Friday, September 1, 2017

Farewell to Alaska

Nice final destination--Fairbanks, Alaska. During the first day of our stay, our initial visit was to that marvel of technology, the Alaskan pipeline:


Later, we enjoyed a pleasant paddle wheel riverboat tour to the confluence of the Tanana and Chena rivers. This included a visit to the Trail Breakers Kennel, operated by four-time Iditarod winner, Susan Butcher, and her husband until her untimely death. We also toured a reconstructed native American village.

Native American Village

Salmon Smokehouse

Our farewell dinner--all you can eat salmon bake

The next day, we spent the morning trying to pan for gold at Gold Daughters, located just outside the city. The process requires patience and a deft hand, which are apparently two qualities I lack. However, learning the process and appreciating the 'gold rush' aspect of Alaska's history was fun.

During the afternoon, we explored a real find: the Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum. This is, quite simply, one of the most impressive automobile museums I have ever visited. Over 85 vehicles are displayed in a spacious building and the craftsmanship that was devoted to creating these fine vehicles was remarkable.

All too soon, we were off to the airport and the journey home. Farewell to a remarkable state and a memorable trip!

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