Pano 110818 Hulahula Lunch
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Pano 110818 Hulahula Lunch

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On our trip from the mountains to coast, we took a break here for lunch and science.

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A: ANWR Hula Hula River (25 Aug 08)

Par Matt Nolan, A 8.2 km

Our float trip ended at this sonar fish counting site run by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Nearly...

ANWR Hula Hula River (25 Aug 08)

B: Pano 110817 Group Tent

Par Matt Nolan, A 8.3 km

We enjoyed a nice dinner in our tent at Fish Hole 1 along the Hulahula River.  This Kifaru teepee ten...

Pano 110817 Group Tent

C: Pano 110819 Hulahula

Par Matt Nolan, A 17.1 km

We had a long day from Fish Hole 1 to here, the 5 mile strip.  We decided it would be best to camp at...

Pano 110819 Hulahula

E: Hula Hula River in ANWR (25 Aug 08 0907)

Par Matt Nolan, A 22.0 km

This panorama was taken at one of our campsites while on a float trip we took to collect ground contr...

Hula Hula River in ANWR (25 Aug 08 0907)

F: ANWR Hula Hula River (25 Aug 08 0839)

Par Matt Nolan, A 22.1 km

This panorama was taken at one of our campsites while on a float trip we took to collect ground contr...

ANWR Hula Hula River (25 Aug 08 0839)

G: ANWR Jago Bitty (08 July 08 1345)

Par Matt Nolan, A 23.6 km

This panorama was taken at the Bitty airstrip near the Jago River.  We measured GPS ground control po...

ANWR Jago Bitty (08 July 08 1345)

H: Beaver at Bitty airstrip (08 July 08 13:46)

Par Matt Nolan, A 23.7 km

We stopped at the Bitty airstrip to rearrange the cargo in the plane after our air drops.  This airst...

Beaver at Bitty airstrip (08 July 08 13:46)

I: ANWR Jago Bitty (08 July 08 1354)

Par Matt Nolan, A 23.7 km

This panorama was taken on the Bitty airstrip near the Jago River.  Here we collected GPS ground cont...

ANWR Jago Bitty (08 July 08 1354)

J: ANWR Jago River (08 July 08 1604)

Par Matt Nolan, A 23.9 km

This panorama was taken during a trip to collect GPS ground control points for a new topographic map ...

ANWR Jago River (08 July 08 1604)

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The biggest city in Alaska is Anchorage, sitting in Cook Inlet on the coast of the north pacific. Suburban expansion in Anchorage means houses are being built up into the mountains behind the city.

People in these new developments complain about "the wildlife" sometimes but you know what? You're gonna get moose in your yard when you build houses on their terrain. They will eat your flowers and sleep in your driveway, and stare at you over the top of a parked full-size pickup truck. They're like cows on stilts. I'm just trying to give you an idea of the scale of things up in Alaska, where there are more small planes per capita than anywhere else in the US. Many small villages get their fuel supply flown in by large aircraft, and that's it for the year.

North of Anchorage there are six hundred miles of mountains with very few roads or people, and then up at the top of that expanse is the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. It's about nineteen million acres of space, or seventy-seven thousand square kilometers.

If you put a map of the state of Alaska on top of a map of the United States, Alaska would cover half of the country. Alaska by itself is the size of half of the United States. That's an easy idea to miss because most maps shrink Alaska when they show it next to the continental U.S.

Back to the pictures: locals in Kavtovik make use of the natural environment. Whale bones on the beach are an example of the subsistence lifestyle which has been going on here for long before airplanes and panoramic pictures.

Alaska is beautiful in the fall season. Fireweed turns bright red and the birch trees change to gold. You have no idea what air is supposed to smell like until you visit Alaska.

This is a really interesting set of pictures. Scientists get the award for "most thorough documentation" of a spot.

Okay, I haven't personally been up as far as AWNR, but I can tell you just from hiking Girdwood that it's a very very amazing feeling to walk for a while, turn around, and see absolutely nothing man-made anywhere in your field of vision, except your boots.

Mattanuska Thunder!

Text by Steve Smith.

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