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... the loads require 3 trucks to push. These also have a safety car in front and behind.. Its a very tight community of drivers. They all help each other out even sharing spare wheels. Wonderful to see and hear them all. The drivers have names for all the hills and tight bends and as they were calling them last night it bought back the TV series to mind. There are 2 female drivers and they have pink trucks, very funny I thought. We spent about 8 bone crunching hours driving back ...
... schoolhouse today was on the other side of the road. You have to go on a tour to visit the schoolhouse so I just photographed it from afar. Too much bother to chase up a tour and they always take longer than you want to spend. Jenny doesn’t have a lot of patience when it comes to tours.
Our lunch was served in a gold panning dish. Quite funny really. I had chicken pot pie and it was pretty good. I suppose they close down for the winter as the border crossing ...
... the dredge and gold panning/gift shop, where we all received a bag of dirt and got a chance to pan for gold. Most of us found around $11-$14. but Lisa, in our group, found $72.00 worth of gold nuggets in her bag of dirt.
The bus brought us back to camp about 5:15PM and a quick freshen up and Maggie walk, we drove our car to the 6:00 PM, Alaskan Salmon Bake dinner. It began to rain shortly after we sat down with our food ...
... that's cold!!! They also only get about 11 inches of rain a year and you guessed it....it's raining today.
If traveling through Alaska my thought would be to visit Fairbanks for a day rather than make it a destination. I don't think this area would have enough to keep your attention for very long. It's more of a gateway into Denali and it's very flat here with no views of any kind. That being said, I'm glad that we are getting the chance to experience ...
... ll come back and ...