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Jul 14, 2008 - Arctic Circle Adventure.

Hello All, Today we had a fabulous trip up to the Arctic Circle. Our adventure began at 1 pm on a twin engine piper plane for a one hour flight from Fairbanks to Coldfoot, Alaska, which is approximately 200 miles north of Fairbanks. From here we took a tour van down the famed Dalton Hwy across the tundra of Alaska for a nine hour journey back to Fairbanks. The trip was amazing from the air as well as the land. Some of our experiences included touching permafrost two feet under the ground, which is basically frozen ground that never...

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Alaska By RV 2008

Jul 14, 2008 - Artic Circle Wiseman & Coldfoot AK

Today was a busy day. Nancy got here hair cut, nails updated, and the dogs got a bath, RV was cleaned and our truck was washed. Cleaned the engine on both vehicles. That evening we took a flight and tour of Coldfoot Alaska. Coldfoot is located north of the artic circle and is about 1.5 hours of flight time to get there from Fairbanks. FYI ground speed on the aircraft was about 175 mph. We flew over the old boomtown of Livengood Alaska. The Liven is not as good there now as the gold rush ended here in 1918. There is still some mining in the...

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Jul 11, 2008 - The Arctic Circle and Beyond

Yes! We made it. Remember I said it would be grueling, well that just doesn’t cut it, It was Brutal. First you have to drive eighty couple miles before you get to the Dalton. The Dalton is (414) miles to Deadhorse, AK and then an other eight mile to Prudhoe Bay. OK, here’s the run down on how the trip went. We were on the road by 7:30, I wasn’t real sure about the availability of gas so I carried an extra five gallons with me. It turns out we didn’t need it but better safe than sorry, it’s a long way between fuel stops. Let me say this...

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Jun 30, 2008 - Some R&R in Fairbanks before hitting the Dalton Hwy

The weather in Fairbanks was warm with days in the mid 20's. We tried our luck panning for gold at Gold Dredge No 8 and between us found $14 worth of gold however it didn't quite cover the $25 each we'd paid for the priviledge. We spent hours at the fantastic University of Alaska museum looking at various exhibits and learning about the history of Alaska. The museum is situated on a hill with great views of the Alaska range and Denali. We also saw muskox, caribou and reindeer at the university's Large Animal Research Station. At Pioneer...

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Jun 30, 2008 - Above the Arctic Circle

Well, this is the day we will go above the Arctic Circle. We loaded us on a bus here at the campground and they drove us a short distance to the Fairbanks airport. After weighing our carry-on bags and telling us our agenda for the day, they loaded us on small 9 passenger twin engine Chieftain airplanes for the flight to Coldfoot. Coldfoot is about 60 miles above the Arctic Circle. The flight was about an 1 hour 15 minute long where they fly only 3,000-4,000 feet high. Most times we were below the mountain peaks and flying in the valleys. We...

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Jun 23, 2008 - Dalton Highway to Coldfoot

We had about a 7 hour drive today. For the most part, the road was gravel, and verrry slow going. Washboard areas, potholes, and just plain rough areas made for a pretty jolting ride. They do water down the highway in an attempt to hold down the dust, so that did help today. It is rather strange terrain as the tree line continues to lower as we head north. We got into Coldfoot just before 2:00 p.m. this afternoon. Our accommodations (the only ones in the area) were once where the pipeline workers were housed during construction of the...

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Jun 22, 2008 - Coldfoot

Stu took a side trip to Coldfoot. He flew 250 miles to Coldfoot along the Dalton Highway and then took a bus back to Fairbanks. This was about a 12 hour trip. Fortunately it was a very nice day to start with. Coldfoot is the only winter fuel stop between Fairbanks and Prudhoe Bay. It amounts to 2 fuel pumps, a cafe and a 90 room modular hotel. On the way back we made several scenic stops. The road follows the Alaskan pipeline most of the way. One of the stops was at the Arctic Circle and another was at the Yukon River for dinner. This is a...

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Jul 30, 2007 - Fairbanks to Coldfoot (AK)

Thanks for the email. There's plenty of wifi places but no internet cafe's so updating the site maybe sporadic. I'm in a library at Delta Junction at the moment on a time limit so I'll just add the pictures and as much commentary as possible. ------------- * * * * * ------------ The road was sealed to the start of the Dalton Highway, then only parts for about 500 miles up to Prudhoe Bay. For the part to Coldfoot it was warm and dry, so there was plenty of dust. Alaska is vast and the scenary changes - the millions of trees just stop,...

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Jul 19, 2007 - Fun in Fairbanks

Well we have made it to the Artic Circle and enjoyed a long bus ride from 6:30 am to 10:15 pm. Saw a lot of greenery and permafrost (soil on top of ice frozen earth), which we were able to feel. Our guide pulled a plug of grass and dug far enough down (about 18 inches)for each of us to feel the ice. The tundra was very spongy and moist. Saw rocks which are pushed up by the ice, crossed the Yukon River, saw and drove the Dalton highway which runs along the pipeline. We also were able to ride the Steamboat, which runs on the Chena River and...

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Jul 7, 2007 - Fairbanks, AK - Arctic Circle Adventure

We had some torrential rains last night and loud claps of thunder punctuated our night's sleep. When dawn's early light came, it was still raining and we worried our flight north might be cancelled. Joe checked the weather radar and it looked like it was going to blow past so we were more optimistic and excited about our Arctic Circle Air Adventure. The shuttle bus collected us at the RV Park and transported us to the airport. After checking us in, weighing our bags, getting our meal orders, and a brief orientation, they boarded us on our...

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Jun 5, 2007 - Fairbanks to Coldfoot - First Leg of the Dalton Highway

The weather in Fairbanks had been 80F + and clear for the past few days. This morning it was pouring rain and cold. I decided to head for the Dalton highway to the artic ocean irregardless. From Fairbanks I headed north on the paved Elliot highway which leads to the Dalton highway. With the rain and the new rear tire I got a couple of surprises sliding around the paved corners which kept my attention high. Once I reached the start of the Dalton highway I was getting a little apprehensive. The road was muddy and slick. I started thinking...

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