Day 24, 6/22/15, Monday
Weather: Sunny with temperatures in the 80s. The air was quite smoky in the morning, better by early afternoon but more intense later in the evening.
After breakfast this morning we placed a call to the service department at Wilkins RV dealer back in New York. We were having a problem getting the oven lit. Also, we were noticing that the hot water was not providing what we wanted for showers. It took only a few minutes talking with them and both situations were resolved.
We left the Walmart camping area in Fairbanks, AK and drove a few miles downtown. Fairbanks is located in the foot hills of the White Mountains. Our stop was at the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center. What a place! This center provided an extensive display on the history and culture of the native populations surrounding Fairbanks. National Park Rangers were there to talk with visitors about the federal parks and overall information on national and state public land usage. As part of the visit, we saw a program given by twelve teenage dancers and two accompanying elders. This cultural group performed through dance and song the history of native music and the influence of modern cultures on their ancestral ways. The Center also provided wifi so we were able to add our previous day addition to the blog.
We took a walk from the Visitor Center to downtown Fairbanks to see what this city had to offer. For those of us from the northeast, the term downtown was not what we were expecting. The downtown area is very small and does not provide much in the way of window shopping with the exception of gift shops. There are also many vacant stores, and many offerings of social services.
When we returned to the Visitor Center we spent a little more time looking at more of the exhibits.
By 6 p.m. we returned to the camp grounds. After dinner we are both ready to say good night.
G & P