I wanted to get a picture at the arctic circle and this seemed like a great time to do it. Mark N mentioned that there should be lots of animal sightings along the way too, so bonus!  Mark decided he would go up with us so off we go.

 

We leave the campground at 8:00am (early for Mark) with a smile and Jim driving. I brought along a bottle of beer that I have been saving from South Dakota that I wanted Mark to try, so this seemed like a great event to toast once we get to the circle.

 

The scenery is spectacular, we get to see quite a bit of critters: moose, fox, black bear and waterfowl. We did get an additional bonus, a tundra fire! That will come in a different blog post.

 

It ended up being a really long day, but I would definitely do it again. Leave at 8am and return to the RV at 12:30am… but the company in the car made it that more special.

 

Here are the pics I want to share!

 

 

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our toast!

 

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The beginning of the hwy

 

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our first moose sighting and he was a LONG way away!

 

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another shot right before he went into the brush

 

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two cow moose were found at Two Moose Lake, who would’a thunk?

 

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running to catch up with her friend

 

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couple of guys that were riding the gravel road all the way to Inuvik! They were on an adventure.

 

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black bear that was on the road

 

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glacial ice on one of the lakes

 

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just love the various blue colors in the ice, it gets so thick

 

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the two buddies by the lake

 

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heading into the brush

 

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One of the foxes that we saw

 

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here is the other, they were so cute!

 

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lots of iron in the dirt, made everything red

 

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The back window just wouldn’t stay clean

 

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where there is smoke, there is usually fire (more to come)

 

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the dirt/mud is so fine, it looks like a new paint job

 

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it’s official! we made it to the circle

 

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all three of us

 

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the beer that we toasted with

 

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you can see why the back window wouldn’t stay clean Winking smile

 

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every where you looked, it was just beautiful

 

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and we had an almost full moon, so get a neat landscape picture with it

 

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the almost setting sun on two moose lake

 

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the color in the sky once we finally make it home

 

like I said, it was a long but glorious day. It will always have a special place in my Alaska trip memories ~ Kim