Yukon Alaska Trip 2018 travel blog

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Alaska Salmon Bake


View from plane

Dawson to Fairbanks, Alaska June 13

We walked again this morning before checking out. We got some bagels to eat for breakfast. We're not a fan of eating out so many meals. We left for the airport around noon. On the way to the airport, Jim won an Alaska ball cap. The bus driver picks a number, and if it's yours and you are wearing your name tag, you win. The plane is a 737 owned by Holland America. This plane is only used to fly between Fairbanks and Dawson City, and it goes several times per day. There were about 156 seats and our group was 39 people. We all had window seats if we wanted them. Security was on the tarmac outside the plane. They looked through our carry ons and used a wand on us for metal detection and that was it… the runway is gravel, as the Permafrost would cause too many frost heaves. It was surprisingly smooth. The flight was nice, and very smooth. They gave us soda and snacks. There were clouds off and on, but the views were spectacular. As we approached Fairbanks, I could see a mountain, that I believe was Denali. Our Journey Host said they used to take the (scary) Top of the World Highway and it took 2 days, 7 hours each. When the road was icy, they would fly. We got through customs easily and off to the Westmark hotel in the city. I'm not sure if I wrote this before, but the Westmark is owned by Holland America. We gained an hour of time, so we're 4 hours off from east coast time. We walked downtown soon after arriving. We went to the Morris Cultural and Visitors Center, then on to Safeway for some fruit and bagels for the next few days. It was pretty warm, in the low to mid 70's. We wished we had changed into shorts. Tonight, we went to the Alaska Salmon Bake all you can eat. They had Prime Rib, Fire-grilled Salmon, and Beer-battered Alaskan Cod. They also had a salad bar, roasted potatoes, mac and cheese, hot dogs, grizzly bear baked beans, sourdough rolls, beverages, and a dessert cabin. It was very good (but way over priced), and even Jim (sort of) liked the two fish. After dinner, we walked around Pioneer Park, toured the Judge Wickersham Museum, and then saw a Comedy Revue about Life in the Last Frontier at the Palace Theatre. The show was fantastic! Our bus driver explained that the gorgeous looking and smelling flowering trees were chokecherries. She said that three weeks ago the trees were not even budding, but now everything is in full bloom. Sunrise in Fairbanks this morning was 3:26 am. Sunset is 12:13 am.

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