Fab day in Fairbanks

Our introduction to touring in a bus group was pretty much as expected, but it does have up sides and in the end was quite tolerable.

Schedule for today was to be ready to board Coach RB3 at 8:20am and we made the appointed time easily. A coffee and walnut cake at the lodge cafe beforehand got us in the swing for the day.

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Coach RB3 was full and one of 6 that turned up at the Riverboat tours jetty for the start of what was a well organised day. I knew this this trip would be quite different to our prior travelling experiences; and it was. Queues and structure were par for the day. I didn’t enjoy that part, but it was a necessary part of moving several hundred people around the place.

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The Riverboat tour was very slick and interesting with great use of speakers on the land, introducing their thing, plus on board video so you didn’t have to see everything, free coffin and muffins, and a time off at an example of a traditional camp.

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Flying boat was impressive with it’s short take off.

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A variety of houses. All lived in all year round.

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Sled dog racing is a big thing, and this guy is the husband of one of the best long distance mushers around. she died a few years ago, but twice a day, he gets out and does his contribution to the tour.

There were puppies.  There was a sled dog race.

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There was a village to view.

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The moose

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is stuffed!

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There was lunch to be had.

 

We moved onto the next site, a gold dredge where we had fun panning for gold and getting it made up into nice earrings.

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Each of us got a little bag of dirt.

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No, Kerry is not waiting for breakfast.

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She got heaps and we combined the flakes for a little momento. Apparently US$48 worth.

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This guy on the video screen had been singing on the tourist train for 25 years so he said; sung for Johnny Cash too and exhorted us to give thanks to the veterans and serving soldiers several times.

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This isn’t the first time we’ve heard this. Serving military and veterans get priority boarding to planes too, and are revered many places it seems.

Something about needs time to digest, not it’s quite clear yet….

To his credit, he sang Waltzing Matilda, which was appreciated by several on the little train.

 

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Yes it was a cool and drizzly at times day.

 

After returning to our lodge, we caught the town shuttle to take us into Walmart and Fred Meyer, both LARGE warehouse shops with other shops inside. Yes, Walmart was as expected.

 


Early start tomorrow with the cases needing to be at the door for 6:30am. 
We’re having fun!!