I really would really like to go to Fairbanks and see the Ice festival in February/March but I don't feel like driving the full eight hours by myself. Who's up for a road trip with me?
After meeting with people on Wednesday and doing a little more research, I have altered the plans a bit yet again. Several people mentioned that they would prefer to leave later in the month do to various scheduling conflicts. I checked it out and I was able to find hotel room available for that weekend a bit cheaper, so the 22nd-24th it is. If this is not good for you, sorry, but I will not be changing it again.
We leave on Friday March 22nd. If possible, I hope to round up enough people and leave by noon (or maybe before). But for those that have normal jobs, a second group could leave around 6:00 or so. We currently have 14 people so we would need multiple cars. There is no real reason why we couldn't have an early car and a late car. We would pull into Fairbanks fairly late and get a hotel. We would then spend Saturday and part of Sunday going to Chena Hotsprings and checking out the ice sculptures in Fairbanks. We would then leave Fairbanks around 2:00ish and arrive back in Anchorage well before midnight.
I'm figuring the trip will take approximately $100 in gas per vehicle. If we get 4 people per car, that's $25 per person. This could be more or less depending on the car and the amount of people we get. Plus, getting in to the ice festival is $10 and Chena Hotsprings is also $10 for those that want to go.
So far, Sean and I (Brian) have volunteered to drive. Both of us would like to leave earlier. We will probably need a third and maybe fourth driver to volunteer. Who wants to drive?
For the hotel: The Best Western in Fairbanks has at least three rooms available for that weekend and they have a military/government discount that will let me reserve them for a total of $75 a night. Everyone that I have talked to has said that they would prefer to stay cheap so I am planning on putting four people per room. With taxes and fees, it will cost $45/person for both nights.
I will take care of the hotel reservations, but I will need people to pay me ahead of time to make sure that I don't end up losing a couple hundred dollars on this trip. For those that want stay with the group at Best Western, you will need to get me $45 before March 1st. You can call/text me @[masked] to set up a place and time to meet. I will only reserve rooms for the amount of people that give me money ahead of time. If you don't get me the money before March, you are still welcome to join us, but you will have to find your own accommodations.
Repeat: Get me money by March or pay for your room yourself.