19-24 september 2004
Sunday the 19th of September was a peaceful day. We walked a bit in the area of Frog Pond B&B. It was a wonderful place with a lot of birches.
Monday 20th of September we had to get up early, because we were picked up at 6.30 by Arctic Turtle Tour and headed towards the Arctic Circle. We were the only tourists that day, so we got extra attention:-). During this 300 kilometre drive there were lots of outhouses. The weather was pretty good, about 0 degrees Celsius (32F). At the Arctic Circle we had a picnic outside; a healthy, tasty lunch, that was prepared by them. Since it was just the 3 of us, the journey went by faster than expected and about 5.30 p.m. we were dropped off at our B&B again.
Tuesday the 21st of September
we got to see the Northern Lights.
It was very cold outside, but we were able to see them from out of the
garden. After a few hours the lights ‘danced’ and that was really an
amazing sight. There were also many stars to be seen, very cool.
Wednesday the 22nd of September we went to North Pole; a small village with the Santa Clause House. It was fun to see and smell the taste of Christmas. From there on we drove to Chena Hot Springs, which was lovely outside in the spring. We had some lunch in the restaurant there. We didn’t see many cars during the drive back to Fairbanks. This too, was a very beautiful route to drive and see wildlife (moose mainly).Thursday the 23rd of September we went to Alaskaland (called Pioneer park now), despite the rain. Inside Pioneer park everything was closed, but it was still nice to see.
Afterwards we went to Fairbanks, not a great town. The visitor center was nice and warm and they were very helpful too. Fairbanks was a wheelchair friendly city, for the most part anyway:-)
We did some shopping and at the end of the day we brought the wheelchair back to Frontier Medical.
Friday the 24th of September
USAVE car rentals (where we rented our car) took us to the airport. There
we were allowed to take an earlier flight to Anchorage. They had a strict
security system. Even our handbags (and us) were checked carefully.