Xmas in Alaska!!
Trip Start Jun 14, 2013
19Trip End Jul 07, 2013
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Pioneer Park, Fairbanks, AK
The North Pole
We then headed onto the local Museum which again turned out to be excellent: a fascinating summing-up of topics we'd dipped in and out of so far on our trip, ie. Native American culture, wildlife, gold, oil, etc.
We left Fairbanks feeling it was a far nicer city than Anchorage with a lot more charm and care taken to make its residents feel proud, despite the killer spraying!
I think today we're getting animal fever. Hjalmar managed to mistake an animal for a postbox and I started runnning from a poodle thinking it might be a bear! Although, we did see a real moose on the side of the road but, by then, we were convinced it was a rubbish bin!
About 20 miles outside of Fairbanks, we visited one of the strangest places you're ever going to visit: North Pole, Alaska. Of course, in an attempt to grab the tourist dollar, they've turned over half the town to a 365 day of the year Xmas theme, including a huge Xmas emporium complete with Santa's Grotto. It was horrible but we had to send a postcard and buy souvenirs. This only added to the rather surreal feeling we had all day started with a kind gesture from a pair of Christians who were staying in the B&B who just had to continue their missionary work by talking at us for half an hour about Christ and their work and finishing it all off by supplying us with copies of the Gideon's bible. How kind and thoughtful!?! You can never be saved enough.
This evening, we ended up in Tok (pronounced Toke - shortened from Tokyo Camp) which just seems to be a strip of practical outlets surrounding the junction of 2 of Alaska's great roads. Totally charmless but very necessary when you're in the middle of nowhere.
Tomorrow, we head over the Canadian border into Yukon territory and onto Whitehorse. It's probably going to be the hardest day on our grand tour (400 miles of driving) but, afterwards, we're rewarded with a few days driving down the Cassiar Highway, one of Canada's great roads.