The advantage of running early was that it allowed me to shower, eat dinner, and still have time for a drive down the road to look for wildlife. I had heard that the damage to the road from last month's floods was quite interesting to see. So I got the chance to see it first hand. It really was amazing to see as the detour road circumvented the major damage. It looked as if the earth had just opened up and swallowed up the Dalton Highway. I could see where they had added many new culverts in hopes of avoiding a similar disaster in future years. Once past the construction area I could drive freely and look for wildlife. I didn't have any luck finding anything but was able to make it all the way down to Franklin Bluffs to have a look at Caren Pond to see if my sign had survived the winter. It was still there but is in dire need of some blue touch up paint.
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