John and Glenda's Trip to Canada and Alaska travel blog

Gate at the lodge. - Denali

View from lodge

At the Denali lodge

Walking path at the lodge

Paddle boat - Discovery lll

Dog training camp

First Nations village

Gold dredge

Ready for the sled race

Gold panning made easy

Alaskan bush man

Alaskan pipeline

Fairbanks is the northern most point we travel to in Alaska.

The sun rose at 2.59am this morning and will not set until 12.45 am tomorrow morning. We are not seeing any night time at the moment. Although we are only 150 miles from the Arctic Circle it's too bright at night time to be able to see the Northern Lights. We would have to wait until winter to see them.

This morning we were taken on a lovely paddle boat ride on the Chena River. Along the way a float plane took off and landed along side the boat. The pilot was in touch with the boat and we heard the communication over the boat PA. We also pulled up along side a camp set up to train the huskies for sled pulling. We were taken off the boat at one point to visit a village set up by First Nation people. It was all very interesting and good fun.

After a big lunch we were taken to an old gold dredge and went gold panning again. This time we came away with about $60 worth of gold. We also walked under a section of the Trans Alaska Pipeline which carries oil from the north of Alaska to the South (about 800 miles).

After two days here in Fairbanks we leave the USA tomorrow and fly into Dawson City in the Yukon (Canada).

Apparently it hasn't changed much from the gold rush days so looking forward to that.

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