My next stop on my PNW was to Fairbanks, Alaska. I really didn’t know anything about Alaska and even when I booked the ticket, I was not quite sure where I was flying in the United States. After looking at a map, I realized I was very far north and not anywhere near where I thought I was!
I went to visit a friend from high school that I had met up with in Argentina, Brazil and Chile but only once in the US! Once again the plan was to live like a local.
Summer in Fairbanks has A LOT of sunlight so even though my flight arrived at 2:00am, there was still a little sunshine to be seen. It was a little odd to go to bed when the sun was still out but dark drapes are a must! We took a nap and then woke up and went to the local fair. I have to admit, I had a deep fried oreo! It was sugary goodness and I think I’m good for about another 10 years.
I spent a little time a the University of Alaska Museum of the North. They had an entire outhouse on display with many Alaskan items in it to show the continued importance of the outhouse. As you can imagine there is a lot of open space in Fairbanks and many of the cabins do not have indoor plumbing and thus the need for the outhouse.
The sky was so clear most of the time that I could not help but take pictures of the clouds and of the expansive views.
Fairbanks is the 2nd largest city in Alaska and is still VERY tiny. We took about an hour drive to Chena Hot Springs on a cloudy and overcast day and enjoyed a few hours of relaxation and good food. Alaska of course has great crab which I did indulge in but also some amazing fresh oysters. The food was not lacking.