We didn’t do the usual cruise to get to Alaska, but we are making up for it, another boat cruise in Fairbanks. And how about the U. of Alaska museum with a BIG chunk of gold?
Above – …and another big fuzzy bear. An advantage of this type encounter is not being sized up as a meal possibility.
Above – How would I look in a native Alaskan heavy fur jacket?
Above – A multi-million dollar display. It is mostly pure 24k gold.
Above – That big chunk is 13.5 ounces of pure gold. That could certainly turn on a gold rush when the word got out!
Above – Up the lazy river on a paddle-wheeler.
Above – A good sized boat…
Above – A ‘two landing, two takeoff’ demo by a float plane pilot. He was good.
Above – Amazing, just as we came into view, these reindeer (domesticated caribou) showed up. They left when we left.
Above – We stopped at native Alaskan (don’t call them ‘Eskimos’) village and these young natives told us about life in the old villages. The structure on the right is called a ‘cache’ and is built to keep large furry animals from raiding the food and fur supply.
Above – Some incredible furs!
Above – She said that with snowshoes, the natives could outrun some game in deep snow!
Above – Fine handwork on a native dress.
Above – This fantastic coat was made in recent times exactly the way they did through the generations.