Northern lights of the last frontier in 2016 travel blog





40 below - what the?


Always give way to moose

We stayed in Delta Junction for two nights, at the Garden BnB which has lovely floral garden displays in the short summer months. Which looked nice on the website. Certainly a little different this time of year! We stayed in the Tundra Rose cabin, which was a nice new cabin and had it's own kitchen.

Our accommodation included a cooked breakfast in the main house so we didn't use the kitchen. However wifi would have been good, but alas it wasn't working so we went into town to use the library wifi. The sign on the library reminds people that it is closed when the weather is 40 below

The owners of the BnB were away when we arrived. They were getting back from Utah, celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary with family down there. Bonnie the owner emailed to ask if 8.00am would be OK for breakfast. We had to email back that we were there to watch the aurora and would be up late, and 9.00am would be better for us.

That first night at Delta the aurora started early, at 8.40pm and we watched it until just after midnight. It was breathtakingly beautiful and danced across the night sky continuously.

The next morning the two other parties (both from the lower 48) staying managed to make it for the 8.00am breakfast and as we sat around the table discussing the amazing aurora show we learnt that some of them had stayed up to 5.00am watching it.

We almost felt embarrassed to say we were late for breakfast as we'd stayed up till just after midnight and yet we've come the furthest distance to see the aurora. After breakfast we still had to go back to bed for a nap! Pass the maple syrup please.

Bonnie the owner did lend me a comfy and warm pair of scandinavian winter boots during our stay there.

This time of year dining options are limited so both nights we ate at The Cave, which was recommended by a guy we met back at the Totem Inn in Healy.

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