Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Chicken to Eagle and back again!
Did you hear about Eagle, Alaska this spring? Right about when we were starting our trek north, we heard that the village of Eagle had been devastated by flooding caused by an ice damn. Eagle is on the Yukon River, about 8 miles from the Canadian Border (via the river anyway – it’s about 140 miles by road to the closest Canadian crossing), and it is at the end of the Taylor Highway. In some ways it’s like Chicken – no public utilities. But because it at one time had an Army Fort there – Fort Egbert , is home to the Yukon-Charley Rivers Natural Preserve and has river access (obviously!), it is a little more populated (115!). While most homes do not have private wells, there is a public well that they can get water from. Not piped to their homes, mind you. They need to come and get it. I think it’s still generators for electric and we saw a phone company building, so there must be some kind of phone service. From Chicken it’s about 100 miles. All of it dirt. Most of it winding. Some of it one lane. All of it spectacular. It was a long, bumpy drive, with some major scary parts for the passenger, but we were very glad we did it. Apart from the drive (which would have been worth doing in and of itself), seeing this community bouncing back from such wreckage was inspiring. It was hard to capture in pictures how much damage renegade ice and flooding can do to a community.
The Complete Set of Day 6 is HERE – but I thought you might enjoy this sampling….
Scenes from the drive –
Company on the road
The fireweed doing it’s part to rebuild the forest.
The Yukon River at Eagle – looking pretty peaceful now.
Just one of the homes moved from it’s foundation during the flood.
Need I say more about the utilities?
Day 6 – RV miles – 0, Truck miles – 200 dusty ones. No Flat Tires. And that’s a good thing (if not a miracle!).