Fairbanks Exploration

September 12, 2015 – We enjoyed a nice breakfast of yogurt, granola and milk, juice, and breakfast pastries courtesy of our B&B, and then headed out for a day in Fairbanks.  First up was a drive up the Dalton Highway.  We got a ways outside of town and then stopped at the last full service gas station until you reach the oil fields.  They have great pie and hot coffee.  By the time we left it was starting to snow, and a few miles up the road it started to ice.

Our day started at the B&B.
Our day started at the B&B.

The Museum of the North at the University of Alaska Fairbanks has some interesting exhibits on native culture and crafts, animals, and geology.  They also have videos, though Louisa didn’t finish watching the whale one since she wasn’t sure if it was going to turn into a whaling on, and she has some strong opinions about that.

Yes, it was snowing in September.
Yes, it was snowing in September.

There’s a little brewery called Hoo Doo that has stand up tables, great beer, and a food truck outside that makes a great fish taco.  We would definitely go back, though it gets pretty crowded inside so going at off-hours might help you find a space to put your drink.

We did see some blue sky while leaving the university.
We did see some blue sky while leaving the university.

That night we set our alarm again and went out to the sheep field.  Tonight was cold and clear again, perfect viewing conditions for the Northern Lights.  This time we saw a large ribbon of light moving across the sky, bright and narrow. We stayed outside for about 45 minutes, 15 minutes for our eyes to adjust, and then 30 minutes watching the view.

 

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