So why go to Fairbanks? It's a jumping off point. North to the Arctic Circle, and East to North Pole.
Yes, North Pole. Guess who we saw there...
|Santa had a bit of a Jersey accent...|
Fun fact from my childhood:
Where we lived when I was a kid there was a long hallway from the living room to Mom & Dad's bedroom. From the head of their bed Mom could see all the way to the couch and end table. One Christmas - I was probably 4 or 5 years old - I snuck out of my room on Christmas Eve and hid under the end table. I hid so I could get to see Santa! But Mom saw me from her bedroom and told me to go back to bed. *Sad* All I wanted to do was meet Santa! But Mean Ol' Mom (you know that's what MOM stands for, right?) sent me back to bed. I had to travel all the way to North Pole, Alaska, just to meet Santa. True story.
However, I have overcome adversity. Finally I have met Santa Claus! But I looked horrible so you will never see photographic proof...
The Santa Claus House is really cool, if you like Christmas, which I do! So many ornaments and decorations! It's really cool. If you ever get up to North Pole, go to the Santa Claus House. Santa is there until 6 daily. Tell him Kristin sent you.
Just watch out for the polar bear...
|once again, Jeff narrowly escapes bear attack in Alaska...|
Speaking of, we went to The Cookie Jar in Fairbanks, another restaurant featured on that show. Again, good food. I think if Jeff had to chose between me and the dinner role, he would have spent quite some time thinking about his decision. He loved those dinner roles!
Hmmm, what else did we do? We went to Pioneer Park
We easily found the WELS Lutheran Church, which looked really cool. Too bad we weren't there for Sunday Service. Jeff's pastor knows their pastor.
|Fairbanks Alaska WELS Lutheran Church|
We stayed in the caboose of a train! It's on tracks and everything. As you can see, they've refurbished the place. No air conditioning, but it was out in the country and we slept with the door open, plus the windows in the upstairs observation deck were always open. We went up there both evenings and just chilled out.
It was barely out of town, up on a hill, and the view, to the East, was...
As we wasted time until we turned in the rental vehicle, we went downtown and Jeff wanted to make sure we got pictures of the Inuit Statue.
By the time Sunday rolled around, I was glad to be leaving Fairbanks. But was I ready to spend 12 hours on a train to Anchorage?