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In Search of the Northern Lights


overcast 6 °F

We arrived in Fairbanks with the temps in the single digits. Our hotel for 2 nights is the Pikes Waterfront Lodge sitting on the banks of the Chena River. We have an Aurora View room, but it is cloudy and snowing lightly, so we won't see the lights. As the Chena is frozen over, it becomes both a bridge and a snow machine highway.

Our excursion for the day was to the Museum of the North on the campus of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The museum's mission is to acquire, conserve, investigate, and interpret specimens and collections relating to the natural, artistic, and cultural heritage of Alaska and the Circumpolar North. Through education, research, and public exhibits, the museum serves the state, national, and international science programs. The museum develops and uses botanical, geological, zoological, and cultural collections; these collections form the basis for understanding past and present issues unique to the North and meeting the challenges of the future.

It is well worth the several hours it takes to visit.


Posted by rpickett 02:25 Archived in USA Tagged fairbanks

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