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The view north from our hotel window.

Well, the cruise and tour are over and everyone else is leaving today!  We booked two extra nights in hopes of seeing the Aurora Borealis but that’s not looking too good right now.  The forecasts are for zero.  Its cloudy and overcast today and we even had a few sprinkles but about 50 degrees so not too bad.  We got up late so all the places to eat had closed breakfast and hadn’t opened for lunch so we ended up with a couple of quickie things, like instant oat meal.

Luckily there was still someone at what Princess calls the Outfitters desk, who was able to tell us about Airlink who could drive us around the area much cheaper than a taxi and would where the Princess shuttle bus didn’t go.  We wanted to do some shopping and take in the University of Alaska Museum.

The Museum was our first stop and we spent easily three hours strolling the exhibits and different areas.

The view east.
  They allowed “non-flash” pictures so we got a whole bunch.  Very worthwhile, and not very expensive.

Our next stop was at a large shopping area of Fairbanks where they have a Fred Meyers, which we don’t have in our area of the country, and a Super Wal Mart.  Roger can’t go a week without visiting a Wal Mart.  We found a couple more souvenirs and a few items we could munch on over the next couple of days.  We had lunch and dinner there also.  Dinner was at a Chili’s and was a very nice steak!!

Back at our hotel we spent the evening writing, reading and relaxing while we waited to see if we would see any northern lights.  At midnight we went outside to see if anything would show.  The clouds had thinned out and the stars slowly were becoming more visible so our hopes were high, even though the forecast for the Aurora was nil.  We stayed out until about one thirty and although we thought we saw a faint trail above our heads where the hotel staff said it would be, it wasn't enough to take a picture of.

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The view north from our hotel wind…
The view north from our hotel win…
The view east.
The view east.
Out in front at the entrance.
Out in front at the entrance.
The view in front of the Unitversi…
The view in front of the Unitvers…
photo by: Hummingbird