How do you get the kids to bed?

Trip Start Jun 18, 2005
Trip End Jan 01, 2006

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Flag of United States  , Alaska
Tuesday, June 21, 2005

The pilot fulfilled my request! He announced, with dignified humor, our passage over the Arctic Circle. "A passenger asked me to do this," he said. "So look below. You won't see a dotted line like on the map. But we're there." He announced the latitude too -- 66.34 north.

The flight attendant happened to be standing near when it happened. He grinned at me. "Did you hear that?"

The young man sitting next to me smiled and jostled me with his elbow. "There! You saw it! That's great!" Even the buzzy busy man on the aisle looked up from his laptop and smiled. He turned his head to peer out the window too. It put us in a good mood.

Why didn't I have my camera ready to snap the moment? I don't know. But it didn't matter. I was north of the Arctic Circle.

We crossed the Brooks Range and then the terrain changed dramatically. It was the North Slope, the Arctic tundra, a landscape of frozen lakes, just getting to the thaw, and miles and miles and miles and miles of something that resembled land, but wasn't, quite.

The pictures pick up from here.
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Awesome trip! Thanks so much for posting it!

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