Tuesday, June 23, 2009

6/22/09 - Riverboat Discovery - Fairbanks, AK

This afternoon we took the Riverboat Discovery on the Chena River in Fairbanks.

Just a short way along the river, we viewed a float plane demonstration as it took off from and landed in the river.

We saw this busy beaver (in the next 2 photos) along the shoreline as we continued along the route.

The next 3 photos are at the late Susan Butcher's sled dog facility where a demonstration is put on by her husband, Dave Monson. In the first photo, the dogs are very excited to get going.

After a loop around the trail, the dog sled team returns.

The team heads to the river to cool off.

This is where the Chena River meets the glacier fed Tanana River which runs much cloudier.

At the Chena Indian Village, we watched salmon being prepared for the smokehouse.

The next 3 photos are examples of Alaskan Native clothing.

A reindeer at the village.

and a Alaskan native birch bark canoe.

After our riverboat tour was completed, we drove to Pioneer Park and enjoyed the Alaska Salmon Bake. It was an all you can eat meal including salad bar, rols, baked beans, salmon, halibut, cod, and prime rib. We didn't leave there feeling hungry!

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