This is the first of at least 3 blogs I’ll post on my Alaska trip this summer! I ended up cutting the trip short for work (and illness… more on that later….), but I still had some great adventures to share with you.
The first thing I had to do when I arrived at the hotel was EAT! What else? I’d noticed an unusual place a couple blocks away as we were driving up, and I couldn’t resist:
It turned out to be the best Hawaiian food I’ve had! I enjoyed the spam musubi:
That’s a nice seaweed broth there, too, with potato salad and kimchee. Then I had some very tasty kalua pork:
Across the street was this establishment, but I didn’t shop there:
Refreshed and well fed, I was ready for a long walk and short list of caches! The first one was right in the parking lot of the hotel, conveniently located in a light pole base:
Tourist Cache and Dash
Next I found an odd benchmark with cache adjacent – I won’t spoil the unusual hide with photos, but it was by the handsome City Hall:
I ended up walking about 3 miles in a large circle, first heading south to a main drag where I found the answer to a mystery cache with a one-symbol title:
As I walked to the next cache, I observed that Fairbanks is not really very scenic:
The mountains and glaciers and forests and wild animals are elsewhere. They do, however, put antennae on their fire hydrants!
Library Learning #3
Next, I walked north up to where a river flows through the city, and there’s a nice, open town square with statues and plaques:
Welcome to Fairbanks!!!
Next on the agenda was a webcam, and I enlisted f0t0m0m to grab my photo for the cache while I took this one in reverse:
Black & White & Red All Over
As I made my way back to the hotel, I stopped by the cache at the visitor’s bureau and pondered why the parking lots are all equipped with electrical plugs at each parking space:
For a Californian, it’s hard to imagine needing to keep your car heated enough to drive it, but it gets far below zeroº there in the winters. Brrrr…..
Visitor Cache and Dash
Apparently, the cold weather is more important than one would think, since they even have a frozen museum!
I didn’t get a chance to go in there, so I remain curious about what the heck would be on display in there… ha ha!
The last cache on my stroll was at a cemetery with some historical plaques. The slowly setting sun and the smoky air (from local forest fires) gave it a spooky atmosphere, too:
It was a quick 2-part multi: Memorial Along the Bike Path
More on Alaska next week! Meanwhile, happy warm caching!