Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Fairbanks and Friends

Our drive was pleasant today, about 120 miles from Denali to Fairbanks. We stopped at Rose’s Café for breakfast with Jim and Pat, then traveled with them most of the way.

We checked into the River’s Edge RV Park and connected with our friends ZoAnn Lapinsky and John Macon, who are touring Alaska in a different direction from our group, and stayed over an extra day in order to link up with us.

We visited the Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum with them and had a wonderful afternoon. Here they are hamming it up as early Alaska settlers.


Of course, we had to join in the fun.


This is one of the best auto museums we’ve ever visited. I took so many pictures, it’s hard to choose which ones to post, so here are just a few.

At the entrance, we saw this interesting sign. What? This is an auto museum. Autos are vehicles!


Notice the NON SKID tire tread.


1903 Cadillac.


1903 Toledo.


1921 Heine-Velox.


1933 Auburn. My fave, although I probably couldn’t see over the hood to drive it!


1934 American Austin. The entire length of this car is probably shorter than the Auburn from the windshield to the headlights.


I was fascinated by some of the hood ornaments.


There was a collection of bicycles, too. Here’s an all wooden one.


Later, we had dinner at The Pump House.


It has wonderful ambience, but the serving of what was supposed to be 2 lbs. of crab legs, shared by 3 of us, looked more like the 1/2 lb. I ate by myself in Healy. When we asked about it, and even talked with the manager, they insisted that 5 crab legs constituted 2 lbs. They conceded by giving us one more leg, since it’s hard to divide 5 by 3 and come out even. Oh, well, we won’t be going back there.

When we got back to the RV park, we had a parade of classic cars. I took several pictures with my Droid phone. Now, if I could just figure out how to transfer them to my computer…

It was so great to see Zoe and John. You can follow their blog at O. B. Sirius: A Not-So Serious Sort of Blog. Wish we could spend more time together, but we’ll see you back in the lower 48, Friends. Safe and happy travels!


We look forward to exploring Fairbanks more during the next few days. And we hope the beautiful weather we enjoyed today continues!


  1. You're obviously having great fun! Love it!

  2. Sorry you had a bad experience with the Pump House, that was one of our favorite places to eat. They have a wonderful brunch on Sundays to, and you can watch the paddlewheel go by.

    Pike's Landing is also a great place to eat and also has a great Sunday Brunch.

    And don't miss Big Daddy's Northernmost Southern BBQ. It's been on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives.

    Also, Brewster's has incredible hamburgers.

    Don't you love all the gorgeous flowers on every corner!

  3. Sharon,

    If you haven't already found out how to transfer photos from your Droid to your computer, here's the link I used when I needed to learn:

    Safe travels!


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