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Jun 1, 2019 - Fairbanks

Up a bit later this morning LOL out for a walk and to get some breakfast and a light rain is falling, so to day not much done except unloading pictures to the blog, in the afternoon the rain stops so a walk around the city not much to see LOL has a population of 33,000, but that number goes way up with the tourist season. A stop for dinner at Big Daddy's BBQ great ribs and chicken, and a nice beer had left over for lunch back to the hotel and off to bed early.

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Jun 1, 2019 - Alaska's "Golden Heart City"

Since arriving here in Fairbanks we have been stocking up, looking for a few things that we wanted and doing a few touristy things. We did the Riverboat Discovery, a three hour tour on a paddlewheeler on the Chena River. They have a float plane take off and land for their guests, then there is a stop at Susan Butcher’s sled dog kennel. Her husband Dave explains a lot about mushing and there is a mushing (sort of) demo. Susan won the Iditarod 4 times before passing with cancer. Next there is a visit to an Athabascan village with lots of...

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May 30, 2019 - train to Fairbanks

This morning I pack up my bags then it is out for some breakfast at the hotel, and off by hotel shuttle to the train station for the 8:15 train to Fairbanks, AK It is a 12 hour trip. Drop off one bag and got my ticket and bought the ride guide booklet which is a mile post guide with maps of the route we will travel. There are not a lot of people on the train so was able to spend a lot of time in the dome that was the upper level of my car. This morning was a very nice sunshine fill day and was able to get some great shots of Mount Denali,...

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May 23, 2019 - Blog Twelve - Fairbanks

Blog Twelve - Fairbanks Tuesday 21 May 2019 A very early start this morning being up at 5:00 to finish packing, check out and we headed out of Dawson City at 6:15am. We drove the five minutes to the George Black Ferry just to see it pull away from the dock. No real issue as it was about a 10 minute wait for it to glide to the other side of the river and back again. The trip over was uneventful and somewhat anticlimactic considering all the hassles, research and hours of online searches in Oz and here trying to work out when it would be...

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Sep 13, 2018 - Amazing Dance of the Northern Lights

Awoke to another sunny beautiful day in Alaska. Today we headed off in a 9 passenger Navajo plane with our pilot, John, crossing over the Arctic Circle, 66 degrees 33 minutes, before landing Coldwater. Coldwater was a mining town in 1915, now has population 0 and is a Truck stop. There is a Post Office! The landscapes were interesting though not as nice as Denali. The area we were flying over had not even appeared on maps until 1930s, it showed up as a white area until it was actually able to be mapped out. As we flew over the Yukon Flats,...

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Sep 12, 2018 - Mr. Toad"s Wild Ride

As we were heading for breakfast we met up with the flight crew member who told us we were leaving an hour earlier to fly out as it is cloudy. As we got to the plane I looked at how small it was and thought no way is the pilot and 5 other people going to fit in and a feeling of claustrophobia came over me. I was amazed at how much room there was. It was a great flight seeing the park from above and gave a much better perspective of how big Denali is. A couple of times, especially as we were approaching the Denali face, the turbulence was a...

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Aug 9, 2018 - A day with Bryan and Christy

It was nice to have a morning with a slightly later schedule. We began to re-pack some overloaded luggage then headed downstairs to eat breakfast. We ran into several friends from the cruise including Roaseanne and Guido and enjoyed another visit making us late to the dining room. Breakfast service had ended so we went to their Red Lantern Tavern. Bryan and Christy found us there as we finished our breakfast. Then we headed out with them to visit more of the Fairbanks area. First on the list was the town of North Pole. It is a cute town...

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Aug 8, 2018 - Day 6 - A Fairbanks Day

Our day began at the Morris Thompson Cultural Center where the offices of Denakkanaaga, our Fairbanks hosts, are located. Denakkanaaga is a non-profit educational organization founded by the local Athabascan Elders of the indigenous tribe of Interior Alaska. Denakkanaaga means "Our People Speak". The Athabascans have inhabited Interior Alaska for at least 6,000 years, making up the largest group of indigenous people in North America. They are often referred to as Dene meaning "the people". Descent is traced through maternal lines....

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Aug 8, 2018 - North to Fairbanks!

Today we did not board the bus until 10:00 AM. What a change! It was about a 3 hour drive from Denali National Park to Fairbanks following the river. There was a rest stop in a very small town which had a Cultural Center with interesting displays about local native life. There was also a snack bar with delicious cinnamon buns. Maria and I split a half bun which was still large and heavy! We arrived at the Riverfront Restaurant in Fairbanks for lunch and immediately boarded the Discovery III paddle wheel boat. The Binkley family still owns...

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Aug 7, 2018 - Day 5 - A Much Needed Slower Day

After our long day yesterday, most of us were ready to settle for an easy day today. We made it out of bed just in time to get some breakfast before the hotel buffet closed and then didn't go out until time for lunch. A few of our fellow travelers went out to see the Alaska pipeline. Our lunch at Soapy Smith's Old Tyme Restaurant was interesting with "entertainment" by the owner and the servers. Because of the long wait for our food and our appointment for our next tour, our time for exploring downtown Fairbanks was limited. Our next tour...

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Aug 6, 2018 - Day 4 cont'd - The Top of the World

All of our flights today were pretty routine except for the turbulence over the Alaska Range which we had to cross 4 times. The Alaska Range is a long line of formidable mountains that separate the Southeastern part of Alaska from the Interior. I found the side trip to Prudhoe Bay/Deadhorse very interesting after hearing about it so much when the Alaska pipeline was being built in the 1970s. It is adjacent to the largest oil field in North America and was developed to house personnel and provide support for drilling operations and the...

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Aug 5, 2018 - Fairbanks

We arrived at Fairbanks with more rainy weather. We checked into our RV Park which was quite nice. We were right next to the Chena River. Our first night, we had dinner at a diner nearby. The next day we drove to the Chena Hot Springs. It was still raining but it didn’t deter from our enjoyment of having a hot soak in the hot springs. On our return to Fairbanks, we ate at a very nice and festive Mexican restaurant. The next day the rain finally let up so we went out for a long bike ride exploring Fairbanks. Very fun! Bob is great at finding...

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