A rainy day on the Dalton Highway in Alaska
This may be hard to believe (: but not every day of our travels in Alaska offers beautiful scenery. We had some great days of majestic scenery, with more yet to come but we did have our share of wet soggy days, too. I am sharing one of those days here.
|The Dalton and the Alaska Pipeline|
|A lone cyclist on the Dalton Highway|
|Slippery road in the rain|
Other than freight trucks that cover this road on a regular basis, we are the largest RV vehicles on this near 500 miles of the Dalton Highway that we saw on our journey. Although this was July, which should be one of the busiest RV tourist seasons in Alaska, we saw very few on our travels.
|The E.L. Patton Bridge|
Dusty when it is dry and muddy when it is wet, our RV’s have never been as dirty as they are on this trip. I doubt we will ever have all of the mud and dirt cleaned out of the crevices under the unit, even with all the cleanings that have been done. This gives you a good idea of how dirty we were and this was not the first time, we’d had a wash or two on previous stops and there would be more to come.
|Dorothy's Gift Shop|
There is very little there at the Yukon River Camp other than a service stop that includes fuel and a café for the camp plus a ‘gift store’ that we visited. This unique gift store had some great little gift ideas and we enjoyed shopping and supporting Dorothy for her talent and her tenacity for being here, in spite of the weather!
There was a wood burning stove inside this little very rustic gift shack for heat but other than that, there were not too many comforts. Dorothy, who has been doing this for many years, makes all gifts by hand. Her tags are hand written on birch and tell a story about the item; there are several different birch and fur gifts, too.
|A long muddy road|
This is a remote area and it is a good idea to travel with others and to be prepared for emergencies and occasional breakdowns. A guide to help with this is The Milepost. It is one of the longest running guide books and has grown over the many years. It marks every mile along the route with information to guide you about the road and area. It is a great reference for anyone travelling Alaska.
There are field editors in Canada and Alaska who cover these many miles every year to check for changes and make updates. This couple, seen on the previous day, were making the Dalton Highway their project this summer. One of our group had met them and enjoyed the visit learning about their interesting job.
Our next stop is in Fairbanks, Alaska, we have some cleaning to do.