Coyote Air office in Coldfoot Alaska
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Coyote Air office in Coldfoot Alaska

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This is the office of Coyote Air, a small air taxi in Coldfoot Alaska run by Dirk Nickisch and Danielle Tirrell.

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A: Coyote Air office during break up

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This is the office for Coyote Air, in Coldfoot Alaska.  We arrived during breakup, on our way to McCa...

Coyote Air office during break up

B: Coyote Air's Beavers in Coldfoot

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The blue and orange DeHavilland Beavers owned by Coyote Air in Coldfoot, Alaska, sit parked and ready...

Coyote Air's Beavers in Coldfoot

C: Yukon River bridge and pipeline viewpoint

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The trans-Alaska pipeline and the Dalton Highway cross the Yukon River here.

Yukon River bridge and pipeline viewpoint

D: Supercub in Happy Valley (12 Sept 08 1724)

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We spent a week based out of Happy Valley, creating a photo inventory of glaciers in the Brooks Range...

Supercub in Happy Valley (12 Sept 08 1724)

E: Permafrost Tunnel Highway Entrance

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Access to the Permafrost Tunnel begins by turning off from the Steese Highway near Fox.  The turnoff ...

Permafrost Tunnel Highway Entrance

F: CRREL Permafrost Tunnel parking lot

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CRREL Permafrost Tunnel, outside in the parking lot. Visit http://permafrosttunnel.crrel.usace.army.m...

CRREL Permafrost Tunnel parking lot

G: CRREL Permafrost Tunnel -- 15m into adit

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CRREL Permafrost Tunnel, 15 m into the adit.  This is the entrance to the tunnel.  Several ancient bo...

CRREL Permafrost Tunnel -- 15m into adit

H: CRREL Permafrost Tunnel 23m into adit

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CRREL Permafrost Tunnel, 23 meters into the adit. Visit http://permafrosttunnel.crrel.usace.army.mil ...

CRREL Permafrost Tunnel 23m into adit

I: Junction in CRREL Permafrost Tunnel in Fairbanks (27 March 09 12:12)

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The Permafrost Tunnel in Fairbanks allows visitors to see ice wedges, vegetation, and mammoth bones o...

Junction in CRREL Permafrost Tunnel in Fairbanks (27 March 09 12:12)

J: CRREL Permafrost Tunnel 5m into winze

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CRREL Permafrost Tunnel, 5 meters into the winze. Visit http://permafrosttunnel.crrel.usace.army.mil/...

CRREL Permafrost Tunnel 5m into winze

Aceasta panorama a fost facuta in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Aceasta este un ansamblu a Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

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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