New trucking videos

We’ve got a bunch of new trucking videos on YouTube. Here’s one with caribou but there’s lots of others. Check them out if you’re interested! (Click on “Watch on YouTube” and the others should come up, or click on our photo to go to our channel)

Happy New Year!

Jack has been busy working and plowing our neighborhood after the recent rain and heavy snow Fairbanks received. We had to keep ourselves warm with our wood stove and use our generator to watch a movie (cable/internet never went out!). Here’s an article about it in the Washington Post and a few photos.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2021/12/28/alaska-record-temperatures-climate/

Thawing permafrost under the pipeline

There’s a section of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline north of Fairbanks that is threatened by thawing permafrost, and steps are being taken to prevent or mitigate damage. Jack says the work is not visible from the Dalton. We’ll provide photos in the future if they become available, but for now here are some of the thermosyphons that are used to keep the permafrost cold under the pipeline, photos taken by us several years ago at about 26 Mile Dalton.

The below image is from Inside Climate News, Arthur Chapman via Flickr Creative Commons.

Refreezing Thawing Permafrost

The Dalton Highway in September

Last fall we took a camping/hunting trip up the Dalton.  We were lucky to get tons of beautiful weather.  Only a little rain.  Summer is almost here!

Roadside Spring, Elliot Highway

Truck drivers stop at this roadside spring to clean their lights.  Most of them use a bucket with a brush but Jack recently got a battery powered pressure washer (not pictured here because we’re camping, not trucking).  Some of them use it for drinking water also even though there’s a sign that says it hasn’t been deemed potable.  It tastes great!  We stopped here in 2020 on our way up north to go “camping with guns” as Jack calls it when he doesn’t get a moose.  🙂

Minus 57 degrees!

Happy 2020!  Jack has been seeing very cold temperatures up on the Dalton.  It’s been as cold as 40 below around Fairbanks but closer to 60 below up north.  Here are some photos from the recent weeks.  Hope everyone enjoyed the holidays and has a terrific 2020!

Click here to go to the Anchorage Daily News and find out what happens at these cold temperatures.