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Yukon Quest – Alaska

The Yukon Quest Sled Dog Race starts on Saturday morning from downtown Fairbanks. The race, 550 miles long, is roughly half the distance from what it was pre-pandemic. Gone is the international flavor of the race, with Alaska and The Yukon going their separate ways.

In addition to the 550, there will also be a 300 mile run and an 80 mile youth mush.

Only time will tell if the race can survive without the international aspect of the Whitehorse – Fairbanks cooperation.


Cushman Street

Cushman Street, downtown Fairbanks, circa 1930’s; Photo from Alaska Digital Archives


Arctic Coast Sunrise!

Utqiagvik sees the sunrise

Utqiagvik, the Village Formerly Known as Barrow, saw the sun rise yesterday for the first time in 65 days.

Brighter days are ahead.

Rammin’ Snow

Alaska Railroad freight train stuck in avalanche debris

An Alaska Railroad freight train found itself stuck in a snowbank, when the train plowed into avalanche debris that had just previously swept across the tracks along Turnagain Arm. The 3144 foot long train was making the run from Whittier to Anchorage, when it hit the debris around 2am on Tuesday morning, just south of Girdwood.

The impact derailed two locomotives, and partially derailed a third. No crew members were injured during the impasse.

The area is known for its avalanche threat, and conditions on Monday were prime. The Seward Highway, which parallels the railway along Turnagain Arm, was not impacted, since the snow did not make it as far as the roadway.

That engineer was living every kid’s dream, who had a train set up in their basement.

Snow was still being cleared from the Anchorage side of the snow drift as of this writing.


Moving snow

An undated photo from the Alaska Digital Archives of an Alaska Railroad rotary snowplow.

New Glacier

A new glacier documented in the Shublik Mountains; Photo courtesy of Caltopo

A wilderness guide, Zachary Sheldon, came across a glacier in the Shublik Mountains in northern Alaska. Just thirty miles from the Arctic Coast and ten miles northeast of Alaska’s Brooks Range, it is the northernmost glacier in the United States.

Glaciers this far north are much different than glaciers on our southern coast. There isn’t much snow accumulating this far north, and the elevation of this glacier isn’t as high as others, as it sits at 4500 feet.

Like 99% of glaciers in Alaska, this newly discovered one is not growing in size.


Decked out for the season

A lit up STR Nenana

Reloading

Went through some firewood this week.

1910 Fairbanks


Happy Winter Solstice

Photo from the Alaska Digital Archives; Photo credit: P.S. Hunt

The above photo was taken at noon of the Winter Solstice in ’98, as in 1898. P.S. Hunt arrived in Alaska that summer from San Jose, California. It would appear that Hunt named the cabin after his previous hometown.


Way to go Chicken!!

The Chicken, Alaska weather station continues to impress. -63F is the coldest I have ever experienced in Fairbanks.

It was -41F at the cabin on Tuesday morning.


Bullwinkle vs Rudolph

Battle for the North