Alaska Trip Day 15

July 14




Hello All

The day started off with a trip to the Laundry mat  to wash clothes.  It took us a while to find one in the area.  With the clothes in the washer I went and got gas and to McDonald for some take out breakfast.  We talked to a local person and she gave us some insight on area and it's history.  After the laundry we went to See the Gold Drudge #8  it was a nice morning as we went through the tour.  We got to pan for gold and had a excellent stew for lunch.  It was one off the best stew meal we had it was served family home style.  It started to rain during the tour and rained on the way back.  We then went to the Alaska University Museum.  It was a small museum but had some nice things to see.  After the tour we went back to the bed and breakfast and relaxed until the supper and show that we were planning on attending.  The Crab for supper was great it was a all you care to eat meal.  The may have lost money on us!.  We then went to a slide show on the Northern Lights.  After this show we went to the Malemute Saloon show in Ester which is a old gold town.

We had a great day!!


See slide show of today pictures

Stay at:

University View Bed and Breakfast 2371 Hawthorne Ct. Fairbanks, AK 99709 (907) 479-2323

$85 check mail 1-19-07 for deposit


An elegant retreat in a quiet, wooded neighborhood, University View Bed and Breakfast is an ideal location to base your visit to Fairbanks. Located close to the University and downtown and only 5 minutes from the airport we offer comfortable and friendly accommodation for families and business travelers alike.
There are two cozy rooms with a private or shared bathroom nearby. A large roof deck and ample front porch provide plenty of space from which to enjoy the beauty of the Alaskan forest or the northern lights against a starlit sky.

Your host, Mary Christensen, an Alaskan resident of 30 years with an extensive knowledge of the area and a traveler's sense of adventure invites you to make yourself at home and enjoy some of the extras offered at University View Bed and Breakfast.
The dance room is a pleasurable space both for dancing and the enjoyment of music. This space is available for your enjoyment. It doubles as showroom space and can be rented for commercial purposes.
Cuban style salsa lessons are offered by Mary. For more information about salsa lessons go to
Other common areas in the house include the expansive wraparound porch and the tv room. The roof deck is perfect for northern lights viewing during the winter.


From Chena Pump road heading away from town

Turn Right on Chena Ridge Road
Turn right on Chena Ridge Spur Road
Turn left on Morningside Drive
Turn right on Hawthorne Court
Very first driveway on right.
From the Parks Highway heading in to Fairbanks

Take the Chena Pump Road Exit
Turn right on Chena Ridge Spur Road (the very first right off the access road)
Turn right on Morningside Drive
Turn Right on Hawthorne Court
Very first driveway on right.
Top ten things to do around Fairbanks

1. Visit the Museum of the North at the University of Fairbanks.

This museum is a treasure! Even it's structure is a work of art! When you visit the Museum of the North you will leave with a lot more knowledge about Alaska's fascinating history.
2. Visit Ester Gold Camp

Ester is a historical gold mining town with many interesting shops operated by local artisans. An all you can eat crab dinner can be had at the Ester Gold Camp. Afterwards visit the Malemute saloon for a glimpse of Alaska's history through the poetry of Robert Service performed for you by talented local musicians and actors.
3. Hike to Angel Rocks

A four hour 3 mile round trip will yield spectacular views of the Chena Hills Area. The rocks and caves are gorgeous as well. This trip is especially beautiful in the fall, which in Alaska arrives during the first week of September.
4. Hike the Chena Hills Ridge Trail and end your day with a relaxing soak at Chena Hot Springs.

A trip to Angel Rocks can be extended by continuing past the rocks to the ridge and hiking 9 miles to Chena Hot Springs Resort where you can soak in the outdoor springs for $10. At this writing shuttle service back to your car is available.
5. Take a flight seeing trip to one of Alaska's rural native villages.

Step back in time and explore another culture in just few hours with a trip north to one of Alaska's rural villages. Warbelow Air offers a choice of package tours.
6. Visit Pioneer Park

Pioneer Park, which I still know as "Alaskaland" is a good place for an enjoyable afternoon and a look at Alaska's history. Many of the original township buildings have been relocated here. If you have small children the train and the old fashioned carousel are big hits.
7. Take a walk at Creamer's Field

Creamer's Field is the site of an old dairy. The wetlands and woods that surround it attract thousands of migrating geese and sandhill cranes in the spring and fall. The woodlands trails make for a relaxing walk in the middle of our small city.
8. An evening by the river.

Take a picnic and drive about 5 miles down Chena Pump Road to the spot where the Chena and Tanana Rivers meet. The light is especially gorgeous in the late evening. Remember, the sun sets only briefly during the longest summer days.
9. Spend an afternoon on the river.

Laze the afternoon away with a trip down the Chena River. Boat rental is available at Pioneer Park. There are several riverside bars and restaurants along the way.
10. Visit the Georgeson Botanical Garden

Spectacular flowers, a children's park, ponds and baby reindeer. Need I say more. Your children will find all kinds of places to run and play and you will enjoy the enormous variety of Alaska's flowers.