The secret’s out!
Everyone wants to know what it’s like at the end of the road.
From the article in the Lonely Planet:
“2. Fairbanks, Alaska
Have you seen aurora borealis (aka the northern lights)? The sensation of seeing Arctic skies crackle with smoky blues, greens and reds has long drawn off-season travelers way north. 2013 will be big, marking the end of a fiery 11-year-cycle, when sunspots are particularly feisty, making for a big show in the Fairbanks sky 240 nights a year. Go. From May to mid-August daylight is too strong to see much, but by late summer they start to appear, and Fairbanks is the place to be. On the ground, curious foodies can sample traditional Athabascan cuisine at Taste of Alaska (call to book in advance) at the Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitors Center, or take part in a unique pub-crawl, The Great Fairbanks Pub Paddle (edit: the river in this link is the Nenana River in the Alaska Range, not the Chena River). Open all year, the 414-mile Dalton Highway plies north of Fairbanks into the Arctic, and air taxis reach the pristine 800-sq-mile Gates of the Arctic National Park, but the light show will be best back in Fairbanks.”
Denali is bursting with wildlife from this herd of caribou (note the satellite transmitter on the neck of the second caribou from the top). I took this photo while walking back from song bird surveys conducted for Denali National Park. To grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, moose, golden eagles, sheep, and on and on.
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