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Jun 17, 2017 - Still heading north

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...

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Aug 29, 2016 - Fairbanks Alaska

Went to Visitors information when we first got here. They have a great museum with informative information about the area. We learned a lot about the local Alaska Indian art, music, stories and dance. It was interesting to learn how the Indians even to this day, strictly live off the land. They eat what they catch or kill and make all their clothing from these products. They gather berries, mushrooms and grow all their own vegetables. The visitors Information was well worth the stop We went to Pike’s Landing for dinner where Graham and I...

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Aug 9, 2016 - Tok and Fairbanks

At Destruction Bay, our campsite was right on Kluane Lake. A clean, pristine place called Cottonwood RV Park. After dinner, we walked the shore of the lake. We fell asleep to the gentle sound of the waves lapping at the shore outside our campsite. We awoke in the middle of the night to a howling windstorm, which had set something banging quite loudly in the wind, not at our campsite but somewhere else nearby. Jonathan got up and went out to look for it. We never did figure out what it was, or stop it. Our earplugs came in handy. We noticed...

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Aug 2, 2016 - Fairbanks - Day 2

We took a tour today on the Riverboat Discovery. It was a 3 hour tour on the Chena River, and we visited the Chena Indian village, and also got a demonstration of Susan Butcher's sled dogs on the way down the river. Susan Butcher is a woman who won the famed Ididarod Dog Sled race (in Alaska) several times. Sadly, she died of cancer in 2003, and her family is keeping the dog sled thing going in her memory; it was her daughter who did the demonstration and spoke to us. After the riverboat tour, we did some shopping and moved on out of town...

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Alaska 2016

Aug 2, 2016 - Fairbanks, AK

Aug 2-5 We have spent four days in Fairbanks visiting various museums, riding on a sternwheeler paddle boat, visiting another gold dredge and panning for gold, which we also did in Dawson City and Chicken. Fairbanks is a modern small city with a large army and air force base. The population is normally around thirty thousand but swells to over one hundred thousand in the summer with the seasonal workers and tourists. One of the museums is the Ice Museum, The museum has several carving from the international competition held every March....

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Aug 2, 2016 - Fairbanks

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...

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Aug 1, 2016 - Fairbanks, AK

August 1, 2016 The Tundra Lodge and RV Park served us well. WiFi was great and they had a lounge with some local color. About 10 locals were sitting at the bar eating raw turnips (!) and having drinks. Very friendly but we passed on the turnips. We had 2 Alaskan Ambers (not so good) and we made the cut by being “bottle babies” per the bartender. Another sunny morning! Weather reports said we had just missed nasty rain in Fairbanks and Denali. Denali has a mudslide that closed the road near the park. Yikes! We barely left Tok when we had to...

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Jul 31, 2016 - Depart Denali, headed for Fairbanks

We departed Denali and are headed to Fairbanks to spend a couple of days. We arrived at River's Edge RV Park and took a spot for a few days. It's a very nice park with clean bathrooms, etc. They have had a lot of rain here, so the ground is pretty saturated, but the forecast is for better weather to come, so we have hope; We did not take many pics today because of the weather. The "Milepost" truck is at this campground, first time we've seen that. The Milepost is a huge publication (book) that is a mile by mile account of the Alcan highway...

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Alaska 2016

Jul 23, 2016 - Fishing and dinner with new friends

Beautiful day today at the cabin. We saw a mommy moose and 2 babies on our morning walk. The guys caught some salmon. New friends to Frank and I invited us for a wonderful dinner. Margret and I got a game of hand and foot in. Another evening walk ended our day. We are so blessed to have this time here with family. Fran and Frank are going halibut fishing tomorrow early. Jim, Margert and I are going to Homer for the day. We will meet up with our friend Jane from Big Lake in Homer. Ken her husband is also going fishing. I'll let you know...

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Jul 23, 2016 - Rainy afternoon

It was a rainy afternoon into the evening yesterday. Fishing is still slow. Frank did catch one yesterday. So our new friends the neighbor kids Cari and Lou came over and we all played Farkle. Third night in a row. Margret and Frank and I also play hand and foot in the afternoon. We're just having such a great day. Today is cleared up. Time is going by so fast. Tonight we're going to our friend means for dinner. Everyone is so friendly and so kind to us here. Tomorrow Frank and Fran are going halibut fishing. Praying that the weather will...

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Jul 22, 2016 - UAF Museum

First thing we had to visit Walmart for some prescriptions to pick up, Karen got that all straightened out I think. I was cruising the store while she was shopping and found this bargain, $2.18 for a pepper I guess this is a bargain up here? Ha. We finally got to the University of Alaska Fairbanks Museum. It's name is really Museum of the North I believe. We spent all afternoon there. There was a movie to view every hour that was about 20 minutes long and that gave us time to tour the museum. We watched the 3 different movies they had....

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Jul 21, 2016 - Dumplings

It rained really hard last night and was still raining this morning, it was really nice to lay there and listen to the rain on the roof. Love that, makes for some good sleeping weather. We really had good intentions of going to the Museum of the North today but that just didn't work out. We're right in the middle of me changing insurance for prescriptions and other changes in health insurance. Karen's prescription plan shouldn't have any changes but being in Alaska required additional work and phone calls to find out why her plan seemed to...

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