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Aug 2, 2018 - Fairbanks, Alaska

We made it to Fairbanks and will be here for four days. Finally have a fast internet connection so I have been uploading pictures for the trip so check the earlier postings for new pictures. I will be uploading pictures for the next day or so so keep checking.

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Jul 12, 2018 - Fairbanks

We are off on our next great adventure - to Alaska! When Steve and I began this nomadic journey, we knew we wanted to travel as much as possible and not just in the RV. We own points in a time share with Diamond Resorts and need to use those points each year, or roll them over to the next year, or lose them. We rolled over our 2017 points so we had a bunch to use in 2018 and decided to use them for this trip to Alaska as well as for a trip to Hawaii that we will take in September, plus a weeklong stay in Sedona in October. So, the latter...

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Jul 10, 2018 - Riverboat Discovery

If your in the Fairbanks area, don't miss the Riverboat Discovery. It was a perfect day for a 3 hour cruise on the Sternwheeler, Discovery III, our cruise took us up the Chena River. We learned about the history of the cruise line, the late Susan Butcher (an Iditarod Champion) & her champion sled dogs, also we had the chance to walk around the Chena Village (an Athabascan Indian Village) for a look back in time. We watched a bush pilot in action, taking off from from the Chena River, flying overhead & landing close to the boat, that was...

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Jul 7, 2018 - The Santa Claus House, North Pole

Ok...Christmas is my favorite Holiday, so if we're anywhere near the North Pole (and we are) you can bet we're gonna stop at the Santa Claus House (and we did). This place reminds me of Bronners in Michigan, only on a much smaller scale. So many beautiful Christmas decorations. We did get T-shirts !

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Jul 6, 2018 - Fairbanks Bound

Fairbanks bound, our trip was good & we had no real nasty road conditions...so that was good. We are looking forward to seeing what Fairbanks has to offer. Soon as we drove through Delta Junction we were off of the Alaskan Highway & it turned into Hwy 2.

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Jun 22, 2018 - Second day in Fairbanks

They played a baseball game without lights in celebration of the summer soltice. I was up (1:50) before sunrise which wasn’t until 2:58 and it was quite light out at that time. Population here in Fairbanks is about 32,000; this is the first regular town that we have been in a while. We started today by going to the antique car museum, which was truly excellent. The vehicles there were all very well restored and included some of the most expensive vehicles of the period, up to a 1936 Packard. Well worth the effort to visit. We then went to...

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Jun 22, 2018 - Travel to Fairbanks

The trip normally takes about 3 1/2 hours from Tok, Alaska to Fairbanks, Alaska, but of course it took us longer due to our stops. Delta Junction was an interesting place and there was a free roadhouse museum that was really interesting, they had Equipment from the 30s and 40s that was used on the construction of the highway back in 1942. The lady inside had moved from Florida in 1983, and she lives off the grid here in a cabin in the woods. We then stopped at a place that sold locally produced meats, which included reindeer sausage,...

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Jun 4, 2018 - Fairbanks, Alaska day 2

Fairbanks June 4 Busy day. This morning we took the 3 hour Riverboat Discovery Sternwheeler Tour down the Chena River. They provided complimentary coffee and blueberry donuts when we started the tour. We watched a bush plane take off and land on the river. The massive homes along the river were beautiful. We stopped near the kennels of the late 4 time Iditarod winner Susan Butcher and her daughter shared information with us. We got to see the dogs in action, training, by pulling a 4 wheeler with enhanced brakes around the area. We stopped...

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Jun 3, 2018 - Fairbanks Alaska day 1

Dawson to Fairbanks, Alaska June 13 We walked again this morning before checking out. We got some bagels to eat for breakfast. We're not a fan of eating out so many meals. We left for the airport around noon. On the way to the airport, Jim won an Alaska ball cap. The bus driver picks a number, and if it's yours and you are wearing your name tag, you win. The plane is a 737 owned by Holland America. This plane is only used to fly between Fairbanks and Dawson City, and it goes several times per day. There were about 156 seats and our group...

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Jun 2, 2018 - Fairbanks

Sunshine and 68 deg !!! Our last day in Fairbanks area before heading to Denali. Enjoyable morning with breakfast at Bun on the Run for one of the best cinnamon rolls ever, and hot coffee. Later we walked through the local farmer's market - lots of jams, jellies, pickles, and crafts, but too early in the season for lots of fresh produce. Later it was off to Walmart to restock for our 5 days in the wilds of Denali. Dinner tonight was at the Pump House on the banks of the Chena River - we enjoyed the salmon and halibut and a nice view of the...

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Jul 22, 2017 - North to Alaska - Part 2

July 8 - We left Skagway about 8:30 AK time. It was very foggy at the summit. By the time we got to the CDN Border it was fairly clear. It turns out the border agent had played soccer in Sechelt so he knew where we were. It was a nice drive with only a bit of construction. We arrived in Haines Junction Yukon about 3 PST. The motel was lovely - Parkside Inn - it seems fairly new, everything works, Keurig, breakfast (yogurt, English muffin, eggs, milk, juice) in the fridge. We ate our Skagway leftovers for dinner! There is no darkness at...

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Jul 20, 2017 - Fairbanks, Alaska

FAIRBANKS, AK: (June 28- July 6) Upon leaving Dawson City, after a 4 hr. wait to board the ferry, we crossed the Yukon River (a five minute ferry ride) and headed over the ‘Top of the World’ highway to Chicken, Alaska. What an awe inspiring experience. We thoroughly enjoyed the view but Stumpy, and especially Squirt, suffered a bit (see pictures) travelling over the gravel and dirt road with all the bumps and hollows and recent coating of calcium chloride - to try and keep down dust!! We drove into Alaska at Poker Creek the most northerly...

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