Saturday, July 16, 2011

Friday, July 15, 2011

This morning we drove up to the northern section of Fairbanks, to the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Large Animal Research Station.  A student, studying biology and music, gave us a tour of the farm telling us about Muskox, Caribou, and Reindeer.  It is a nice stop.DSC03692DSC03693DSC03709

Of course, at this time of year, they have babies.DSC03694DSC03705

After lunch, we headed for the Riverboat Discovery tour,  where we met up with the Del Rosario’s, Olson’s, and Fradette’s.  The Discovery III is a large, but relatively new, stern wheeler.  Forward propulsion is by stern wheel, but they side have thrusters to help steer.DSC03713DSC03714

While on the tour, we watched an airplane take off and land on the Chena River.DSC03718DSC03720

Next, we passed Susan Butcher’s home where her husband and daughter raise dogs to race.  Susan won the Iditarod back in the 80s and 90s.DSC03723DSC03727

We also stopped at a recreated Athabascan Village on the Chena where it meets the Tanana river.  Two young ladies talked about the life of there elders.DSC03738DSC03739DSC03741DSC03742

Then, on the way back up the Chena River, we see Fairbanks in the distance.DSC03747

Type at you later.

1 comment:

  1. Nice pictures. Visiting the dogs would have been a real highlight, and a ride on a stern wheeler is always fun. What a great adventure.