Alaska's Winter Horizon

Alaska's Winter Horizon

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Fairbanks to Tok

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Early Sunday morning in Fairbanks we headed over to Creamer's Field for some bird-watching. This land was once a huge dairy farm that ceased operation in 1966. Today about 2000 acres are part of this migratory waterfowl refuge. Even though most of the Sand Hill Cranes left over the previous week, we still managed to see several feeding in the fields. We saw lots of Canadian geese at the refuge in these same fields. We spent about 2 hours walking the trails and wandering around this beautiful refuge right in the middle of Fairbanks. Upon leaving Creamer's Field we headed to Pioneer Park formerly known as AlaskaLand. We didn't quite know what to expect but it turned out to be another charming place. It was full of restored cabins and shops moved to this area from various locations around town. There was also an Aviation Museum, rides for the children, playground, a train, and the Nenana riverboat. In one area there was a building that housed Native Alaskan artifacts. On the grounds near the Native Alaskan Museum were replicas of several earthen homes. Here is Doris standing on the roof of the home as I am coming out the front door. Another piece of American history was found right inside the front gate. The train car used by President Warren Harding on his journey through Alaska is on permanent display. President Harding was quite the ladies' man and brought along both his wife and his mistress on the train. He died soon after leaving Alaska and it has been rumored that he was poisoned, perhaps by one of the ladies. His death has been ruled as the result of a stroke. At this point we were all getting hungry and decided to hit the road to Tok.

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