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Today is the trip to Barrow.  We left the Bed and Breakfast and went to the store to pick up some supplies.  Arrived at the airport at 8:15 and parked the bike and walked over to the place where the trip started.  We had to wait until the briefing of a another group was over and when the other 6 people arrived they gave us our briefing.  They told us the weather was good in Fairbanks but in Coldfoot the ceiling was too low to land.  They told us that we would be stopping in Biddles where they had instrumentation landing capable.  'we left around 9:15  with great weather, a short time out the clouds came in and when we arrived at the stop to get lunch and a bathroom brake the rain was out with low visibility.  The landing went fine and after a short break we bordered the plane and was off to Barrow.  The sky opened up about half way to Barrow and we had a nice trip in.  When we arrived a local person picked us up in an old bus and took us to a second stop where we picked up some other people that had stayed the night.  The Top of the World Hotel was not much to look at.  The second bus had a broken ignition switch and the driver used two screwdrivers to start the bus each time.  It was quite a site to see.  The town looks very well used and has around 5000 people in the winter.  I am not sure how it survives.  It was a long day we got back  to Fairbanks at 8:00PM.

Candy took a lot of pictures they are below.

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 Stay at:

University View Bed and Breakfast 2371 Hawthorne Ct. Fairbanks, AK 99709 (907) 479-2323

$85 check mail 1-19-07 for deposit

 

An elegant retreat in a quiet, wooded neighborhood, University View Bed and Breakfast is an ideal location to base your visit to Fairbanks. Located close to the University and downtown and only 5 minutes from the airport we offer comfortable and friendly accommodation for families and business travelers alike.
 
There are two cozy rooms with a private or shared bathroom nearby. A large roof deck and ample front porch provide plenty of space from which to enjoy the beauty of the Alaskan forest or the northern lights against a starlit sky.
 

Your host, Mary Christensen, an Alaskan resident of 30 years with an extensive knowledge of the area and a traveler's sense of adventure invites you to make yourself at home and enjoy some of the extras offered at University View Bed and Breakfast.
 
The dance room is a pleasurable space both for dancing and the enjoyment of music. This space is available for your enjoyment. It doubles as showroom space and can be rented for commercial purposes.
 
Cuban style salsa lessons are offered by Mary. For more information about salsa lessons go to www.hotsaborcubanodance.com.
 
Other common areas in the house include the expansive wraparound porch and the tv room. The roof deck is perfect for northern lights viewing during the winter.
 

Directions

From Chena Pump road heading away from town

Turn Right on Chena Ridge Road
Turn right on Chena Ridge Spur Road
Turn left on Morningside Drive
Turn right on Hawthorne Court
Very first driveway on right.
 
From the Parks Highway heading in to Fairbanks

Take the Chena Pump Road Exit
Turn right on Chena Ridge Spur Road (the very first right off the access road)
Turn right on Morningside Drive
Turn Right on Hawthorne Court
Very first driveway on right.
 
Top ten things to do around Fairbanks

1. Visit the Museum of the North at the University of Fairbanks.

This museum is a treasure! Even it's structure is a work of art! When you visit the Museum of the North you will leave with a lot more knowledge about Alaska's fascinating history.
 
2. Visit Ester Gold Camp

Ester is a historical gold mining town with many interesting shops operated by local artisans. An all you can eat crab dinner can be had at the Ester Gold Camp. Afterwards visit the Malemute saloon for a glimpse of Alaska's history through the poetry of Robert Service performed for you by talented local musicians and actors.
 
3. Hike to Angel Rocks

A four hour 3 mile round trip will yield spectacular views of the Chena Hills Area. The rocks and caves are gorgeous as well. This trip is especially beautiful in the fall, which in Alaska arrives during the first week of September.
 
4. Hike the Chena Hills Ridge Trail and end your day with a relaxing soak at Chena Hot Springs.

A trip to Angel Rocks can be extended by continuing past the rocks to the ridge and hiking 9 miles to Chena Hot Springs Resort where you can soak in the outdoor springs for $10. At this writing shuttle service back to your car is available.
 
5. Take a flight seeing trip to one of Alaska's rural native villages.

Step back in time and explore another culture in just few hours with a trip north to one of Alaska's rural villages. Warbelow Air offers a choice of package tours.
 
6. Visit Pioneer Park

Pioneer Park, which I still know as "Alaskaland" is a good place for an enjoyable afternoon and a look at Alaska's history. Many of the original township buildings have been relocated here. If you have small children the train and the old fashioned carousel are big hits.
 
7. Take a walk at Creamer's Field

Creamer's Field is the site of an old dairy. The wetlands and woods that surround it attract thousands of migrating geese and sandhill cranes in the spring and fall. The woodlands trails make for a relaxing walk in the middle of our small city.
 
8. An evening by the river.

Take a picnic and drive about 5 miles down Chena Pump Road to the spot where the Chena and Tanana Rivers meet. The light is especially gorgeous in the late evening. Remember, the sun sets only briefly during the longest summer days.
 
9. Spend an afternoon on the river.

Laze the afternoon away with a trip down the Chena River. Boat rental is available at Pioneer Park. There are several riverside bars and restaurants along the way.
 
10. Visit the Georgeson Botanical Garden

Spectacular flowers, a children's park, ponds and baby reindeer. Need I say more. Your children will find all kinds of places to run and play and you will enjoy the enormous variety of Alaska's flowers.
 

Plan take a day trip to Barrow

Trip to Barrow booked for July 15 depart return same day made reservations on 1-15-07

01/18/07 01/25 NORTHERN AK TOUR CO FAIRBANKS AK $599.00

1 transaction. $599.00

06/15/07 06/15 NORTHERN AK TOUR CO FAIRBANKS AK $599.00

1 transaction. $599.00

Barrow Expedition Series guests travel to and from Barrow in 9-passenger, twin-engine, Piper Chieftains, operated by Air Arctic, a Fairbanks based air charter operator. This smaller plane travels between 5,000 - 10,000 feet and provides all guests with a window and an aisle seat. While in Barrow the guests will travel by van as they visit the residential and commercial areas of the community and stop out along the Arctic Ocean coast.

 

Barrow Expedition - One Day Tour

A One Day Guided Journey By Air To The Farthest North Eskimo Village.

Tour Summary:

Fly north across the Arctic Circle to the ancient Inupiat Eskimo village of Barrow. Receive an official Arctic Circle Certificate. Discover firsthand the lifestyles of Alaska's Arctic Coastal peoples with a tour of the village. Walk the shores of the Arctic Ocean near the northernmost point on the North American Continent. Bravely dip your toe in the frigid waters of the Arctic Ocean. Depart Barrow on mid-afternoon flight to Fairbanks 10:00 am Depart Fairbanks by air. 11:00 am Arrive Coldfoot. Restroom Break, pickup lunch (purchase on own) from Coldfoot Camp Trucker's Cafe. 11:45 am Depart Coldfoot. 1:30 pm Arrive Barrow. Village Sightseeing Tour. 3:00 pm Depart Barrow for Fairbanks (typically with one rest stop in Coldfoot). 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm. Arrive Fairbanks. Flight times are subject to change. Tour Schedule: May 21 - September 06, 2007. Days Available: Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. 2007 Rates: $599.00 / person (From Fairbanks)

WEATHER ALTERATIONS AND THE BARROW EXPEDITION

Weather in Alaskas Arctic can and does affect flying conditions. Weather may require alteration of a portion or all of the scheduled tour itinerary.

Due to the variable conditions on the Arctic Coast, the Barrow Expedition includes a built-in weather alternate. If current or forecast weather conditions do not allow us to land at Barrow we visit another village, Anaktuvuk Pass. If weather does not allow us to land at Barrow or Anaktuvuk Pass, we visit the communities of Coldfoot & Wiseman. The price differentiation follows:

Anaktuvuk Pass$399 / person

Coldfoot/Wiseman $319 / person

It is very important that guests understand these alternatives and are aware that these are built-in to the experience. If the above mentioned alternative scenario is not consistent with what one is looking for in a tour experience, the Barrow Expedition is NOT the appropriate choice.

Should weather require an overnight stay, guest is responsible for cost of accommodations