Day 14 in the books...
Good evening everyone,
I think we will have an interesting time getting back in the swing of Eastern Standard time. It is 9:34 pm here, but that is 1:34 am back in Grafton. But I am just beginning to download. I will see how the internet speed is tonight.
We stayed in little cottages last night and tonight. We ate breakfast at the Lodge, definitely nothing to write home about! Over priced and under flavored... Then we took a taxi to the airport on the hotel. (They did not have a working shuttle this morning) We picked up our rental car and decided to keep it an extra day so we don't have to be waiting on a shuttle. We had two goals in mind today: drive to the North Pole and Santa's house and drive to Chena Hot Springs.
So off we went to find the North Pole...
I mean how cool is this? Then we found Santa's house, complete with reindeer. We had fun shopping and looking at all the ornaments and paraphernalia. And of course, we got our picture with Santa.
This whole little place reminded me of a Hallmark Movie...especially the one "Moonlight and Mistletoe". The whole time we were there I was cracking up and waiting for the maker of the nutcrackers to walk through the door. Ha! And...when talking with Santa, we found he didn't care for Wynn's OSU sweatshirt. He was from that school up North. Bleh! Hope he will still bring Kendall and Maddie a trampoline for Christmas!
Then we headed back through Fairbanks and after a quick stop at the Fred Meyer store for munchies, we headed off down Hwy 6 in search of wildlife and the ever elusive Moose. Although we still did not see a moose, we did find this fellow and had a wonderful time watching him show off for us.
We also drove back into a recreation area and found these three lost and caught up in a fenced area. We found a Park Host and he said that the dogs had been reported missing. The owners will be glad to find these three beauties.
We continued on our way and literally came to the end of the road. We had arrived at the Hot Springs. The first thing we did was attend a demonstration in the 20 degree Ice Carving Museum. The artist was actually working there. She was a world champion for several years. She and her husband work all year, restoring and replacing the different sculptures. Unbelievable! And I know the pictures do not do these justice. The intricate sculptures were beautiful. Take a look.
Then Wynn and I decided to take a little time in the hot springs. The 20 degree cold was nicely offset by the 100 degree water. It was a soothing time and soon our legs were feeling like jelly. Evelyn found some horses to feed and Bob tried to stay warm in the greenhouse. He is still feeling a bit poorly, but continues to push through and successfully gets us all around.
As we started down the road back to Fairbanks, I realized that I could not find my Visa. Talk about panic...Bob swiftly turned around and we drove back into the Hot Spring Resort. Evelyn walked into the pool area and the worker there had my card. 😥
Talk about being grateful! We all breathed easier and continued our quest for moose...well, maybe tomorrow!
We hunted down one last gift shop in downtown Fairbanks. The streets were all torn up but we persevered. Then we headed to Pike's Landing for dinner. It was a great little spot with huge helpings, all situated on the river bank.
So now our bellies are full, we are tucked into bed and will be soon be asleep. One more day before we climb back on the airplane and head for home. What an adventure!