While driving north to Fairbanks, the highway goes right past Eielson Air Force Base. We weren't permitted to take pictures, but in the few minutes we cruised through, 5 fighter jets left the runway with a blast of noise and glowing red fuel!
Arriving in Fairbanks, we stopped at the cultural/visitor center where there is always parking room for RVs. There we watched a mystical film on the Northern Lights. The information fellow told me his friend saw a hint of it already the previous night, so guess who is waking up between 1-3 a.m. to look for colors in the night sky? (Not to be disappointed, I saw a stationary pale teal color that very morning in part of the northern sky. No sign since though, several days afterwards.)
A path next to the visitor center took us along the river to downtown Golden Heart Park.
Then we drove out of town a bit to view the massive 800 mile, 48 inch diameter, oil pipeline that crosses 3 mountain ranges and over 500 rivers & streams. This project cost $8 billion from 1975-1977, beginning at Prudhoe Bay and ending in Valdez.
And last of all for the day, an Alaska fair experience.
|vendors in the exhibitor's hall, reeled in the girls to get curls|
|Throw the newspaper through the hole for a prize!|
|Pie eating contest. Yes, the boy on the end lost it all at the end, poor thing!|
|Freight dog demonstration|
|Look who can pull 2,300 pounds!|
|Bedtime curls. This pic was taken after 10:30 at night. (still not twilight!)|