Fairbanks Downtown Bed & Breakfast
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... champion ice ...
... bit and noticed a cloud coverage coming again from the south. Bob and Joe had some aurora on their test shots but we decided we'd have better luck on the other side of Poker Flat and Chatanika at the turn out at Mile post 34 1/2. We headed down the summit north east on the Steese Highway.
It was really a perfect dark spot for viewing and photos. The temperature dropped to 12 degrees but not a bit of wind. It actually felt ...
... springs, and 3) another chance to see the Aurora Borealis. The tour started at 4.30pm and we got back to the hotel at 3.30am. The things you do as a tourist to catch a glimpse of that Aurora! We started with the Ice Museum and it was fantastic. We got to wear big warm jackets because they have to keep the temperature well below freezing in the Museum to protect the ice sculptures. The sculptures were amazing. The 2 ice carvers, Steve and Heather Brice, ...
... I had ordered a taxi & that it was too early for him to get up. I went upstairs to thank Paul but to decline his offer but he still said he would take me & to cancel the taxi so eventually I did so - again the hospitality & friendliness of the people in Alaska (even if it is not their home) has astounded me. That sorted I went off to sleep my last night in Fairbanks.
Taken from a little booklet picked up in our hotel called, "Staying Alive in the Arctic - A Collection of Anecdotes, Facts and Lies about life in Alaska!"
Exhaust from cars, even though it is 250 degrees when it comes out of a vehicle, cools to -40 in less than 10 seconds. (Exhaust is a major contributor to "ice fog").
Dry snow, at 40 below is cold enough to prevent skis from gliding. (The air is so cold it ...