Thursday, June 12, 2014

Alaska Day 20 Fairbanks – Discovery Ride

Today was going to be the famous Discovery Boat ride later this afternoon.  But first Carol & I decided to go to our future boone docking area to check it out.  It ended up being further than we planned.  Fifty miles from our present campground.  I think the views along the way made it worth it.  The road was a little titled and swaged a bit.  DSC_0002 

We caught this river rat trying to cross the road.DSC_0005 DSC_0008

These are the ponds we will be at next week.  NO MOOSE sighted during the ride or here. Skeeters were here and they were almost the size of moose.  Since we know moose don’t fly we could tell them apart real easy.  DSC_0007DSC_0006

Today we had lunch at this joint.  Hey, we are trying to save money.DSC_0016

OK, the boat ride…….They’re were a few people there.DSC_0018

She’s a biggeeeee…..we were second in line and got out side seats on the third deck up front.DSC_0019

Once underway we got an float plane demo of landing and taking off right next to us. DSC_0033 DSC_0027DSC_0040

That was cool.  Then some houses along the river.DSC_0055 DSC_0056


Here’s one we could afford.  A little fixer upper.DSC_0058

Here’s Susan Butcher’s (deceased) husband showing how to work with huskies.  Great presentation.DSC_0071

The dogs got to run into the water afterwards.DSC_0075

The change in the water color is from two different types of rivers running together.  One is from glacier run off and the other is from snow melting run off.DSC_0080

Then we arrive at Chena River Village.  It’s a made up village to show how the tribes once lived out in the wilderness.  Pretty cool stuff since the presenters were of different tribe backgrounds.

Filleting a salmon and drying it out.DSC_0086

Fishing that is still used today.DSC_0082DSC_0089 DSC_0094 DSC_0096 DSC_0099  DSC_0102DSC_0100

You need a few modern things as time went on.DSC_0104 DSC_0108 DSC_0111

DSC_0118 Time to go back.  the gang is waiting for us.  More houses along the way.DSC_0123

And here is another one that we might be able to afford.DSC_0124

Things can get dirty real quick up here, even in the city with there dirt side streets.DSC_0130

We ate dinner at one of Guy Ferreri’s Diners, & Dive places called the Cookie Jar.  It sucked over all.

It still didn’t ruin a nice day ride on the river boat.

See ya….