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08/20/09 - 08/21/09 Delta Jct to Kenny Lake & back "home"

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08/19/09 Delta Junction

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We left Fairbanks and headed towards Delta Junction, but of course you can't just drive through North Pole without stopping!! We had to make a stop at the Santa Claus House!






Needless to say the town of North Pole is pretty much all about Christmas. The light poles in town all look like big candy canes and all the businesses have Christmas lights on them. We ate lunch in Wendy's and it was all decorated for Christmas inside. It's pretty wild!






All the sides of the building were all painted up with all kinds of different scenes.









And of course, they had to have the requisite Reindeer. They looked pretty sad to me.







Here's another place, just outside of Delta Junction, where the Alaska Pipeline extended over a river. Over this river, it had it made up it's own suspension bridge! Pretty amazing.








The official end of the Alaska Highway is in Delta Junction!








Outside of the visitor center were a couple of the state's bird!! Okay, well maybe not really, but they do have …

08/16/09 - 08/17/09 Dalton Highway

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We decided to take a trip up the Dalton Hwy which leads up to the Arctic Circle and then on up to the Arctic Ocean. We left Fairbanks earlier in the day and it was pouring! We were really worried that it would hamper our entire trip, but it cleared up beautifully as we drove! Because of the weather though, we only planned a trip up to the Arctic Circle and back. We couldn't believe how beautiful it ended up!!




The views were just beautiful along the drive!









Our first glimpse of the mighty Yukon River! It is the third longest river in North America!







We stopped along the river where the Alaska Pipeline actually goes across the river in a tube that is alongside this bridge that we had just driven over. All the bridges along the highway were wooden too so that they could expand and contract as needed with the weather. We read that the bridge had the ability to move up to 2 feet!!






This is how it looked going into the tubing alongside the bridge.







For much of the trip up the Dalton, the…

08/14/09 - 08/15/09 Fairbanks & Chena Hot Springs

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We started a 2-1/2 week trip by driving up to the Fairbanks area. Our first full day up there, we were on our way to the local fair, and came across all these birds in this huge field. It's called Creamer's Field and tons of birds have lay-overs here. It was covered with Canadian Geese and Sandhill Cranes when we were there. It was incredible!!





The next day we drove out to Chena Hot Springs, about 35 miles outside of Fairbanks where they have the Aurora Ice Museum. Everything in here is made of ice! They keep the building at a nice, warm 20 degrees Fahrenheit. Brrrr! Here is the bar that is right inside the entrance of the place. All of it is ice. Amazing!!






There were four bedrooms in the museum where the beds, tables, everything was made of ice. They had caribou hides on top of them which allowed Sal to lay on one of them without being too cold. People can pay $600 a night to stay in this place!! Yeow!!!!!!









They even had an outhouse in one of the bedrooms!! Not tha…