08/14/09 - 08/15/09 Fairbanks & Chena Hot Springs
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 that anyone could actually use it! :-0 They even remembered the half-moon!
They even had a Christmas Tree in one of the bedrooms, all made of ice!!
You just have to have an Appletini while you're there!! They explained that they wanted to try to serve drinks other than alcohol, but that the soda would melt the ice glass too quickly. Yes, I did say ice glass! All the glasses that they serve the drinks in are made of ice!
Here's the line-up glasses that they made that day.
And of course, after spending some time in the ice museum, we had to hang out in the hot springs to warm back up! ;-) It was raining that day, so I didn't get any pictures myself, but this is the place! It was very nice!!!!!!!