Piloting the Dutch Star travel blog

On the road to Fairbanks we are lucky to have one of...

Beautiful views going up the road

Stopping at the special view point we find another tourist to take...

MANY people come to Alaska and never see Denali. We saw it...

The birch trees are now out in their yellows. The vistas are...

 

Back in Fairbanks, the ducklilngs that we saw when we were up...

Much of the scenery cannot be replicated in photos. You gotta be...


CATCHING UP ON CHORES AND MINOR MISHAPS IN ANCHORAGE: After 4,000 miles, the Subaru is due for an oil change and we want the dealer to determine why we keep getting water on the floor behind the driver when it rains, expecting this is a warranty item. Happily they fix the problem; unhappily, it was caused by the people who wired the Subaru for towing--they did not reseal the grommet in the floorboard, so we had to pay the $150. Also, as Jim parks the RV and unrolls the driver's window, we find it won't roll back up--the switch is broken and no parts are available in Anchorage. So Jim manages to cut an appropriate-sized piece of plexiglass, insert it into the space where the glass would roll up, and tape it in; this should work until we can get a switch shipped to a Fairbanks RV park that has agreed to hold our mail.

GREAT WEATHER AND VIEWS OF DENALI ON THE ROAD FROM ANCHORAGE TO FAIRBANKS: The weather in Anchorage is overcast as we start our drive back to Fairbanks, so we are pleasantly surprised that the weather clears as we drive north and we are treated to some truly spectacular views of Denali. The mountainsides demonstrate with their bright yellows and rusty golds that we are well into fall in Alaska.

FALL AND LARGER DUCKS AT RIVER'S EDGE IN FAIRBANKS: The RV park in Fairbanks is almost deserted. Leaves are falling and the little ducklings that greeted us in the earlier summer are grown--but Jim still can't resist giving them some bread crumbs. [We also are determined to make more diet progress but can't get the digital scale to work--we've only managed two readings after placing the scale in a warm room; it's after the year warranty so we tell the store to throw it out and we buy a simple large dial scale that will make it easier to check on ourselves.] We scout out a potential place to view the aurora borealis but learn there is little hope until Tuesday September 15th, so as River's Edge is closing for the season, we move to the local state campground where we enjoy some fall camping with wifi and a nice bike path. We also manage to sell the extra towbar we've picked up (the buyer arranges for us to take it to the airport where a friend gets it on an airplane) and visit the downtown First Presbyterian Church, where the only mishap is that I manage to get my foot on a congregant's coffee cup stashed under the pew during the passing of the peace, necessitating some quick clean-up (good thing I have practice).



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