Blogs from Fairbanks, Alaska, United States, North America


North America » United States » Alaska » Fairbanks August 18th 2021

Day 8 Mileage - 136 miles Guess what?? When we woke up this morning it was still raining. We called for a late check out and played Farkle until lunch… because it was raining. We watched the news and packed for the airport. While we packed, we realized we had some leftover food, water, and supplies. Earlier we had noticed that there were some homeless people living nearby in a park, so we stopped by and gave what we had to them. We always like to do this at the end of the trip. They seemed thankful. Since it was still raining, we drove around Fairbanks to catch some of the ambience. We were able to see the big antler arch, the giant painted steam pipes, and several statues. Afterwards, we decided to head to the ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Fairbanks August 12th 2021

Day 1 Flying 3447 miles Driving 5 miles What a day… If you’ve traveled anywhere in the pandemic, you know it’s challenging to say the least. Claire had scored this fabulous deal and booked our trip a while back and here we were at a point where Covid Delta cases were on the rise. Masked nearly the entire long day and attempting to stay as far away from others was the order of the day. We all had to travel several hours to the airport in Raleigh where we began 16 hours in airports or on a plane to get to Fairbanks Alaska. On the 1st plane we were accompanied by two screaming babies, and on the second plane, the entertainment system went down for at least 2 hours. We arrived safely though. Luckily during the ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Fairbanks August 16th 2019

Fairbanks and Chena Hot Springs We arrived in Fairbanks after a short 128 miles from Denali. It seemed to be mostly downhill. The roads in Alaska are fairly good in most places, then the gravel roads of construction zones appear. With The permafrost issue, the repaired roads are like a roller coaster. You have to slow down or head bottom, and don’t mentIon the right to left roll that gets added in. Good thing I don’t really get car sick.... This Fairbanks feeling is like the ‘end of the road.’. I mean it really is. About 50 miles north from here is the Arctic Circle ⭕️ , Prudhoe Bay oil field and only a few dirt roads. The gals went to the Hilltop Truck Stop diner last night for dinner and pie. The road was built ... read more
Denali tops map
Bus used in “Into the Wild” movie
Button mushroom ?

North America » United States » Alaska » Fairbanks August 22nd 2018

The drive from Healy AK to Fairbanks AK was only 110 miles, and we arrived at the Best Western Plus Pioneer Park Inn on Thursday, August 17, 2018 without incident. My primary reason for selecting this particular motel is its location about a quarter mile walk (or a one-mile drive) from, ta-da, Pioneer Park – home to a handful of interesting attractions, including Pioneer Hall which was designed to represent a 1900s-era building that houses two historical attractions, The Pioneer Museum and The Big Stampede Theater; Riverboat Nenana, a now inoperable sternwheeler nicknamed the “Queen of the Yukon,” that was built in 1933 in Seattle and then shipped to Nenana AK where she was constructed; The Harding Car, also known as the Denali Car, a passenger railroad car named after President Warren G. Harding; Mining Valley, ... read more
Just the Cinnamon Roll by Itself Would Make a Meal
A Bridge on the Footpath from the Motel to Pioneer Park Crossed the Chena River
Here’s Why They Came to Alaska (and to Yukon)!

North America » United States » Alaska » Fairbanks August 12th 2018

The Tres Amigo’s, String, Dave and Al got away early to start their Continental Divide Ride down to the border with Mexico, while we got away at 9.15am after waiting ages for Gerardo, who thought we were leaving at 9.30 but everyone was keen to get away.! Radar, Nikki, Pete and Julie left the same time as us to head down into the USA. We followed the truck out of the hotel but after Paul took us into a weigh station we parted company and reprogrammed our gps with Whistler and made our way through down town Vancouver to meet up with the chase truck again in Squamish. We should have refueled at Squamish but took a punt. We made it to Lillooet on fumes only. We arrived 7.00pm and had dinner in the pub next ... read more
A rear group shot, only Wayne missing as he rode by..
smoko on the way at Cottonwood.
Bones n Linda

North America » United States » Alaska » Fairbanks August 6th 2018

You've probably never wondered what sled dogs do during the summer but here it is. This kennel has 141 dogs and runs sled dog tours during the winter. During the summer, they give talks on sledding. Racing is all about how well the musher knows his dogs - he controls how fast they run, how long and when they rest. There have been instances where the dogs just quit running. Falling asleep at a rest stop is a major risk - no one will wake you while the competition moves on. The town is Dawson City. I like to think we drove 1300 miles for this? Very rustic. We honored the town by having a tire problem on the tow car and had to spend an extra day. The derelict stern wheeler is the result of ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Fairbanks July 20th 2018

Before I get started on the limited details of departure day, let me just say that yesterday I should have bought a lottery ticket. Here are the highlights: -Showed up for my scheduled manicure; she had no record of it although she could fit me in so no worrie -Went to the vet to get Morgan’s heartworm and flea meds which I had called in on Tuesday; no record of it but was able to get it filled anyway -Got stuck behind the same older gentleman 3 times at Harris Teeter. Took 15 minutes to make a purchase for $7.08 -A car with a visitor was stuck at the Williamsburg West Gate (we live in a gated community) and when the driver at the gate couldn’t get her guest pass to work, she approached the car ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Fairbanks July 9th 2017

Bonjour à tous, Nous avons eu un peu de temps hier en fin d'après midi. Le jour qui se prolonge jusqu'à 23h30, permet de faire le tour de Valdez. Je me souvenais très bien de Valdez, d'ailleurs comme partout où je suis déjà allé, comme d'une ville triste, sans âme, un avec un seul petit point positif le long du port domestique avec ses restaurants. Mais avec 27° et plein soleil, la ville, pour moi n'a toujours pas d'âme, mais parait beaucoup moins triste, de plus l'environnement est exceptionnel. Le Pacifique à ici une couleur d'un vert émeraude intense, des sommets sur 360°, font un écrin à cette ville. Sur le port nous sommes passés au moment ou un pêcheur rentrait avec des flétans. Je connaissais les filets, mais n'avais jamais vu le poisson. Je pensais ... read more
ma petite "louloutre" de mer
Mofit Glacier
Chalutiers d'Alaska

North America » United States » Alaska » Fairbanks June 27th 2017

Day 4 - Alaska Around 8:45AM we boarded our bus to take us North to Fairbanks, the location where the Gold Rush started. It was a 3 hour drive, but we stopped at a place along the route, which was a museum of life in early Alaska, and the creativity of the locals to make and modify things to be able to live and work in the environment. The journey took 3 hours, and we got to Fairbanks, had lunch on our own, while I hitched a ride to the equivalent of a Wal Mart Supercenter, for syringes, to hold me until the pump arrived. After lunch, we went to Gold Dredge No. 8, heard how they mined gold, why they stopped, and why they started again. We got to try our hand at panning for ... read more
Roadside stop
His hanger.
Rear view of the hanger

North America » United States » Alaska » Fairbanks June 12th 2017

We finally got a chance to sleep in after being on the go for the past several days. No worries, as it were. We got the buffet breakfast at the Westmark, and that included Eggs Benedict for me! Sharon wanted to go to church today to make up for missing mass on Sunday. I think she had an excuse though, there were no Catholic Churches in Dead Horse and the one near us in Fairbanks didn’t have an evening Sunday service. They did however have a daily service at 12:10PM today! And the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church was within walking distance, Sharon assured me. I just hadn’t bargained for the rain. The church was quite full, for a small parish church, and the first Catholic Church to open in Alaska’s interior in 1904. The priest was ... read more
Immaculate Conception Church
Immaculate Conception Church
Immaculate Conception Church

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