There are no roads to get you to remote, bush Alaska, up by the Arctic Circle. We were sitting around yesterday looking for something different to do, and we saw a notice about bush pilots flying mail to remote Indian Villages. The indication was that if there was room, they would take passengers on their daily mail runs. No frills, you sit with the mail for a ride-along. We called and there was availability for today.
This is the way to see remote Alaska. These are the White Mountains of Alaska which were named by prospectors for its composition of white limestone.
We flew over the Fort Knox Gold Mine. The land that the Fort Knox Gold mine sits on was originally staked in 1913 with no mining taking place. There was no activity in the area until the area was restaked in 1980 by two prospectors, and leased to various mining companies. Construction didn’t begin until 1995 with the first gold pour at the end of 1996. Open pit mining is different from extractive methods that require tunneling into the earth. Open-pit mines are used when deposits of commercially useful ore or rocks are found near the surface.
We flew over the Alaska Pipeline.
And the Dalton Highway.
The runway is just a dirt strip
The postmaster meets the plane to pick up the mail
Most of the mail on this trip is from Amazon
In this village, the women here is not only the postmaster, but the Chief of the Indian village.