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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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Jul 23, 2015 - Dog Repairs

While waiting for our RV repairs, we also had to undergo some dog repairs. Sticky, our dog, has a lump that has been growing on her ear that suddenly got a lot bigger. That along with another one in her shoulder. Both had to be removed. Unfortunately she had to have most of her ear removed, and has a long incision on her shoulder now, and is wearing a big cone around her head. She is not very pretty right now, but we are hopeful that this was good for her. She does not seem to be bothered by it too much though she is not able to jump up on...

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Jul 18, 2015 - 40 below and Eskimo Olympics

Our first stop was towards Fox where we had a view of the Alaskan Oil Pipeline. Across the road from there was a spot where we got to pan for gold. We got each person a bag of paydirt, guaranteed color, and one bag with a small nugget in it. We had the girls at the counter mix them up. We learned how to pan our dirt pile. Jesse was the lucky winner of the nugget. He would shake his vial so it rattled at us…a lot just so we all remembered that too! The rest of us pooled our flakes together and put them in a locket for Becca. We drove out a...

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Jul 11, 2015 - Theres gold in the hills

Arrived in Fairbanks on 7/8. Campground is great right on the Chena River. Very Large military base here I guess thats a plus given Russias proximity. According to Sara Palin you can see Russia from here but we couldn't. Smoke from forrest fires dissapated after a day here. We went on a city tour, very informational regarding the city and surrounding area, went to cultural museum, university of alaska and saw area where the annual sled dog races start on the frozen Chena river. We went out to dredge #8 to see how gold mining worked back in...

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Alaska 2015

Jul 9, 2015 - Fairbanks

Hello everyone, Sorry for the delays. I'm new at this, also not usually the one in the family taking pictures or updating a journal. We are in Fairbanks, only took us 5 days. We haven't taken any picture in Fairbanks yet, just got here at Walmart parking. So the pictures posted are from a few days ago. Will work on more pictures. Seen a moose and calf, ran off road before we could get a picture. Haven't seen too many other animals. The weather been good mid 60 during the day, low 40 at night. Had rain between Dawson city to Fairbanks along...

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Alaska or Bust

Jul 8, 2015 - We Made It Ahhh Alaska

WE HAVE MADE IT TO ALASKA.....WHEW!!!!! Well sorry its been a few days since the last post. We have had limited (very) access to reliable wifi. Many of the campgrounds have very little bandwith to work with and it has impacted our ability to access the wifi and stay on long enough to get the journal written and sent. Pictures are another whole bag of wax apparently the size of photo slows the process of saving it to the blog and uploading it . I have not figured out how to shrink the size of photo so it makes the process easier. The last...

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Alaska 2015

Jul 6, 2015 - Paddle Wheeler Trip on the Chena

Today we booked a trip on the Riverboat Discovery. This is a paddle wheeler trip that goes down the Chena River. It was a beautiful day to be on the river. This was a trip to also learn about Alaska. A float plane took off and landed next to the boat, and the Captain talked to him about bush pilots through a microphone. Another stop was at the kennels of the late Susan Butcher. She was a four time Iditarod winner. Her husband and daughter still run the place. They talked about the kennels, and the dogs and did a demonstration of a training...

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Jul 4, 2015 - W n W Scale contest. Happy 4th of July

7-4-15 WnW Scale contest. Happy July 4th! Today was the Scale contest at WnW. A scale contest is building model airplanes that resemble an actual aircraft and flying it in a realistic manner. The flights are judged and the best score, usually a combination of static scores and flight scores, is the winner. I was one of the flight judges today. The weather was sunny and perfect. Even the wind was favorable keeping the smoke away for the day. It was a long day in the judge’s seat, but fun. Many very good scale models were flown. Because this...

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Jul 3, 2015 - Water n Wheels RC Event, Fairbanks, AK. Day 1

7-3-15 Fairbanks, AK Water n Wheels, day one This morning I went into Fairbanks to pick up my friend Doc who had flown in the evening before and spent the night in a hotel. We went to breakfast then out to the MSRC field. Doc will be staying with me in the RV during the event then drive back with me to Anchorage. Todays event was a SAM (Society of Antique Models) contest. It started at around noon and went into the afternoon. Afterwards there was lots of sport flying, boat racing, and hanging out. The special event of the evening was...

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Jul 2, 2015 - Into wet and smokey Fairbanks

7-2-15 Wet and smokey Fairbanks Got up at my regular time, about 5AM. I saw that a truck and car had joined me in the turnoff the night. Rather than turn on the generator and disturb those folks, I just started up the rig and drove a short way down the road to another turnoff to make coffee. After coffee, I was on the road to Fairbanks by 5:30AM. It was rainy and the air was heavy with forest fire smoke. Visibility was actually bad enough in some spots to make me slow down. I decided to drive directly to Walmart in Fairbanks and use it as...

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Jun 30, 2015 - Fairbanks, Alaska

Had a fun morning on the Discovery III paddle boat taking it up the Chena River. I was told by a couple of people that there wasn't much in Fairbanks. They were wrong! Fairbanks is a large city but they have much to offer. We saw a pontoon plane take off and land on the river. Then we saw a sled dog kennel where they were training the dogs. At a Native Alaskan Village we were able to get off the boat to hear and see a little bit of their history. There is an abundance of water here not because of the rainfall. It is due to the glaciers that...

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Perkins Alaska Trip

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