Alaska December 30, 2017
The Unique Alaska Town That Looks Straight Out Of Star Wars
Nome is a far away place with a stark beauty different from the rest of the world. There are no trees in this windswept coastal community and the Norton Sound of the Bering Sea spreads before it endlessly. Standing sentinel in the snowy hills are abandoned relics of times past from intriguing military installations to mining equipment. All these features combined make wintertime Nome reminiscent of Hoth, the ice planet of the Star Wars universe featured in the 1980 film
The Empire Strikes Back.
In the fictional Star Wars universe, Hoth is the sixth planet of a remote system of the same name. Hoth has only a few species, including the huge Wampas and the gray snow-lizards known as Tauntauns.
The former Gold Rush town Nome is on the Seward Peninsula in Western Alaska. In the winter, the Bering Sea freezes and makes the ocean a still, flat carpet that spreads out from the town as far as the eye can see.
Nome has an ethereal beauty all it's own with pastel skies and low winter light. The endless sunrises and sunsets in this arctic town are stunning over the frozen ocean.
When the temps dip to frigid subzero conditions, the air takes on an icy shimmer, heavy with suspended ice crystals.
In this barren landscape, dwellings and man made structures stand out against the emptiness. If you want to get to the edge of the world for solitude and contemplation, or to build a secret rebel base, this is the spot.
This historic gold dredge is just one of the pieces of abandoned equipment from eras past that sit in the snow as time marches on.
One of the White Alice sites sits on the hillside above the town, another piece of history left to languish on the bare hills.
These were part of the United States Air Force telecommunication network built during the Cold War, code name White Alice. There were sites built to link communications in Alaska, 31 in all. Each site contained a large parabolic, tropospheric scatter antenna as well as smaller microwave dishes for point to point links. That definitely sounds like White Alice is straight out of Star Wars!
These giant antenna were constructed in the 1950's and obsolete by the advent of satellite communication 20 years later. These giants certainly seem like part of the Star Wars rebel communication systems for their secret base on Hoth.
Antlers are a common decoration in this part of Alaska and this furry guy looks like he's from a time long ago in a galaxy far, far away.
Muskoxen roam wild on the hills near the town. These large, gentle creatures add to the otherworldly feeling as they calming sweep up and down the hills, their long fur blowing in the wind.
This strange and beautiful place makes for an amazing visit. Head to Nome to check out the closest place to the fictional ice planet Hoth you will find on Earth.
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Have you been to Nome? Do you agree it looks straight out of Star Wars? Tell us about it in the comments below.