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The two RV Gypsies and family
in Fairbanks Alaska
July 7 - 29, 2016

Fairbanks, Alaska is 358 miles north of Anchorage (by way of the Parks Highway),and 188 miles south of the Arctic Circle. Its central location makes it the focal point for the tiny villages scattered throughout the surrounding wilderness. Fairbanks is called "The Golden Heart of Alaska," a reference to the character of her people as much as to the location in Alaska's interior, or to the discovery of gold in 1902.

Alaska is known for its harsh winter climate, but Fairbanks natives enjoy their wonderful summers to the fullest while they can. The Interior has temperatures ranging from 65 degrees below zero in the winter to 90 degrees above in the summer. The shortest winter day of the year has less than three hours of sunlight, the longest (around June 21) never really ends, though officially it has over 21 hours.

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There was a wonderful mural painted on a building near Bridgewater Hotel, and when Karen noticed that she (as the photographer) would have her reflection in it, she told Lee to go stand in front of the window. And Karen's sister Ilse also took some photos at the same time.

mural and reflection in Fairbanks
mural and reflection in Fairbanks

Then Lee came and took a picture of himself, Karen, and Ilse as they were all reflected in the building's window.

mural and reflection in Fairbanks

The two RV Gypsies and Karen's sister

In the same area, the sidewalk had some great paintings. It was difficult to get good photos of the sidewalk though, But both Karen and Ilse stood in the road and did their best, while Lee watched for traffic.

sidewalk painting in Fairbanks

sidewalk painting in Fairbanks

sidewalk painting in Fairbanks

sidewalk painting in Fairbanks

sidewalk painting in Fairbanks

Then Karen and Ilse went across the street to photograph the Chena River.

Chena River

swan on fence by the Chena River

Fairbanks Centennial sign 1903-2003

Chena River

Then Karen, Lee and Ilse headed to the corner to photograph the flags along the bridge.

bridge and flags

bridge and flags

Crossing the street, and heading to downtown Fairbanks, they found an interesting mile marker.

an interesting mile marker

Karen Duquette and her sister

an interesting mile marker

an interesting mile marker

an interesting mile marker

an interesting mile marker

an interesting mile marker

Barnette's Landing plaque

Below: A statue depicting an Inuit family in winter clothing in downtown Fairbanks, Alaska, USA, dedicated to the first nation of Alaska, the Inuit.

Karen Duquette at the Inuit Monument

Inuit Monument

Inuit Monument

Inuit Monument

Time Capsule to be opened in 2059

 

Time Capsule

Lee Duquette by a big clock tower

plaque for William Ranson Wood Centennial Bridge

event sign

Below: View from each side of the William R. Wood bridge

William Ranson Wood Centennial Bridge William Ranson Wood Centennial Bridge

History bookThe bronze sculpture shown below was erected to commemorate the secret 1941 Lend-Lease partnership between eventual Cold War rivals, the United States and the Soviet Union. Artist Richard T. Wallen's monument honors the heroic pilots who ferried nearly 8,000 warplanes from the U.S. to Siberia to help Russia defend against the invading German army. They flew risky missions over remote and unpaved wilderness, making their way in stages, from one hastily built airfield to the next. The 2006 dedication of the Alaska-Siberia Lend-Lease Memorial in Fairbanks was an event attended by dignitaries from the U.S., Russia, Canada, Great Britain and France.

Alaska-Siberia WWII monument

Alaska-Siberia WWII monument

monument

Below: A close-up of the engraved words on the monument shown above.

engraving on monument

The back side of the monument

back of monument

women in Wartime monument

Alaska Antler Arch

the two RV Gypsies at Alaska Antler Arch

Lee Duquette

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