Over the next few days, I'll post some of the pictures I took - but none of them will give this remote region of the world any justice.
I'm still trying to process what I've seen and experienced the past few days and the only word that comes to mind is amazed.
Amazed at the beauty and sheer ruggedness of such a place.
Amazed at the incredible remoteness.
Amazed at the plants and animals that have managed to thrive in such a harsh environment.
Amazed that across the 587,206 square miles (375,811,840 acres) ... there are a mere 42,000 people. Or, approximately one person per every 8,957 acres.
Amazed that the pioneers who ventured in to this land and settled it - survived.
Amazed that people continue to trek north despite the fact that there are virtually no roads or means in and out - except by airplane or boat.
Amazed at humanity's insatiable desire to explore and conquer.
Amazed that the vast majority of people will not have the privilege of experiencing what I just experienced.
Amazed that when I look at a map of the world, I was practically at the top of it.