anyway. on wednesday we drove on to deadhorse. we had many stops for the caribou and musk ox. we must have hit part of the big caribou run as it does seem we could see hundreds and hundreds of them spread out on hills all over the place. quite amazing really.
my pictures as usual are bassackwards so above is actually the next morning. 4 of us camped out on the tundra. it was actually the best night of the trip. we just pulled the cars in diagonal and pitched tents behind them. there was a small rising on what looks like a bit of a road that leads back to a river. that offered the only protection for personal sanitation in these elements.
the other three in the group had stayed behind in deadhorse and rented rooms at the hotels there. i think room rates were close to $200/night. the rooms are smallish, bunk house type rooms. the food is good there though. there is no place you can pitch tents in the deadhorse area. it's not a city or town at all, it's really just a big place of business. sprawling actually...much larger than i had imagined. very industrial with that industrial smell and feel. i was quite happy the dogs saved us all from a night there and pushed us to camp out on the tundra. it was just a wonderful night with friends out there.