Sunrise to Sunset
Jack London Lake
Magadan Oblast, Russia
The small Yakut village of Oymyakon is known as the World’s coldest permanently inhabited place. The surrounding area is also the one with the most continental climate: temperatures reach 42C (108F) in summer, but drop to -70C (-94F) in winter. This part of Northeastern Siberia is one of the less-known and less-visited places in Asia. Its unique beauty attracts less than ten tourists a year, almost all of them Russians.
The main access route is the so-called Kolymsky Trakt (Kolyma Highway) – a dirt road from Magadan city on the Sea of Okhotsk to the infamous gold mines in Kolyma River valley and surrounding mountains. You can hitchhike along this road, as heavy trucks make this journey and come back with gold and uranium ore. It usually takes one-three weeks one way.
After you cross Kolyma, villages and mines become scarce. Soon, you reach the Jack London Lake junction. This lake is said to be the best fishing place in Siberia, but there is almost no chance of hitchhiking to it. In summer, you can make this side trip (32 km/20 miles one way) on foot, if you have good insect repellent. This part of Siberia has almost no native population, and there is almost no reindeer grazing. As a result, it is the last place to see “yagel forests” – tundra-like layer of lichens up to 30 cm (1′) tall. Try walking barefoot on it – great massage!
New Hampshire pond,
behind Silver Lake
Interesting Facts about New Hampshire
1. Of the thirteen original colonies, New Hampshire was the first to declare its independence from Mother England — a full six months before the Declaration of Independence was signed.
2. The highest wind speed recorded at ground level is at Mt. Washington, on April 12, 1934. The winds were three times as fast as those in most hurricanes.
3. New Hampshire is the only state that ever played host at the formal conclusion of a foreign war. In 1905, Portsmouth was the scene of the treaty ending the Russo-Japanese War.
4. The first potato planted in the United States was at Londonderry Common Field in 1719.
5. Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr., the first American to travel in space is from East Derry, New Hampshire.
6. In 1833 the first free public library in the United States was established in Peterborough.
7. In the town of Warner the last passenger train stopped on November 4, 1955, and the last freight in 1961. Since then the tracks through town were torn up and sold as scrap iron.
8. New Hampshire adopted the first legal lottery in the twentieth century United States in 1963.
9. Cornish Hill Pottery Company handcrafts functional stoneware decorated in the traditions of Early American and European potters with a method known as “slip trailing”. The slip is a creamy mixture of clay and water and is applied to moist, almost hardened pots by hand. The slip contains various colorants, including natural clay colors and metals.
10. New Hampshire’s present constitution was adopted in 1784; it is the second oldest in the country.