Long story short: no trans-Arctic Circle flight today — the company e-mailed me a few hours before my scheduled departure. Due to several wildfires in the vicinity of Coldfoot, the town’s landing strip was closed. I’ve been re-booked for 1PM tomorrow, August 9. I visited the University of Alaska’s Museum of the North instead and learned a lot about Alaska’s history and the Northern Lights. Afterwards fellow journeyman Olivier and I had fantastic yellow curries made with Alaskan halibut in Fairbanks’s most recommended Thai restaurant. Olivier used to work in the movie industry and has been on the road for several years. He spent time in Ecuador and Colombia before canoeing the Yukon River. I am grateful for his jolly company.
P.S. Also saddened by the recent death of a hiker in Yellowstone National Park.