Aurora Borealis, Alaska, March 2022
In addition to the northern lights, Kathleen Yengst and I experienced the thrill of a midnight dog mush; swam in the 106-degree Chena Hot Springs; hiked two miles to stand inside the Castner Glacier ice cave; visited Santa Claus at North Pole (not the North Pole), and embarked on an 18-hour excursion along the Dalton Highway, which included stops at the Enchanted Forest, the Yukon River, the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, and the Arctic Circle.
Dalton Highway is a 414-mile gravel road that parallels the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and was made famous by the History Channel show, “Ice Road Trucker.” It was built in from 1969 to 1974 to supply the construction of the pipeline.
Scenes along the Dalton Highway, which parallels the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and crosses the Yukon River.
From top left: The Enchanted Forest, Castner Glacier Ice Cave, North Pole, the Alaska Range (Denali on the left), and a Fairbanks sunset.