We drove on and finally made our way into the city of Fairbanks. This is not a huge city but the town itself has about 30,000 people. The layout is similar to Cookeville or a city of the same size in Tennessee. After the hustle and bustle of Anchorage, we quite enjoyed the way Fairbanks was spread out allowing you to enjoy plenty of space. We settled on a little cabin for the night near the Chena River. We drove around and checked out the town a bit before making our way to......North Pole, Alaska, home of Santa Claus!! We didn't really know what to expect but were immediately charmed by this festive little town. It's basically Christmas here 365 days a year. The streetlights are candy canes and most all the local businesses were decked out for the holiday. There were even colored lights and a decorated Christmas tree inside the Wendy's restaurant.
The streets had great names like Santa Claus Lane and Saint Nicholas Way. After driving around for awhile we finally made our way to the home of St. Nick. Upon entering Santa's home/gift shop, we saw a line of people of all ages waiting to meet the jolly old elf. We browsed for a bit until the line got shorter and Doris and Greg made their way over to meet Santa. Doris later said this was the highlight of her trip when she got to talk to Santa. Notice her big smile! Greg told Santa that me being married to him was like Christmas for me everyday. Santa did agree but I secretly hope this lie doesn't put Greg on the naughty list. Speaking of the nice/naughty list, we noticed that some of you should try really hard to be nice these last few months before December based on Santa's preliminary reports. Even the outdoor area of Santa's home is ready for the holidays. His reindeer are looking good with plush beautiful coats and velvety antlers. Here is a pic of Doris and me in a sled. After all that excitement, we headed back to our cabin to get some rest.