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Fairbanks

Fairbanks is as far north as we plan to go but you wouldn’t know it by the weather we experienced. It was in the 80’s and 90’s while we were here, but it didn’t slow us down – much. We sailed the Chena River on the sternwheeler, Discovery. They stopped along the way where we saw a dogsled demonstration (the puppies were so cute), visited a replica of an Athabascan village and watched a seaplane take off and land on the river in front of our boat. The Visitor Center was a wonderful wealth of knowledge about the area and had wonderful displays of the history of Fairbanks. The museum at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks was very well done, with different displays and topics intermingled. Another day consisted of visiting Dredge #8 (we saw Dredge #4 in Dawson City) where we learned more about the gold rush and how the dredge was operated. Then we panned for gold! What an exciting moment when you see the first little flakes in the pan. To round out the day, we visited Pioneer Village which had several old buildings and museums to help us experience more history of the area. All in all, Fairbanks is a great place to visit. Of course the University of Alaska does major research on the aurora borealis and that would be a great thing to come see, but unfortunately, the lights are only visible in the winter when it’s awfully cold!! We’re off to Denali National Park for the next six days. Probably won’t have cell/internet service for awhile, but as soon as we do, I’ll be back writing more about this grand adventure!!

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