20 May
2015

# FIND YOUR PARK

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and celebrate 100 years of the national parks service!

 FIND YOUR PARK this year!

John Hall’s Alaska is a participant in the National Park Foundation’s “Find Your Park” campaign, which encourages every American to get out and explore the National Park System.

27 Apr
2015

2015 Iditarod & Aurora Adventure Pics

Our inaugural winter tour was completed in March and it was a great success and an even BIGGER ADVENTURE! Between braving the cold temps during Iditarod madness to journeying up the Dalton Highway in order to cross the Arctic Circle and view stunning Northern Lights…..this group was busy!  John Gailey, Joseph Hall, John Hall Jr. and Tara Requist escorted the group and joined in on the fun. For more information on our 2016 departure, please visit our website.

Here are some of our favorite pics from the tour:

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Operations Manager, Tara, is pictured with 2012, 2014 & 2015 Iditarod Winner, Dallas Seavey. This picture was actually taken before the race began. Dallas was kind enough to chat with members of our group while he set up for the Ceremonial Start in Anchorage.

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Our own snow coach resting at Chena Hot Springs.

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The Northern Alaska Tour Company flew our guests over the Iditarod Trail so that they could get a look at Iditarod action from above.

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Dave Monson’s Trail Breaker Kennel’s took guests on an exhilarating dog sled ride!

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Tour guests pictured with Dave Monson and Sugar, Laura Allaway’s dog, at Dave’s home in Fairbanks.

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A cute juvenile Musk Ox at Palmer Musk Ox Farm. The non-profit Musk Ox Farm is dedicated to the domestication of the musk ox, an Ice Age mammal that once roamed the earth alongside saber tooth tigers and woolly mammoths.

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Iditarod musher, Laura Allaway, chats with guests at the Musher’s Banquet in Anchorage. John Hall’s Alaska and multiple JHA guests helped to sponsor Laura’s Iditarod run.

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Just one of several stunning ice exhibits at the World Ice Art Championships in Fairbanks.

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Happy Hour – Alaskan Style!

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Puppy pals at Trail Break Kennels.

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More puppy love…

 

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Ready for a run.

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Sunset Snow Coach tour scenery at Chena Hot Springs.

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Snow Angels at 20 below!

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The arctic man, John Gailey.

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Northern Lights viewing at Chena Hot Springs.

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AMAZING Northern Lights at Chena Hot Springs.

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Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum in Fairbanks.

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Fur Rendezvous Festival eats in Anchorage.

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Even tough mountain men enjoy the fun at the Fur Rendezvous Festival.

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Official Start of the Iditarod in Fairbanks – Pictured is DeeDee Jonrowe, an American kennel owner and dog musher who is a three-time runner up in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, and holds the fastest time ever recorded for a woman.

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John Jr., Tara and John Gailey goofing around above the Arctic Circle.

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A true musher’s view – Sled dog ride at Trail Breaker Kennels.

 

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Inside Chena Hot Springs’ famous ice museum.

 

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A great picture of the snow coach at Chena Hot Springs.

27 Mar
2015

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Just another day in the Villages? Nope. Musher Dave Monson (holding musher Laura Allaway’s lead dog, Sugar) poses with guests on our Iditarod & Aurora Adventure!

26 Feb
2015

Win An Alaska Cruise!!!

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You can also send a check to John Hall’s Alaska Attn: Joe Hall at our address in Lake City.  It is 1127 N Lakeshore Drive, Lake City, MN 55041.  Please make the checks out to “Cash for Kids”.  Once we receive the check, we will confirm we have received it and send out the ticket stub in the mail.

26 Feb
2015

2016 Alumni Adventures Are Here!

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AUSTRALIA/ NEW ZEALAND – February 22 – March 13, 2016

This down under exploration features national parks, wildlife and amazing cultural expeditions! This once-in-a-lifetime itinerary hits major scenic and historical highlights but builds in some time for star gazing and nature exploration. All hotels are high end offering the highest quality comfort and amenities. This tour is custom built for us and thus only found with John Hall’s Alaska!

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HAWAII – April 5 – April 17, 2016

Back by popular demand! Join us on an all-inclusive adventure exploring 4 islands in 13 days! Expect beaches, volcanoes, Polynesian culture, WWII history, plantations and more! Dine at farm to table open air restaurants featuring the fresh catch of the day! Enjoy a sunset catamaran cruise with yummy cocktails. All hotels are ocean front deluxe resorts offering the highest quality comfort and amenities. This tour is custom built for us and thus only found with John Hall’s Alaska!

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Please remember that space is limited to only 40 guests! These tours are locally guided and escorted by John Hall’s Alaska family members. All meals are included, hotel and attractions listed are included.

Call 800-325-2270 to book today!

26 Feb
2015

2016 Tour Dates Are Here!

We are now accepting reservations on 2016 dates with no deposits taken until June!

Changes in 2016: Our 14 Day Denali Explorer tour will be re-vamped with new features and attractions built in. Our Klondike Gold Rush will be a 19 day tour, giving guests more time to enjoy the ports of call in Southeast Alaska.
2016 tour dates

26 Feb
2015

Sponsor a Hero!

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UPDATE: As of April 1st, 2015-

Eighteen veterans, soldiers and their traveling companions received a free 7 day Denali Explorer land exploration for the summer of 2015. We are honored by the service of our American brothers and sisters and proud to give a little joy to those who have already given so much to us. – the Hall family.

2 Feb
2015

Winter in Alaska

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Moose and her calf atop Glen Alps

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There is something magical about winter in Alaska. Yes, it blizzards, the temperature drops, and can become quite extreme and uncomfortable. In between the long dark days in the middle of winter, Mother Nature provides one surprise after another.

My first winter was complete with pink flip flops to showcase to those back home in Florida that one could bridge the two lifestyles. I would run outside for a brief moment to dance in the snow and snap a few quick pics. Most people were still floored that the myths about Alaska were not entirely true. I would regularly set the record straight that I did not in fact live in an igloo and it was not winter year round. My first year was spent viewing winter cautiously and enjoying mainly from the inside looking out.

In time, clear moonlit nights called me into the woods to snowshoe where it was wild and quiet. I discovered a whole other world among the snow-covered trees, glistening snow crystals, and soft crunch of the snow underneath my feet. I began to live for the night, and yearned to go in search of ice formations and vast, untracked moonlit snow. Dark shapes of moose bedding down for the night would interrupt the stillness. Shooting stars would pull my attention upward to an expansive night sky. I would stretch a blanket out in an opening of snow, and delight in the landscape of the winter night.

Skiing followed with trips into Alaska’s backcountry to explore frozen mountain lakes, thick forests, deep powder caches, and historic gold mining remnants. One cold March day, I skied for the first time across Portage Lake to the towering glacier barely visible from the road system. We closed in on the towering, icy blue glacier to explore the outlying pressure ridge cracks and unique ice formations. With nearly 100,000 glaciers in Alaska I had begun with the accessible gems of Portage Glacier and the Matanuska Glacier off the Glenn Highway. As the sun moved across the sky, the way the light hit the ice of a glacier was a marvel to me. Although the magnitude difficult to grasp, a well-etched memory was forever formed of several of the glaciers visited.

As I became more comfortable with the winter elements, late night pursual for the northern lights became thrilling. Complete with hand warmers and thermoses of hot tea, there was no limit how far I would drive at midnight in search of the best viewing. I have heard people describe their first or most memorable displays vividly and with such recollection. No two displays ever seem to be identical, and the unforeseen color variations seem to dance in endlessness. The cold, dark winter nights seem to be the perfect canvas for the bright aurora to highlight the sky overhead. Ask an Alaskan how many hours they will wait patiently for the aurora to appear, and they will most likely give a smile and a story.

Alaskan winters have perhaps gained more respect from me and inspiration than other seasons. There is a transition, something unique that occurs when the snow flies and the darkness sets in. Mountains and valleys take a different shape, the night sky lights up, movement ceases, a peace overtakes the land, and a new explorer emerges. There is much yet to be discovered.

As John Hall’s Alaska gears up for the first Iditarod & Aurora Adventure tour next month, I can say that we are all proud to share winter in Alaska with our guests. Ice carvings, northern lights, dog sledding, flightseeing, snowmachining, and evening adventures are sure to create memories for all. This is the Alaska that also shapes our culture and experiences, and I look forward to sharing some firsts with many of our guests.

Tara

14 Jan
2015

Alaskan Storyteller Event

What have been some of your favorite Alaskan stories while on tour with us?

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A friend of mine suggested going to an event in downtown Anchorage a couple months called “Arctic Entries”. She described the event as seven people each sharing a seven minute story on a stage. Skeptical of my time, I agreed and attended my first show.

That Tuesday night, the show’s theme was “End of the Road: Stories of Showing Up, Staying Put, and Getting Local.” Now here we are, a sold out show, the lights go down on a plain stage with 10 chairs set up in a semi-circle. 7 Alaskan storytellers, 2 hosts, and a local musician.

Men and women of various ages and backgrounds each took their turn and told their story. Linda was a New Yorker living the life of fashion and shopping, until she left everything for a year in Alaska to live a “civilized life.” She shares her humor as she tells her friends that the plane does actually land in December in Alaska and how she turns her spare bedrooms in closets. She soon discovers her love of art in the Anchorage Museum, and her love for Alaska.

Netra was born in Bhutan in the 80’s and suffered hostility and civil unrest. His family was subjected to a refugee camp, until international aid offered a chance to come to Alaska in 2010. He shared his new experiences with camping, the lack of daylight, and visiting a store like Fred Meyer with everything under one roof!

The stories captured the adventures and the determination of Alaskans as they settled in the state and even visited areas around the globe. I found there was a common bond, a shared drive among people of various backgrounds to seek out the Alaskan way of life. The entire John Hall’s Alaska team has been intrigued by the natural beauty and extensive culture that makes Alaska a memorable place to live or travel to. I think we all have our favorite stories of our first trip, our first impressions, and how we got hooked. There is much to be explored and certainly something for everyone.

Can’t visit the show next week?

You can listen to past and future recordings on the Arctic Entries website as you reminisce or as your Alaskan trip approaches.

http://arcticentries.com/2014/08/01/recordings/

Tara R.

 

9 Dec
2014

Sponsor a Musher!

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For the March 2015 Iditarod Race John Hall’s Alaska is proud to be sponsoring Laura Allaway from Trail Breaker Kennels located in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Though an experienced musher, Laura will be attempting to run her dogs from Willow, Alaska all the way to Nome, Alaska for the first time! Running the Iditarod is a very expensive endeavor and Laura needs to raise $30,000 to cover the cost. She has raised $10,000 so far but needs our help!

John Hall’s Alaska has pledged to match any donations from our guests and past travelers up to $7,500.  Donations go to cover race expenses such as food drops, clothing supplies and equipment, and airfare to fly her whole team home from Nome.

Says Laura, “It takes every dog on the main-line working as a fluid unit, along with the musher, to make a great dog team.  Help be a part of the Trail Breaker team!”

Donation Levels are as follows:

$500 LEAD DOG:
Donator Receives: Two Trail Breaker hoodies, two signed Granite books, authentic full set of trail-worn booties.

These dogs control the direction and pace of your team.  Only the smartest, fastest, and best trained dogs run the difficult lead position.  They are the ones that the musher gives commands.  But mushers also need to trust in the lead dogs instincts to win the race.

 

$250 SWING DOG:
Donator Receives: Trail breaker hoodie, signed Granite book, authentic pair of trail-worn booties.

These are the ones who aid the lead dogs.  Swing dogs can be leaders in training, or leaders taking a break from running lead.

 

$100 WHEEL DOG:
Donator Receives: Signed Granite book, authentic trail-worn bootie.

These are the dogs that run closest to your sled.  They are typically your biggest, strongest dogs because they need to be able to keep the sled on the trail, even on corners or on difficult terrain.

 

Up to $100 TEAM DOG:
Donator Receives: Authentic trail-worn bootie.

Any dog in the kennel can run ‘team,’ from the top experienced dogs, to the most inexperienced yearlings.  Size doesn’t matter here either.  These are the ones who provide the power to get the team down the trail.

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HOW TO DONATE:

Mail Checks To: John Hall’s Alaska, 1127 N. Lakeshore Drive, Lake City, MN 55041

Make Checks Out To: John Hall’s Alaska – please note on checks: TBK/Laura Allaway

 

Learn more about Laura Allaway here. Laura’s Iditarod race profile.

For Iditarod race updates and to follow Laura’s progress like us on FACEBOOK !

 

UPDATE 2/25/15 : Do to your generous donations, Laura was able to raise over $15,000 towards her racing costs. THANK YOU!

UPDATE 4/1/15: Laura and her wonderful dog team placed 46th in this years event (out of 76 teams). We were thrilled with her success at completing this challenging race!

 

# FIND YOUR PARK

# FIND YOUR PARK

and celebrate 100 years of the national parks service!  FIND YOUR PARK this year! John Hall’s Alaska is a participant [&hellip

Sponsor a Hero!

Sponsor a Hero!

UPDATE: As of April 1st, 2015- Eighteen veterans, soldiers and their traveling companions received a free 7 day Denali Explorer [&hellip

The 2014 John Hall's Alaska Awards - Guest Rated!

The 2014 John Hall’s Alaska Awards – Guest Rated!

We just LOVE giving out these awards to our well-deserving Alaska partners! A huge THANK YOU for all that you do! [&hellip

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