North Pole and Fairbanks

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Sandhill crane

The day started out gray and rainy, so after a slow start we headed into Fairbanks to run some errands.

North Pole Visitor Center
  However, before going into Fairbanks, we grabbed a few caches in the North Pole area including one at the North Pole information center which is a log cabin complete with a sod roof.  It seems if you have a business in North Pole you must have a Santa or candy cane in front.

Our first stop in Fairbanks was the Jiffy Lube to get the oil changed and have to car checked over after the long trip cross country.  Then it was on to Wal-Mart for some needed supplies.  I don’t know what we would do without Wal-Mart’s. Finally food we could afford.  We also found cheaper gas at Sam’s Club, $4.32. 

By now the rain had let up so after checking out the Bowl Company and finding it very expensive, we decided to try Pioneer Park with time to actually see the park.  We wandered though the shops in the park and decided to come back for the Salmon Bake for dinner. 

Before going to the Salmon Bake we visited Creamer’s Field to see if we could spot some Sandhill Cranes.  Sure enough there were a few in the field.  There were also ducks on the pond.

Then it was back to Pioneer Park for the all-you-can-eat salmon bake.  The food was very good and included not only salmon, but halibut, cod and prime rib.  Yum!

Tomorrow with a better weather forecast we are off to Chena Hot Springs.

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Sandhill crane
Sandhill crane
North Pole Visitor Center
North Pole Visitor Center
Another crane
Another crane
Entrance to Pioneer Park
Entrance to Pioneer Park
Duck
Duck
Shops in Pioneer Park
Shops in Pioneer Park
First 2-storied house in Fairbanks
First 2-storied house in Fairbanks
A cache
A cache
Pair of Sandhill cranes
Pair of Sandhill cranes
North Pole
photo by: schochon