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This page begins with June 20th and a drive to Twelvemile and Eagle Summits with our friend Steve, where we watched the sun not set during the night.  Kazuya stayed home to bake for the upcoming Saturday Farmer's Market.  At Eagle Summit we had some clouds while watching the sun not set, but nothing which was very detrimental to watching the sun not set on the Solstice.  After that we take a trip to the Arctic Circle - our friend Steve, Kazuya and myself.  The final three lines show some of Kazuya's Baked Delights Click on any thumbnail to begin.

Begin June 20th & 21st
  A distant hillside between Twelvemile Summit and Eagle Summit covered with Cottongrass (Eriophorum vaginatum).
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  At Eagle Summit, the first and second shots show Moss Campion (Silene acaulis) and the third shot shows the Arctic Forget-Me-Not (Eritrichium nanum).
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  Watching the sun not set - all three shots in this row were taken at 12:09 AM.
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  Watching the sun not set - the first two shots in this row were taken at 12:29 AM and the third shot was taken at 1:33 AM.
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  The first image here is a panorama of the sun not setting and the second image is the same, but it is annotated to show the time each shot was taken. The third shot was taken at 2:31 AM.
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  The first shot in this row was taken at 3:15 AM, as the sun rises higher and higher in the sky. Now for an explanation of why and how we can see the sun not set at this location, which is actually below the Arctic Circle by 1°, or about 50 miles, read the second and third images. The third image is essentially a more readable reproduction of the second image, but the third one is without the graphics.
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End June 20th & 21st, Begin June 23rd & 24th
  On Sunday, June 23rd we took our friend out for some souvenir shopping at a place called "The Knotty Shoppe" because it specializes in these weird "knots" which can be found quite often on our black spruce trees.
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  On Monday, the 24th we all went on a "Northern Alaska Tour Company" - Arctic Circle Drive. We were on a smaller restroom equipped bus, 22 capacity, and we had 19 passengers. The driver was the guide and Kazuya and I of course know what he was talking about, and we thought he was not very informative, and said some things when asked questions, which were just plain wrong. Anyway, we all had fun. The tour left the East Ramp of Fairbanks International Airport at 6:30 AM and we got back there at 11:40 PM - it was a long day. Thank heavens nobody in our group was a butthole. As a bonus we met a friendly Japanese guy, who you'll see a photo of, and kind of friended him and took photos for each other and talked, ate together and etc.

The first shot in this row is the stop to let people shoot photos of the Dalton Highway sign. The second shot is our Oregon friend at the Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline explanation point. The third shot shows a nice shot of fireweed, this is actually at the Dalton Highway sign.
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  We stopped on the north side of the Yukon River, the third longest river in North America and people who had ordered lunches were allowed to pick them up here and take a restroom break for a brief stop, but were asked to get back on he bus to eat their lunches while we were driving. We were smart, we had brought our lunches and suppers with us. People who paid for them found them not cheap. The third shot is at a rest stop at Finger Mountain, at mile 98 on the Dalton Highway. Keep in mind that one is some 76 miles north of Fairbanks before entering the Dalton Highway, so now we are some 174 miles out of Fairbanks. The closest person in the third photo is Kazuya and the person in red is our friend Steve, from Oregon.
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  These three shots were all taken at Finger Mountain Wayside. Interesting looking country, but wildflower season already mostly finished here.
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  Three more at Finger Mountain Wayside. The first shot shows me, and was taken by our Japanese traveling companion, Shouta. The third shot shows what is considered to be the actual Finger. We were told that before the haul road, or Dalton Highway was here that pilots knew that Finger Rock points towards Fairbanks. We don't know if that's true or not.
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  At the Arctic Circle the bus driver/guide pulled out this red carpet with a line on it and we all did the little walk to "Cross the Arctic Circle". The first shot here shows our Japanese traveling companion, Shouta, the second one shows our friend Steve, and the third one shows Kazuya and I. This wayside is at milepost 115 on the Dalton Highway, so we're now 191 miles from Fairbanks.
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  We stopped on the way back to see some permafrost, and this shot shows Kazuya and the Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline at that stop. We also stopped at the Yukon River Camp again, where people who had pre-ordered a supper could get it and sit down to eat. The second image is a 3-shot panorama which shows the entire Yukon River Bridge. This bridge is 2,295 feet (700 m) in length and it's actually on a 6% grade. It was taken from the shore of the river at Yukon River Camp. The third shot shows a nice little bunch of Cottongrass (Eriphorum vaginatum).
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End June 23rd & 24th, Begin
Kazuya's Baked Delights
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  These shots were all taken on June 8th at Kazuya's Baked Delights, at the Tanana Valley Farmer's Market. The first shot shows how we set things up and the remaining shots show various products.
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  All three of thee photos also show various products offered by Kazuya's Baked Delights for the June 8th Farmer's Market.
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  Our Oregon friend, Steve, gave Kazuya the idea of making what he called a "Grizzly Bear Claw" around a year ago and he has wanted one since he thought of the idea, so Kazuya made 2 of these huge "Grizzly Bear Claws" for him. Yummy and also amazing to look at. Kazuya is now offering them at Farmer's Market as whole, 3 claws or single claw. One customer actually wanted one of the whole ones last Saturday. Amazing! Oh, they do NOT cost $50, that was just what our friend used for scale.
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End Kazuya's Baked Delights, End June 2019's Photos, Begin Our Publications Links


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