Fathoming Fairbanks

Trip Start Jun 01, 2009
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Trip End Jun 31, 2009


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Saturday, June 12, 2010

After breakfasting on scrambled eggs, I went to the campground washroom with Janie off-leash. She is so well behaved that I wasn't concerned, even though it was against park rules. So you can imagine how surprised I was when she barked. She almost never barks. There, on the path, was a moose only a few feet away. The moose didn't seem to care and I made a lunge for Janie's collar to immediately take her to the other side of the washrooms so that Janie was out of sight. I returned later with my camera and got the attached photo.

We drove to Fairbanks and found an RV campground with a shower (yippee!) and then drove to the visitor's centre, usually a good source of information. A friendly guy there explained that tourism was their main business in the summer and in the winter they drank.

We visited Fred Meyer, a department store, to replenish our stock. Surprisingly, it was such a big store that we had to use a store directory to find our way around. The prices were quite reasonable.

After a stroll on some of the older streets in central Fairbanks, we discovered a museum with an odd twist. It housed an oriental ice sculptor who, after a movie, made a sculpture with power tools in a refrigerated vault with windows on the side so that we could all watch. They also had many ice sculptures on display from former winter competitions, some of which we could visit and touch. It seems that he can make enough money to continue this as a full time occupation.

That night we visited "Big Daddies" a restaurant so popular that we could hear it from the street. We gorged on IPA(India Pale Ale), baby back ribs, smoked brisket with hot collard greens in a room that looked like a bingo hall. It is almost as though we were in the southern states except that the waitress was First Nations. Janie was welcomed like a hero.

I fell asleep that night like a log as usual. Rosamund informed me the next morning that the birds were singing at 2:00 am. The sun doesn't set properly.
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Penny L on

Love the blog - thank you!!
So Freddies has a branch up in Fairbanks! It has good wine prices and varied selection down in our part of the world - as well as reasonable prices for things in general!
Is that a young moose or a female? He looks 8 ft in the photo.

richardvanleeuw
richardvanleeuw on

Female I think and roughly 6 1/2 feet at the shoulders.

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