Prudhoe Bay Alaska

Behold,  the end/beginning of the Pan-American Highway!  Home to about 2k residents all which probably work at the Prudhoe Bay oil field.  The Arctic Ocean is not accessible without first obtaining security clearance and paying a service company to bring you out to actually see it.

The airport, lodging, and general store are located at Deadhorse; the rigs and processing facilities are located on scattered gravel pads laid atop the tundra. It is only during winter that the surface is hard enough to support heavy equipment, and new construction happens at that time.  (Thank you Wikipedia)

We stayed one night.  The mosquitos were ferocious! (and I'm from Minnesota).  You kinda feel like your on Mars with the modular buildings and scarcity of human life.  Glad we did it.  Glad to leave.   

 Alpha wolf on the road

Alpha wolf on the road