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Jun 27, 2012 - Day 13 - Wednesday, June 27, 2012

This morning we got up early and took a cab to Northern Alaskan Tour Company in Fairbanks, Alaska. There we met up with five other people that would be heading on a two day trip in a passenger van to the Arctic Ocean with us and back by plane. When checking in, Keith and I were told they did not have room for everyone on the small plane back from Deadhorse so they booked us a flight on another aircraft at a later time. We were going to be separated from Janette and Jerald at Deadhorse. The tour company would pay for our flight, but we were...

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Jul 28, 2011 - Coldfoot

We headed out in the morning with the realization that we were starting our Southerner migration. I think we are a few days behind the birds as their numbers have decreased her over the last week. On our way down the Dalton we spotted a lone Musk Ox that was walking parallel to the road. After taking several pictures I got a head of it and parked the truck and walked down to the Sagavanirktok River I intercepted the Ox as it crossed to an island. The Musk Ok was no more than 75 yards away. Our luck continued as we spotted an Arctic Wolf...

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Jul 25, 2011 - Coldfoot

After consulting with my nephew John Michael I decided on a Goodyear Wrangler as our new Spare tire. Armed with a full complement of two spare tires a air pump that works, we started our second attempt on the Dalton Highway. We sailed past the spot where we had the flat and cruised on past the Arctic Circle too Coldfoot were we toured the Arctic Visitor Center. Their evening presentation was on using natural resources for survival. As we headed off to locate the Campground we spotted a Black Bear. We stayed at Marion Creek Campground.

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Jul 20, 2011 - Coldfoot, AK

We left Fairbanks loaded up with our survival gear for the trip to Coldfoot, then on to Prudhoe Bay. I think we hit the warmest weather yet on this entire trip. It took about 7.5 hours to drive the 252 miles to Coldfoot, with an added visit to Wiseman, an old historic mining village about 13 miles north of Coldfoot, that has always had inhabitants but now boasts a population of about 13, and most of them seem to be related in one way or another. We had very nice weather for the drive and the road, while rough with lots of potholes,...

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Jun 29, 2011 - The Dalton Highway (Haul Road) - 6/28/2011

We spent most of yesterday on a tour bus traveling to and from the Arctic Circle on the Dalton Highway, also known as the Haul Road. The road was built from north of Fairbanks to Prudoe Bay on the Arctic Ocean for the construction of the Alaskan oil pipeline in the early 70s. The pipeline itself roughly follows the road south. Once you get north of Fairbanks, what facilities there are get pretty primitive (see the rest area picture from Joy). Most of the road is gravel, although there are some paved sections. It's really pretty decent road....

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Jun 23, 2011 - North Slope of the Brooks Range, AK - Crossing the Brooks Range

(Ron Writing) This morning we continued our drive north on the Dalton Highway. Our first stop was at Coldfoot where there is a filling station and a very nice interagency visitor center. We spent some time in the visitor center, which has very informative and beautiful displays explaining the flora and fauna of this remote northern part of Alaska. We also topped off our gas tank again since the next fuel stop or service station of any sort is 229 miles north of here. The highway heading north from Coldfoot is new asphalt and smooth as silk...

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Jun 20, 2011 - Summer Solstice

ARCTIC CIRCLE FLY/DRIVE ADVENTURE 1:OO PM – 1:30 AM MONDAY JUNE 20, 2011 OUR 47TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY By the time our tour started, it was chilly (62 ish) and cloudy, certainly not the kind of day we wanted for our flight across the Arctic Circle. Our group was divided into two groups of four, with us and the Rusnaks making up the lead group. We climbed into a Piper Navaho, which was a twin engine outfitted to seat 8 plus the pilot. Justin (pronounced Hoo stein) was not much of a tour guide, giving us just the bare details of the places we...

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Jun 15, 2011 - Coldfoot, Alaska (on the Ice Road!!!)

6/15/11 After listening to shower on the roof of the camper most of the night, decided to take off for the Arctic Circle anyway. Hoping for maybe some partly sunny at least. We had paved road to Livengood, AK and then a mix of paved and gravel on the Dalton Highway (also known as the Ice Road....as on TV with Ice Road Truckers!) There was a certain amount of potholes and whoop dee dooos but all in all I'd take it any day over a drive to northern NH or a drive through Somersworth!!!! We saw a total of three moose today. One beside the...

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Jun 6, 2011 - Coldfoot,AK

Took a flight to Coldfoot,AK. 60 miles north of the Arctic Circle. I'm sure all you Ice Road Trucker fans know where it is. Great views of the Dalton Highway and the pipeline along the way as well as about 8 forest fires as we flew in to Coldfoot.. Left Coldfoot by van at about 2:30PM. Our van driver, Sarah, was from Chicago and a student at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. Stopped at the Arctic Circle for a photo-op and to receive our official certificate stating that we had crossed the Arctic Circle. Stopped at the Yukon River for...

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Jul 23, 2010 - Coldfoot AK

I am writing this on the 22ed. Tomorrow we are heading up to Coldfoot on a Piper Navajo Chiefton. Then we will be riding back on a bus. The plan includes visiting the Arctic Circle and viewing the Alaska Pipeline. I'll have to tell you more after we come back.

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Off to Alaska Again

Jul 17, 2010 - Arctic Circle

Today we went for a bike ride in the woods. It was raining and so the trail was muddy, but it was a fairly good trail, and we had lots of fun. Afterwards we went to get ice cream, but it wasn't open yet so we went next-door to the bookstore. It was a wonderful selection of books and every one had to drag me to the pay register. I replenished my library( again). And so we had ice cream before leaving for the Arctic Circle. We stopped at Finger Mountain, a forty foot tall finger of stone on the tundra. We took some pictures at the Arctic...

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Jul 17, 2010 - Because It Is There

We didn't get all the way to Coldfoot, but there is no town north of the Arctic Circle to reference. A really early start headed us north on AK 2 to the Dalton Highway, “The Haul Road.” This is the only road through the wilderness to Prudhoe Bay. (Beyond a certain point you need permits to travel.). The road condition was much better than we had expected; some sections of it are even paved. There was no fist-sized gravel, so if that’s still part of the makeup today, it’s farther north. We made it to the Arctic Circle! Yes, just because it...

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