Day 336: Tour de Fairbanks

The mosquitoes continue their onslaught against us.  M’s eyelid was stung overnight and is swelling nicely:

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We stopped at TDS to replace the tire that was chewed up in the axle incident near Chicken and the tire that flatted on the Dalton Highway on the way back from Prudhoe Bay.  Both tires had little tread left, so it was time for them to go anyway:

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On our way out of town, we stopped at Pioneer Park, where a classic car show happened to be underway in the parking lot:

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Our first stop was the aviation museum.  The museum was mostly wreckage of planes that had crashed in Alaska, but some whole planes were there, like this beauty that happens to be the same type of plane that Glenn Miller was in when he was lost over the English Channel:

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This is a Rutan kit plane.  I suspected and confirmed that this plane is very similar to the one in which John Denver was killed:

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They had a Huey on display that we were able to go into and sit down:

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Next we went to the railroad depot where Engine No. 1 was on display:

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The Pioneer Museum had a variety of interesting displays:

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I especially enjoyed the dioramas, like this cutaway view of a gold dredge in operation:

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One of the first electric cars:

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Next we visited the SS Nenana, a Klondike gold rush-era sternwheeler like the SS Klondike we visited in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory.  The Nenana had in it’s hold a variety of dioramas depicting the settlements it served back in the day:

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Gotta love steam propulsion:

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Our last stop in the park was the train car president Harding used to tour Alaska.  I’m seriously considering redoing the RV’s interior in this style:

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The park closed at 8pm, so we drove South to overnight at a pullout just a few miles North of tomorrow’s destination, Denali National Park.  The sun is about to go down just a bit before midnight:

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See the trip map for today’s drive and our current location.

Day 335: Back to Fairbanks
Day 337: Denali National Park

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