From Burwash Landing to Fairbanks Alaska proved to be a long day. Our usual pace was quite leisurely. We enjoyed the sights and got there when we got there. This day was different. I wanted to find some fiberglass filler to complete the patching on the wheelwell in the camper. We arrived in Fairbanks around nine o'clock, set up camp, ate supper and took a stroll around the campground. We like to see how the better half travels. Then we decided to play some 500 till dark.
It turned out there was no dark. "I think I'm gonna call it a night. What time is it?" asked Troutbirder. "It's 2 a.m." was the incredulous reply. The Land of the Midnight Sun for sure. We spent several days in Fairbanks. Highlights included Alaskaland, an arboreteum at the University, a buffet featuring reindeer stew and freshly caught halibut, a slide show about the aurora borealis, and the Malamute Saloon, which had a cabaret show.
Troutbirder joins cabaret dancers Mrs. T. and friend Rosie on stage at the local saloon....;)
To be continued - The Wonders Of Denali National Park
I can tell those gals are wild dancers! :)ReplyDelete
I don't know how I could manage in a place that doesn't have any night! I guess I'd be wearing my blindfold and hiding inside a darkened room. :-)ReplyDelete
It must be really strange to have 24 hour daylight. Wondering what reindeer stew tasted like.ReplyDelete
The midnight sun would be waay more fun than the noontime dark of winter. :)ReplyDelete
I remember in our first summer up there, I put aluminum foil on the bedroom windows to darken the room. After that, we got used to it. During the summer we found we slept less, did more things outside. It was jarring that first summer to leave work at 11:30 pm (working the evening shift at the hospital) and it'd be light enough to read things. During the winter though, the sun would come up at 11am and go down at 2pm. That took getting used to also.ReplyDelete
You made it!ReplyDelete
Like men before and after, you headed straight for the saloon and the dancin' girls and panning for gold can wait for later.
I'll be looking forward to see what comes next.
Hi troutbirder, The Midnight Sun up in Alaska fascinates me. I do like the differences in length of daylight at our latitudes, but up in Alaska it gets a bit much for me. I noticed that just last month (March 2015) a Senator in Alaska introduced a bill to end Daylight Saving Time in their state. With nearly 24 hours of daylight in the summer, who ever thought they needed it? Ha ha. Thanks for another neat post ... Looking forward to Denali.ReplyDelete
I have often thought it would be interesting to experience the Midnight Sun at least once, but perhaps I should have done it when I was younger.ReplyDelete
The 24 hours of daylight in summer, not to mention all dark, all the time, in winter, must be a big adjustment to permanent residents. What a fun place to visit! I remember an old poem about the Malamute Saloon and all the mayhem there.ReplyDelete
I know I could never live in a place with "midnight sun." And if that didn't make me crazy the dark days would. And there you were whooping it up at the saloon. Did you see the lady known as Lou?ReplyDelete