Travel Blogs from Fairbanks
... guests saw the aurora at 2:30 am). I saw the aurora as I cam in from the airport but it was a low yellow/green band low in the sky mostly obscured by low clouds and dimmed by the light from a full moon. (Sadly, my attempt to photograph either one were dismal failures!)
The Museum of the North is wonderful; all sorts of interesting exhibits about Alaska animals, minerals, and so on. I was particularly interested in the section that described the “land ...
... why people choose to live in Fairbanks on purpose!
Wound the night up in search of the very elusive Roger recommended spot to possibly watch the aurora later tonight. Couldn't find, but did find some lovely muddy roadworks (yeah great!) and saw a moose lope across the road.
Speaking of roadworks ... seems half the roads in Alaska are ripped up at any one time. Permafrost plays havoc with the roads - the ground ...
... sunshine and no wind either, it felt really strange. The ride of the first 88 miles was awesome with windy roads on Hwy2. However we have been forced to a sudden stop by a young moose, just short after 30 minutes of riding. The moose looked at us and ran off with his long legs. No time to get the camera out.
We continued and passed the trading post and soon thereafter we hit the James W. Dalton Hwy.
425m to Prudhoe bay and 114 miles to the Arctic ...
... cut-off, so school is rarely closed due to cold weather.
At 45 degrees below, keys can snap off in door locks, and fan belts can disintegrate.
"Square tyres" are a natural phenomena in the winter. At sub-zero temperatures, a car that has been parked for more than an hour will have tyres that are flat on one side - where the tyre meets the ground. The tyres usually round back out within a mile of driving.
... when the tribe got ready to move.
Hunters would go into the woods and pretend to call a moose. When it approached, the hunter would kneel down with spear pointed toward the jugular, and trick it into approaching the hunter. They were usually successful.
Caribou in the wild are called Caribou; if they are in captivity or penned up, they are called reindeer. Every ...