United States
Southeast Fairbanks Census Area

Here you’ll find travel reports about Southeast Fairbanks Census Area. Discover travel destinations in the United States of travelers writing a travel blog on FindPenguins.

30 travelers at this place:

  • Day10

    Chicken, AK!

    July 31, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    On our way out of Anchorage we headed north east to Dawson City, Canada.

    On the way to Dawson we stopped in a tiny village (or gathering) called Chicken. Chicken is the smallest village in Alaska with only a handful of residents and about half that come winter.

    Really Chicken is just a small stop on the highway, but a worthy stop.

    Chicken really wasn't much more than a gold miners dredge, bar and a few restaurants- oh, and a few live chickens too!

    We set up tent along the small river and headed to downtown Chicken. A 1 minute drive from uptown. A 1 minute drive and 3 buildings total.

    We started drinking with the locals around 4, and were told that we chose the best night to be in Chicken. Chicken's summer bash 2.0 was happening and we were in luck. Live music, free food and cheap beer. Turns out we also stayed until dark, so it had to have been late, considering how north we were.

    We met some amazing folks from all of the US who sat outside to enjoy the music with us, great conversations and laughs, even a panty canon. (A tradition where you can give your panties or boxers and they blow them up in the parking lot. It took some skill as they packed gun powder and lit up the bomb. Odd, but neat.)

    Sue bought the bar and "shops" 27 years ago and maintains it to this day. She vocally hates when people ask her about her life but loves to talk about herself nonstop- a little bit of an oxymoron. You don't have to ask Sue, she'll tell you anyway (jest). She is looking to sell her operation in the next couple years as it's now a world-known tourist stop. Her son ran the bar the entire night and was as professional as bar tenders get- even though he sees a maximum of 12 patrons a night. The bar was even pet friendly as we had our dogs with us the entire night.

    We met many Europeans this night as well and we were curious on how they got their European cars and vans over. There is a shipping program from Canada to Europe for about $1,500 and 2 weeks and your car is shipped, you then fly over and do your road trip in your own car- pretty cool.

    Chicken is only open a few months a year as the highway to and from is not maintained during the winter from the Canadian or American side. Most of the residents, other than about 4 don't stay over winter.

    Chicken isn't a destination but it's worth the stop, just know you have to create your own experience because the town folk don't do this for you. We loved it!
    Read more

  • Day11

    Chicken, AK

    August 23, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 10 °C

    Our morning tea stop is in Chicken - a mining camp on Chicken Creek on the Top of the World Highway. The town has a population of under 20 year round but expands to 30-50 in summer. The Town Centre is one building which houses the cafe, the mercantile, the liquor store and the saloon. Otherwise there are a couple of miner's huts.

    Legend says that early settlers wanted to call it Ptarmigan. There are several other small settlements in the area named after birds also e.g. Eagle, AK. The people who went to register the name couldn't agree on how to spell it, so after a few attempts, they gave up and agreed that Ptarmigan tasted just like chicken, so they called it Chicken, AK.
    Read more

  • Day11

    Delta Junction

    August 23, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Rikka's Roadhouse is now a state owned historical site. Rikka came by the roadhouse and farm for the sum of $5. Her husband who founded the business was more interested in hunting and frequently went away for long periods leaving Rikka in charge. After a 2 year absence, he sold the property to her and walked away. Rikka became a successful businesswoman and bequeathed the property to the State on her death.

    Adjoining the property is the Tanana River running very swiftly. There is a suspension bridge over the river carrying the Alaska Pipeline, one of only 2 such structures in the entire length of the pipeline.
    Read more

  • Day11

    Alaska Highway - Tok to Delta Junction

    August 23, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    We leave Tok on the Alcan Hway. This road of 1500 miles was built in 9 months through the remote subarctic wilderness. The area had not been mapped. Just outside Tok, a section of the road is called the Purple Heart Trail. Every person who worked on this road received a Purple Heart, over 10,000 men in 7 regiments started in 7 places, mostly black Americans. Its concept was driven by the need to protect the northwest when the US entered WW2.

    At the Robertson River, we cross the 2nd highest river bridge in Alaska. The Robertson has a really wide bed for the braided river. The main channel is flowing swiftly.
    Read more

  • Day9

    Von Chicken nach Tok und zum Moon Lake

    August 6, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

    Gestern starteten wir in Chicken und fuhren weiter auf dem Taylor Highway. Die Strecke war landschaftlich sehr schön. Wir erreichten recht schnell nachdem wir auf den Alaska Highway bogen Tok, eine Kleinstadt, die komplett am Highway entlang ihre Geschäfte hat, die Privatgrundstücke dagegen waren abseits des Highways relativ verstreut zu sehen.

    In Tok besuchten wir als erstes die Touristeninformation. Leider ist die in Tok ohne freies Internet. Dafür aber begrüßte uns eine sehr nette und witzige Frau, die uns all unsere Frage beantwortete, uns mit neuen Prospekten ausstattete und uns den Weg zum einzigen Supermarkt der ganzen Region erklärte. Er war direkt gegenüber, wie auch die Bank und die Tankstelle und so wie die Dame feststellte, war er der beste Supermarkt der Stadt...

    Wir nutzten sie Chance uns Bargeld zu besorgen, gingen einkaufen, tankten und wuschen unseren Camper, der es seit dem Top of the World Highway dringend nötig hatte. Da saß vielleicht ein Dreck drauf... Wir haben ganze 6 Dollar in die Selbstwaschanlage gesteckt nur um ihn halbwegs sauber zu bekommen...

    Da Tok selbst nicht großartig interessant erschien und wir auf unserer Reise voraussichtlich noch einmal dort vorbei kommen werden, fuhren wir weiter grob in Richtung Fairbanks. Einige Kilometer hinter Tok befand sich ein öffentlicher Campingplatz an einem See, dem Moon Lake. Die Frau der Touristeninformation hatte uns den empfohlen, hier sollte man gute Chancen haben, Tiere in den Abendstunden am See zu beobachten und zu fotografieren. Der Stellplatz war wirklich sehr schön, leider begann es zu regnen als wir dort eintrafen, sodass wir den ganzen Abend nicht mehr draußen sitzen mochten. Zudem sind die Temperaturen stark gesunken je weiter wir Richtung Norden kamen. Waren es vor einigen Tagen in Whitehorse noch um die 30 Grad, so sind es tagsüber hier in Alaska noch ca 12 Grad. Nachts kühlt es sich dann entsprechend noch weiter ab. So kam es, dass wir es uns nun gestern Abend bei Regen im Camper mit Heizung, Kaffee und Decken gemütlich machten und unsere neuen Prospekte studierten, während wahrscheinlich draußen am See Elch, Rentier und Bär gemeinsam im See badeten.
    Auch meine Wärmflasche kam gestern Abend erstmals zum Einsatz und ich bin froh, dass ich die dabei habe auch wenn der ein oder andere mich deshalb schon belächelt hat. Es gibt nichts Schöneres als durchgefroren rein zu kommen und in ein vorgewärmtes Bett krabbeln zu können.
    Read more

  • Day13

    McCarthy to Tok

    August 10 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Day 11 - Tok ( 10th Aug 2019 )
    Itinerary DRAGOMAN:

    Today we will have a scenic drive day towards the Canadian border, arriving at the small town of Tok. In Tok we will stay in a well-equipped campsite. Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

    Wir sind früh abgefahren. Für ein kräftiges Eierfrühstück mit Bacon hat es dennoch gereicht. Wenn ich in der“clocking group“ bin, gibt es immer individuelle Eiergerichte (to custom).

    Um 17:00 sind wir auf unserem letzten camp ground in Alaska angekommen. Hier gibt es nicht viel zu tun. Ist quasi nur ein Stopover. Auch hier auf dem Campingplatz ist das WIFI zwar verfügbar, aber die Upload Kapazität ist so begrenzt, das ich nicht einmal meine Footprints von FindPenguins hochgeladen bekomme. Videos nach YouTube hochzuladen kann ich mir da definitiv abschminken.

    Editiert am ..........
    Text von Wolfgang
    ÖFFENTLICH
    Read more

  • Day49

    Back in the Yukon

    August 3 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 68 °F

    Our morning coffee was even better lakeside! The start of our day is always a little longer without Cindy, because I really do have to get out and walk Auggie now. Before I just got to eat breakfast and do a little clean up, I still do that but now have to add in the walking, and a little play time....

    As we drove south heading to the border, we made a couple of stops at more Tetlin Wildlife Refuge locations. They were all beautiful with overlooks of lakes, short interpretive trails, and one with their main visitor center. It is a very large refuge, and is home to a large number of migratory birds, although we did not see many. We did see a pair of trumpter swans again and lake ducks.

    Today (again) was about driving, approximately 240 miles. I know that does not sound like a lot, but when your max speed is about 50 or 55 mph, it takes awhile! Frost heaves, gravel sections, and lots of repair patches create a pretty bumpy ride. I don't really care about the bumpy ride, I just want to make sure we have shocks when we get home!

    Crossed back over the border today, gosh, sometimes these guys can be so unpleasant. We didnt do any thing wrong; well, Tom was wearing his sunglasses, which is not the"correct" thing to do; but a smile wouldn't hurt anybody. Oh well.

    Had lunch in Beaver Creek at Buckshot Betty's. No fish, just shared a hamburger and fries, with beef and cabbage soup. Talk about home cooking! (It was the cook's grandmother's recipe with his own personal twist) Stopped at the visitor center to replace all the brochures we got the first time we came through the Yukon!

    More driving through lots of black spruce; boreal forests. These trees are every where, and pretty much are a good indicator of permafrost areas because they are about the only tree that can live with the permafrost. It is a stunted tree, has a very shallow root system, and grows very slowly. They have found 100 year old trees that are only 2" in diameter. I insisted that Tom get out in these boggy areas and stand by the tree so I could take a picture to help you see how short they can be. Almost like green pipe cleaners, sort of Dr. Suess like! The tops often look thicker than the trunks because that is where the pine cones collect. And areas with permafrost are a good indicator for "damaged roads"!

    Made a stop at the Kluane Museum in Burwash Landing, it had the distinction of having the world's largest gold pan. Another photo OP for Tom! Museum had a pretty good collection of stuffed animal dioramas, and some First Nation tribal history.

    Decided we could go just one more night without showers since the days have been cool, and we have mostly been driving and strolling (versus hiking!). Besides we have about 100 plus more waterless "body wipes" to use before our trip is over! ( thank you Linley!) So checked into one of the Yukon government camps, $12 Canadian, per night! So am currently parked at a site on Lake Kluane, no view of the lake but a nicely wooded site. Most of the Yukon government sites have been great and always inexpensive!

    Burritos for dinner, M & Ms for dessert, and one more walk for Auggie!
    Read more

  • Day33

    Chicken, AK on Top of the World Highway

    July 28 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 55 °F

    Made it to the world famous town of Chicken Alaska on the Top of the World Highway. It's an active mining town and a tourist trap 😊

    The RV's that had travelled the dirt road from Dawson City, YT are completely covered in mud. So that's what we have to look forward to!

You might also know this place by the following names:

Southeast Fairbanks Census Area, খা-মুঙ ফেয়ার বাংকস মানুলেহা লয়া, Área censal de Southeast Fairbanks, Zone de recensement de Southeast Fairbanks, Southeast Fairbanks, Census Area di Southeast Fairbanks, Southeast Fairbanks Phó͘-cha Tē-he̍k, Zensusrebeet Fairbanks Süüdoost, Okręg Southeast Fairbanks, Região Censitária de Southeast Fairbanks, Саутист-Фэрбанкс, Саутист Фербанкс, 東南費爾班克斯人口普查區

Join us:

FindPenguins for iOS FindPenguins for Android

Sign up now