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I will be spending my summer here in Coldfoot, Alaska just 60 miles north of the arctic cirlce. This being said many people would think very cold. I am happy to report that the weather here is not so bad. The Brooks mountain range protects us from the cold arctic winds. This area is actually considered desert climate in the summer with many sunny days and very little rain. I will be enjoying most days in the 70's with night getting down to 50's or mid 40's . Right now I am in whats called crew quarters which are made out trailer like buildings. These buildings are some of many that housed construction workers building the Alaskan pipeline in the 1970's. Next week I will move out to my tent which is a wood platform with a sturdy three season tent. The only thing I am worried about is the mosquitos which are quite large here. My tent is nestled in the woods which mostly consist of pine trees and birch. The trees are pretty sparse and dont grow very tall do to the limited root growth from the permafrost underground. An easy way to find your way to a river or creek is to look for taller trees which do better cause the running water prevents permafrost. A few hundred yards from my tent is Slate Creek which is the original name of the area. Coldfoot got its name when prospecters looking for gold came to the tundra in the winter but chickened out getting "coldfeet" and turning back south. Slate creek flows about a half mile into the Kuakuk river which I am pretty sure I just spelled wrong. This mighty river splits off into a 3 major forks and is fed by many streams coming out of the mountains. On all sides I am sourounded by beautiful snow capped mountains. Some of the trails are still covered in snow and others are pretty muddy. I just took a few of the 22 sled dogs we have on the property up in the hill but forgot to put on some mud boots which was a bad idea. In the area we can spot many Moose , Dall Sheep, some Caribou and Grizzly Bears. Also in the nearby mountains but harder to find are Lynx wildcats. Many birds are not frightned by humans and may come right up to you to grab some dropped food. The ravens here are HUGE maybe 2 feet tall and makes the movie the birds a reality. I am waiting tables in the coldfoot cafe and right now business is pretty slow, our customers mostly consist of the hudreds of truckers that haul supplies up the road daily. For this reason the Dalton highway is called the Haul road. Even thought its only about 250 miles to fairbanks it can take 5-6 hours and up to 10 to travel in rougher weather. Business should be picking up soon as many tour buses come including guests from Princess cruise lines. I look forward to my summer adventure in the Alaskan Arctic and hope to travel to many other areas of Alaska. Alaska is so big though that it could take 30 hours to get to some coastal towns. Stay tuned to for more adventures.......

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Comment by Sunni on August 25, 2009 at 8:39pm
I applied online for a job at Coldfoot, months ago and have not heard anything. Are jobs scarce up there?
Comment by Theodore Worcester on June 17, 2009 at 9:17pm
Nice Dom.

Comment by James C. Smith on May 19, 2009 at 9:14am
If you could train those 2 foot tall crows you could start a cargo shipping business.
Comment by Kevin Mellott on May 19, 2009 at 6:36am
Awesome post Dom! Hope you are loving it up there, I look forward to hearing more about my former home as the summer progresses!

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