UPDATE- Friday June 15th
(Fairbanks to Barrow)
The flight took 3:12 and it was the first time we ever really had a view of something beside the top or inside of clouds.  First we had to pack the plane.  Here (first pix) is where Sharon had some help with loading her bags for the trip to the airport.  (I only take a very small Giant Food Market plastic bag with one of everything - - - I wash every night.)
We flew IFR at about 12,000 feet getting out of Fairbanks and across the Brooks Range (the mountains about half way to Barrow.)  After we passed the mountains, the clouds opened up and we cancelled our IFR flight plan and descended.  North of the mountains and south of the northernmost coast is the Tundra (second pix).
The approach to Barrow showed the city (pop. 4,400) between the airport (one runway) and the Arctic Ocean (third pix).  We flew around the area for about 20 minutes, and were told by the Barrow FAA Flight Service person on the radio to avoid flying over the city.  Here you can see the ice which recently began melting. (fourth pix).  It is still frozen in the distance. 
Just east of the city is an old Distant Early Warning Site (DEW Line) (fifth pix) which is "mostly inactive". The sixth picture is a view of Barrow from the Ocean.
We then landed at the Wiley Post-Will Rogers Memorial Airport. (seventh and eighth pictures)  We parked our plane (they really ain't too particular- the FAA briefer suggested we park in front of his building) in the gravel (ninth pix). EVERYTHING is gravel.  The runway is the only paved area in Barrow.  Everything else is gravel or mud.
We had made reservations at the King Eider Inn in Barrow for three nights.  We also had reserved a car.  A gentleman from UIC Corp. picked us up at the airport and took us to his rental garage.  He helped us with our (Sharon's of course- see first pix) bags.  We checked into our hotel (tenth pix) and went to our room to check things out.  The hotel is about 10 years old and is really very nice.  The Moon Guide said it is the nicest place in Barrow.  They have an interesting rule here.  NO SHOES.  You take your shoes off in the lobby and leave them there, (like the Roikans in Japan).  With all the mud (and we are starting to see it) we can see why.  The room was very nice, however the view?? (eleventh pix).
We are staying here until Monday and will post more tomorrow.  We were really quite fortunate.  The weather in Barrow has been pretty lousy until yesterday.  The ceiling (cloud base) never got much above 600 feet.  It was questionable whether we were going to make the flight up here.
By the way, do you see anything unusual about the weather forecast for Barrow?
Tonight
Mostly sunny. Lows 35 to 40. East winds to 10 mph.
 
Saturday
Mostly sunny. Highs 45 to 55. East winds 10 to 15 mph.
 
Saturday Night
Mostly sunny. Lows 35 to 40. East winds to 15 mph.
 
Sunday
Mostly sunny. Highs 45 to 55. East winds to 15 mph.
 
Sunday Night
Mostly sunny. Lows 35 to 40. East winds to 15 mph.
 
Monday
Partly cloudy. Highs near 50.

 


Sharon's bags


Tundra


Barrow


Ice Melting


Distant Early Warning Site
(DEW Line)


View of Barrow from the Arctic Ocean



Wiley Post-Will Rogers Memorial Airport


Parked on the Gravel


King Eider Inn


The View from the room