August 2, 2016
(Several asked what was in the Spicy Chicken recipe. Browned chicken thighs, diced red peppers, garlic, onion, green olives, golden raisins, Chinese garlic sauce, jasmine rice and chicken bullion.)
Hiked the ½ mile to catch the bus to UAF, about a ten minute ride to campus. Bus drivers are super nice about helping you with directions etc. That said, the locals in stores etc. really are unfamiliar with where to catch the bus, best route etc. The system around town is simple: red goes counter clockwise and blue goes clockwise!
The campus sits on 2,200 acres overlooking Fairbanks and the Alaskan Range. The Museum of the North has a very distinctive architecture that is reminiscent of the Sydney Opera House. There are extensive displays of Alaskan wildlife and cultures but our favorite part was the movie on the 2015 Expedition Alaska Dinosaurs. There was also an interesting movie on the Northern lights. Both documentaries gave great explanations. Had lunch in the Café before finding our bus back down the hill. We decided that we would stop at Pioneer Park because there is so much reference to it. There are some historic buildings, small shops, and entertainment but not much of interest. That little detour created a 45 minute walk back to camp. We barely made if before a downpour.
Bob found a Wine Spectator Award restaurant, Lavelle’s, in the Springhill Suites Hotel. There is no corkage so we are taking a 2007 Caymus. Should be interesting as they boast a “performance kitchen.” Will hike the half mile to the bus again but will probably take a cab back to camp.
Tomorrow we will head towards Denali but don’t have reservations in Denali until Thursday.