Museum of the North in Fairbanks is awesome
Trip Start Jul 12, 2010
74Trip End Sep 24, 2010
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River View RV Park
Our next order of business was to find the tire store that said they had the kind of tire we needed for the Acadia. Wayne had called around Fairbanks when we were still in Tok and found one place that had it. I was hop;ing he'd go get the tire fixed and I could do some computer work but no such luck. He wasn't sure he could find the place without having a personal navigator in addition to the GPS. So off we went, found out right away and decided to get one instead of a set because it has a snow tread on it which we don't really need and will most likely be noisier than a smoother tread
After getting the tire fixed we went out for lunch to a restaurant that was known for its sourdough pancakes. That would have normally sounded very appealing to me except that we had just had the blueberry french toast for one meal and I ate the leftovers a second meal. We instead had soup and sourdough bread with it. The Alaskan sourdough is not as heavy as we associate sourdough with, especially the good stuff in San Francisco and similar places.
It was a cool cloudy day so we decided to go to the Museum of the North at the University of Alaska. We had heard from a few different people that it is the best museum of the entire state. It was excellent. They had 3 different movies in their theater, one on winter, one on the northern lights and another general one on the museum. They played intermittently so we watched one, looked through the displays, watched another, and on and on until we had seen all three of them and gone through all the displays. Of course, we could have spent several more hours there but did get through all that interested us.
In one of the videos, reference was made to the number of people that live in the woods in Alaska without running water so have outhouses. This one photo is of an outhouse that was decorated with all their memorabilia. I thought Bethany might like to consider doing that with some of her things that are still in boxes at our house!
We drove past the Large Wildlife Research Project but it was past the time for tours. We were still able to see the woolly muskoxen.
Before going back to the RV Park we stopped at Fred Meyer for groceries. I was pleasantly surprised at the prices which I really expected to be higher than what they were after all the warnings we had about how expensive everything is up here. I think we should be well stocked until we get to Anchorage and the next large supermarket except for picking up milk and a few things like that in between.
I sat up late working on our pictures and getting them loaded on this site. I realized at midnight it was still not dark outside. The cloudy day had cleared up and even though the sun sets it is still twilight much longer.