Top of the World Hotel
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We drop Blue off in the Fairbanks Airport parking lot and pass through security for our trip to Barrow. Unfortunately, there is ground fog at our first stop in Prudhoe Bay. It takes a few hours for the fog to burn off, so we just relax and wait.
The fog lifts and we are off. The hour and a half flight to Prudhoe Bay gives us glimpses of …
... to go on forever.
We went down stairs to exit the plane, walked from the plane to the lobby by going through the flight operations office. Forrest, our Native guide, was waiting for us in the lobby.
Forrest spent the day with us sharing the old traditions that are still practiced today. Whales are still hunted with harpoons. When a whale is killed, the whole town participates in the preparations and ...
... but there is no sign of life here. There is no grass or trees even in summer. There is a little bit of plant life outside of the city, which caribou eat, but I did not see it. We ate at a new restaurant called Top of the world restaurant. It is not actually the top of the world, but I believe it is the highest city in USA. I have been roughly another 500 miles north of here when I went to Svalbard two years ...
... last night) then Grace came down. Said goodbye to Grace, she & her family had been fantastic to me, especially considering that I had never met them & yet they invited me into their home. Paul & I left for the airport soon after, it was raining, which was the first time I’d seen 'decent’ rain since McCarthy.
Being an international airport Fairbanks was much bigger than Valdez & I definitely knew it was an airport, unlike Valdez. Accordingly there ...
... stop in Prudoe Bay prior to flying on to Barrow. At Barrow, we had to abort our first attempt at landing as the Pilot could not see the runway, back up into the air, a 10 minute fly around and a second time attempt
Barrow is not what I thought it was going to be, but then again I had not visited a native village In addition to the natives there are Americans, Japanese, Chinese, Samoans, etc., that have been ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsTop of the World Hotel Barrow
Very re remote place in the winter. Hotel is a little rough but the staff we met made up for it. Very nice, frinedly people. The elements take a beating on the facility but they did have a great space heater in the room that helped keep it warm. Vist this place in the summer.
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