(Teacher and Eskimo children)
(above is the snap shot of one of the first governors of Alaska, camping)
One of the interesting facts of the state of Alaska is if you live in Anchorage, Tok, Palmer, Wasilla, Fairbanks, etc. you cannot reach the capitol of Juneau by car. You must float or fly in to the capitol. That was amazing to me. Here is a map showing where Juneau is in relation to the rest of Alaska. To me that is odd.
This is our trip from the Yukon and around Alaska. Alaska is a huge state,but most of the paved roads are in highlight. The red arrow indicates Juneau, the capitol. Chicken is a blue dot and Homer where we went fishing is the lowest dot on the Peninsula.
Okay with that little fact out of the way, we did not go to Juneau!
Something else surprised me, I had heard about 24 hours of day light, but I was surprised to actually experience it. We were boon docking once, sitting around the campfire. Sherry the map lady says, “Honey, the map shows a lake near here, want to go find it?” Sure lets walk. So we started out. Not realizing it was 11PM we found the lake, beautiful site. It was a little after midnight. This pic was taken about 11PM. We had to drape towels over the windows to go to sleep. I did say, “If we lived here I would probably work myself to death!” LOL
For the visitor, this is confusing. I am sure for the residents it is just normal-life. If you read comments you know that The Big “O” family (Dar, Mel & Cher) and John (of Paula’s Tales) have family that lived or lives in Alaska. Cher and her hubby lived there before moving to the 'Yooper' of Michigan. Anyway 24 hours of light in summer and 24 hours of dark in winter would not set with my girl that is for sure.
This is the pipeline as we saw it. (from the net can't find mine)
(Above is the way Sherry doesn't want to see it! LOL)
Of course the Pipeline was of interest to us all. We boon docked close to an area through which it runs. It is 4 feet thru and 800 miles long. The part we saw had the pipe running between two uprights (like a goal post). The design is very technical. That pipe line is a non-attached pipe. There is no attachment to the stations. It can move from side to side with temperature changes.
I once assisted on a million $ house remodel for a man who designed the heating for the line. He gets like .00001 (?)cent per barrel transferred, which amounts to a pretty penny over a year.