We are heading out of Fairbanks (North Pole) Alaska.
Joyce wants to visit Santa before we leave.
I stayed with Casey while Joyce did her thing
One more stop brings us to Dredge #8. They have some interesting things on the Pipeline. The cutaway of the pipe shows how they clean the interior of the pipe.
There was also a train ride. The ladies are friends we made on our tour.
That's dredge 8 but we didn't tour it because we already did a dredge tour.
Then we did some panning for gold
Look close and you will see about $20 worth of gold.
A building full of gift shops.
Sitting on the train waiting to leave.
Junk along the way.
Another quick stop
If I look worn out, that's because I am!
You didn't tell me that there was a bear behind me.
Some of the things found in Alaska.......no, not Joyce!
This is amazing.
Babe was found by a miner.
Back on the road
The town of Nenana
Every year this thing is put on the ice in the Nenana river.
The sign say it all. They have a contest where for $2.50 you enter a guess at the day and time that the ice breaks up. Last year they had people from all over the world enter and the seven winner split over $300,000.00.
Yes...we entered our guess.
Further down the highway, we came to a small campground / gift shop.
They had some really neat stuff outside.
In Alaska, they call these snow machines and this is an old one.
Label on the back.
Gift shop, note the smoke at the chimney. The wood stove was fired up inside and was nice warming up to it.
Found this Redneck snow machine out front.
Ma & Pa keeping warm.
OK, time to move on!
Mountains are getting closer.
Those are clouds not snow.
Getting close to Denali
The train still runs here, but I'm sure it is probably just a tourist ride.
Here we are finally. The campground is in the center of town located behind a line of gift shops.
The mountains are directly across the street.
Time to kick back and relax.