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Arctic Circle Crossing Initiation

A day of celebration mixed with fear, because those that have already crossed the Circle are allowed to do unknown horrors to the newbie initiates. All in good fun, though.

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Above: Blindfolded victims forced to eat the strangest of concoctions.

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A blindfolded and saranwrapped Jackie gets a trim.

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The joys of a jello-greased slip and slide in freezing temperatures. The man on the left is supposedly dressed as an Arctic char.

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The cold and lowly must kneel to the ocean royalty, and beg forgiveness for trespassing in the Arctic waters.

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The seal, walrus, and narwhal decide our fate, which ended up being an excellent picnic and a great deal of rum.