Fact finding in Fairbanks
May 05, 2009
Sep 20, 2009
. One is with a lady who lived at Savage Camp. Her father was an owner/operator for Mt. McKinley Tourist and Transportation Co. She is in her 90's and loves to talk about her days at Savage Camp. The second interview is with a lady historian who has an extensive collection of photographs of the early days. How cool is that!
We are staying at a very nice place in Fairbanks called Pike’s Landing which I’m sure we would not be able to afford during the regular season. They accommodate gentlemen beagles, and I am enjoying it here. We are right on the Chena River. We have our own little deck, and I like to watch the boats go by on the river from there. We have a big screen TV which we have on a lot because we have not seen TV all summer and it is a novelty for us again. So all in all we are having a very good time.
Funky in Fairbanks,
You all know how much we love Alaska. It is a magical place. Just when you are gaping around at the beautiful mountains, rivers and valleys, and your adrenaline starts your heart a pumping because there is a grizzly bear standing right behind you – just when your guard is down, essence of Alaska seeps into your skin and you are hooked. We love Alaska, but we are particularly partial to Savage Campground and Savage River. So when Val looked for a book on Savage Camp and found nothing but a paragraph here and a paragraph there in other books she was surprised. As she learned more and more about the area Val would relate the stories to campers who also seemed interested in knowing more. So she decided to write a book about Savage Camp, Savage Campground, and the Savage River area. To make a long story short that is how we ended up back in Fairbanks for a few days. Val is doing research at the archives of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She has also made some exciting connections, and will be doing some interviews while we are here