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After arriving in Anchorage (marked 1 on the map at left), and
driving North (2) on the first leg of their
trip, the group arrived in Fairbanks (3) and prepared for their
Read their journal entries to follow the groups progress as they
continued on from Fairbanks toward Prudhoe Bay (4), then to the
dinosaur site on the Colville River (5).
July 15: Leaving at 4:30 a.m. with eyes
half-closed, Roland, Judy, Steve, and Amanda drove to Fort Wainwright
to pack the Chinooks which are taking a great deal of our Poverty
Bar equipment into the Colville dinosaur site. Read
Above: On a day hike to Castle Rock, on
Below: Boarding the Cessna in Deadhorse on July
July 16: By 3:00 p.m. we had reached the
Yukon river where the mysterious ceremony Roland had promised to
the Yukon River first-timers awaited. Read
July 17: Our first stop was Sukakpak Mountain,
a mountain of marble metamorphosed from Devonian limestone. But
the big highlight of viewing the mountain wasnt actually the mountain
itself. Read more..
July 18: After our breakfast of bagels and
cream cheese (yes there is really a Bay Area/Alaska connection)
we prepared for our day hike to Castle Rock...Read
July 19: ... Meanwhile the first group to
reach beautiful downtown Deadhorse had boarded Walts little
Cessna bound for Poverty Bar.Read
July 20: ...This was a truly amazing day…….DINOSAUR
BONES AT LAST!!!Read more...
July 21: Today was day two of our quarry
excavation. We were SOOOO hot, especially in the early afternoon.
July 22: Today the temperature hovered at
55 degrees and we were wearing our heavy jackets, caps, and wool
gloves. We didnt see the sun all day.Read
Bones in the play quarry began before teachers worked on
their real quarries.
July 23: ...The Three Furies felt they were
on a roll mapping their 40th bone then they wandered down to the
north quarries (1 and 2) and saw bags and bags and pages and pages
of bone finds.Read more...
July 24: ...Not long after, we spied two
very large birds on the horizon…two Chinook helicopters full
of reporters had arrived.Read more...
July 25: It was cold, rainy in the morning,
and miserable. A day off would have been nice.Read
July 26: Paleo disaster! Peg had the Paleo
Bond spill on her hands. While trying to help, Phelana got glued
to her gloves. Then the disaster spilled over into Quarry 2 when
Phil was Paleo bound to his quarry shale.Read
July 27: Some quarries have reached the
bottom of the bed in which bones are found. Under this is a heavy
grey clay.Read more...
July 28: Today was our last day (we hope,
assuming Chinooks remember us tomorrow) on the Colville River.
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