Fairbanks Travel Blog› entry 5 of 38 › view all entries
Fuel stops are few and far between in Alaska and since McGrath has no fuel today, we had to 'dog-leg' into Fairbanks. It was a nice flight following the Chulitna River through Denali Pass. Spectacular views of the Ruth and Eldridge Glaciers, but unfortunately clouds covered Mount McKinley which is the highest in North America at 20,320 feet above sea level. The Alaska Railroad follows this route between Anchorage and Fairbanks and anyone visiting Alaska should definately have the trip on the top of their 'To Do' list. Fortunately for Joe (the pilot) and I, weather was good and we reached the Tanana flats on the north side of the mountain range. I was glad to be back in the 'interior' of Alaska!
We landed on a sandbar on a small creek just thirty miles outside of Fairbanks to pour in three of the six five-gallon red plastic fuel jugs that we carried. When we reached the airport, we stayed only long enough to refuel, fill our jugs, and have a quick lunch at Pikes Landing which is a popular bar/restaurant near the airport on the banks of the Chena River. Then we continued west.