Alaska winter road report

I live 126 miles from a city, so if I need to catch a plane, hit up Fred Meyer’s or give in to my craving for Mexican food, I’ve got to drive a long way through several mountain passes. The winter can be especially freaky — I’ve driven through white-outs so severe I couldn’t tell if I was in a white-out or an avalanche. And from time to time, avalanches do stream across the road. But Mexican food occasionally calls too loudly to ignore, so I drive to Anchorage as often as once or twice a month.

But since I wrecked my car last winter, I drive like a half-blind snail, always in fear of losing traction on the ice and generally pissing off every driver behind me. Thus, I’m addicted to calling the road report, where a computerized “man” informs me haltingly and with no emotion whatsoever to, “Look out for snow on the roadway. Look out for blowing snow on the roadway. Look out for ice on the roadway. Look out for black ice on the roadway. Look out for glaze ice on the roadway.” The longer the list, the worse the drive.

But the road report website is also great because you can see the entire state. I love clicking on various hazards, many of which fall under the “only in Alaska” category. The one above caught my eye, because seriously, is there anywhere else in the world where a herd of caribou might cause a traffic hazard?