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    We started off the morning at the Denali lodge packing up our suitcases then heading to breakfast.
    Thought this sign on the round was an understatement if that is as big as the space is.
    This is the spa area it overlooks the valley/river.
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    A look down at the river.
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    This is the restaurant, we ate breakfast in there (and a couple meals yesterday).
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    As we headed back toward the room it started to drizzle.
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    A rainbow over the lodge.
    Around 10am we headed to the lobby to wait for our bus. It was late due to some problems.
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    The lobby area was crowded with guests coming and going. There were tours departing for Denali and other excursions plus those like us heading to Fairbanks.
    By 10:40am we were on the road and the rain was coming down fairly steady.
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    One last look at our lodge as we pulled away.
    Another one down the road.
    The train tracks paralleled the road. Here is a trestle.
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    Looking back down the river.
    I forget what this was part of but an old train car.
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    They said this building is where a lot of the Denali workers stay during the season.
    Gas was more expensive out here than what we saw further south.
    They were working on several miles of the highway so we were guided by a pilot truck through the site.
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    Interesting to be driving through an active construction site.. but no detours out here since there is only one road.
    The power lines were interesting. Notice how they come to a point in the ground. They are on special supports to handle the freezing and thawing of the ground.
    The black and white rig is for the Nenana Ice Classic. The idea is to predict when the river will thaw each year. They place this rig on the ice and connect it to a clock. When it moves the clock registers the time and the person closest wins the money. This year the ice broke on May 20th at 2:41pm and the winner received $318,500.00
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    A small log building under construction.
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    Arriving in Fairbanks just after 1pm.
    The University of Alaska
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    An interesting bar near the airport.
    Speaking of the airport, here is the runway.
    And the terminal building.
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    We were heading for the Riverboat Discovery tour.
    Our boat awaits.
    But first some time to visit the stores and dining location on shore.
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    We went on the Discovery 3 the large boat. Behind it the Discovery 2.
    Inside there was a decent size gift shop. In the back corner you pay for the Fairbanks experience and go sit in a freezer at minus forty degrees and have your picture taken. Not sure why you would want to do this.. but you could
    There was a small line.
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    A small snack area to purchase ice cream or box lunches for the trip.
    There was also a dining hall which featured stew, sup, and salad for $11.95 a person.
    The dining hall.
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    We made our way onto the boat and headed for an upper deck.
    Most of the boat was enclosed with plenty of seats.
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    There was also food onboard. Prices seemed a little more reasonable than on shore.
    As soon as we set sail we turned around and a bush plane pulled up to us.
    The pilot demonstrated taking off and landing a couple of times.
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    A brief video clip.
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    We then continued on down the river. Some of the houses along the banks were quite large.
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    The front gate for the previous house.
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    Some old boats also along the river.
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    We next pulled up to the Susan Butcher Kennels (she was the first woman to win the Iditarod
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    They had some puppies out and were showing how they worked with the dogs to overcome obstacles.
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    Then they prepared for a demonstration of a team in action.
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    Since there was no snow they pulled around an ATV.
    A video clip of the dogs in action.
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    After their run the dogs ran for the river to cool down.
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    Then it was time to move on down the river.
    The entire time we were cruising there was a narrator and he was visiting the various decks and talking. And there were TV screens showing what he was talking about or historical footage.
    We next pulled up to a Chena Indian Village.
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    Where we would be docking after a little more cruising.
    A fish camp set up in the village.
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    A fish wheel that the natives used to catch salmon.
    This girl was explaining about how the prepare and smoke salmon and she gave a demonstration.
    The smoke house.
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    She continued working as we sailed on.
    A herd of reindeer out near the river
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    The boats paddle wheel.
    Looking up the river.
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    Not many people out on deck. Everyone was inside.
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    We turned around where the river joined another.
    Then we headed back to the village.
    She was waiting to explain more about the preparation of the fish.
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    Then we disembarked and there were three seating areas set up to talk about the native customs and culture a bit.
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    Our hosts were all girls who were just graduating high school and heading to college.
    Talking about some of the clothing.
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    Next stop they talked about some of the animal hides and housing.
    The restrooms..
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    Looking back at the boat we made our way around the village.
    Several of the sled dogs and their trainers were on hand to see and ask questions of.
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    An old snow machine.
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    One of the three presentation areas.
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    Another of the presentation areas.
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    Time to head back to the boat to cruise up river.
    A last look at the village as we pulled away.
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    This was someones house along the river.
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    The Pump House restaurant and saloon.
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    The original Discovery riverboat.
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    Almost back to the dock.
    The bus drivers waiting for us.
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    After the boat we did a tour of Fairbanks...
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    Pretty much like any small city you may have encountered.
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    Arriving at our hotel/lodge for the night. Not nearly as impressive as the previous two.
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    Out front an old Model T
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    The lobby area.
    After this we dropped our bags, ate dinner, and repacked for the early departure tomorrow to wrap up our trip.

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