Day 3 and were are on a tour to the Arctic Circle. This ride is eight hours long driving there, and just over an hour to fly back.
The Dalton Highway was constructed for the building of the Pipeline so we will see a lot of it.Along the Dalton, we stopped at this Gift Shop that was built by the family. The couple has 24 children and 47 grand children. Most (18) were adopted.
This is the bus we took, there were nine of us plus the driver.
The Gift Shop was sell so burls, you can make some beautiful stuff with these.
Here we are at the start of the Dalton. If you ever watched Ice Road Truckers. this is the road they travel.
The road is gravel but smooth.
We are heading for Coldfoot
We stopped to check out the Pipeline
The Pipeline is not secured to the support structure. The pipe must be allowed to move during earthquakes and temperature changes.
You can see the bumper stop to the left of the pipe.
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The pipeline is visible for most of our ride.
This is a truckers stop. There are showers and rooms if you want to spend a night.
Back on the road
This was a nice stop
The landscape went on forever.
The temp. was about 62 degrees
Some Indians homesteaded here when they heard the pipeline was coming. They didn't last!
Approx. half of the 800 mile s of pipeline are above the ground. Below, you can see the pipe coming out of the ground.
If you noticed, there is very little tree growth where the pipeline is above the ground. The reason is because the ground is permafrost.
We felt like Ice Road Truckers!!!!
Here we are at the Arctic Circle
We got to step over the line.
Time to move on to Coldfoot where we will be flying out. We are passing one of the pump stations where the oil is pushed along. The pumps are powered by jet engines.
The workers live here for weeks on end and make big bucks.
As you can see by the sign, Deadhorse is 244 miles away.
We have made it to Coldfoot but there is a delay on one of the planes. We have an hour to kill.
Info. on Coldfoot
They have a diner and motel on site.
Here's our plane.
And I was lucky enough to get the co-pilot seat.
I always have loved flying and have been lucky enough to pilot a glider and a T6 Navy trainer.
Always wanted to get my license but never had did. The pilot did let me get this shot.
Flying at 1200 feet, the view was great.
There were still some spotty fires so it was a little smoky in areas.
Here's the airport. Made it in just over an hour.
Video of landing
The end of a long 10 hour day of travel. Time to call it a day.