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This is more a case of an interesting location than a great photo. This is the northernmost border crossing in the world, between Dawson City and Fairbanks. There is no other Canada – Alaska crossing for 800 miles. This place is just how you would imagine a remote crossing point to appear, no one lives for 2 hours in either direction. The friendly border guards have a special stamp with a gold rush mule on it for your passport.

Although the Fairbanks – Dawson City road appears on all world maps, it is a single lane dirt road for most of the trip, especially the famous mountain top ‘Top of the World’ highway stretch. There are no government or regular public transport services connecting the two cities, but you can bounce around in a commercially owned mini van for the 8 hours if you like. However, the service only runs when enough people want to travel, and in both directions! (Remember it takes the drivers a day to get home too!). Funnily enough, the road closed a week after this photo was taken for winter. Snow makes this already dangerous road totally unsafe, as it cannot be cleared etc. Thus the road is closed for almost 4 months of the year.

This picture is taken from a moving vehicle (at some speed and bounce). The driver seemed in a rush, and was not phased by the various moose/bear sightings or ghost towns that impress tourists who beg for a photo stop.

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  • Copyright: Paul Thomas (paulianthomas) Silver Note Writer [C: 5 W: 0 N: 75] (264)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2005-09-13
  • Categories: Daily Life
  • Exposure: f/3.2, 1/340 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2006-07-13 12:26
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