Day 25, 6/23/15, Tuesday
Weather: Sunny all day however there are intermittent periods of the sun being blocked by the smoke from the wild fires. Temperatures were in the mid to low 80s.
We stopped at the supermarket for some food for dinners. A few people were wearing face masks, although we found the smoke less intense than yesterday. We found the meat counter with a slim choice of meats. Gail spoke with one of the workers who said that they received a partial delivery yesterday but regular deliveries have had to re-route the longer way around the fires. Well, I guess it is time to go fishing.
We went back to the Visitors Center to check on the status of the fires with the thought of our day’s activities being affected and making sure the three available routes to Anchorage were not closed. All reports were clear. We also wanted to check on the availability camping areas in Denali National Park.
We drove on to the Pioneer Park and Museum. This was a very interesting park that has things to offer for all ages and all interests. The museum portion consisted of a reconstructed town in which the original historic buildings were moved here from their original sites in downtown Fairbanks. The buildings were open to the public and some of them were being used for little shops. All had colorful stories associated with them. Also residing in the park was the original last paddle wheel ship that sailed from Fairbanks to various settlements along the river. Last but by no means was least a very extensive and informative air museum. Also in the park was a carousel, mini-golf, an indoor venue for large events. Within this building were actual planes that were used throughout the history of Alaska. Uniforms of the U.S. Army Air Corp as well as uniforms from the Russian Air Force, Alaska Wing of the Civil Air Patrol and a variety of other memorabilia were on display.
By now it was late in the afternoon and we checked the book for the location of local camp grounds. We selected to stay at the River’s Edge RV Park (N 64° 50’ 26” W 147° 50’ 10”, elevation 440 ft.).
Tomorrow will be another day in Fairbanks.
G & P