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Jul 14, 2011 - Arctic Circle, AK

Up at the crack of DAWN... OH - I forgot -- it never really gets DARK... LOL Anyway I was up and on the tour van at 5:00 AM headed for the Arctic Circle. I was really surprised that the Dalton Hwy was actually a pretty good road (as compared to the Top of the World Hwy). Our first stop was in Joy, AK. Interesting place and residents. Seems the owner and his wife raised their 6 children there along with 18, yes 18, adopted children. The next major stop was at the Yukon River Bridge. Interesting that the Yukon is the third largest river in...

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Jul 25, 2009 - Talneeka

TALNEEKA: As we travel south toward Anchorage, we note that the short "drunken" Spruce became straighter and taller. The spruce get their "drunken" name from the fact the wet ground makes them lean, but their locked roots keep them from falling completely over. The mountains vary greatly--a tall craggy mountain is juxtaposed against a rounder, green one; those behind are toped with snow. The day is overcast back toward the north, and we get a brief shower. We are taking a side trip off the main highway to the site from which most Denali...

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Jul 21, 2009 - Tundra Wilderness Tour & Camp Riley, Just Outside The Park

TUNDRA WILDERNESS TOUR AND RILEY CAMPGROUND: As we drive out of Teklanika, we are pleased to see two moose near the road. The Tundra Wilderness Tour includes the added feature of a camera and video displays (like on an airplane); the bus driver frequently hones in on spotted wildlife so you can find it more easily, or watch the video if the location is awkward for you. We were a bit disappointed that they use a video camera rather than a stronger scope; it was an interesting experience, but in our judgment overall not worth the added...

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Jul 10, 2009 - Trek Days 2-5: Thru The Rapids

OUR FIRST TUNDRA HIKE (Trek Day 2): We decide to spend one more night at Drain Creek, and take our first Tundra Hike. The Tundra bogs are a bit difficult to navigate, with spongy centers and depressed ruts all around them. If you step on the spongy part, it’s easy to slip or twist your ankle; the depressed parts often hold water, so this is a learning experience for both of us. We climb a bit. Lisa points out many wildflowers (in particular I learn the dwarf fireweed and the yellow cinquefoil but she and Beth are highlighting many more and...

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Jul 7, 2009 - THE TREK BEGINS

WRIGHT AIR TO ARCTIC VILLAGE (Trek Day 1): Monday July 6 breaks as a clear day. We are able to store Rocky and Frosty at the airport, just across from Wright Air. We put the bikes into the RV and are delighted that it only costs $2/day per vehicle. We take only our driver’s licenses and a few dollars with us. We met our fellow group members the evening before and they seem amiable; we are surprised that all but Jim and guide Bob are women. Everyone is on time, but we have so much gear that Lisa takes a direct flight with gear to Arctic...

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Jul 5, 2009 - Tok To Fairbanks And Trek Prep

ON TO ALASKA: As we follow the highway toward Alaska, the scenery continues to be breathtaking—green scrub pines (we later learn the old spruce don’t grow very tall due to the cold) and birch giving way to awesome snow-capped peaks that seem to be about the same height as the highway. The frost heaves and curves encourage us to be among the slow-moving traffic. We learn to watch the center and side lines (when they look curvy—here comes a frost heave!) The weather turns drizzly and overcast so we lose the more distant views as we approach...

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