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Jul 6, 2014 - Anchorage and Barrow

After departing Denali, we stopped in a little town called Cantwell, AK, for the sole purpose of driving the Denali Highway which is a 135-mile unpaved, gravel road between Cantwell and Paxson. When the road opened in 1957, it was the only road link to Denali National Park until the Parks Highway was completed in 1972. On a clear day, there are beautiful views of Mt. McKinley and the Alaska Range, gorgeous lakes and a chance at seeing wildlife. On a cloudy, rainy day.......the "expansive mountain views" are quite limited and we saw zero...

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Aug 1, 2013 - Coldfoot and Barrow, AK

While in Fairbanks, we took a flight to Barrow, top of the world on the Arctic Ocean! We figured we had come this far, so we might as well go as far as you can! The flight stopped in Coldfoot, AK to refuel and to grab a sack lunch for the remaining flight. The Camp is basically a truck stop for the truckers on the “Haul Highway.” The road was developed to bring supplies to Prudhoe Bay and the oil fields. Thirteen people call Coldfoot home year ‘round. The flight then went over the Gates of the Arctic National Park, the Brooks Range, and...

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Jun 30, 2012 - Barrow

I had a late breakfast at Pepe’s Restaurant as I was not sure about getting anything to eat after the tour (scheduled from 1PM to 6PM) and the return flight to Fairbanks. Checkout at the hotel was 11AM. They have a storage room for your bags for those going on the tour. Sam, a native Inupiat was our tour guide for Barrow. Our tour left the Top of the World Hotel at 13:05PM. The bus was kind of old and rickety but sounded to be in good mechanical shape. It was approximately 40 degrees out. Sam was wearing a short sleeve shirt and would drive...

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Jun 29, 2012 - Barrow, Alaska

This morning we left Deadhorse Camp at 07:00AM to tour Prudhoe Bay, the oil fields, and the Arctic Ocean. The tour guide was native Alaskan – he was very friendly, funny, and knowledgeable. It was a great hour and 45 minute tour. He told us that Prudhoe Bay alone has no permanent residents but currently 4,800 individuals working the oil fields in 12 hour shifts; two weeks at a time. They get their room, meals, and flights to Anchorage or Fairbanks along with their pay. We saw some caribou and other small animals. We stopped at the Arctic...

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May 26, 2012 - Barrow, AK

Six o’clock this morning we were headed to the airport for a day of discovery in Barrow, AK. Barrow is an Inupiat Eskimo village 330 miles above the Arctic Circle with a population of around 5000 people. It’s a place that gets snow every month of the year (a white-out the last week of June and first of July last year) and besides cold temperatures, they have horrid wind-chill temperatures (What does -70 F sound like to you!!) . Add to that spending 6 months of the year in total darkness, and you sure wonder how anyone can live there. The...

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Jul 7, 2009 - Wildlife Tour to Point Barrow and long wait for flight home.

Day 56 July 7, 2009 We woke up in Barrow, where the sun had not set. We had breakfast at Pepe’s. Our wildlife tour began at 10:00. Our driver was running a little bit late, but he made it. His name was Sam Leavitt, but he looked like all the other Inupiat’s there at the village. He told us that his grandfather was from New Bedford, Connecticut and was a New England whaler who married into the Inupiats when he visited. We took a wildlife tour with the hope of seeing polar bears. We didn’t see much of any wildlife, but Sam was pretty...

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Jul 6, 2009 - Flying to Barrow Alaska-farthest north in USA

Day 55-Flew to Barrow, Alaska July 6, 2009 We had an early flight to Barrow leaving at 7:30. We flew to Prudhoe Bay first, then over to Barrow. When we arrived in Barrow we were met by Eli, our bus driver and tour guide for the City Tour. He established a practice with his first stop of getting the bus all geared up and ready to go and then stopping about 100 yards down the road for one of our informative stops. Our first stop was a little “Welcome to Barrow” shop that happened to have the t-shirt and the pin that I wanted. I was all...

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Jul 20, 2008 - Top of the World at Barrow

Hello Everyone, Well, today was truly an adventure. We flew up to Barrow, the northern most town in Alaska (they call it the top of the world), on a twin piper 9 passenger prop plane. It only carried six passengers so that it could carry enough fuel to get us home. Barrow is a truly remote and depressing looking town. Everything is gray and black and dirty. No green, trees, or grass are to be seen anywhere! It is fascinating to see how these people live. Of course, 80% of the people that live in Barrow are of Eskimo descent, and they truly...

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Alaska By RV 2008

Aug 14, 2007 - Fairbanks

8/6/07 - Denali Wild West Dinner Show We took a short tour today today learning a little more of the history of Denali. It has been raining and we have decided to leave tomorrow for Fairbanks. Tonight we went off the Park boundaries for a dinner show, which was quite entertaining! Nancy paid one of the entertainers to come over and kiss our guys with her big, red lips - it was quite amusing to see the look on their faces! 8/7 to 8/8/07 - Fairbanks We spent 2 days at the River's Edge RV park in Fairbanks to get our bearings and to decide...

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Jul 7, 2007 - We cross the Arctic Circle

July 7 Today's pictures are courtesy of Trent Beagan! Thanks Trent for some awesome shots! We woke today to a 4 AM alarm AND a whopping thunderstorm....those of you who know John and I know that #1 we don't like to fly....#2 I don't like to fly EVER and #3 John really doesn't like to fly in bad weather! I think, no, I know that neither one of us wanted to get on that plane today but we knew that we would regret it if we didn't and neither one of us wanted to disappoint the other by saying we didn't want to go. Trent was fine about not...

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North to Alaska

Aug 17, 2005 - North to Barrow

One of the most fascinating side trips on this caravan was the Barrow excursion. We took this trip, along with another couple (the Daltons) and Joan Benson from our caravan. Oh, and a planeful of other people we didn't know. Barrow is the northernmost community on the North American continent, and I suspect the Western Hemisphere as well. A mile and a half away is Point Barrow, the northernmost point on the continent. We could have gone there by Hummer, but we didn't want to pay the extra $120 to go another mile an a half. We understand the...

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