Our guide was Ben Boyd and he's a mighty guy! There's just so much information kept within him and he shared it with us for the entire journey to the Arctic Circle and back (well, kind of, since we were sleeping towards the end).
Before we begun the trip, he even took us on a detailed tour of the exhibits in the Morris Thomson Visitor Center! He explained about the tools that are used in the wild and by Native Indians. He was so engrossed that we kinda forgot about the time!
Throughout the ride, he shared with us stories about himself and his family, his past and the various jobs that he had done over the years. Despite being 67 already, he's still going strong! He was extremely cautious when he drives and I felt really safe sitting in that mini-bus.
Along the way to the Arctic Circle, Ben alerted us to a lynx bounding across the road; when we spotted a couple of foxes, he stopped and let us take pictures. He answered any questions we had. He took great care of our safety - especially when we stopped to take pictures of the Aurora and we stood on the highway itself. He was our ears and eyes whenever the trucks come roaring by - he'll scream for us to clamber back to safety. On the way back to Fairbanks, we were all tired and were sleeping; he woke us up when he saw an incredible display of the Aurora. He stayed with us for as long as we liked/took to take photos, never rushing us through the aurora show.
I think one of the best part was the food! They provided 2 bottles of drinking water, a sandwich cut in half that was sooooo yummy, a few snacks, definitely enough to last us the entire journey and back!
We had an awesome time with Ben and will definitely choose tours with 1st Alaska Outdoor School if we return to Alaska!
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