At some point every year white out conditions occur on the Dalton where you can see barely 20 feet in front of you. Here are some photos from last year. Someone went off the road and laid their truck over on its side. Click on the first one and scroll to the right.
Two truckers were caught in an avalanche Monday night on the Dalton. Jack was not involved and neither of the drivers were seriously hurt. The road is now closed and the State is working on trying to trigger avalanches before they reopen. We’ve had tons of snow, seems like a record breaking year for snow actually, but for some reason no one made the decision to deal with this before it got to this point.
There is a short dash cam video on the Alaska DOT Facebook page. And from the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:
“One of the trucks that was stuck was a tanker carrying methanol; the other one carried glycol. When the highway reopens, the state Department of Environmental Conservation will evaluate whether there were any spills. The other two trucks were able to proceed with minimal assistance from a Department of Transportation crew, Bailey said.
Atigun Pass is one of a handful of mountain passes where work crews frequently fire Howitzer artillery at snowcovered slopes to trigger avalanches in order to prevent unplanned slides. Avalanche gates were installed on the south side of the pass three years ago to stop vehicles headed into avalanche danger. This was the first time the gate has been used.”
There’s been plenty of wind and snow on the Dalton lately. Here are snow drifts at Ice Cut that have been plowed away by a loader, creating one lane which is better than nothing! Video by fellow trucker, John Slater. Hope everyone is having a great 2017 so far.
Have you guys been watching Dr. Dee: Alaska Vet on Animal Planet? Jack and I love it! Dr. Dee is the most adorable, funny, amazing woman. And we know this for a fact since we took our two dogs and two cats to her over the years. Every interaction with Dr. Dee is a positive one, since even when you’re putting your pet down she is as insightful and endearing as is possible at that moment. The same goes for her staff – they are all very caring and terrific people.
Dr. Dee: Alaska Vet shows the surgeries she does on a variety of animals, and she flies her bush plane out to various towns and villages. The animals featured are dogs and cats of course, but also birds, horses, goats, and once, a bull.
A few years ago when a production company was filming a teaser about her to try to sell to a cable company, Jack made a cameo with our dog Sport. Here are photos, click on the first one and scroll to the right.
And by the way, production people like the ones shown below are highly professional and friendly people. That is the experience Jack had with all of the guys and gals who came up here to shoot Ice Road Truckers, and we want to make sure that everyone understands how great they are at their jobs.
You’ll love Dr. Dee! You can watch video clips on the Animal Planet website, and also full episodes.
You’d think that someone would start small and work up to a 75 pound salmon but Jack does it the opposite way. When coming to Alaska years ago he caught the huge salmon first and then is working down and crossing the small fish off his list as he goes.
This summer he got his first Arctic Grayling. Six to be exact. We kept the first few and cooked them for dinner, but they were a bit mushy and muddy tasting, at least compared to the beautiful trout we’ve been getting. From now on we’ll catch and release grayling.
Arctic Grayling are actually endangered in the lower 48. In Alaska though they are quite abundant.
Here are some photos from our late summer Steese Highway camping trip and Jack’s first grayling. Click on the first one and scroll to the right for the best viewing. Hope you all had a great summer.