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Jul 12, 2016 - Day #3 Fairbanks

We are having a great day in Fairbanks. We spent the morning at Chena Hot Springs. Then we went on a River Cruise on the Chena. Now Frank is kayaking in the Chena River. It has been in the low 80's and beautiful here. We are going out to dinner soon. Hope to post more tomorrow. ❤️

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Jul 8, 2016 - Fairbanks

Back to Fairbanks for the night. Did laundry, cleaned up. Went to LARS ( Large Animal Research at the U of A, Fairbanks), bought some Qiviut and spoke to the employees about Musk Ox. the weather was hot and the muskox could not been seen close up as they were hiding out in the woods to escape the heat.

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Jul 1, 2016 - Fairbanks

Drove from Delta Junction to Fairbanks. On our way out of Delta Junction we stopped at Rikka's Roadhouse. Roadhouses were an important part of Alaska history and they dotted the byways, offering a place to overnight and good food. This was an interesting stop and we enjoyed a nice walk around the grounds and looking at the buildings. Then a tourbus arrived and it was tine to leave. Stayed 2 nights at the Elks Club. Visited the Morris Thompson Visitor Center,which is also the First Nation cultural center. Watched a display of music and...

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Jun 30, 2016 - Fairbanks, Alaska

Fairbanks We stayed in Fairbanks for a week-the longest we have been in one place since leaving Arizona. After settling into Rivers Edge RV Park, we found so much to see and do here, we never felt it was too long! One of the wonders of almost 21 hours of sun is the way the flowers grow. They are everywhere and incredibly beautiful. We can't imagine what they will look like at the end of the season! The Chena River flows through the town, and much of the life and activities are on or near the river. We went on the Riverboat Discovery the day...

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Alaska Trip 2016

Jun 25, 2016 - Fairbanks

Hello everyone! We spent our last day in Fairbanks touring a place called Pioneer Park. This park had a lot of historic buildings depicting how Fairbanks looked in the old days. There we watched another historic film about the Gold Rush days that lead from the Yukon territory in Canada up into Alaska, especially the Fairbanks area. For supper we went to a "Salmon Bake" it was a place where you had all you could eat Prime Rib, Fried Cod, and Grilled Salmon. It was very good, but nothing beats the Grilled Salmon we had at the Klondike Rib and...

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Jun 20, 2016 - Fairbanks Midnight Summer festival

Hello everyone!! Yesterday was the fist day since we left that we had a little bit of rain and chilly temperatures, so we really cant complain. We are in Fairbanks now. They have a Midnight sun Festival in their downtown. John and I walked around, checked out all the booths, ate an AWESOME Alaskan King Crab Cake burger. It was delicious!!! There were bands and entertainment on the streets. We watched a really cool steel drum band. Tropical music here in Alaska!!!! They have a baseball game at midnight, but we skipped on that and listened...

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Jun 20, 2016 - Steamboat ride

Hello all Took a steamboat ride down the Chena River yesterday. The boat took us to an Eskimo Village. We learned how they lived and hunted. We watched them smoke and dry Salmon and how they made beautiful fur Parkas. The Parkas could take up to a year to make. C they were stunning!! We watched a Bush Pilot land and take off in the River. Really cool. The highlight of the trip was a drop at the Susan Butcher Dog Sled Kennels!! We learned from Susan's daughter how the dogs are chosen and trained!! They demonstrated how they pull with a 4...

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Jun 19, 2016 - Heading for Fairbanks

Hello everyone!! We got up early this morning so we could get on the road towards Fairbanks. It would be a 5-6 hour day of driving for John. Even though the mileage didn't reflect that, getting out of the remoteness of Chicken would be a slow go. The rode was part gravel, and when it did become paved, the frost heaves (dips in the rode due to freezing and thawing of the pavement ) made it a very slow go in the RV. So we were up and out early. Amazing to me that the majority of the roads we had been in for the last 3 days , were gravel. And...

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Jun 18, 2016 - Day 27 sill in Fairbanks

Yesterday we went to see a Gold Dredge from 1920's. There was a train trip and a guy told us all about the history of gold around Fairbanks. Very interesting, and I learned a lot about how hard the miners worked, and most never made more than a meager living. The mine we went to was right where the Alaska Oil Pipeline is today. At that point it is above ground. About half of the 800 or so miles is above ground and the rest is buried. There is a sample of the pipe, with a "pig" in it that they run thru the pipe every once in a while to scrub...

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Jun 16, 2016 - Day 25 Fairbanks

We went to the University of Alaska today to visit The Museum of The North! It was pretty cool, with all the wildlife of Alaska, and a lot of history on the people. Lots of interesting stuff about the gold rush, pipeline, and a exhibit on permafrost and how they deal with it in building roads and buildings. After the museum we went to Pioneer Park. They have several museums there. Aviation as used by bush pilots & Trains to name a couple. There are many, 30 or so, original log homes that were built in Downtown Fairbanks at the turn of the...

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Jun 15, 2016 - Day 24 Traveling to Fairbanks

We spent the day caravaning with some friends, traveling from Tok, AK about 200 miles and are now in Fairbanks, AK. We stopped at a park that has a Hotel on the national historic list. It was at a old ferry crossing of the Tanana River near the town of Delta Junction. The Hotel was built in 1919, and is a log cabin. Delta Junction is the official end of the Alaska Highway. From there you go north to Fairbanks or south to Valdez. There is a milepost sign there that signifies the end of the Alaska Highway. Inside the Visitors Center you...

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Jun 9, 2016 - Fairbanks, Alaska

Good evening to all. arrived in Fairbanks Tuesday afternoon. Staying at the Elks Lodge. Electric hookups only. Saving virtue is right on the Chena River. Parked facing the river. Nice view out the windshield. Skagway was fun. We were in the Pullen Creek campground, city owned. Adjacent to the small boat harbor. Cruise ships in port varies from 1 to 5 each day. They arrive sometime after 5AM and depart after 7PM. We got to see them come in and depart, some as 10PM. The town floods with people and the people tide goes back to the ships for...

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