The wife and I took a road trip this weekend, from Fairbanks to Anchorage, Alaska. This is a 360 mile trip, which in the lower 48 could have been done in 4 to 5 hours, but here in Alaska the main road between the two largest cities, or rather the only city (Anchorage) and the largest town (Fairbanks), is a two lane road, with pavement of variable quality, with bumps, animals on both sides and whatever else nature might want to throw at you. We were fortunate to have good weather all the way down to Anchorage and back; the worst we had was some quartering wind that made steering squirely on curves, but besides that it was nice. Our speed varied between 50 to 70 mph, at times we found ourselves going 75 mph. The whole 360 mile trip took us 6-1/2 hours, including two stops for food, some bathroom stops and one stop for refuel (I brought my own fuel, hah!). Unfortunately by the time we made it to Anchorage it was already dark, as sunset is before 4:30 pm right now, and since we forgot our tripod (doh!) I got no night pictures. Enjoy the ones below!
Good weather in Alaska means temperatures above 0 degrees!
The Arctic Road Warrior ready for the trip, with extra tire and fuel on the basket!
Leaving Fairbanks, almost noon and it never got much brighter than this!
The Nenana bridge
Boats frozen to the ground on the Tanana River, in the town of Nenana
First bathroom stop in the woods, the wife wanted to get away from the road for privacy and we got into 6" deep snow
The bears are supposed to be hibernating, but I found this footprint that was bigger than my hand...
More of Alaska's wildlife
Chasing mountains all day long
Another bathroom break, this time for me, so I just stopped on the side of the road
Coming back from Anchorage. And, no, we did not stop in Wasilla to say hi to Sarah Palin.
The Foz and I near a snowmachine trail
A green river runs through it
Frozen river, but I dared not walk on it... yet
Overlooking a long bridge over the Chena river
Sunset at 4:15 pm!
One last pose...