ON TOP OF THE WORLD
|And the real ones are much larger!|
Actually, except for 2 days, the mosquitoes
|Downtown Fairbanks, AK.|
|A Chena River sternwheeler.|
|The Dalton Highway or the "haul road" extends 415 miles north to Prudhoe|
Bay on the Arctic Ocean. It is all dirt/mud and potholes. The sign at the start of the highway
was our furthest point north 114 miles south of the Arctic Circle.
|Tanana Valley State Fair.|
|A giant santa in North Pole, AK.|
I can't believe that I wasted 2 photos in this
blog on North Pole, AK.
|Susan Butcher's kennel.|
|Salmon being dried to feed the sled dogs in Chena Village.|
|A monument to Susan Butcher's famous lead dog.|
Granite was the runt of the litter and Susan was told
that Granite would never be able to be a sled dog.
|Caribou at Chena Village.|
The primary difference between caribou and reindeer
is that reindeer are domesticated and caribou remain wild.
|Gold Dredge #8.|
|Nancy trying to strike it rich.|
|$28 worth of gold flakes.|
When I offered to sell the gold back,
I received a polite refusal.
|A gold nugget worth $75,000.00!|
|Chena Hot Springs.|
|The martini ice bar.|
Since our time in Fairbanks had ended, it was off to the town of Chicken, Alaska. Weird place--no phone service; limited water availability; electricity is available only via generators; and the road to town is closed during the winter. There were only 4 permanent residents and 23 seasonal residents, but in the summer Chicken gets heaps of tourists.
|Downtown Chicken Saloon.|
|Downtown Chicken. There is nothing else except 2 RV parks.|
We camped in front of the Saloon.
|The start of the Alaska High from the|
northern terminus in Delta Junction, Alaska.
|Top of the World!|