Arctic Ocean Access Restrictions

Arctic Ocean Access Restrictions

Today we took the tour of the Prudhoe Bay Oil Field. Quite amazing how it started, how it works and plans for the future. It is a build and destroy community. NOBODY LIVES THERE!  No homes or private residences. They work two weeks on and two weeks off. The oil companies pay them very well, supply all food and lodging and fly them back and forth on their own airlines for nothing. Housekeeping folks start at $65k per year, with no place to spend their money. (Babydoll, do you still want me to get a job?)  I won’t go into all of it here. I’m sure there is plenty of info on the net. Here are a few pics from the oilfield.

Self explanatory

Self explanatory

The four things in the air actually suck heat from the ground to keep the perma-frost from melting. The inventor made millions.

Keeps the permafrost from melting

The best part of the tour was getting to touch the Arctic Ocean.  Pretty cool…..literally and figuratively.

El Gato at the Arctic Ocean. No toes here either.

El Gato at the Arctic Ocean. No toes here either.

Birdman at the Arctic Ocean. Too cold for toes

Birdman at the Arctic Ocean. Too cold for toes

El Gato and The Birdman at the Arctic Ocean

El Gato and The Birdman at the Arctic Ocean

Musk Ox



We headed south, back down the Dalton Highway. Just south of Deadhorse we saw two Musk Ox, a short distance from the road. A local told us that you rarely see one.

As we continued, we were able to enjoy the ride, as the road was in very good condition. We stopped numerous times along the way for pictures, especially the Tundra, which was changing colors. Spectacular in the sunlight. When it thaws and you walk on it, it feels like walking on a huge pillow. Quite unsettling.
Part of the James Dalton Highway

Part of the James Dalton Highway

Tundra

Tundra

We eventually arrived in Coldfoot and spent the night. Until tomorrow…..

–Gato Out.

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