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Jun 6, 2016 - Fairbanks

Breakfast included our first taste of reindeer sausage. It tastes similar to pork sausage but with a little kick. Trivia: Reindeer are domesticated caribou. Both male and female reindeer grow antlers each year. The female reindeer keep their antlers longer so they can protect their young. At Christmastime, only female reindeer have antlers. That means that all of Santa's reindeer are female. :) The morning began with a visit to the Alaska Pipeline. Alaska is very proud of the Pipeline as it provides 85% of the state's revenue. Every Alaska...

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Jun 5, 2016 - Ice Museum and Chena Hot Springs

We arrived in Fairbanks shortly after midnight Alaska time and it was as bright outside as midday at home. A sure sign that we arrived in the "Land of the Midnight Sun". After a warm day in Seattle, the 50 degree weather was a bit of a change. Today was a rainy day in Fairbanks but rain did not stop us from having a great time visiting the Aurora Ice Museum and Chena Hot Springs. The Ice Museum is kept at a constant 25 degrees year round. The ice sculptures are created by world champion ice carvers Steve and Heather Brice. After sitting at...

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Mar 17, 2016 - It's snowing in Fairbanks

While the aurora forecast is for a five tonight (very good) here in Fairbanks it is overcast and snowing. So unless this snow stops and the skies clear, we wont be viewing it. So unless there is something good on TV we get to have an early night as most nights we've been up till about 2.00 watching the lights. We ate dinner at the northern most Denny's in the USA. Now we can tick that off our bucket list!

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Mar 12, 2016 - The end of the Alaska Hwy

Delta Junction is at the end of the Alaska Hwy and we remembered having our photo taken with the giant mosquitoes in the summer of 2008, when unfortunately they were biting! Delta Junction is surrounded by 3 spectacular mountain ranges – the White Mountains to the north, the Granite Mountains to the southeast, and the Alaska Range to the southwest. We drove past Fort Greely, which is a huge military base not too far down the Richardson Hwy. It is a United States Army launch site for anti-ballistic missiles. Something you don't want to...

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Mar 10, 2016 - Nenana and the tripod - 100 years on

Located in the Alaskan interior, Nenana is 55 road miles southwest of Fairbanks on the Parks Highway. It is situated on the south bank of the Tanana river, just east of the mouth of the Nenana River. Every winter a Tripod is erected on the frozen river and people bet on when the ice goes out enough to move the tripod. This is called the Nenana Ice Classic. It is a fundraising event in which individuals attempt to guess the exact time the Tanana River ice will break up.Tickets are on sale from February 1 through April 5 of each year...

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Mar 7, 2016 - Hawai'i to Alaska 27 above to 17 below

Another perfect day in paradise, with wall to wall blue skies and the warm calm waters of the Pacific Ocean. We at brunch at Teddy's burgers and the staff were very friendly and helpful. The order was taken correctly and the food appeared correctly. However the bill was incorrect a swe'd only been charged for one burger. We kept quiet and enjoyed our freebie. Today we visited some of the shops including Macys, H&M and too many tourist stalls all selling the same souvenirs. We did a lot of walking around before our overnight Alaskan Airways...

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Aug 18, 2015 - Fairbanks day 4

As I sit in Gabe's Truck and Auto Repair having the oil changed I finally have a stable internet connection. Who would believe that the internet at a truck garage would be better than the one at the RV park?? Finally got the clothes washed, the RV cleaned and found a great food store--Fred Meyer. Much like a Kroger and in the Kroger family I found it hard to believe there would be a grocery store in Fairbanks that had a great olive bar, prime meats in the butcher dept. and Welch Cheddar in the cheese dept. We are now well stocked up. Took...

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Aug 15, 2015 - Fairbanks, Alaska

Continuing on the Klondike Loop from Dawson City you have to take a free ferry across the Yukon River. Not a small feat considering how fast the Yukon runs, but a small ferry. Ferry runs all the time, on demand, and we were first in line at 7:30 am as it was docking. Gary and Edie can tell you about our small ferry adventures in Nova Scotia. Short ride over to the other side and we were off to the Top of The World Highway to finish our Klondike Loop. 175 miles of mostly gravel roads--next stop is Chicken, AK or in about 108 miles and after...

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Aug 14, 2015 - Eating Bear Scat- at the fair

Today we went to the Tanana Valley Fair. It is one of the Alaska State Fairs. They have a different one for each region of the state. There are no counties so they don’t have county fairs. The largest is in Palmer near Anchorage at the end of August. The Tanana Valley Fair is a little bit smaller than the Salem County Fair back in New Jersey. We have been to other state fairs cross country and it is interesting to note the differences. This one we were surprised to not see many large animals. There are not a lot of dairies, or beef cattle...

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Aug 9, 2015 - Creamers Field

Still in Fairbanks and still undergoing RV repairs. So we are still exploring the area. One of the things we have done a few times is go to Creamers Field Migratory Bird Refuge. I walk around and geocache and bird watch and Mike stays in the truck reading his books. Creamer's Field is an old dairy dating from the gold rush days. It is the only surviving pioneer dairy buildings in interior Alaska. In 1966 the diary went up for sale and was purchased by the community to ensure the farm fields would remain intact for migrating birds. There is...

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Aug 7, 2015 - Day 31

Early wake up.."bags out" at 6:30am. Walked downtown for breakfast at coffee shop. (Good decaf and bagels) Back on bus with new driver named Mitchell. He described how boroughs in Alaska are like states in "lower 48". People who live outside cities are called "bush people"...they have no phone,mail service, or address. We crossed the Tanana River into Nenana. Bus stopped at cultural center/gift shop where there were lots of pictures and displays re: town history. Town has been cursed with flooding and fires in past. Numerous books of...

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Jul 25, 2015 - Cars Mushers and Rubber Ducks

We have done some more local sightseeing in Fairbanks. One of our stops has been the Fountainhead Car Museum. They have a collection close to that of Jay Leno’s if not better. There are about 90 cars, and all of them are pristine and run. They had them arranged chronologically and made it more interesting, at least for me, since they had mannequins with women’s fashions from the time period with them. It made it much more interesting that way. They had one car you could don some riding clothes and climb into for a photo op. Outside we saw...

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