June 28th and 29th
Yesterday was a heavily clouded and raining day. We tried to go on a nature hike to see migratory birds and got rained out. So next we tried to see Pioneer Park thinking it was going to be in buildings, but we eventually gave up for the same reason. What we did get to see was interesting, as the exhibit was many buildings showing different aspects of Alaska. It was originally called “Alaska Land” and the locals still call it that. They brought in and reassembled lots of different kinds of buildings to house the displays.
The Flight in Alaska Museum was in a geodesic dome building that was disassembled and brought here. There was a Sternwheeler that housed the display of miniature cities as they looked in the early 1900’s and was a very impressive diorama. It portrayed the life along the Tanana River from railroads and sternwheelers to every day life of the smallest members of the families and their pets.
There was the passenger train car used by Warren Harding on his trip to Alaska in 1923, and a whole village of reassembled log homes from the gold rush days, some with sod roofs, that are now shops. We were all getting too wet running from one building to another and called it quits, to perhaps come back later.
Today started out rainy again but the afternoon turned warm and sunny. We were treated to a mother Mallard and her 10 ducklings wandering through the park near the river. If you had food, they were there. I yelled at Larry to bring bread quick, and got to see them first hand on my porch. They were so adorable and not afraid, but if I tried to reach for a duckling the mother was right there hissing at me. I respected her wishes.
We also have a daily occurance, in the early evening, a beaver swims in the exact center of the river and then ducks over to the bank across from us and disappears. The video clip is as close as I could zoom, so he's hard to see.
We went to visit Bruce & Susan and Bob & Jackie at their campground on the other side of town. While we were there a very unusual RV-combination-bus pulled in 2 spaces away. We heard them speaking German, and watched as the storage doors were opened and everyone hustled to their duty station. Some were getting tables & chairs out and setting the tables, others were preparing food. Some grabbed their things and headed for showers, etc.
The vehicle was bright orange-red, the front half was bus, the back half was stacked sleeping cubicles of 3 rows high and about 9 across. The right side of that portion was a slide out. It reminded me of a train’s sleeper car. There were 22 Germans that started their tour in Toronto, Canada. The couple in charge did the driving & tour guide job. They also organized everyone in their portion of the group’s chores. It was a well oiled machine. But I don’t think I would want to travel with that many people packed into that small a space and to sleep in a small tube, even though each had their own window.