Saturday, July 16, 2011

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Today began with rain, but we still set off for the Arctic Circle.  We left at 7:30am, driving up the Elliott and the Dalton Highways for 200 miles above Fairbanks.  We stopped for lunch at the Hot Spot Café, where we had a cheese burger that covered an 8 inch plate.  Marilyn and I split it.  The total lunch was our cheapest meal out – $18.50 for the burger, a soda, a bag of chips, and two cookies.  We did not continue our trip hungry.  We arrived at the Arctic Circle about 1:30pm, and returned to Fairbanks, a car wash, and home by 7pm.

We took lots of Alaskan Pipeline pictures along the way.DSC03749DSC03750DSC03753DSC03754DSC03756

This is how the pipeline crosses the Yukon River, right tight along the side of the bridge..DSC03769

Here is our picture taken next to the Arctic Circle sign, and one of what our Jeep looked like when we arrived at the Circle.


The terrain at the Circle consists of some short pine trees, and open Tundra.DSC03759DSC03761

On the way back, we took a picture of Finger Rock on Finger Mountain, and some pictures of Fireweed – it is the first weed to grow after a forest fire (Alaska saw large forest fires early in the last decade).


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