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Its been a long journey, begining in January I started my search for summer employment. I found a strong calling to go to Alaska and felt it could be a life changing expierence. After many applications and some interviews I acctecpted a job at Coldfoot Camp located 60 miles north of the artic circle. Im sure the first thing that comes to mind is brrrrr, but I look forward to enjoying summer temps in the 60's and 70's and very long sunny days. Yesterday at 4am I awoke after really not getting any sleep but maybe for an hour. I boarded a bus to chicago and watched an incredible sunrise sending me off from Milwaukee, WI. Getting thru security was pretty easy and I boarded my 8 am flight to Seattle. I did manange to get a lil sleep on my flight and arrived in Seattle around 11 am. I had avery long layover and was lucky enough to have Kari Quaas as my tour guide for the day. As ecpected it was dreary rainy day in Seattle but the lush green and blooming flowers were stunning. Our first tourist Adventure took us to the Space Needle where I got an incredible view of the Seattle area and the some large cruise ships getting ready to head to Alaska. We had some very awesome Thai food for lunch which really hit the spot. After lunch we headed to the locks where we strolled thru botanical gardens to the waterway. It was very interesting to see some giant tugboats and personal yachts making the transition from the higher bay to the lower waterway. We had just enough time to drive thru downtown past pikes place market and down to a nice beach area in west seattle. I returned to the airport to board my 6:30 flight to Fairbanks. Upon boarding I was told I would need to hand over my guitar to the same ramp agents that I saw carelessly tossing bags off my earlier flight. I wasnt about to end up with a smashed guitar and managed to get it safely stored above my seat. I had a nice flight but was not able to get much sleep and passed the time talking to a young man who just returned from a long stay in Iraq. I made to fairbanks at 9pm to find it still looked like mid afternoon with the sun high in the sky. I got a taxi to billies backpacker hostel near the University and immediatly set out on foot to find some food. My one option was the local convience store where I found some hot pockets and cold beer which set me back $10 . At the hostel I met many other seasonal workers getting ready to head to there summer jobs. I believe on thing calling me to Alaska was to fullfill my life long dream of getting my pilots license. Ironically one of the people I met was a flight instructor who just moved to fairbanks for a job. I hope to save some money and start take some lessons soon. This morning I met a very friendly staff at the coporate offices for coldfoot. I boarded a flight with our sister company Artic Air, and enjoyed some beautifull scenery on my way up to coldfoot. After many snowy mountains and one hour I arrived at the air strip and was taken accross the highway to my new home Coldfoot camp. The camp itself is not the prettiest but the scenery sourrounding us amazing. I hope to include some pictures soon. I am excited to meet all my co workers and start doing some hiking and exploring the area. This will truley be my greatest adventure and wonderfull chapter in my life.

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Comment by Connie on May 8, 2009 at 6:18pm
The great thing about getting a pilot's license in AK is that you don't have to fly at night! :-))
Comment by newideal on May 8, 2009 at 5:52pm
Sounds awesome, Dom. Glad you made it fine and are enjoying it already. Nice photos with Kari too -- looks like you had fun on your layover.

Looking forward to seeing photos and hearing lots more stories from you this summer. Maybe you'll inspire me to do Alaska next summer! :)
Comment by Dominic A. Smith on May 8, 2009 at 5:36pm
I will be sure to pass on the warm greetings!!! I am loving it here greet people to work with :)
Comment by Bill Berg on May 8, 2009 at 3:19pm
:-) Say hello to Brett and Steffanie for me. I'd love to come see that place someday.
Comment by Dominic A. Smith on May 8, 2009 at 12:58pm
The nearest restaurant store or anything for that matter is all the down the dahlton highway back in Fairbanks which can take anywhere from 6 to 10 hours to drive depending on the road conditions. We have satelite internet here which is a little slower but works pretty well, there is one computer the coworkers can use to get online and not to many are here yet so its been fairly easy to get online. We have a pack of sled dogs I am gonna go see if any want to go for a walk!!!
Comment by James C. Smith on May 8, 2009 at 11:01am
I am glad to hear you made it to Coldfoot. I look forward to seeing posts about what you do there. How far is it to the nearest franchise restaurant? How hard is it to get internet access?

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