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    I will do my best to capture the trip but that is a tall task. There is so much that words and pictures just can’t do justice to.

    We arrived at 1am Friday night/ Saturday morning. Flights were easy and there was no issue with getting my gun to Alaska. The adventure started as soon as we walked out the doors. The car rental company was going to give us a 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee to use but there was an issue and we got an email saying it would now be a Suburban. Sweet! They parked it in the airport parking so it would be there for us when we arrived. The parking lot at Fairbanks Airport is small, however there are still a more than enough cars to make you look.

    The issue is that all we had for information was that it was a suburban. No color. No location. No plate #. We scan the lot and boom find it with no problems. Its slightly lifted with 33’s on it. It has lights and a CB as well as mud from other trips down a dirt road. Number 193 is on the fender and the keys were in the gas door like they said. Easy as pie! We load up and head out. I pay the bill for the parking and complain that they had parked it there a few days early so my ticket it $65… Whatever… Im in Alaska!!!!

    A few miles down the road I just have this nagging feeling that something isn’t correct. I have Mike look for anything with the rental company name on it. Nothing turns up. I remember seeing a VIN # on the contract so I pull into a gas station and look. This is not our car… We stole a car from the airport!!! Back we go to find our car and return the stolen car.

    After more searching we find our all stock 2017 Suburban and keys that have the company name. We did leave a nice note for the owner of the other rig letting them know we paid their parking.

    Not a bad way to start the trip. More to come.
    Touch the cow. Do it NOW!

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    Day two: Dalton Highway
    We got going about 9am. It was overcast and the locals said there would be snow. After a quick stop to Walmart for ammo, water, and snacks we headed out. It wasn’t long till the road changed to dirt but the condition of the road wasn’t any worse. The dirt road was better than any back road that I had been on in AZ. People told us to be ready to have everything in your body shaken. These people have never done CK. Just saying…

    The road was paved in parts and that’s when it got bad. The potholes that were in the road could eat a 35” tire. Mike did a great job at hitting all of them. ALL OF THEM… Im kidding. He worked that road and we avoided most of them. There were a few that were just too wide to avoid.

    The road turned to mud in a few places and we found out that if you go fast enough when you hit the whoops section you could get all 4 tires off the ground in a curve over a bridge at 65mph… That will wake you up and it makes me giggle every time.

    We made the stop at Yukon river and walked down. Nothing much to see. The bridge over the river was wood slats and was way cool to drive on. There was a guy that had a nice all tent on a barge that looked like it was his home. Kinda cool.

    We stopped off at an old bridge and took pics. I looked for fish but didn’t see anything.

    Next stop was the Arctic Circle. It was… well… underwhelming. Yeah it was cool that we crossed over but the sign itself and the pull out was just Meh. We made sure to take lots of pics and put the HG flag up. That flag has been all over the world. That’s just cool to think about.

    We made our way to Cold Foot where they had the last gas and food till Prudhoe Bay. From there we headed a few more miles down to Wiseman where the population was 10 or less. We checked in to our cabin and walked the town. Neat place. 100% of the income had to be from the cabin rentals.

    We posted up down at the river and took pictures as the sun set over the mountains. It was nothing like an Arizona sunset but it still moved me the same as the shadows danced on the mountains and the river made its way past us. We watched the sky and realized the cloud cover wasn’t letting up. We checked on the night sky till we went to bed and then I set my alarm for every few hours to get up and check to see if it cleared up. No such luck.
    The northern lights just weren’t meant to be for this trip.
    Touch the cow. Do it NOW!

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    So glad you guys were able to go do this!

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    Trying out the medium size Imgur hosting from Instagram pics.

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    I seriously want to like in your photos, Mike. Not the real world where you took them, but just IN your actual photos. So good, brother. So good.
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    Pics of the stolen suburban?

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