Gakona Lodge & Trading Post
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When kids all over the world address their Christmas letter to Santa Claus, it gets sent to Rovaniemi in Finland, probably the closest inhabited village to the actual North Pole, where a team of people respond on Nick's behalf. Except for kids in the US that is, where letters to Santa Claus get forwarded to North Pole, Alaska - a suburb of …
Our time at McCarthy was at an end. After we finally managed to pack away the camping gear we set out in the road again. All the way down the dirt track which lasted forever. After a 5 hour drive we arrived at the Maclaren Lodge. As you can imagine we had been fantasising over a shower and time away from the "skeeters". We had the opportunity to camp in the middle if no where, 17 miles up river, in a large gazebo at Tangle Lakes. Some of us were reluctant at first but it's ...
... amp; she gave me permission to take photos. Carol has a beautiful coffee table, which incorporates a burl in its design (a burl is a tree growth where the grain has grown in a deformed way due to perhaps a fungus or virus). Burls are sought after by furniture makers & wood sculptors & are particularly good for bowls, alot of which are made here in Alaska with companies like the Great Alaskan Bowl Company catering to tourists.
After Eddie returned with the ...
... arrived -- Roger and Chris headed back to Anchorage and the airport. There they go, visualize it: Roger carrying a small cooler full of filleted "Reds," Chris exhausted but humming Happy Days Are Here Again. Both our sons driving off into the sunset in their Rent-A-Wreck, Reds in the trunk (held down by an expansion strap), humming away to the tune of Happy Days Are Here Again. Makes you want to cry. Makes you want to become ...
... out, she found the right place as the proprieter had some "damaged" fur pelts (essentially, those that had small distractions like a short or cut-off tail on a fax) that he was willing to sell at a discount. Even Joe couldn't resist so they both spent their "allowances" on furs.
We took the "scenic route" from Fairbanks by going east on the Ric******* Highway (Alaska Route 2) back by the "North Pole" ...