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North America » United States » Alaska » Fairbanks September 25th 2013

Well, we made it here in one piece!! The road was long but beautiful. I just wish we could have spent more time at a few of the more scenic places like lower B.C. and the Yukon territories. I'm updating this a few days late due to being worn out from the drive and having to scramble to find a place to live before the snow really starts flying!! Its expensive up here so our living arrangements have been narrowed down to renting a dry-cabin(no indoor plumbing). Yeah.....you heard it right. I'm trying to find the one with the best out-house!!!! For now we're holed up in a nice little hostel on the west side of town. Pix are random, hope you like. More to come later.... read more
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North America » United States » Alaska » Fairbanks September 7th 2013

Left the hotel at 8 this morning heading over to the “Riverboat Discovery”. Turns out that’s both the name of the tour and the boat. Huge 4 deck sternwheel steamer boat. It goes up the Chena River to where it meets the Tanana River. On a clear day, it’s probably quite beautiful, but today was grey and foggy and a bit depressing. Some really incredible houses along the riverside. As the boat goes along the river, it stops for a bit near the home of Susan Butcher and her husband, who were/are dog racers. Susan is one of the few women to win the Iditarod. Unfortunately, she passed away a few years ago, so her husband runs the kennel now and does some runs to raise money for charity. You also see a fishwheel and get ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Fairbanks September 4th 2013

Spent the night at the local Walmart downtown Fairbanks. There were about 15 other RV's in the carpark so we definetly weren't alone. This morning we headed out to the home of a local lady named Mary Shields. Mary is 68 years old and has lived in Alaska since 1969. Her cabin is On a 20 acre boreal forest - Mostly white barked birch trees and stately old birch trees. For the price of $30 per person Mary invites people into her cabin to talk about her life as a dog musher. Mary still does dog mushing on a regular basis. During winter she goes out camping along the trail and also visits her other cabin in the woods. This amazing lady was one of two women to first ride in the iditarod race in 1974 ... read more
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North America » United States » Alaska » Fairbanks September 3rd 2013

Last night we went for a drive up to the Denali Grande Lodge. It is set high up on the side of the mountain overlooking Denali Park. It was a hairy ride up the mountain but so worth it. The views below we're fantastic. Then we were off to the Alaska Cabin Night Theatre. Was not sure what to expect as we had read mixed reviews. Pleasantly surprised though - it was a great night. Dinner was served family style at a long table with 12 people sitting around. Alaskan style dinner - salad, biscuits, corn, beans, ribs, salmon and potatoes. Plenty of goof for everyone. Iced water, sweet tea and coffee also provided on table. After dinner there was a 45 minute show about the real Alaskans - also known as Sourdoughs. It was a ... read more
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North America » United States » Alaska » Fairbanks August 9th 2013

Day 14 Cont. Tuesday July 30 We finished our cleaning by 5:00 just in time for the bus for dinner. We went to the Alaska Salmon Bake, an outdoor all you can eat buffet. We ate delicious salmon, halibut and prime rib with all the sides at picnic tables. We walked around the little village and looked in the shops until the show at the Palace Theatre. A wonderful musical performance telling the story of the beginning of Fairbanks. Day 15 - Wednesday July 31 The next morning we boarded the bus again for a cruise on the Riverboat Discovery down the Chena River. Before boarding the boat we went into a room that was -40 degrees. Brrrr. The three hour cruise is run by a family in Fairbanks and the captain is the forth generation, ... read more
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North America » United States » Alaska » Fairbanks August 7th 2013

Driving from town to town and visiting the wilderness in Alaska has been good. We have stopped at Anchorage, Talkettan, De Nali and Fairbanks. Anchorage is the biggest town with a population in excess of 150,000- the other towns are much smaller though swell up during the summer tourist season. The highlight of the trip in Alaska has been the wilderness tour of De Nali national park - some 6 million acres of wilderness - we saw moose, brown bear, golden eagle and caribou. We were also some of the lucky few to see the peaks of Mount McKinley, the highest mountain in North America at 20,320 feet. Today we went on a river boat tour of the Chekna river in Fairbanks and visited an old automobile museum- we are flying out tomorrow back to Vancouver ... read more
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North America » United States » Alaska » Fairbanks July 29th 2013

8.30 Abfahrt. Erstaunlicherweise waren die ersten 250 km ganz flach und alles war unter 200 m NN - man hat ja schon vom Flugzeug aus gesehen, dass die Fluesse wilde Maeander bildeten... Nadelbaeume und Birken, zuerst noch schoene, hohe Baeume, spaeter wurden sie dann kleiner, weil ich mehr in die Hoehe kam. Und dann gab es den ersten Blick auf den Mt Mc Kinley (= Dinali, das bedeutet in der Eingeborenensprach: der Hohe). Er ist fast 6000 m hoch und wirkt deshalb so gigantisch, weil seine absolute Hoehe (6000 m) fast seiner relativen Hoehe entspricht - der Bergfuss ist bei ungefaehr 450 m NN. N von Anchorage waren zuerst noch mehrere Orte, solange wir halt noch im Pendlereinzuggsgebiet von Anchorage waren. Aber dann wurde es schon recht einsam. An Strassen gibt es nicht viel - diesen ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Fairbanks July 11th 2013

Thank you Steven!! I've been bugging my travel companions to write a guest blog since we started this trip. Finally someone took the plunge. And speaking of plunges, I'll add more on our white water rafting adventure later but I need to get back to the chronological sequencing of our travels. Last I wrote we were just getting to Fairbanks. Fairbanks was an interesting place...not much to look at as you drive into the city but I think I got to feel some of the charm of the place, at least in the summer. Our hotel was in downtown and near a pretty river walk and an excellent Visitor's Center. We started our day in Fairbanks with that walk and exploring the Visiter's Center. It had a few good exhibits and we saw the film, 40 ... read more
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North America » United States » Alaska » Fairbanks July 10th 2013

Well we survived the Top of the World Highway whew what a road. Did some gold panning in Chicken and found some gold in my Mom's gold pan (thanks MOM). Cross the border at the most northern US border crossing. Travelled onto Tok and then to Delta Junction (the official mile 0 of the Alaska Highway). Relaxed there and then had an easy day to Fairbanks, only a couple of hours of driving. Lots of forest fires here and saw one that was right beside the highway. Has been really hot and dry up here but since we have arrived it has rained a few times a day. Had a downpour yesterday (July 8th). Enjoying ourselves and getting a chance to relax here (we are here for 4 days). Lots of the same people travelling the ... read more
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North America » United States » Alaska » Fairbanks July 10th 2013

Spent the morning on a Riverboat Cruise. It was very interesting and had a bush pilot land on the water right beside the boat then stopped at Susan Bucher and Dave Monson kennels (she won the Iditarod 3 times in a row and then missed a year and won it the next year). She passed away in 2006 from leukemia. Then off to a replica of a village. All very interesting. Rained all day so off to Chena Hot Springs after lunch. I have to say I think we got spoiled at Liard Hot Springs.... read more
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