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Jun 29, 2013 - Port Alcan to a pulloff about 50 miles north of Tok and then on to North Pole, AK

Today was another slow day with better roads but we drove slow and watched for game although we only saw a few bald eagles and no mammals. We were ahead of our schedule so we stopped early again. We parked in a paved pull off and relaxed outside with little to no issues with bugs. I got out the electric frying pan and set up outside and fried the grayling for supper while Ruth Ann fixed the rest of the meal. As soon as I was done frying I carried the pan back into the coach to remove the smell as to not attract and bears. The fish was...

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Aug 24, 2012 - fly back to the south

After a less than adequate night's sleep we were awakened by loud conversions from neighboring cubicles. Workers were getting up to begin their shift. The Prudhoe pipeline facility is open 24/7. Most folks work 12 hour shifts, two weeks on two weeks off. While they are here they get all their food, dorms, and work clothing. They are flown back to Fairbanks or Anchorage for free. Some folks who work here commute from FL and AZ. They are so well paid it's worth into them. We took a bus to tour the facility almost visible in the fog. The area...

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Aug 21, 2012 - back again

We’ve returned to the Fairbanks area where we celebrated the Solstice almost exactly two months ago. The trip included a drive through Nenana, a river town that served as a construction base for the Alaska Railroad. President Warren Harding drove the gold spike here, commemorating its completion. Today Nenana is a major transportation hub from May through September as barges and tug boats traverse the interior river system bringing tons of freight to otherwise inaccessible villages. Because the rivers are shallow and silty the barges move...

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Jul 28, 2012 - River View RV Park

Stayed at River View RV Park in North Pole, AK five nights in a FHU site. The RV park is located about 6 miles away from Fairbanks, AK and between Fort Wainwright and Eielson Air Force Base. Note 1: On Sun., 07/29/12, we went on a 3 hour cruise on the Riverboat Discovery on the Chena River. This boat is a 4 deck, flat bottomed, stern-wheeler paddle boat powered by two diesel electric engines (one engine only used at a time). The cruise lasted from 2 PM to 5 PM and visited Chena Village which is a Northern Athabaskan Indian village remake....

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Jul 2, 2012 - North Pole

Another rainy day in Alaska. This morning I did another two loads of wash and caught up on my correspondence as it rained off and on all morning. About 1PM I drove into Fairbanks to get a ticket for tomorrow's Riverboat Discovery III tour from 2PM to 5PM. The boat was full for this afternoon's tour and just leaving the dock so I took a picture that I will not be able to get tomorrow as I will be on board. I stopped at the Post Office and mailed a T-Shirt that says "I Crossed the Arctic Circle on the Dalton Highway" to my nephew who is a big...

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Jul 1, 2012 - North Pole, Alaska

This morning I moved the RV from Eielson AFB FamCamp to Riverview RV Park. 50amp E/W/S. I left Eielson AFB at 10:15AM and arrived at Riverview RV Park at 10:40AM. I got set up and went to Fort Wainwright to get something to eat for lunch. Riverview RV Park is about half way between the North Pole and Fairbanks. I cannot get satellite Internet or DirecTV here. The RV Park Wi-Fi is free and fairly good. There is a place to the left of the store where you can wash your RV and tow vehicle. You need to have your own brush, bucket, and soap but...

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Jun 25, 2012 - North Pole, Alaska

Sunny and in the 70s Well, I purposely didn’t tell you the name of the town we stopped in yesterday. We are about 15 minutes from Fairbanks in North Pole, Alaska! It is advertised as the town where the spirit of Christmas lives year round. The light posts are all painted like candy canes, and the streets have names like Mistletoe Lane, Santa Claus Drive, and St. Nicholas Lane. There is a visitor’s center here, and a big Santa Claus House with a herd of reindeer penned up in the back. This afternoon, in anticipation of possible rain in the...

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May 30, 2012 - Fairbanks, Ak.

On Tuesday May 29th we rested and checked out some of the sites in Fairbanks, Ak. We visited the Alaska University Museum at Fairbanks, Ak.. It was worth the time and learned a lot of history of Alaska and the gold rush to Alaska and the Yukon. A lot of mamoth bones have been found in Alaska and Canadas' British Columbia and Yukon provinces. They are most likely preserved due to the perma frost. We then visited Pioneer Park. It was ok. There were some shops in early 1900 log cabins, a indian exibit and a 1890's river paddle wheeler. We also...

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May 28, 2012 - Delta Junction, Ak. to North Pole, Ak

Today was a short day. We drove from Delta Junction, Ak. to North Pole, Ak. which is about 10 miles south of Fairbanks, Ak. We saw the Alaskan pipeline just north of Delta Junction. There were two men working the cables that suspend the pipe line over a river. Then we saw one moose but it ran into the woods before we could get a picture. Then a few miles down the road we saw two moose in a pond eating. Pictures are included in this update. Then we stopped at the North Pole, Ak. to visit Santa. We had our picture taken in front on his...

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Jul 27, 2011 - Fairbanks, Alaska

We spent today looking around downtown Fairbanks. We visited the visitors center, dog museum and walked down to the Rag Rug Shop. They weave rugs from old clothing and they are very nice but pricey. We took a ride out to the North Pole to have a talk with Santa and tell them what "good little boys Stephen and Jacob are!" We also road around different areas of town and had a nice evening setting out be the river for "happy hour"....

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HUNDLEYS TO ALASKA

Jun 26, 2011 - North Pole, Alaska

We now have cell phone coverage. So good to get in touch with the kids. We left Tok to head towards Fairbanks. It was raining when we left and the rest of the day was off and on showers. We had straight, paved good roads. YEA! We crossed frozen rivers and had our first moose sighting. Delta Junction is the end of the Alaska Highway. We stopped to get the picture of the mile post. Except for a nightmare ride up to Chicken we traveled the Alaska Highway from the beginning to the end. The section we missed will be covered with the return trip....

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Jun 24, 2011 - A day at Chena Lake

We spent the majority of the day at Chena Lake Recreation Park today. It was only $5 to get in, what a bargain! We met another family at the campground from Anchorage there and sat with them most of the day… Steve, Cathy, and their three children. They were great to talk to and gave us lots of advice on places to go. The girls played in the freezing cold water, on the beach, and at the playground. Then we took the bikes for a spin on the paved bike trail. If Brooke had a larger bike we could have gone much further. Her little legs were...

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