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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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    Lyn Burg

    Love your new jumper John! Awesome to see you are having a great time, we just had wine time but miss you guys!

    Lyn Burg

    awww this is amazing!

    Lyn Burg

    You ate Reindeer!! This is truly awesome!

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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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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    Patricia Rebello

    Never a dull moment. 😀 love the bear spray story. Photos are incredible. Enjoy the rest of this fantastic adventure.

  • 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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  • Day27

    Rivers Edge Rv Park, Fairbanks

    July 12, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 64 °F

    Hallelujah! We had rain! From late night and intermittently all through the day! Wow, it barely made a dent in the smoke! But hopeful it will begin to make a difference.

    We actually did nothing all morning thinking we're had most of the day to clean up the RV and get laundry done prior to picking up Cindy at the airport! Well we actually needed all day! The dust from the "top of the world" wad every where, even in drawers! And I ended up with 4 loads of laundry, at $3 for wash and $3 for dryer.....using math that means each load cost $6! And I am providing the labor! Have you ever put $24 worth of quarters in your coin purse? Guess what they don't make coin purses that big....I had to use a baggie!

    We managed to finish with just enough time for showers and then headed to the airport to get Cindy. Her plane was on time and we found her and her luggage without incident!

    Pack to our riverside slot, welcome cocktail hour and dinner at the Chena Grill. Crab cakes, calamari, and salmon salad!
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    What a cute couple!!!!Lollie


    Another perfect post card. Lollie

  • Day30

    Alaska Day 30 Fairbanks

    August 5, 2019 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 15 °C

    Out this AM to get the tire air valves replaced and hub cap put back on. Done relatively easily before noon. And less than $50 ! Then to Starbucks for some planning time for the remainder of our trip. We have changed our minds several times and now again. We have heard many people talk about Valdez so have decided to go there next. But first we are going to do one more day in this area, going to some highly touted hot springs about 60 miles NE of Fairbanks. Should be fun. We splurged for a hotel room as well!! First night out of the RV. Then to Valdez about 700 miles south on the coast. After that Haines, maybe Skagway, and then wander home. Currently thinking we might go "the log way" down thru Jasper, Lake Louise and Banff. Will see how the timing goes. Nice to be able to make changes as we go.
    Our tourism choice for today was the Creamers Field - A Migratory waterfowl refuge. On first appearance it is a very large open space with some big birds in the fields. However lots more going on here. We stopped in the visitor center to check out what was going on. We were lucky enough to run into one of the fellows who leads the guided tours in the mornings - Bud. Bud wanted to go back out to check on the sandhill cranes, (the big birds), and invited us to go along. So we had our own personal tour of the entire place. Essentially there are open fields and forest that are a refuge for all types of waterfowl. Bud took us on a mile and a half walk through the fields and forest with a running commentary for an hour and a half! Very interesting! Lots about the types of waterfowl and wildlife but even more about the forest and the land, how the permafrost affects the ground, etc. We learned a lot and enjoyed it. We saw several dozen sandhill cranes, all at a distance. They just started to arrive last week. By the end of the month they will have about 4,000 cranes there for about a month. They plant fields just to feed them and have a festival as well. Who knew?
    A much needed grocery run and back to the RV for dinner in.
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