October 15, 2009

One Last Alaska Post - Fairbanks

Our last three days were spent in Fairbanks. In addition to seeing the sights, we connect with a a couple who were high school classmates of my mother. The husband was the president of my mom's class (PAHS '46) and was a ceramics professor at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks. They are a lovely couple who have done lots of travel in their retirement.

Panning for gold, we combined our finds and had two lockets of gold pieces made - one each for my mom and I.

We had lunch at a reconstructed mining village. Dad and I posed in front of a giant gold pan.

A stop at a visible portion of the Aleyska (or Alaska) pipeline. Here's a sign telling us where we are!

This is a retired "pig" - a device that goes through the pipeline to keep it clean. The name came from the "squealing" noise it makes as it scrapes the sides of the pipes.

We took a riverboat ride on the Chena River.

We stopped at a model of an Athabaskan village - the native people to this area of Alaska.

Our guide was a lovely young woman who is part Athabaskan. Here she is describing the different types of fur that is used.
This coat was hand made by an artisan and cost about $20,000. Needless to say, I didn't get her number.

Not far from Fairbanks is North Pole Alaska and a huge Christmas stop. Our favorite find was a string of lights make from shotgun shells.

And finally, we went to a recently opened Antique Car museum where my husband thought he died and went to antique car heaven. The "newest" car there was from 1936.
I hope you enjoyed a snippet of our trip. We took about 2,300 pictures. If you want to see more, you'll have to come visit us so we can bore you with our vacation pictures.


abb said...

Seeing more Alaskan sights I've not seen in person.

Sooo surprised you didn't buy that coat for yourself. It's so reasonably priced! ;-)

Show us your gold lockets - can't imagine what it looks like.

Nurse Nancy said...

So I am a bit punchy this afternoon but I thought your tour guide was the elk! Made TSAnnie laugh!

Mental P Mama said...

I wish I were there right now!