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Jun 23, 2015 - Prudhoe Bay and the Arctic Ocean!

June 22 - 23 (Happy Birthday to my baby boy Ryan!) Deadhorse/ Prudhoe Bay We made it to the end of the road. We found a place to park the camper for a couple of nights at a gravel wayside off the end of the road. We had a couple other campers staying with us too. We had water on three sides of us, the Sagavanirktok River (aka “The Sag”). Deadhorse is a strange kind of town. While they have things like a couple of gas stations, and a general store and post office, everything is in big temporary structures that look like stacked shipping...

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Jul 5, 2014 - Finally: Prudhoe Bay!!

There usually about 6000 people working in Prudhoe Bay for the oil companies, 2 weeks of 12-hour days, then off 2 weeks. The pay is good, but all work. They fly in, live in barracks-looking prefab dorm/hotels; although some are private bare-necessity room, most are double-occupancy. No alcohol is allowed, not even sold and if in possession of alcohol or any drugs, you immediately lose your job. There is absolutely no tolerance of any drinking anywhere. I’m surprised we weren’t questioned; guess we didn’t look like bootleggers. We enjoyed a...

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Sep 2, 2012 - The Dalton

We're back in civilization again after spending a few days on the Dalton Highway. We started out on Friday morning from Fairbanks after having decided to leave the camper because we had heard the road was just too rough to drag it along. So we packed up sleeping bags and some sandwiches and snacks and headed out. We had no idea what was in store - except that we had a date on Saturday afternoon to be taken out to the Arctic Ocean. You can't drive out there on your own. So off we went, following the Alaska pipeline all the way to the Arctic....

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Alaskan Adventure

Aug 23, 2012 - through the tundra

A short drive brought us to the mining town of Wiseman, a town whose name obviously drew our attention. Huge gold nuggets weighing over two pounds were found in the area, but not by Tom Wiseman who left his food cache here and moved on after his claim didn't yield any gold. About 25 full time residents still live here. We could tell who was home by whose generator was running. A small lodge was the most up to date building in town. It looked like folks getting away from it all or up here in the far north to go hunting might stay here. They...

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Jul 9, 2010 - Prudhoe Bay - Arctic -Fairbanks

Wow, what a great night sleep, both of us crashed and slept the whole night. We got ready to go on the tour of the oil fields. Headed to the cafeteria for breakfast. When done we headed for the tour room. That was when they told all of us that there were no bathroom facilities out in the Oil fields!! So about half of the group headed for the restrooms before the trip!! We started with a movie about the fields and how this all got started back in 1920 till 1960, when the dream came alive. They did their last drill in the 60's and finally hit...

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The Traveling Duo

Jul 2, 2010 - The Miniscule Amidst the Magnificent

Date: July 2, 2010 Tonight’s Location: Prudhoe Bay, AK, Arctic Caribou Inn Mileage: End - 46676 Start - 46435 Total Miles for the day: 241 Weather: one shower, then partly sunny to completely sunny all afternoon Temperature: start 55º High 67º (temp varied from 53° to 67° during the day Wildlife count: Canadian Geese, moose, raven, MANY Arctic Ground Squirrels, Northern Shoveler, Jaeger, swans, caribou (about 75), musk ox (scat only), HUGE & COUNTLESS mosquitoes, black flies and arctic bees. It rained all night – the drops hitting the...

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Jun 27, 2010 - Prudhoe Bay, Alaska

Sunday, June 27, 2010 - At Deadhorse/Prudhoe Bay Gas $4.58/gal - It went up 3 more cents today. When you head north out of Fairbanks, you follow the path of the pipeline. In fact, if not for the pipeline, there would be no road heading north. The Dalton Highway (414 miles from Livengood to Deadhorse) was not built until the pipeline construction started about 1976. Prudhoe Bay is the largest oil field in the US and 18th largest in the world. Oil field employees work a rotation, such as 2 weeks on and then 2 weeks off. They work 7 days a...

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Our Casita Travel

Jun 20, 2010 - Return Trip (Haul Road)

We had our tire installed and at 3:00PM we started our return trip south down the Haul Road. At Mile Marked 42.3 we took some time and walked on the Tundra not too far from the herds of grazing caribou. It was squishy-squishy under our feet. We again saw lots of beautiful scenery, some interesting scenery. During the drive south the sun never set. What a neat drive! We arrived back in Fairbanks at 6:30 AM to pick up the RV and WASH THE JEEP. we slept from 6:30am to 11:00am, got up and did what we needed to do to hit the road again. Did the...

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Jun 19, 2010 - Prudhoe Bay

This is so late, you will wonder if we ever went to Prudhoe. Wifi hates me. Even if the campground has it, I get disconnected before I am done. Nuff said. Prudhoe Bay was wonderful. We left bright and early on the 16 and traveled for a while in rain and fog. Eventually that lifted and we were able to see the views. It was wonderful. The road in the beginning was largely chip seal, but changed to gravel after about 50 miles or so. It was hard to take notes bouncing around. The pipeline snaked along beside us, would go underground and then...

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Jun 18, 2010 - Touring Prudhoe Bay

We took our spare tire to see if it could be repaired and it could not a rock had actually pierced the tire. So we had to order a tire and have it flown in from Anchorage on Alaskan Airlines" so we could get back to Fairbanks. You do not attempt the Haul Road without a spare tire. So while awaiting our tire we did some touring of Prudhoe Bay. Hope enjoy the tour.

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Jun 17, 2010 - Prudhoe Bay--Deadhorse Alaska

Prudhoe Bay is located on the Arctic Ocean in the Arctic Circle 1,200 miles south of the North Pole. This is far north as you can drive in North America and about the same distance to Anchorage, Alaska. Technology is pretty much non-existent here in the wilderness. With no cellphone service for 500 miles on the Dalton Highway from Fairbanks to Prudhoe Bay there are no computer uplinks happening either. Bears up here are no joke either. The bear alert here warns us to carefully check under the buildings as you exit a building before getting...

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Jun 17, 2010 - The Artic Ocean

Wow what a cold experience. My hope before leaving was to put my toe in the Arctic Ocean. Little did I realize how cold cold could be. When we arrived the air temperature was around 30 degrees with wind chills in the minus digits. Tom measured the water temperature with his temperature gage and the water was -15 degrees. Needless to say I DID NOT put any part of my body in the water. I barely had enough time to take a picture. Tom actually put his finger in the water and was afraid of frostbite and put in in his pocket. The Ocean may mostly...

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