By Ed Readicker-Henderson, Lyn Readicker-Henderson
The Alaska street presents a path to Alaska's untouched North. This consultant explores the attractions and actions alongside its course, from the Indian settlements and natural world refuges to actions reminiscent of scuba diving, climbing, paragliding, waterskiing and rafting.
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If it leads north, we go south to north, describing it from the point it leaves the Alcan. Page 3 Chapter 1 The Land & Its Inhabitants British Columbia Geography British Columbia is defined by the chains of mountains that line the land: to the north lie the Cassiar and the Omineca Mountains; to the southeast, the Columbia Mountains; and to the east, the Coast Mountains and the mighty Rockies. These mountains divide the province into sections of plateaus and valleys, rich for agriculture and animal husbandry, while blocking off huge tracts of land that are left to wilderness.
In the winter, things are quite a bit harsher. The 60° daytime temperatures drop to well below zero. Forty below is a common winter temperature in Fairbanks, and 70 below is not unknown in many places along the Alaska Highway. Do not venture out into a Northern winter without appropriate clothing and preparation. The days are short in many places, nonexistent and the nights are incredibly cold. Wildlife Keep your camera ready, because this is where the North really shines. Driving the highway, youve got an excellent chance of seeing moose, black bear, grizzly bear, Dall sheep, stone sheep, mountain goats, wolves, fox, beaver, deer, elk, and caribou, not to mention a host of smaller mammals, without ever leaving your car.
Coyotes are smaller in both body and head. Wolves have short, rounded ears, while coyote ears tend to be longer and pointed. If youre tracking, youll see a wolf has front paws larger than its rear paws; its the other way around on a coyote. Page 19 There are estimated to be between 5,000 and 8,000 wolves in Alaska. This works out to roughly one every 100 square miles. Yet, because of the massive negative publicity wolves have gotten ever since Little Red Riding Hood, there is a legal hunting of 1,500 wolves per year in the state and probably that many more are killed illegally.