On Saturday, July 26, 2014, my wife and I took the tour to Coldfoot and Wiseman, Alaska flying both ways. After a few rainy days Saturday morning was bright sunshine and fairly clear skies. Our pilot, Lawrence was careful and very safety oriented. After about ten minutes in the air we had to turn around and take another plane because one engine was acting up. When we got going the second time, Lawrence pointed out things of interest on the way up to the Coldfoot airport including the surrounding mountains white capped with an early snowfall. Michelle, our van driver met us at the Coldfoot airport and transported us to Wiseman telling us all about the flora and fauna of the area and details about the building and ongoing operation of the Trans Alaska Pipeline and the Dalton Highway. At Wiseman, Robert, a life long year round resident took over the job of informing us about life there, painting an oral picture that was easily imagined. He showed us examples of resident wildlife legs, hooves, fur, feathers and skulls of the animals that he had harvested to feed himself and his family. Robert explained to us about how each of these animals are physically well adapted for life above the Arctic Circle. I was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska and I was really impressed with this informative and fun adventure as were the other passengers from Texas and Virginia.
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