Wednesday, July 14, 2010
The Alaska Pipeline
No trip to Alaska would be complete without seeing the pipeline. In 1975 when I first saw Fairbanks it was a boom town. Now it's just grown a lot. The pipeline runs to Valdez because it's the only Alaskan port that doesn't freeze. It begins on Alaska's North Shore and runs 800 miles.
The boys were more interested in the pipeline than the girls were. Go figure!
According to Aleyska, since the pipeline first started running they have pumped over 16 billion barrels of oil.
It is an engineering marvel to be sure.
Selwyn looks so happy because he just retired and took a trip to Alaska. Susan always looks happy. She says that people talk about their cup being half full or half empty but hers is always brimming over. I love her positive attitude - maybe that's why we have been friends for 45 years!!
We continued our trip south towards Valdez, stopping many times along the way to admire the scenery. We used the Milepost guide which is extremely useful as a guidebook.