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  • Day13

    Wilderness Express to Denali

    August 25, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    We have boarded the Wilderness Express in Fairbanks bound this morning for Denali. This is a luxury train and we have a whole carriage to ourselves- a glass domed upper deck with bar and a dining car downstairs. Our carriage is the last so we have access to the back deck.

    Breakfast in the dining car is silver service as we travel through the taiga (little forest).We come to Nenana where 2 rivers meet; one flowing N-S and the other E-W. There are barges on the river and they supply the bush villages.

    We see Denali (Mt McKinley) from the distance. The highest mountain in North America, it is really clear. This is unusual as it is normally shrouded in cloud. It's more than 20,000 feet high.

    The train continues onwards the mountains past a coal mining area where there are visible scars on the landscape.
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  • Day28

    Alaska Day 28 Denali to Fairbanks

    August 3, 2019 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

    Yes!!!! Crossed another one off my bucket list! Hiked in Denali today! Overcast morning but not raining. A short hike but to a beautiful area near the entrance to the park - Horseshoe Lake. The bus driver yesterday touted this area as a place for waterfowl, moose and beavers. Alice left me off and went to paint while I hiked. An easy 3 mile walk in the woods to a beautiful lake. See pics. Only wildlife I saw was a snow hare, we had seen one yesterday and the bus driver corrected me when I called it a rabbit!! 🙃. But the best site was a spectacular beaver dam. Amazing architecture!
    So then this happened........ I walked back to where Alice was parked in the RV. As I am taking the big step up into the cab, I had my bear spray in the pocket of my jacket and I advertently hit the lever which set it off!!! 🤬👎🤪. That stuff is really vile! Alice got a strong inhale of it and could not breathe right away. Both of us coughing like crazy - we were quite the site for the other folks in the parking lot. After we aired everything out for awhile, I cleaned up the van and bagged my clothes, then it started to be pretty funny. My best comment was. " Never a dull moment!"
    Off for Fairbanks. 130 miles North. The rain really started to come down and we just drove until we were about 5 miles from Fairbanks. Had seen a write up on a jewelry designer - Judie Gumm - whose studio was really off the beaten path. A brief visit, lovely jewelry but not to my taste. Lots of animals/birds. But her studio was in a lovely setting in the woods
    Arrived at the campground which we really like. 👍. Space between sites, grass and trees, and all of the amenities that I have come to think of as necessities in RV travel. Dinner of pasta "in", a walk along the river right out out door and some planning for the next phase of our trip.
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  • Day29

    Alaska Day 29 Fairbanks

    August 4, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

    Starting the 5th week of our trip. After Fairbanks, everything will bring us closer to home. (Now about 3,000 miles away) 😅. Plan today was to do to the State Fair however we woke up to rain so will put that off for awhile. Off to the highly recommended Morris Cultural and Visitors Center. A great stop, much more than a visitor center. Tons of information, knowledgeable staff, excellent exhibits on the different native tribes of Alaska and an excellent movie on bears. Lots of art, sculptures in a very modern building. We spent a couple hours there.
    A stop for lunch at the Fudge Pot, weather has cleared so off to the Tanana Valley State Fair.
    What fun! A midway with all of the usual games and stuffed teddies to win. All kinds of food and tons of exhibits. We went to a "fahion show" which was hilarious. It was a sewing competition divided into age groups. The first 11 year old had made a skirt for her sister who was the model. (About 6). The judges went thru the whole routine, quarter turns, deliberation, and the final vote. The sister got the blue ribbon!! She was ecstatic, jumping up and down. 😂. Then they said, that was the only entry in this age group!!! 🤣🤣🤣. Hoping someone tells her that story when she is 21.
    Gave up on the fair and home for cocktail hour and a walk to a restaurant nearby for dinner. Excellent King crab cakes, maybe the best I have ever had. Alice had stroganoff and liked hers as well. Another good day.
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  • Day31

    Alaska Day 31 Chena Hot Springs

    August 6, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Taking a day off from tourism and spending a relaxing day at Chena Hot Springs Resort, about 60 miles NE of Fairbanks. A beautiful drive through the Chena Stata Recreational Area. Trees, rivers, streams and a highway with tons of gravel roads taking off to the right and left to fishing spots, campgrounds and hiking trails. Arrived at the resort around 1PM, checked into our room, had lunch and off to the hot springs. Spent the afternoon soaking up the water and sun. We were laughing and saying we felt like we had a "day off". Back for a shower and a bathroom we only had to share with each other and not all the campground neighbors 😂.
    We signed up for the 5PM tour of the Aurora Ice Museum, on the grounds of the resort. A fun diversion, an entire building with ice sculptures, a bar for 10, an ice hotel and an ice chapel for weddings. The 2 people who have done all the sculptures were in their workshop at the entrance to the museum. They also maintain the building and the ice structure. Amazing place, temperature at 25 degrees. They provide super warm parkas. The best part was the “ appletini” (vodka and an apple liquore) served in an ice martini glass! What fun!
    A great dinner of Alaskan scallops and a early bedtime.
    One final note, we met 2 interesting groups of young people today. At the hot springs, 3 young male geologists from Denver that had been working in Denali the previous 3 weeks. Had a long conversation with them about their work, traveling in Alaska - they were genuinely interested in our trip and lots of fun commentary. At the ice bar, while drinking appletinis, we met 2 30 something couples from NYC who were taking a year out of their lives to travel the US via RV. Three of them had quit their jobs, one could work on the road. They were full of fun stories and so personable. A real bonus of travel.
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  • Day6

    Angekommen in Fairbanks

    August 20, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Nach 14h Zugfahrt, drei Mahlzeiten und einigen leckeren 'adult Beverages' sind wir in Fairbanks angekommen. Zwischenzeitlich hatte der Zug gestoppt, da Kinder, welche auf einer Eisenbahnbrücke waren, vermisst wurden, inkl. Suchaktion mit Helikopter. Hier ist es recht schön, jeder hat sein eigenes kleines Haus. Morgen holen wir den Mietwagen und erkunden die Wildnis. So long...Read more

  • Day13

    Reis na Fairbanks

    September 4, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 8 °C

    'n Bussie het ons vanoggend kom oplaai en Fairbanks toe gebring. Ons bly in 'n kothuis teen die Cheena rivier. Daar het netnou 'n dooie boom (nie stomp nie) afgedryf verby ons huis so die rivier loop nogal sterk. Ons het 'n kar gaan huur en visitor centre toe gegaan. Daar is baie goeie uitstallings van vroëer lewe in Alaska. Ons het toe WalMart toe gegaan en kos gekry vir more se toer. Nou gaan ons lekker vroeg slaap, want more moet ons 05:00 al ry. Die hotel het 'n lys van gaste wat hulle moet wakker bel as mens die noorderligte kan sien, so hulle sal ons bel, maar dis dig bewolk en reën tans.Read more

  • Day39

    Fairbanks, Alaska

    July 6, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Fairbanks is a very spread out city and quite flat, after arriving at Sven's Basecamp hostel it became apparent that we would need a car. We spent a week here in total and meet some great people. Tom and Ulli both from Germany became the heart and soul of the place and excelled in creating a camaraderie among all the guests. We all had dinners together and even got into a volleyball match. The 24hr daylight led to some late evenings with plenty of beer! Tom and Ulli let us ride along with them to do the Angel Rocks hike and also the Chena hot springs which was around 60c, Very HOT (esp on the hottest day so far) ! On one day it was so hot we had to go into the ice museum and ride the sled on ice. I have to reiterate that if anyone goes to Fairbanks then a stay a Sven's Basecamp is a must, this hostel truly is the most friendly, amazing place we've ever been to. A real family feel. Plus, they had sled dog puppies, if you needed another reason to go...Read more

  • Day12

    Salmon Bake

    August 15, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Una tassista ad Anchorage ci ha consigliato di andare a mangiare il salmone a Fairbanks, definendo il ristorante "A lot of fun". Non sappiamo bene cosa aspettarci, ma seguiamo il consiglio e ci ritroviamo a mangiare salmone, pesce e carne a volontà. Tutto servito dalla griglia. Per digerire la cena ci avventuriamo nel parco tematico adiacente che dovrebbe rappresentare i vecchi tempi e la storia della città. Oggettivamente non sappiamo dire quanto di storico ci sia. Soggettivamente ci siamo divertiti un sacco!Read more

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