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Sep 13, 2018 - Amazing Dance of the Northern Lights

Awoke to another sunny beautiful day in Alaska. Today we headed off in a 9 passenger Navajo plane with our pilot, John, crossing over the Arctic Circle, 66 degrees 33 minutes, before landing Coldwater. Coldwater was a mining town in 1915, now has population 0 and is a Truck stop. There is a Post Office! The landscapes were interesting though not as nice as Denali. The area we were flying over had not even appeared on maps until 1930s, it showed up as a white area until it was actually able to be mapped out. As we flew over the Yukon Flats,...

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Sep 12, 2018 - Mr. Toad"s Wild Ride

As we were heading for breakfast we met up with the flight crew member who told us we were leaving an hour earlier to fly out as it is cloudy. As we got to the plane I looked at how small it was and thought no way is the pilot and 5 other people going to fit in and a feeling of claustrophobia came over me. I was amazed at how much room there was. It was a great flight seeing the park from above and gave a much better perspective of how big Denali is. A couple of times, especially as we were approaching the Denali face, the turbulence was a...

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Aug 9, 2018 - A day with Bryan and Christy

It was nice to have a morning with a slightly later schedule. We began to re-pack some overloaded luggage then headed downstairs to eat breakfast. We ran into several friends from the cruise including Roaseanne and Guido and enjoyed another visit making us late to the dining room. Breakfast service had ended so we went to their Red Lantern Tavern. Bryan and Christy found us there as we finished our breakfast. Then we headed out with them to visit more of the Fairbanks area. First on the list was the town of North Pole. It is a cute town...

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Aug 8, 2018 - Day 6 - A Fairbanks Day

Our day began at the Morris Thompson Cultural Center where the offices of Denakkanaaga, our Fairbanks hosts, are located. Denakkanaaga is a non-profit educational organization founded by the local Athabascan Elders of the indigenous tribe of Interior Alaska. Denakkanaaga means "Our People Speak". The Athabascans have inhabited Interior Alaska for at least 6,000 years, making up the largest group of indigenous people in North America. They are often referred to as Dene meaning "the people". Descent is traced through maternal lines....

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Living Our Dream

Aug 8, 2018 - North to Fairbanks!

Today we did not board the bus until 10:00 AM. What a change! It was about a 3 hour drive from Denali National Park to Fairbanks following the river. There was a rest stop in a very small town which had a Cultural Center with interesting displays about local native life. There was also a snack bar with delicious cinnamon buns. Maria and I split a half bun which was still large and heavy! We arrived at the Riverfront Restaurant in Fairbanks for lunch and immediately boarded the Discovery III paddle wheel boat. The Binkley family still owns...

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Aug 7, 2018 - Day 5 - A Much Needed Slower Day

After our long day yesterday, most of us were ready to settle for an easy day today. We made it out of bed just in time to get some breakfast before the hotel buffet closed and then didn't go out until time for lunch. A few of our fellow travelers went out to see the Alaska pipeline. Our lunch at Soapy Smith's Old Tyme Restaurant was interesting with "entertainment" by the owner and the servers. Because of the long wait for our food and our appointment for our next tour, our time for exploring downtown Fairbanks was limited. Our next tour...

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Aug 6, 2018 - Day 4 cont'd - The Top of the World

All of our flights today were pretty routine except for the turbulence over the Alaska Range which we had to cross 4 times. The Alaska Range is a long line of formidable mountains that separate the Southeastern part of Alaska from the Interior. I found the side trip to Prudhoe Bay/Deadhorse very interesting after hearing about it so much when the Alaska pipeline was being built in the 1970s. It is adjacent to the largest oil field in North America and was developed to house personnel and provide support for drilling operations and the...

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Aug 5, 2018 - Day 3 - The Land of the Midnight Sun

Would you know when to sleep if it never got dark? Even though Fairbanks is south of the Arctic Circle, the latitude where the sun doesn't set on the summer solstice, it has 70 days of civil twilight because of the refraction of the sun's light on the atmosphere. That means it's light enough for outdoor activities without artificial light from May 17 to July 28. For over a 100 years, the Midnight Sun baseball game, played entirely without artificial lighting, has been a tradition in Fairbanks. The opening pitch is at 10 p.m. with the sun...

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Living Our Dream

Aug 5, 2018 - Fairbanks

We arrived at Fairbanks with more rainy weather. We checked into our RV Park which was quite nice. We were right next to the Chena River. Our first night, we had dinner at a diner nearby. The next day we drove to the Chena Hot Springs. It was still raining but it didn’t deter from our enjoyment of having a hot soak in the hot springs. On our return to Fairbanks, we ate at a very nice and festive Mexican restaurant. The next day the rain finally let up so we went out for a long bike ride exploring Fairbanks. Very fun! Bob is great at finding...

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Aug 3, 2018 - Days 1 & 2 of The Adventure to "The Last Frontier"

Today (Sep 3) marks one month from the day my daughter, Sue (Suzie) and I left for our great Alaskan adventure which was described on the Road Scholar site this way: "Explore pristine landscapes and unspoiled wilderness as you journey through the Arctic, learning from Native Peoples, discovering geological wonders and spotting unique wildlife... Fly, bus, train and sail 1,100 miles through the Last Frontier." Actually we did all of those things..... just not in the way that was originally planned. Because of what sometimes seemed to be a...

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Living Our Dream

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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