Rob and Syd's Western Canada and Alaska trip 2012 travel blog

Santa Claus house in North Pole

Featured in a news article in Harper Journal

Syd telling Santa about the grandkids

Pioneer Village in Fairbanks (several original cabins on display)

Milepost in Pioneer Village

Sunday, May 27, 2012

I woke up at 12:30 last night. It was still light out. I woke up at 2:30 last night. It was still light out. The rain started at 5:30. Rain on the roof is nice, but our bus is under some power lines so the rain dripped in big thunks onto the roof. It was like Chinese water torture. I couldn’t sleep even with my sound machine on.

We went to Sam’s Club this morning to buy two back tires for the Kia. We could buy the tires but there was no one there to put them on the car. Someone had messed up the work schedule and we had to wait for someone to be called in. Two and a half hours later, we went to find someone to cut my hair. Barbara says they butchered it. It’s very short.

After that, we went to Santa Claus House in North Pole. We chatted with Santa for a while. He knew exactly where Avondale was and how to get there. He asked us what we did before we retired and chatted about that. We heard him talk to other people after us and he knew something about every place people were from and carried on the most lovely conversations. He was no helper, he was the real Santa. He was awesome. His reindeer were lying down in a pen outside. One of them got up and walked right over to me and let me touch the velvet on his antlers.

We went to Pioneer Park in Fairbanks. Among the historic displays they have an old paddleboat, the Nenana, and an old railcar that Warren G. Harding rode in when he came to put the Golden Spike in to complete the railroad in 1923. They have moved a bunch of the tiny old historic cabins from Fairbanks and put them in a little village where they are now shops and museums. We took a ride on the little train that circles the park. It was fun.

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