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We did get a chance to go visit the lodge where Shawn and Jackie are staying on top of Cleary Summit. It's the lodge that we tried to get in to several times and have never found availability. It's called Aurora Borealis Lodge. They rely very heavily on Japanese tourists and with the recent cancelation of several direct flights from Japan, they had some openings. It's a perfect location and a great room. Too bad we had ...
... the fur and oils. None of this money was given back to the people.
The bus driver dropped me back at the Pioneer Park but it was still closed as the season is finished. That was a bit of a let down. The best thing about the place was meeting two hunters. They were filling in time waiting for a flight home to Seattle. They had been up North hunting. There were four of them in the group. Two had driven home with their spoils and these two ...
... service got us to our destination quickly.
We didn't expect much but were pleasantly surprised. The park has a number of mini museums. They are incorporated into some original Fairbanks homes (mostly one room log cabins) moved to the site from downtown after a flood in the 1990s. There is also an old riverboat that was made into a museum. The dioramas were spectacular. There were some depicting towns in central Alaska and ...
... Alaska at Fairbanks. It is a very nice university with a lot of new buildings. We checked out the museum, but the only film we wanted to see was a couple hours away. We decided to go see the university's muskox herd. They appear to be as mean as bison. We went to the gift shop and I bought the best backscratcher. It is a horn off of Nova – a female caribou.
After the ...
... by the race mechanic over the next three weeks. We sort gear and go to dinner at the Pumphouse, overlooking the Chena River in flood stage. Kathy arrives several hours later, and now the group is complete.
After being away from three weeks the fireworks tonight are not of the pyro-technic type. The constant daylight of Fairbanks makes the typical fireworks that define July 4th in the lower 48 pointless here.