Friday, February 27, 2009

Driving to Delta with Doug - 2/25/09

Doug went to Delta Junction for training at the north Alaska FSA office this week. Delta Junction is about 6 hours north of us, near Fairbanks. He took these pictures along the way, so you can feel like you are traveling along the Glenn and Richardson Highways with him.
So relax and take a drive with Doug!


Matanuska Glacier

This is the winter view with fresh snow on the glacier. It is about 9:30 AM. The sun is still behind the mountains. If you want to see what it looks like in the summer, check out my blog post entitled "Carter Kids at Matanuska Glacier", posted 7-31-08.






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Note that the trees are getting more sparse.






No trees at all.









This flat surface is a lake. You can see the snow machine tracks.










Alaska Pipeline

These are markers where the pipeline is underground.



Notice that the pipeline goes underground at the bottom of this hill.







Road clearing Alaska-style

I thought when I saw these pictures that this guy was throwing the snow a long way off the road. this is true, but he is throwing it across the road, from the left side of the road to the right side. If he threw it up the hill on the left, it would eventually just slide back on to the road in small avalanches.







These videos show how far he is throwing the snow!


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Doug did not see the Northern Lights, even that far north. Every day the forecast for the lights is the same: quiet, low or minimum. Here is a story about why we are not seeing them this year.

http://www.adn.com/front/story/700194.html