Friday, June 25, 2010

We made it, 550 miles roundtrip from Fairbanks to the Arctic Circle. Travel books list this drive as a dusty minefield of potholes from football size to washtub size with blind curves and technical pitches. They weren't wrong, nor did they exaggerate. It was worth every minute of the 14 hours of driving to see the enormity of this state.

View of the upcoming road and the Alaska pipeline. The pipeline is 4 feet wide and 800 miles long stretching from Prudhoe Bay on the Arctic Ocean down to Valdez carrying about 1 million barrels of crude oil a day. .

Coldfoot, town of named after greenhorns who got 'cold feet' at the thought of wintering in this North Alaska area. We only traveled this far North to get gas for our return trip to Fairbanks.
Lucky us, we were here right after the summer solstice. During winter solstice, it would be dark for 24 hours a day .

Pioneer Park, Fairbanks

Located right in the middle of Fairbanks built to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the purchase of Alaska from Russia.
Dick enjoyed the Pioneer Air Museum

Gorgeous hanging baskets of flowers were throughout the park.

Salmon so big, I had to ride it... Couldn't catch it.

Dick and his favorite bear.


  1. What a trip! I love your blog! I want to go to Alaska! So glad you are enjoying this so much.

  2. I finally got a chance to look at your blog. Boy, does it bring back memories! Sounds like you are having a wonderful time. I am so envious. Keep having great times and continue blogging.