Astrocat's Winter drive on Parks
Highway (Part Two)
for unobstucted views of Mount McKinley were perfect and I was itching
to take a nice drive out of town.
long drive was worth it, it was extremely cold but incredibly
The weathermen often say that Mount McKinley creates its own weather. I believe it because there was not a
cloud to be seen anywhere else for miles and miles, but hovering right above McKinley was a round lenticular cloud.
The weather has been exceptionally clear due to an extremely high pressure mass of frigid arctic air over central interior Alaska.
Barometer pressures have been over 31 millibars which has caused problems for pilots because their altimeters only go up to 31.
Anything over 31 and they don't function properly.
A local pilot who was on the ground said his altimeter indicated he was 200 feet below sea level and
Fairbanks has an elevation of almost 500 feet. Cannot do night time instrument flights in these conditions!
Pink glow before sunrise
Sun is obscured by morning ice fog near Healy.
Interesting sun rays in the morning ice fog.
Approaching Healy power plant - sun is illuminating the plant's smoke stack vapor.
I think Astrocat takes grest photos.
Nenana River canyon
Near entrance of Denali National Park
Mount McKinley with lone lenticular cloud hovering over it.
From this vantage point McKinley is probably about 60 miles away.
All I could think about was Lonnie Dupre from Minnesota who is presently doing a January solo ascent to the top.
I was freezing while taking these photos - imagine how frigging cold it must up there - they say that 180 degree below
windchill temperatures are not uncommon. Is he crazy?
Twenty-two miles south of Cantwell, the infamous Igloo Hotel sits abandoned.
The story is it was never opened because the fire marshall said it was unsafe because it has no fire escapes.