Losing Our Train of Thought
Alaska Adventure, Days 13 & 14: Fairbanks to Anchorage
Saturday, 9/24: We surprised ourselves by being awake and ready to go by 8:45, a scant four hours after collapsing into bed after our aurora hunting adventure. With plenty more to see and do in Fairbanks, however, we were glad to get the day started.
|Let's get this boxing started.|
Next stop was the Karl Reishus Trail, one of many on the UAF (University of Alaska Fairbanks) campus. Recent rain had rendered the trail a soggy bog but we slogged on, thankful for waterproof boots. When it finally dawned on us that the Y-tree (trunk split well above ground level) we had walked past six times in our search was actually the V-tree referenced in the clue, we were soon stamping in at the letterbox. On our return to the car, we were surprised to see an athletic UAF student and her blue-eyed Siberian Husky out for a run on the swampy trail.
|Definitely not a sign we might see on a Georgia trail|
|Subtle hints unintelligible to a non-letterboxes|
|Completed in 2006, the museum's expansion conveys a sense of Alaska's alpine ridges and glaciers.|
|Otto has become the mascot of the museum.|
|Boardwalk through a seasonal wetland at Creamer's Field|
|Fairbanks' central gathering point|
|Unknown First Family. Clock tower placed by Rotary to commemorate their 50th anniversary in Fairbanks.|
|We snagged a rare table row halfway to Anchorage, escaping the cramped front-facing rows.|
|Taking a pic from an outdoor platform required battling the few who monopolized the spots.|
By the time we arrived in Anchorage on this very, very slow train, we had spent 13 hours to travel 350 miles—more than twice the time and a tiny fraction of the enjoyment of a drive down the Parks Highway. Tomorrow evening we'll fly from Anchorage to Barrow for an overnight visit to the northernmost town in the U.S.
SATURDAY, 24 SEPTEMBER & SUNDAY, 25 SEPTEMBER, 2016
|Another view of the Museum of the North|
|The museum's hands-on exhibits were popular with both kids and adults.|
|Stunning floating staircase in the museum lobby|
|At Golden Heart Plaza, the Yukon Quest start/finish line.|
|Fairbanks' beautiful airport terminal where we returned our rental car.|
|Refurbished aircraft "flying" above baggage claim in Fairbanks airport.|
|Sun setting over Cook Inlet as we look longingly at the highway bridge we would have crossed hours earlier|