Last thoughts on Fairbanks: Fairbanks has definitely grown on me. We found the cool coffee shop, we’re finding good food places, discovering more hiking/cycling paths, fun places where the locals hang out…
My niece Sara will be here for a few more years, and I can see myself coming back to spend next summer. However, my bike is a must. I can’t imagine living here w/o a bike.
Of course, if I think the drive to the NW is daunting, I shouldn’t even consider this!
We went to hike around Lake Chena today in the rain. We both liked the rain, however, there were swarms of huge mosquitoes. So, we had to cut it short. Too bad, cuz it was really beautiful. It would have been the perfect cycling moment…if I had my bike.
The Trans Alaska Oil Pipeline comes thru this area. In the perma frost areas it is above ground [approx 50% of it. Off the top of my head, I thought there were several 36″ lines. But in reality there is only one line – 48″. In a certain area there is a “viewing area” where you can walk up and touch it and walk all around it.
Pull Tabs – there is no lottery in Alaska. However, they have Pull Tabs. Which are these little cards, and you …pull the tab off, and there is something written underneath.
You can only buy pull tabs in these small buildings that only sell Pull Tabs. I decided to give the state of Alaska a buck. We went in one and it was crowded [it’s small] with 3 older Native woman pulling tabs. I waited to get waited on and watched as these women kept opening their wallets and getting $20 out. And they would just pull them off with gusto. They’re seated with those big plastic garbage cans next to them to throw the used tabs into. Then in between pulling, a woman leans over and spits chew/dip into the garbage can…inches from me. It was all around a sad sight, so I had to leave.
There are an unusually high number of people who chew here.
There are electrical plugs in parking lots so that people can plug their cars in, in the winter.
There seems to be minimal trash along the side of the roads here.
I was talking to someone and he asked if I’ve tried the moose. I said I was a vegetarian. He again asked if I’ve tried the moose. I laughed. He said that people up here don’t consider moose “red meat”.
They have transfer stations here, which are areas where they have a bunch of trash bins. People can take their garbage here to be picked up. They also have a free cycle tented area that you can put things for others to take.
It was 92′ on Saturday. Today was 68′ and rainy.
This is stating the obvious…and I know that I recently commented that some place had a high % of beater cars. Well…THIS place has them beat. Of course no one would have a “nice” car here, and I certainly haven’t seen any.
Most radio stations play 70’s music here. We got in the car today, and the DJ said “you may wonder what kind of rat bastard would play a song like that.” Now…when’s the last time you heard a DJ talk like that?
Off to bed. I’ll spend all day getting back to Baltimore, where I’ll be for a few days.