Saturday, June 29, 2013
We finally left Fairbanks about 5:00 this afternoon. We traveled 114 miles to a campground near the entrance of Denali National Park. It took about three hours because there are forest fires causing smoke hazards and a patch of road construction we had to wait for the pilot truck to lead us through, but it wasn't too bad.
We are only going to stop over here for the night, and tomorrow we'll be going into Anchorage to another friend's place for two days. That friend, Tony, won't even be there, but when he stayed with us a couple of times last winter, he made sure Richard knew where his place was and even did arial views on the computer to show him right where to park. He talked a lot about his place and I'm really looking forward to getting there.
We had a really good time in Fairbanks, but I'm looking forward to cooler weather. Where we are now is like 20 degrees cooler than Fairbanks. There is a lot of smoke outside, but the mountains are beautiful. Denali National Park is the park where Mt. McKinley is located. Hope to get some pictures of the beautiful area tomorrow.
Until next time,
Friday, June 28, 2013
|Gene and salmon|
|Preparing salmon in jars to be canned.|
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
|Fireplace at Barnes & Noble|
This post isn’t going to be long because my evening was interrupted by . . . well, take a look at this picture of Mr. I Can Ride That Muskox.
|Mr. I Can Ride That Muskox|
|For those of you who have asked--this is|
what 3:15 in the morning looks like in Alaska
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
|Richard said, "Close your eyes. I have a big|
surprise for you." I turned around and came nose to nose
Monday, June 24, 2013
|Full-size knights jousting. You can see one|
completely. The other only the front of
|Raised section of the lobby with tables |
and chairs near the bar. All ice.
|Looking from the back to the front door|
|Outside of the Aurora Ice Hotel|
|Bed in one of the hotel rooms|
|A decorative rose sitting on a table|
in one of the guest rooms
|This is the bar. The stools are carved from ice|
and the seats are covered with animal fir
|My favorite Full-size jaguar on what was once |
the world's biggest chess board
Sunday, June 23, 2013
|Monstrous Mosquito I killed in my bathroom|
This afternoon, Richard and I drove across town to the Riverboat Discovery. We’ve visited it several times and have taken the excursion down the Tanana River. The people who live along the river become part of the excursion. There is a pilot who takes off from the water in front of his house and flies around us, then lands. We go by Susan Butcher’s home. She was the second woman to win the Iditarod Dog Sled Race. When we were here in 2003, she came out of her house and talked about her dogs and did a dog sled demonstration with the sled being on wheels. When we came back in 2008, we learned that Susan had passed away from cancer two years earlier. Her husband was carrying on the demonstrations.
Here in Alaska, we are 4 hours behind home. So when Ryan called this morning around 8:00, it was a little earlier than we usually hear from them. I could hear Richard talking in the front of the bus and I was still in bed. I knew by the sound of Richard's voice that something terrible had happened, but not to one of ours, but I hurried to him to find out what was going on.
Since our family business involves towing for the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office and Highway Patrol, we sometimes know news before the television does. An 8-year old girl had been abducted from our local Wal-Mart. They had a description of the van from the cameras in the parking lot. The man was apprehended fairly quickly at I-295 and I-10, but not quick enough.
When the Amber alert went out, a person who lives very near the Baptist church where my kids went when they were young and where many of my friends still attend, saw a white van in the church parking lot. He called the police. The police checked out the parking lot and found the little girl dead.
She was found about 8 miles from my house. I don't even have words for how I feel. I am heartsick and had an overwhelming need to hold my grandkids. The really hard part is that the man had been released from jail three weeks ago, after serving time for sexual crimes against a child. How does that happen? Who failed this little girl?
|RIP Charish Perriwinkle (age 8)|
|Richard's big score for today--2 hardback Popular Science |
books printed in 1939 Okay, I'll admit it--I'm becoming a
obsessed with the Transfer site too.
Thursday, June 20, 2013
|Cruise-In on the streets of Pioneer Village|
|Me at the entrance--Richard inside the mine shaft|
|Me trying to decide which food station to go to first. LOL|
|Prime Rib, beer battered Bering Sea Cod, grilled Salmon|
|Cache on display at Pioneer Park|
|10:30 at night|
|Vehicles lined in front of the drop off corner of the |
|Wild Rose Thicket right by the place we are staying.|
Until next time,
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
|Vivian West Orchids|
|Richard at the Transfer Station|
|Gene and Richard discussing the many purposes of |
the wheel they just found among all the treasures
Sunday, June 16, 2013
Hajdukovick returned in 1923 and sold the roadhouse to Rika for $10.00. Rika was a natural farmer who was able to successfully grow crops where others failed. She developed a heating and ventilation system for her stable to allow her livestock to successfully survive the harsh winters. The roadhouse had eleven bedrooms, a large living room and a large kitchen. She continued to work it until the late 40′s. She lived there until she died in 1969. Today, the large, two-story house is set up like rooms in the roadhouse where many years ago. (1920-1930)
|Kitchen inside the Roadhouse|
|This is a kitchen set up in one of the out buildings|
at Rika's Roadhouse
|Sod roof cabin. Outbuilding at Rika's.|
|Alaskan Pipeline crossing the Tanana River|
We also stopped at Santa Claus' Haus at the North Pole. You could tell Richard had been locked up with someone who doesn't listen to EVERY word he says. He just about talked the ears off of Santa and some woman who had just returned from a tour to Prudhoe Bay.
Happy Father's Day to all you daddys. And thanks to all of you for traveling along with us. We've had 5,235 page views since we started our trip.
Until next time,