several spots to view the amazing braided Tanana River. Then we stopped to read all about the Alaska Oil Pipeline that crosses the Tanana River supported by two huge towers. Alyeska Pipe line, 800 miles, built 1977-79, bringing oil from Prudhoe Bay on the north coast to Valdez. 13 major bridges, Tanana River second longest bridge. Built to withstand temps to minus 60 below zero Fahrenheit, and 7.5 magnitude earthquake. Then coffee at ...
... the "END" of the Alaskan Highway....and we made it....mostly in tact!
This was, by FAR, the hardest part of the Alaskan Highway drive. One of the biggest problems of building the highway was dealing with permafrost, which is a "thawing" under the highway that caused the road to become slushy and unstable. Road builders put layers of log "corduroy" to insulate and fortify the roads.
... and changing the water flow. Silt is blowing all around the lake like a huge sand storm. There is still not much traffic.
We went Thur another time zone today. Cliff is still trying to live on Montana time OPPS guess its 1 am at home and we are up drinking beer and writing! He wonders what kind of a vacation this is? The best yet I tell him!
Out of nowhere the Tom ...
... cleared around midnight and shortly after we saw our first beam of lights. We took a few shots from the filed but the aurora never really got going. At east we could say we weren't aced. Tracey came equipped with finger lights and we passed the time with light painting.
We made our way back to the Garden B & B for a few hours sleep before heading back to Fairbanks. We're heading back to our favorite place, A Taste of Alaska.
... slopes of Polychrome Mountains above the braided Toklat River we were particularly impressed by the view into the abyss from the left hand side of the bus as we crossed Polychrome Pass.
We saw several bears, caribou and moose, as well as a marmot and an arctic fox and a ground squirrel with attitude, but many of them were ...