On the banks of the Chena

The Chena River that is, which wends its way through the mid-Alaska city of Fairbanks, home to the University of Alaska, an Army and Air Force base, several nearby wildlife areas, an aviation museum and a wonderful visitor and cultural center. At one of the wildlife areas, I saw a large flock of sandhill cranes (in one of the following photos you can just barely make them out; they’re pretty far away), but also encountered a large flock of mosquitoes, and when they get on you, they get on you. All in all a neat town (it’s Alaska’s 2nd largest city) and very accessible. In anticipation of almost no darkness, I sought refuge at HooDoo’s, where I was told all the native Fairbanksans go!

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    1. Unfortunately, the bears aren’t waiting for me. Perhaps, if I stop singing while I’m hiking, I might have a better chance of not scaring them away.

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    1. Steve: HooDoo’s was really good. Interesting concept: They sold growlers, full and half-size, but you could only order — and drink — 2 pints on site. The outside was really cool with benches, tables and stand-up decks. It’s a really popular local spot, but their season is short.

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  1. So glad you put this blog together. Lots of interesting information to be sure. Any plans to pan for gold? If you strike it rich, remember me!

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    1. I don’t think the odds of finding gold are good, but a lot of people up here still try. However, if I were to find some, I would definitely send you a nugget or two!

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    1. Dan: I was thinking about the salmon, but they are in decline and the licensing process is a little convoluted. So…no fishing for me in the northwest, but Wyoming beckons.

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