Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Alaska - The Journey Begins

A trip to Alaska has been on our bucket list for a while now. So with some of our travel buddies from previous adventures we picked a tour and set out to discover what is so special about Alaska.

This is what we found.

Our tour was through Princess and the first half was the land portion. 
We arrived in Fairbanks on a relatively warm, sunny evening in September. 

This was the view from our room.  So peaceful.
As expected, the scenery is the main attraction and there is more than enough to enjoy.

The Princess Lodge is located along a river which ran through downtown Fairbanks.
It was so pleasant.  Hard to imagine what it would be like at 70 below.


During our time there we toured downtown Fairbanks

then off to see the pipeline

did some good, old fashioned, salmon riding

and panned for gold!

The captain and I panned $20 of gold flakes which
my friend Sandra and I promptly had made into necklaces.
 Our days ended with crystal clear skies and a full moon with a hint of northern lights.

Seems we were only a few miles from the North Pole

We took a riverboat and saw a very nice dog sled camp

and a seaplane taking off and landing.

 We spent three days touring in and around Fairbanks.
It was great but we are really looking forward to our next stop...
until next time ~

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