Chatanika Lodge and Alaska Pipeline

We have a new realtor to sell the house in North Pole.   Most of the other business is finished.   Now we get to be tourists.   From Fairbanks we drive north toward Fox.   This is a great place to see the Alaska Pipeline, and maybe even touch it.   This sign tells about the pipeline.

Route of the Alaska Pipeline

As you can see, it is 800 miles long, transporting crude oil from Prudhoe Bay on the Arctic Ocean to Valdez Marine Terminal, eventally shipped from the Pacific Ocean to ports around the world.  I, Zeb the Duck, and mom have been here before, and so has Alaska native, Eider Duck.   This is the first time for Soapy Smith Duck, his mom and his dog, Chloe.

Soapy’s mom and dog, Chloe, and the Colorado Traveling Ducks under the pipeline.

Chloe and mom are under the pipeline, with we ducks.  The pipeline is tall enough for a large Alaskan moose to easily walk under it.   The moose and other large animals migrate through parts of Alaska that now have a pipeline.  Some times the pipeline is above ground and sometimes the pipeline is below ground.

Sometimes pipeline is underground

There were no other tourists here, so Chloe had a great time running and frolicking along the pipeline.

Chloe running along pipeline

The pipeline carries hot oil, about 100 degrees F at this location.   To keep the pipeline clean, pigs are put inside the pipe.

Old and newer pigs to clean inside the AlaskaPipeline.

At first they needed to scrape wax from the pipe.   Now there is less wax but they smooth the flow by reducing turbulence inside the pipeline.   The pipeline averages 1.5 million barrels of oil daily.   The entire trip for a barrel of oil takes 11.9 days, starting at Prudhoe Bay and ending in Valdez.   We drive to Chatanika Lodge.

Chatanika Lodge

This is a great place.   There are rooms to spend a few nights, a good restaurant and bar.   Ron and Shirley, the owners, also have great Alaskan decor with an additional room featuring an old classic car and an older Harley.

Vintage car and Harley

Ron and Shirley host great parties here.

One of the many parties held here

Eider and his dad came here for New Year’s Eve parties and for Chatanika Days, the first weekend in March.   Celebrating longer days and the promise of a warmer spring and summer is important.   Also popular is the Halloween party.   Eider’s dad loved this lodge and the great parties.   Everyone has fun here.   Eider’s dad was also a sportsman, so when he passed away, we asked Ron and Shirley to display some hunting and fishing trophies.   Here is his salmon.

Eider’s dad’s salmon

This buffalo or bison head was the result of a Colorado hunting trip.

Eider’s buffalo head

And our favorite.

Eider’s bear

This is an Alaska bear.   This bear stood in the living room of his house in North Pole, Alaska.   Soapy’s mom likes the bear.

Eider’s bear and Soapy’s mom

These mounts are enjoying the parties at Chatanika now.

Ron. Owner of Chatanika Lodge and our friend

Thanks for taking care of them Ron and Shirley.


Chatanika Lodge, Alaska

Hi.  Zeb the Duck here and I am so surprised and embarrassed.  You all know my Alaska uncle and my Alaska cousin.  Today I got a letter and pictures from them and I learned my Alaska cousin has a name.  I never knew that.  The name is Eider and Eider is also a large sea duck that live and breeds in the Arctic.  Eiders can fly at speeds up to 70 mph.  I learned that from Wikipedia.  My cousin, Eider, is a true Alaskan!

Eider and family went to Chatanika Lodge, about 28 miles from Fairbanks.  These are some of the photos we received.   The entrance to the lodge has real moose antlers and much natural fur.

Entrance to Chatanika Lodge

Entrance to Chatanika Lodge

The eagles are carved from wood.   Here Eider is sitting on a rail made of spruce.

Eider on spruce rail with bumps

Eider on spruce rail with bumps

The bumps on the cedar are all natural.   These carved wooden bears are inviting on this winter day.

Eider on snowy bears

Eider on snowy bears

Eider is sitting on a snow bank and looks cold.

Eider on snow bank.  Brrr

Eider on snow bank. Brrr

Take him inside Alaska uncle!

Inside the lodge is a small restaurant.

Eider on lamp shade near bear skin

Eider on lamp shade near bear skin

There are a lot of old Alaskan art and artifacts.  Here is Eider on a doll.

Eider on antique roll

Eider on antique doll

Eider is sitting on old sewing machine by a Harley Davidson motorcycle lamp.

Eider on sewing machine

Eider on sewing machine by Harley lamp

They visited Chatanika Lodge during Christmas, so we can see some decorations.

Looking at snowy outdoors

Looking at snowy outdoors

This time Eider is sitting on a bear trap.

Eider.  You are on a bear trap!

Eider. You are on a bear trap!

Be careful cousin!  This is my cousin Cindy holding Eider by a dall sheep.

Cindy holding Eider near dall sheep

Cindy holding Eider near dall sheep

Dall sheep are known for their curled horns.  The horns grow in the spring and summer and then in fall and winter the growth slows and stops.  The growth pattern forms rings, called annuli, and the age of the dall sheep is determined from the horns.

In March Chatanika Lodge holds Chatanika Days festival.  One of the events is outhouse races.  Teams build outhouses, a person must be in outhouse and the teams race down a course.  This is the original outhouse entered by the lodge for the outhouse races.

Ready for outhouse races

Ready for outhouse races

Be careful Eider.

This looks like a great place.  To see more visit  Thanks for sending pictures Eider.