Road trip: Fairbanks to Anchorage, Alaska - Subaru Forester Owners Forum
Subaru Forester Forum
ebay search
Subaru Forester Forum
Go Back   Subaru Forester Owners Forum > General Forums > General Forum
SubaruForester.org is the premier Subaru Forester Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
User Tag List

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 11-13-2008, 12:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
Registered User
 
rpiereck's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 738
Location: 6450′16″N 14742′59″W
Gallery: 8
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Default Road trip: Fairbanks to Anchorage, Alaska

The wife and I took a road trip this weekend, from Fairbanks to Anchorage, Alaska. This is a 360 mile trip, which in the lower 48 could have been done in 4 to 5 hours, but here in Alaska the main road between the two largest cities, or rather the only city (Anchorage) and the largest town (Fairbanks), is a two lane road, with pavement of variable quality, with bumps, animals on both sides and whatever else nature might want to throw at you. We were fortunate to have good weather all the way down to Anchorage and back; the worst we had was some quartering wind that made steering squirely on curves, but besides that it was nice. Our speed varied between 50 to 70 mph, at times we found ourselves going 75 mph. The whole 360 mile trip took us 6-1/2 hours, including two stops for food, some bathroom stops and one stop for refuel (I brought my own fuel, hah!). Unfortunately by the time we made it to Anchorage it was already dark, as sunset is before 4:30 pm right now, and since we forgot our tripod (doh!) I got no night pictures. Enjoy the ones below!

Good weather in Alaska means temperatures above 0 degrees!


The Arctic Road Warrior ready for the trip, with extra tire and fuel on the basket!


Leaving Fairbanks, almost noon and it never got much brighter than this!


The Nenana bridge


Boats frozen to the ground on the Tanana River, in the town of Nenana


First bathroom stop in the woods, the wife wanted to get away from the road for privacy and we got into 6" deep snow


The bears are supposed to be hibernating, but I found this footprint that was bigger than my hand...


Alaska jaywalking!


More of Alaska's wildlife


Chasing mountains all day long


Another bathroom break, this time for me, so I just stopped on the side of the road


Coming back from Anchorage. And, no, we did not stop in Wasilla to say hi to Sarah Palin.


The Foz and I near a snowmachine trail


A green river runs through it


Frozen river, but I dared not walk on it... yet


Another stop...


Overlooking a long bridge over the Chena river


Sunset at 4:15 pm!


More sunset


One last pose...
__________________
bork! bork! bork!
rpiereck is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 11-13-2008, 02:01 AM   #2 (permalink)
Forum Member
 
N3VRY's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 67
Location: Bear, Delaware
Car Year: 2005
Car Model: Forester 2.5X LEV II
Gallery: 4
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Default

Thanks, I really like the Mountain scenery, it reminds me of driving through western VA and Tennessee. More pictures, please.
__________________
05 Forester 2.5 X 4EAT
05 Grand Caravan 3.8 SXT
N3VRY is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-2008, 03:02 AM   #3 (permalink)
Forum Member
 
dwmoss's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 1,742
Location: Pocono's
Car Year: 07
Car Model: FXT sport
Gallery: 1
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 10 reviews
Default

Great images, thanks for posting!!!

+1 for more pictures

dm
dwmoss is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-2008, 05:13 AM   #4 (permalink)
Registered User
 
satalac's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 1,539
Location: Nashville
Car Year: 04
Car Model: Forester XT
Gallery: 0
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Default

simply beautiful scenery! great pics!
satalac is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-2008, 05:51 AM   #5 (permalink)
Forum Member
 
Smash81's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 5,535
Location: Wheat Ridge, CO (NW Denver)
Car Year: 2003
Car Model: XS MT
Gallery: 0
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 5 reviews
Default

ooooooooooooooooooooo


aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa


I have got to get to alaska!!!
__________________
Dash: '03 XS MT
Smash81 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-2008, 06:02 AM   #6 (permalink)
A_L
Registered User
 
A_L's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 208
Location: On the edge of Boston MA - USA
Car Year: 2004
Car Model: XS Premium 5MT
Gallery: 0
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Thumbs up

Beautilfull!!
__________________
04 XS 5MT Red (my other car is a wagon, too)
A_L is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-2008, 06:12 AM   #7 (permalink)
Dan
Contributing Member
Supporting Member
 
Dan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 4,731
Location: La Crosse area, Wisconsin
Car Year: 12
Car Model: Premium
Transmission: 5-speed
Gallery: 0
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Smash81 View Post
I have got to get to alaska!!!
I'm right behind ya! SF.org meet on the North Slope!
__________________
SHIFT_to_Subaru
'12 Forester, 5spd - hers
'08 Legacy SE, 5spd - hers
'09 OB SE, 5spd - mine
Dan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-2008, 08:29 AM   #8 (permalink)
New User
Contributing Member
 
cfsubie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 502
Location: Northeastern, Pa USA
Car Year: 2010
Car Model: Outback Limited
Gallery: 8
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Default

I have a friend who lived in Alaska and I never understood how he could love it so much. After seeing your pics I understand why he does. What spectacular views. I think I need to make a trip there some day. Thanks for posting the pics..
__________________
CFSubie
<><
2010 Outback Limited
Satin Pearl White - PZEV
cfsubie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-2008, 08:39 AM   #9 (permalink)
ɹoʇɐɹǝpoɯ ɹǝdns
 
Duderotomy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 20,321
Location: ナイアガラ
Car Year: 2007
Car Model: XT Sport
Transmission: 5MT
Gallery: 0
Mentioned: 9 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 110 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 19 reviews
Default

Great shots!
__________________
Duderotomy is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-2008, 09:20 AM   #10 (permalink)
Registered User
Thread Starter
 
rpiereck's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 738
Location: 6450′16″N 14742′59″W
Gallery: 8
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by cfsubie View Post
I have a friend who lived in Alaska and I never understood how he could love it so much. After seeing your pics I understand why he does. What spectacular views. I think I need to make a trip there some day. Thanks for posting the pics..
Alaska is adictive, and the cold, well, you get used to it. It was 35 degrees down in Anchorage and I was walking around in a t-shirt...
__________________
bork! bork! bork!
rpiereck is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-2008, 09:22 AM   #11 (permalink)
ɹoʇɐɹǝpoɯ ɹǝdns
 
Duderotomy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 20,321
Location: ナイアガラ
Car Year: 2007
Car Model: XT Sport
Transmission: 5MT
Gallery: 0
Mentioned: 9 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 110 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 19 reviews
Default

*Off Topic*
what are your lower fog lights? and did you use the factory plugs to wire them up?
__________________

Last edited by Duderotomy; 11-13-2008 at 12:22 PM.
Duderotomy is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-2008, 09:30 AM   #12 (permalink)
Registered User
Lifetime Supporting Member
 
nwroller's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 584
Location: Sammamish, WA
Car Year: 2004
Car Model: Forester XT MT
Gallery: 0
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 6 reviews
Default

beautiful!
__________________
2004 Forester XT 5sp stg 2
PSM - Platinum Silver Metalic
Just a couple a mods
nwroller is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-2008, 12:19 PM   #13 (permalink)
Forum Member
 
Quicksilver's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 1,587
Location: Alaska
Car Year: 2010
Car Model: FXT Limited
Transmission: 4EAT Sport Shift
Gallery: 0
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Default

rpiereck-
We made the reverse trip, back in February when the Int'l Ice Carving Championships were being held in Fairbanks...similar to colder temps, worse road and weather conditions...some of the canyon sections just north of Denali were doubly treacherous...roads were iced over and polished with wind-drifted snow, and the winds would pick up every so often and make curves and even straightaways a little dicey!
And yeah, a beautiful drive any time of the year.
I'll attach a few images captured on road between Anchorage and Seward last January (5 below zero, at Turnagain Pass), of my two loves (the Forester and my wifey) on our annual snowshoe expedition.
-Quick
Attached Thumbnails
Road trip: Fairbanks to Anchorage, Alaska-15380008.jpg   Road trip: Fairbanks to Anchorage, Alaska-15380002.jpg  
__________________
2010 FXT Limited 4EAT - Sage Green
Quicksilver is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-2008, 01:05 PM   #14 (permalink)
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 1,492
Location: Toowoomba, QLD Australia
Car Year: 2007
Car Model: Forester XT
Transmission: manual
Gallery: 0
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 9 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Default

Thanks for sharing - hope you have more some time.

Landscape is so different from Australia. It reminds me a bit of a week in January that I spent in northern Scotland many years ago.
__________________
07 Forester XT manual
13 VW Golf 90TSI manual
guzzla is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-2008, 01:08 PM   #15 (permalink)
Pleiads' biggest leghumper
Contributing Member
Supporting Member
 
joe r's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 1978
Posts: 9,315
Location: Cashmere, WA 98815
Car Year: 04's
Car Model: 2 FXT's.
Gallery: 0
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 71 reviews
Default

Great pics!Did you do any donuts in the deep snow?


joe r
__________________
04 FXT manual Platinum Silver "Sti swapped"= Mine.
04 FXT auto Sierra Gold = Hers.
joe r is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  Subaru Forester Owners Forum > General Forums > General Forum

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -8. The time now is 06:17 AM.



Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.1.0 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.