Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Frozen Yukon River




Today it was -11 degrees and it warmed up to 5 degrees above zero today. Super sunny though. It is still super white and lots of snow on the ground. I like the white. I am not looking forward to the dirt and dust which is normal around here.

10 comments:

Julie said...

These are great pictures, I am very suprised, I thought this part of Alaska would have mountains but it is so flat...thanks again for sharing your Alaska adventure.

Rich said...

No mountains here! When I flew to Alukanak, I saw a few mountains well in the distance, but flat here. Just high enough to be above the Yukon River really.

A lot of Alaska has mountains but not here. I was talking to a fellow and he was going to ride his snowmobile to the mountain. He said the mountain was about 2000 feet high. It would take him about an hour to get to the mountain. (They go fast on the snowmobiles too.)

Marcia said...

Do those snowmobiles pollute much? I would think so. Any solar powered snowmobiles yet? With all that sunshine, solar power would be a good energy source. Many homes and or businesses powered by solar?

Rich said...

Those snowmobiles are like motorcycles and they pollute. People who hunt and fish to live don't have a lot of money for more than basic snow machines. No solar panels for snow mobiles or houses.

there was a village on the coast and they put windmills in as an experiment years ago. They used them but did not maintain them. They stopped using them. Now, the town has windmills, not being used and high electric costs.

Ashley said...

Hm.....I wonder if anyone could figure that problem out...sounds like an extremely difficult one...

Rich said...

The windmills were put in when fuel oil was cheap. They did not pay to maintain the wind towers and got stripped of parts. The windmills are now old and they probably cannot get parts for them. The fuel oil is no longer cheap so they sure wish they had wind power. It costs money to repair and upgrade windmills. With so much money going into fuel oil, there is not a lot of money for repairing windmills. Also, parts have to be barged in and that costs a lot of money. Not a lot of windmill experts in these villages either.

Marcia said...

Ah, interesting about the windmills. The new line of windmills are much smaller and don't have the big blades. Would be nice if there were state or federal grants for installing and maintaining some alternative energy sources for areas like yours. Oh, silly me, I forgot, our leaders spend our treasure on the war industry, not alternative energy and infrastructure.

Rich said...

I might mention that there is a big push by oil companies for drilling oil and mining for minerals in Alaska. We have a vote on mining soon. The ads say the Pebble Mine will be a good neighbor, they will protect the water and land. (They fail to mention that Exxon said the same thing before the oil spill. They still have not paid the 5 Billion fine and they are fighting it in court.) Bush and friends are pushing drilling for oil anywhere in Alaska. Oil Profits are sky high. But subsistance people here would die if the water if fouled. They rely on animals and fish which come from clean water or the people die.

abinash said...

Hey hey. You can still add one more wing to your teaching profession by adding teaching photography. Great pics. loved them all.

abinash said...

Hey hey rich you can add one more feather to your teaching profession. By adding teaching of photography. Great pictures. I liked them all. will add your blog link into my blog roll if you wont mind.