Final City of the Alaskan Tour
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We took a Riverboat tour on the Discovery. On the Discovery, you receive a Gazette that gives you a little hisotry of the Riverboat and an agenda. (and thank goodness for that, cuz I don't remember half that stuff!) Apparently, the Riverboat tour is a family owned business. The Binkley family has 3 generations running these tours! The Riverboat passes by the location where Iditarod champion Susan Butcher trains her dogs. Butcher was a highlight of the tour and gift shop. Inside the gift shop is a large cardboard cutout and sled setup where you can take a photo. I learned that even though a lot of people think that Alaskan Huskys are used for racing...most of the dogs are mixed breeds. The Riverboat comes to a stop at the Chena Indian Village. We saw these water wheel style baskets that they use to catch fish and then they smoke 'em. In the village we saw a hut on stilts for storing furs. A lady named Dixie Alexander hand makes garment and indian style fur jackets and even has one in the Smithsonian. On the Riverboat is the first (and only) time that I've had reindeer chili and it was so good that I had seconds! That's saying a lot since I am a very picky eater!
The final night of our vacation was pretty much just winding down time. We did a little shopping in town and just walked around. We stopped to eat at a cafe in a small shopping center and spent some time looking in antique shops. The lodge we stayed in was very nice and just what we needed to end the trip.