Mac's 2012 Alaska RV Trip travel blog

Pepe's Restaurant for breakfast

Barrow street

Inupiat Heritage Center

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sam briefing on whaling

 

 

 

Bowhead Whale

 

 

 

On bus driving towards Point Barrow

 

 

Looking towards Point Barrow

 

 

 

Our tour guide Sam

Arctic Ocean

Looking back towards Barrow

You can see the whale bones in the center and the end...

Arctic Ocean

Arctic Ocean

Welcome to Barrow

 

 

Arctic Ocean Ice

Arctic Ocean Ice

Arctic Ocean Ice

Arctic Ocean Ice

Arctic Ocean Ice

Barrow street

Barrow street

Sled dog team in their kennel

Seal meat hanging drying on the balcony

Santa Claus

Barrow street

Whalebone Arch

Oldest wooden house in Barrow - built in 1871

Whalebone Arch

Whalebone Arch

At Wiley Post/Will Rogers Memorial

Wiley Post/Will Rogers Memorial

Wiley Post/Will Rogers Memorial

Wiley Post/Will Rogers Memorial

At Wiley Post/Will Rogers Memorial

At Wiley Post/Will Rogers Memorial

At Wiley Post/Will Rogers Memorial

At Wiley Post/Will Rogers Memorial

Seal skin boat

Refridgerator

Road to Barrow's newer cemetary

Barrow's newer cemetary

Most dumpster's I saw had something funny or positive painted on them


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 around with the bus door and driver window open. I guess he felt it was quite balmy out. There were about 20 of us on the tour all wearing heavy jackets. Our first stop was the Inupiat Heritage Center. The locals performed native dances for us, we then toured the Center, Sam gave us a tour of the Whaling Exhibit, and finally a tour were locals make native crafts. We spent about two hours at the Center.

We then drove along the beach road to as far north towards Point Barrow as you can go without a permit. Sam said we were about four miles from Point Barrow, the most northern point on the North American continent. They dump all their whale bones at Point Barrow in order to keep the Polar Bears out of downtown Barrow although he said they still come into town during the winter months. Sam said it was a fast food restaurant for the Polar Bears – then he would laugh. You could see the whale bones with binoculars. Sam told us because the ice was melting there were too many boats on the Arctic out after the seals so the Polar Bears would go out onto the small barrier islands just north of there so we did not get to see any Polar Bears.

We then drove throughout Barrow having everything pointed out to us along with stories about how they live. They live a pretty primitive life with few amenities. However, all the children we saw were laughing and playing seeming quite content with their life. None of the roads are paved and they are pretty bumpy. A water truck drives around putting down water on the roads to keep the dust down.

We saw people butchering seals they had caught, the one sled dog team in Barrow, the one and only gas station in Barrow, the two local cemeteries, the elementary school, middle school, and high school (approximately 350 students in high school), the Barrow High School football field on the road towards Point Barrow (the school colors are blue and yellow and the artificial turf was blue with yellow markings), the local government buildings, the Will Rodgers/Wiley Post Memorial and the airport named after them.

Sam was quite a colorful character and wanted everyone to know as much about Barrow as possible. He sure had a lot of stories to tell. It was a very nice tour and Barrow was a wonderful experience.

We returned to the hotel just before 18:30PM, retrieved our luggage and Sam dropped us all at the airport.

My flight on Alaska Air left Barrow at 20:25PM.The pilot told us when we flew over the Arctic Circle and back in to interior Alaska. We landed at Fairbanks at 21:35PM. A driver from Northern Alaska Tour Company was there to pick me up and take me to my vehicle on the other side of the airport. I left there at 21:50PM and arrived at the kennel at 22:10PM. The owner was gracious enough to let me pick my dog up late so I paid him another day’s kennel fee for his kindness. I left the kennel at 22:15PM and arrived back at my RV at Eielson AFB at 22:35PM; four long but wonderful days later.

For the drive to the tour company on Wednesday morning and return on Saturday evening to the RV I put 60.6 miles on the SUV.

Totals for June:

RV miles: 3,391.6

Diesel fuel: 422.289 gallons

SUV miles: 1,244.8

Unleaded: 48.488 gallons

Totals for May and June:

RV miles: 3,859.4

Diesel fuel: 519.754 gallons

SUV miles: 1,244.8

Unleaded: 48.488 gallons



Advertisement
OperationEyesight.com
Entry Rating:     Why ratings?
Please Rate:  
Thank you for voting!
Share |