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Jun 22, 2016 - The Dalton Highway!!

Hello from the top of the world!! We crossed the Artic Circle today on our trip to Deadhorse, Alaska. If you watch the show Ice Road Truckers, that was our road today!! The Dalton Highway, all 512 miles of it!!! We left at 6am, and arrived at 6pm. It was a long day, but amazing!! The scenery was spectacular, and navigating the road took a little getting use to. But we made it safe and sound! The road started just north of Fairbanks. We left in a thick spruce Forrest, and ended in the flat plains of the Tundra. Diverse beauty all around!!...

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Jul 5, 2014 - Third Day on the Dalton Highway

The road was rough much of the time, watchful of potholes. About 20 miles were having road work. Unfortunately some of the road was so rough it was impossible to avoid all the big rocks. But we hope there is no major damage, even though we heard a hit or two.

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Aug 16, 2013 - Deadhorse - Prudhoe Bay, Arctic Ocean

Fri Aug 16 We were up bright and early (well, early anyway) this morning. We arrived at the Northern Alaska Tour Company Office before 6 AM, checked in and I parked the truck in a lot across the street. There was heavy fog this morning so, not surprisingly, our flight to Deadhorse was delayed. We finally got airborne on a Piper Navajo Chieftain around 10:00. Besides ourselves, there was David and Connie from Florida, Hiro and “K” from Japan and Gianni and Maria from Italy. Communication with the foreign couples was a little difficult but we...

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Jul 3, 2013 - Coldfoot to Deadhorse and back to Wiseman, AK

Wednesday morning we decided to change our plans instead of returning to Fairbanks drive the remaining 250 or so miles up to Deadhorse. That is as far as you can drive on the Dalton Highway as that is where the oil fields start and the public road ends. We got an early start as we planned to make it a round trip back as far as Coldfoot or Wiseman and get a room. We had breakfast and were on the road by 6:30am. The drive is spectacular with huge mountains and creeks and rivers every few miles. The roads were good for the most part although...

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Aug 25, 2012 - "Haul Road" back to Fairbanks

We traveled back to Fairbanks from Prudoe Bay by van for 2 days, 400 milwa down the "Haul (Ice Truckers) Road" which many of you have seen on the Ice Road Truckers show on the Discovery channel. We had no ice on the road, but we did get snow flurries in the Atigan Pass. The scenery was beautiful, animals were frequent, and the road was smoother than we had feared. Traffic was mainly in support of the Prudhoe Bay complex. There were also several hunters since Bow season on Caribou had just opened.

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Aug 23, 2012 - Deadhorse/Prudhoe Bay

We flew out of Fairbanks on a small plane to the town of Deadhorse. This supports the industrial complex at Prudhoe Bay. As most of you know, this is the start of the Alaska Oil Pipeline. There is a rotating work force of about 5000 people in town at one time. We toured the open area of town and the tundra surrounding. It was surprising to find so many birds in the industrial complex. Wolves and Grizzlies follow the Caribou herds as they move through the area. None were present while we were there. Later in the day, we had a tour of the...

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Jul 1, 2012 - Day 17 and 18 - Sunday, July 1, 2012 and Monday, July 2, 2012

We slept in this morning and took our time of checking out of the hotel at 11:30 AM. We knew today would be long since we have to check out of the hotel and then hang out until our flight at 1:30 AM that night. We had 14 hours of lag time till our flight out of Fairbanks. We will keep our luggage in the hotel storage for a while and relax in the lobby until they make us leave. It's Sunday so the city bus does not run and not many places are open. We walked to a nearby diner for a late breakfast/early lunch. The food was okay, the water was...

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Jun 30, 2012 - Day 16 - June 30, 2012

This morning we are going on the Riverboat Discovery and Gold Dredge #8 mine in Fairbanks, Alaska. We caught a cab. The riverboat sets sail at 8:45 AM. We boarded the top level, which was open to the outdoors, so we could get a good view and feel the breeze. There were lots of people on the boat. As soon as we took off, the captain turned the riverboat around in the middle of the narrow river to head the other direction. The river was just big enough for the boat to turn. It seemed the Chena River was as wide as the riverboat was long. We...

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Jun 29, 2012 - Day 15 - June 29, 2012

We woke up excited about the trip to the Arctic Ocean. We had a wonderful buffet breakfast at the Deadhorse Camp with HOMEMADE gravy, not the powdered gravy most restaurants serve. The eggs had pepperoni, onions and bell pepper in them. So good! We were ready to leave by 7:45 AM on a bus with a security guard. The guard checked everyone's ID. On the bus with us were three other men. I recognized the accent from the room next door that I had heard the night before. They are the motorcyclists that have driven the whole Dalton Highway...

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Jun 28, 2012 - Deadhorse, Alaska

We let Cooldfoot Camp at 07:25AM. After viewing the sled dogs we drove to Wiseman arriving at 8AM. We received a two and one half hour tour by Jack who has lived in Wiseman since the early 1960’s – moving there as a young boy with his family. He took us into his house and other buildings in Wiseman. He told us what is like to live in the frigid north like he and his family do. He is very knowledgeable about all the wildlife in the area as well as the history of Wiseman. A very informative and enjoyable tour. We stopped at 12:50PM at the...

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Jun 21, 2012 - Day 23-28

It is midnight but will try to do a quick update from Fri., June 15 to today, June 20. First of all excuse my spelling errors-guess I try to go too fast & don't edit it. Anyway Friday we drove up here to Fairbanks leaving Denali & a lovely spot we camped at for 3 nights. At my sister's suggestion we stopped at Nanana & planned to have a bite to eat at the Two Choice Cafe-but it was closed. Nothing eventful this day, made a few road stops of interest & got to Fairbanks where we camped. Then from Sat.-Tues. we traveled the Dalton Hwy to...

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Jul 27, 2011 - Prudhoe

The Musk Ox must have sensed my plan and moved on foiling my plan. We headed out on the Dalton Highway looking for other opportunities. We spotted several Long Tailed Jaeger, a bird that spends most o its time at sea but returning to land to breed and raise its young. We spotted a Snowy owl but got no pictures. At 5:00 we took a tour to Prudhoe Bay to see the oil fields and Arctic Sea. On the way out we saw several Caribou and another Snowy Owl. Kathy dipped her foot into the Arctic Sea and I wet my index finger. We spotted two Bull...

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