Animals have always been used to entertain!
Fairbanks was the last city we visited in Alaska. It is a beautiful place. They have an ice carving competition every year. Huge blocks of ice are cut from the nearby river and transported for the artists.
There is a big freezer warehouse where some of the more interesting cuts and the winners are kept to be seen by other Alaskans and tourists like us. I was so impressed by the moose antlers clear ice and very intricate.
Dog? and Bear
More pieces from the show place
We also took a guided tour on a river boat. Our guides were local college girls, twins. They were delightful entertainers and very knowledgeable. WE stopped at a mock village of ‘Alaskabaskans’. It was VERY interesting about the customs and processing of the animal skins that kept them warm in the extreme winters.
The river boat also stopped at the house where a two time winner of the grueling Iditarod dog sled race lived and trained her dogs. She came out and with a loud speaker gave a quick rundown of her life training for and winning the Iditarod. Very interesting indeed.
While in Alaska we had our mail delivered at several post offices. The last one was at the border. The post office was in a home. It was closed during the family lunch so we waited there on the Alcan, then picked up our mail. The Postmistress was a very warm and sweet person, apologizing for the delay and said she had been waiting to meet us.
So that was a postage stamp of our trip to the 49th state of the USA. A wonderful and truly great trip of a lifetime. I would love to go back, but next year we will both be in our 80’s, a 10,000 mile trip is probably not a great idea, THINGS HAPPEN to old folk (they have to pee more often!)!