Alaskan Adventure, Day One: Fairbanks

My laptop screen says it’s nearly 1:30 a.m., my phone says it’s just before 9:30 p.m., and my brain is lost somewhere in between, so it’s a bullet points and pictures kind of night. Maybe once I get adjusted to the time, I’ll have the energy for insightful narrative about this trip, but I sure don’t today.

  • When we landed in Fairbanks at 12:30 a.m it was still totally daylight. I knew that this would the case but actually seeing it was still pretty weird.

  • We got to our hotel and found out our arrival was not expected for another 12 hours. (That a.m./p.m. thing can be confusing.) Fortunately, our room was not occupied, and we were able to sleep in our assigned beds, rather than the lobby.
  • The free shuttle bus from the hotel made it very easy to see all the sights.
  • There was not a lot to see in downtown Fairbanks, but I did like the Art Deco courthouse.

  • I loved the Museum of the North at the University of Alaska campus. It has interesting art, well-done natural and human history displays, and is a pretty cool-looking building.

  • It also has bears.

  • Pioneer Park – “Alaska’s Only Historic Theme Park” – was a weird and slightly depressing place. Most of the city’s historic log cabins were moved there as the city grew up, and they now house various tchochke shops and small restaurants. The old cabins didn’t seem well-maintained, which, along with the fact that they’d all been moved, made the preservationist in me more than a little sad.

  • This did not stop us from visiting the cabin where we got to experience the -40° F temperature of a Fairbanks winter. (Which is really freaking cold, in case you were wondering.) I think the ice chair was just an add-on for tourists, though, and not a typical winter attraction.

  • I had reindeer mac ‘n cheese for dinner tonight. Yum!


  • It’s now 10:00 p.m., and I just took this photo from the balcony of my room:

  • Yeah. The perpetual daylight is still freaking me out.

4 thoughts on “Alaskan Adventure, Day One: Fairbanks

  1. Joanne June 26, 2012 / 9:33 pm


    • Sarah June 26, 2012 / 11:56 pm

      Actually, I think it was Donner. Or maybe Blitzen. Tasty either way…

  2. Alisa June 29, 2012 / 9:50 am

    Pretty good post for bullet and disorientation.

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