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Museum and Pirates

Monday, June 18, 2007

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Jere and I spend the morning agonizing about whether we should drive to the Arctic Circle or not. It's about a 6 hour drive one-way on the Dalton Highway. The Dalton is paved for the first 50 miles or so, but is gravel/dirt for the much of the remainder of the trip. From what we understand the biggest problem is the tractor trailers who use the road for it's intended purpose: to haul supplies to/from Prudhoe Bay for the Alaska Pipeline. They kick stones/dirt up and can damage your car, especially the headlights and windows. We originally were going to drive our truck up to the Arctic Circle, but Jere is having serious second thoughts about risking his truck to broken windows just to have our picture taken beside a sign that says "Arctic Circle".

We have two other alternatives: rent a car or take a tour. After much research this morning, we find that renting a car will cost us $350 (including gas) and the tour will cost $450 for the 3 of us. Jere's not sure what to do and I decide that I don't want to pay $350+ for a 12 hours ride to an Arctic Circle sign. We've seen lots of tundra and we've seen the Yukon River, so I fear that we're going to regret the 10-12 hours in the car/bus and the huge amount of $$$ spent. Bottom line: after hours of agonizing, we decide to forgo the arctic circle trip.

After spending too much time deciding if we should drive to the arctic circle tomorrow, it's 2:00 and we head to the University of Alaska Fairbanks Museum.

It's a nice museum--the outside architecture is very impressive, but nothing special in the inside of the museum and overpriced for the hour that we spend there. We walk around the outside and look at their totem poles before taking off to have a quick dinner.

After a very quick dinner we head to the movies to see Pirates of the Caribbean at World's End. The theatre is actually very nice and we enjoy the movie and 2 large buckets of popcorn!

Posted by jengelman 13:17 Archived in USA Tagged family_travel

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