July 18, Tuesday Uptown Tourists
My goal when I got up this morning was to get caught up on the blog. Finally, at 10:30 I announced I was ready for downtown Fairbanks. We followed the map to the downtown area, parked, and got out to investigate.
There were several “outfitter” stores with the same pricy name-brands we had seen all over Alaska, and several local/native craft stores. There was an ice museum that we did not do, and now I will have to forever wonder what they have in an ice museum! Next we stumbled onto a rare coin shop and Tom needed to look over their wears. He found part of my birthday (July 14) present, a 4 gram collection of Alaska placer gold which he will take to our neighbor and jeweler for a container/charm that will fit onto my Airstream bracelet. We did a little free museum of Fairbanks, and the Klondike Gold Rush, and that made us anxious for the next part of the trip to Dawson City. Also we visited the Yukon Quest museum that is the start location for Alaska’s longest sled dog race.
Before heading back to the Silvermine, we went on a bit of a wild-goose-chase for something local to throw on the grill tonight – moose steaks, elk ribs . . . no luck!
Charlie Button was feeling a bit under-appreciated, and we took her for several long walks through the campground and to a large cottage resort that was next-door on the Chena River.
The big deal for the evening was talking to people that have done the Top of the World Highway Tetlin Jct. to Chicken, Alaska. Some of their stories made the decisions an easy “NO”. But, other’s imply that it is a “piece of cake.” One thing is for sure – once you get started, there is no turning back!
We don’t go camping any more . . . we go ‘streamin’ ! The “SIlvermine and His” is our 2016 23' Airstream, and ‘streamin’ is the name we use to describe our adventures. Stream along as we document everything from weekend trips to longer summer excursions and full-blown vacations. You know what they say: if you’re not in an Airstream – you’re just camping!
Tom & Ella Brown