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Richardson Highway, Alaska

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

all seasons in one day 0 °F

We take our time packing up this morning and finally head out to the Delta Junction visitor center around 11am. We take some pictures of their “End of the Alcan Highway” sign, look at their exhibits, and buy some Alaska hats.
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Then we walk across the street to look at the Roadhouse museum. It’s free and one of the most interesting small museums that we’ve seen on the trip. Lots of photographs on the wall from when the roadhouse was used in the early 1900s.
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Then we take off down the Richardson Highway, making lots of stops along the way. It’s raining again (it has rained 6 out of the 7 days that we’ve been in Alaska-it rained 3 out of 4 days in Skagway).

Today we get our first look at the Alaskan pipeline today. We see it several times today and stop to read the informational signs about it.
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The rain finally stops and the sun starts peaking out occasionally. The mountains are beautiful with the sun shining on them.
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We stop at a state park that offers free camping, Fielding Lake. No facilities, but the price is right and the mountain scenery is beautiful. The lake is still frozen! It’s been cool today, high in the 50s, but we didn’t expect to see a frozen lake. The ice on the lake is starting to break up and large chunks are floating on the stream behind our campsite. Joe enjoys playing with the ice chunks as they float by us.
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We have a very late lunch and relax around the campsite. As more and more blue sky appears, the surrounding mountains become more and more beautiful.
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We walk around the campground and see moose droppings everywhere (including our campsite), so we’re hoping to see a moose here sometime. We see several arctic terns here and enjoy watching their aerial acrobatics.

After dinner I read the bulletin board about the campground and see pictures of the 2002 earthquake here (7.9 magnitude). There’s a picture of a crack in ground less than 20 feet from our campsite—hmmm…not sure that I wanted to know about that. I may stop reading the bulletin boards at campsites.

It’s 10pm and it is still super-sunny out!!! I think sunset is 12:45am tonight. View from our RV:
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Posted by jengelman 13:52 Archived in USA Tagged family_travel

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