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  • Day12

    Fairbanks, AK

    August 24, 2017 in the United States

    A quick morning walk around a few streets close to our hotel. Fairbanks is a military, tourism and oil town so there are lots of services and facilities here.

    One of the main streets here in town is Lacey Street which crosses the Chena River which flows through town. There are few historical buildings left from the early days of this town established in 1902 because of fire that burnt most of the town down.

    A short walk leads us to the Visitor Centre where the Yukon Quest starts and finishes each year. It's a 1,000 mile dog sled race.

    There are lots of beautiful flowers and gardens surrounding the buildings and colourful hanging baskets. We even find some of the fattest rhubarb we have ever seen growing in the streets. The river walk along the banks of the Chena highlights the colourful and varied history of this town - the Gold which established the city here; WW2 and the Military which have a continuing presence in the army warning system; and the oil pipeline.

    We notice that all the cars have small power leads protruding from their front grills. They must be plugged in during winter to stop the engines from freezing.
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  • Day12

    Salmon Bake and Golden Heart Revue

    August 24, 2017 in the United States

    We head out to Pioneer Park in the early evening for an all-you-can-eat salmon bake. Food is very good.
    Then into the Palace Theatre for a series of skits and songs tracing Fairbank's history. Very funny.

  • Day42

    Train to Fairbanks

    September 6, 2017 in the United States

    The train to Fairbanks was at 4pm so we stored our bags in the office area of the Salmon Bake and wandered around the small town are, had some lunch and talked to the locals to fill in the time. It is now the end of the tourist season and everywhere is getting ready to shut up shop. A limited number of rangers remain in the park but the town where we are virtually becomes a ghost town. In the winter season the only way to get around is by dog sled.
    Once away from the mountain range the scenery flattened out as we moved across the tundra and the vegetation was stunted due to the perma frost, but stunning.
    About 60 kilometres out of Fairbanks we passed through Nenana on the Tanana River. Nenana is home to The Nenana Ice Classic.
    Alaskans wager thousands of dollars yearly on the day and time of the break up of the Tanana River. A tripod is placed and secured in the river ice about 300 feet from shore. A watchtower is erected on the shore next to the tripod. Once the ice has thawed to the point where walking on it is no longer safe, a wire is attached from the watchtower on shore to the top of the tripod, and rigged up to a clock mechanism so that the clock will be stopped when the tripod moves 100 feet. When the tripod trips the clock, spring has officially arrived, and Interior Alaska's rivers are once more navigable. And someone or a group of people is/are a lot richer. A pretty cool competition. The prize money is generally over $300,000 US. Love Alaska!
    We were picked up by our hotel’s shuttle which was good and so ended our last train trip in Alaska.
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  • Day43

    Downtown Fairbanks and Visitors Centre

    September 7, 2017 in the United States

    The Regency Fairbanks Hotel where we are staying is a fairly large hotel that feels a bi like a ghost town at the moment as the tourist season is coming to an end. The day staff are lovely, the room comfy, there is a guest laundry, a basic breakfast is provided and we get to see a moose every time we go down into the lobby area? Just a shame he was someone’s trophy and his head is now mounted on the wall. The hotel is also within easy walking distance of downtown so many boxes have been ticked for our last accommodation in Alaska.
    Fairbanks is flat so walking is easy. And the hotel is in a good spot but only if you walk in the right direction around roadworks. No we didn’t go the right way and we saw a bit more of Fairbanks than we had expected. We did, however, find where we went wrong so that we don’t do it again!
    The Visitors Centre is positioned in the park on the banks of the Chena River. It houses a museum which was interesting and they run films on various aspects of Alaska and life in Alaska. We watched a documentary about Richard (Dick) Proenneke - Alone in the Wilderness. It was worth the sit- an amazing story about a man living alone in the wilderness in a cabin that he built on his own. The documentary was put together from his diaries and the film that he took of himself building this cabin. Well worth watching. Everything was made the traditional way- no nails. He made all of his furniture and most of his utensils. He lived alone for around 30 years and, apart from the occasional float plane load of basic supplies, he was self-sufficient, living completely off grid. At 82 the extreme cold and hard physical activity were getting too much for him and he moved to California to live with his brother until he died three years later.
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  • Day45

    Last Day in Alaska - Pioneer Park

    September 9, 2017 in the United States

    Our last day in Alaska. So sad! It has been an amazing journey. I love the wilderness of Alaska - it is undoubtably harsh for 2/3s of the year and living here is possibly something I could not do (at least not year round) but it appeals. All Alaskans that we have met have been characters, friendly and willing to pass the time of day. The rush of the city doesn’t exist here. And so it is the last day.
    Our walk took us down to the river and along it’s banks to The Pioneer Park, another tourist attraction but without the tourists. All of the buildings in the village are originals not reconstructions. Many were cabins and shops from Fairbanks in her earlier days so it was good that they were moved into this area and repurposed to conserve the local history.
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  • Day10

    Fairbanks

    August 11 in the United States

    Da gibt es nichts zu berichten. Eine Siedung, lieblos, einfach so hingestellt. In unserem Hotel kommen die ganzen Crusier Touristen unter, die mir Bussen durch Alaska getrieben werden, nicht wenige halb tot. Traurige Bilder. Wenn die Cruiser wegfallen würden bräche sicher der gesamte Tourismus in Alaska zusammen. Die Idee mit dem Camper bewegt mich seit wir hier sind und nicht so recht wissen warum, immer mehr. Es war kein schönes Gefühl vorhin der Stadt immer näher zu kommen. Hätte gerne irgendwo im "Freien" übernachtet. Schaun wir mal. Sylvia hat ja auch Gefallen an dieser Idee gefunden.
    Fairbanks: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairbanks
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