We made it into our Hotel here in Fairbanks it is owned and operated by Princess cruise lines, and Holland America cruise lines. It has a couple of restaurants but like most of the ones that are in hotels they were kind of pricey. I am not good for walking long distances but we found a pizza place about four blocks away so we went in and had Pizza. when you order a soda pop it comes cold in a can, we asked for some ice in a cup he looked at us a little funny then said that they could run to store and get some ice if we would like, but that they do not have much of any call for ice here in Alaska. We told him never mind on the ice. As we were walking back to the hotel Charlotte noticed a grocery store so she went in and purchased some food for breakfast in the morning. Charlotte went out for just a little walk around she was going to do more but she was afraid that she might get lost. We stayed in for the rest of the evening.
The drive of the bus was telling us as we were coming into Fairbanks that some of the homes here our what they call dry houses. They do not have running water in them. These people us a community house to bath and an out house for bathrooms.
We loaded up and headed for Fairbanks Alaska. We stopped at a little town Called Nenana Alaska for a potty break. This town has a tradition every year where they build an Ice tower they tie it in the river while it is frozen over then they make guess as to when it will start moving as the ice thaws. There was a man there who had his sled dogs, he let us take pictures and pet the dogs. The stop was only ten minuets so we did not get to hang around to look things over. The Bridge that we crossed was called the veteran bridge to honor the vets from that area.
The next morning we got up and went to breakfast. We walked over and took the shuttle to another part of the property, went in and had a great Cinnamon roll and some chocolate milk. Walked around seeing a little more of the lodge. It was time to go on our excursion into Denali National Park. We walked up to the lodge to catch the bus. We will be around 5 hours to go 17 miles into the park. We made several stops for taking pictures and stretch our legs. We were also told that we are now part of the 30% club. Only 30% of the people who take these tours are able to see the Denali Mountain, the rest of the time it is covered with clouds. We stopped and walked up to a little cabin that the rangers use for a rest stop when making their rounds in the winter time. The head ranger was there to tell us about it. You will see in one of my pictures that there is long nails around the window. The reason is to deter bears from trying to come in the window.
At our turn around point we met a native woman who is from the Athabaskan tribe. She informed us about the different tribes, how they live. And yes she said no matter what people think she gets cold.
I was able to take this shot in my back yard with the I-phone. The good Lord gave us a perfect clear night. I steadied my hand by leaning up against the fence.