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Fairbanks Wednesday: Well God Bless America...How I love thee...We went to the gas station to fill up and it was so damn cheap compared to Canada I wanted to fill containers..But I was just a tad excited by the price. I think it was like $3.91 per gallon, I just have to work out how that converts.
Went down to the office at the RV Park to book a tour to Barrow but they were booked out, then tried for the Aurora Coldfoot tour and they were ...
... better days !
Day 40 (Thursday): Up early for our complimentary tour which took us out to Gold Dredge 8 and the Aleyeska (oil) Pipeline which runs 800 miles from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez and generates around 90% of the country's revenue ! Nice talk and train ride up to the old dredging site where they give you a bag of 'pay dirt' to sluice around and keep the profits ... we managed a whopping $16 in gold nuggets but some managed up to $54 which you could get transferred ...
... in a 24 dog team in pairs. They were barking and so excited to get going straining at their harnesses. The minute they took off pulling an ATV the barking stopped and it was a team in action. Since there is no snow, spring and summer training is on a mile long dirt trail. One of the women will be racing a team of these dogs next March. The whole tour was coordinated like Disneyland and very well done. The second day included a visit to the University of Alaska museum ...
... that he feels ...
... time to go see the Ice Sculptures on display following the World Ice Art Championships. These is both Single Block and Multi-Block Competitions in Realistic and Abstract categories. When they say a block of ice they mean a 6 by 12 foot hunk. There is also an immense kids park that had huge ice slides, structures to climb on, race cars and trains to sit in and these ice cups, for lack of a better ...