We didn't need to go all the way to the North Pole to find it! There is a North Pole, Alaska and who knew the coffee could be so good.
Sadly our last morning in Alaska spent at the Fairbanks Airport at a very early hour, although the sun had been up since 3am. We are now back home and were surprised by the dark nights after living for a very brief time in the Land of the Midnight Sun.
Our afternoon tour was on a 4 tier riverboat down the narrow Chena River in Fairbanks.
We had a float plane demonstration, dog mushing and stopped at a recreation of a native village to see fish smoking, reindeer and learn about the way of ancient ways of life to survive in the harsh winters of minus 40 F.
A beautiful Muskrat fur, stitched parka with a Wolverine trim near the face and further Wolf outer circle on the "sunshine hood". It was a very warm day to be wearing such a warm garment but our lovely model smiled so sweetly for the cameras.
For anyone interested in workshops in mixed media and surface design, Kerry Glen of Tulis Textiles in New Zealand has a retreat organised for August 21-23 in Northland at One Tree Point. Sounds interesting, with details online.
Interesting to step back in time and see the gold mining operations from last century and try our hand at gold panning. We won't get rich quick as between us we found $9 worth! What a fun morning tour out of Fairbanks to the Fox area.
This was the one we were aiming for!
The Gold Dredge 8, an historic relic from a former gold operation- the front end.
The back end on the left can be seen in this photo.
The oil pipeline from Prudoe Bay to Valdez also passed the area and this section was set up to show visitors some of the engineering that goes into the pipeline.
The pipeline sits up on stilts away from the permafrost ground and is immune to earthquakes with the type of support built to hold it in position. We were all reminded of the James Bond movie and his adventurous journey through an oil pipeline!
We have been luck to see wildlife in the park while we were on a Natural History Tour. Mother Moose and twins and four Caribou, which when domesticated are called reindeer. There is a place in Alaska named North Pole! Our lodge at Denali Princess had many statues scattered around the grounds.
This is one of the Dall Sheep common on the rocky hillsides and reminded me of my recent quilt Chinese New Year.
Travel is an exciting & large part of my life, combined with creating fabric, stitching art quilts & enjoying textile traditions around the world.
I work in the quilting industry; exhibit, judge, curate, tutor & write.
These are some of the threads of my life.