Day at the Alaska State Fair

Trip Start Jul 12, 2010
Trip End Sep 24, 2010

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Slide Mountain RV Park

Flag of United States  , Alaska
Monday, September 6, 2010

   We didn't connect with the people from ND before we left this morning. I did talk to another couple in their travel group that knew him as "Big John." At least we can say we saw another ND license plate in Alaska.
   Our 45-minute drive from Anchorage to Palmer was very scenic. I can't believe how much the leaves have turned here. We were noticing the change the last week down on the Kenai Peninsula but up here it's more dramatic. I think it's the aspen trees that turn golden yellow and really contrast with the evergreens.
   We met our niece Jennifer, Reese & Ryan (3 year old twins) at the shopping center we planned to leave the camper but there really wasn't space there so we found a nearby church parking lot. We rode together over to the fair, arriving there just at 10:00 when the gates opened. The sun was out and it turned out to be a beautiful day with a high in the mid 60's.
   When we got there the crowd was sparse but Jennifer warned us that it would pick up as the day went on and it definitely did. I'm sure the weather played a big part in that also. Jennifer and the kids had been there another day and ended up leaving because of the rain. She thought there were only 3 days of the 10 that it wasn't rainy, today being the best of all I think!
   Reese and Ryan were anxious to ride the real ponies so we did that first. Then we went to the exhibit barn and looked at chickens, rabbits, turkeys, pigs, cows and goats. The goats were especially friendly and liked to be petted. We also went through the vegetable exhibits and saw the gigantic vegetables we had heard were common here in Alaska. There were giant cabbages, pumpkins, kohlrabis and gourds. The 1100 pound pumpkin was the largest and was covered with multiple prize ribbons.
   Jennifer, Reese, Ryan and I went on the ferris wheel and then the kids went on the swings. At first we thought they looked really scared but they weren't crying or screaming. When the ride was over they both wanted to go again! Next we had lunch and then went to watch a ventriloquist at one of the stages. Jennifer had seen him on "America's Got Talent". We got there just as it was starting so the bleachers were full and people were already standing all around there. Wayne put Ryan on his shoulders and I put Reese on mine so they could see. That lasted for quite awhile but towards the end they got tired of it and wanted down. We did walk back over to the rides since we had some tickets left. The kids rode the swings one more time, Then all of us took turns going down the big slide. They used up the last of the tickets on the merry-go-round.
   Jennifer's husband Chris and their son Grant are out of town moose and bear hunting so the day was a great diversion for Reese & Ryan. We also met Chris's sister, husband and little girl at the fair (I think her name was Payton) and the kids were excited to see their cousin.
   It was about 2:30 when we left the fair which was past nap time for the kids. They took us to the camper and decided to come in and use the bathroom before they left for home. After going potty, the kids swatted flies, drove the camper, had ice cream and with Wayne's help found the toy drawer. And we had a chance to sit and relax and visit with Jennifer for awhile. 
   We sure enjoyed spending the day with them and didn't have any specific plans for the remainder of the day except to drive for awhile towards Valdez. We drove for a few hours and ended up at this very nice RV Park in the middle of nowhere. There are campers parked along the frontage roads and side roads all through this area - hunters we're sure. The drive was through some mountains and had a great view of a glacier. With the addition of the brilliant yellow colors of the trees, it was another beautiful day in Alaska. 
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