Fairbanks Saga 1

Well we made it safely up to Fairbanks! But both James and I agree on a few things: We don’t want to see the inside of his truck for at least a week. We sure hope we won’t have to drive that long again. Ever. AND…boy are we glad we didn’t have any kids with us! I think we both feel like a freight train hit us. Head colds and sinus infections on the drive up didn’t help.

Okay, but negativity and sarcasm aside…it was a beautiful drive. Especially the last 2 days.

I don’t really have any crazy stories to share, cuz thankfully everything went quite smoothly. But here’s a quick run-down of the highlights:

~I now know where Dr. Seuss got his inspiration for those crazy trees in his books! Canada! I’m not even kidding. I call them the Dr. Seuss trees. They are the craziest looking things ever. Made me laugh every time we drove by them. πŸ™‚


~Once you hit Northern Canada in May be prepared to see frozen lakes and rivers. It was a weird feeling considering we had just come from 97 degrees in Montana.


~All in all on our drive up we saw 3 foxes, 4 bears. 4 moose, 2 deer, 2 stone sheep, tons of bison, AND…15 birds that ended their lives on our truck. Pretty disturbing. I dubbed it Suicide Lane for Birds.

*Point in case for my terrible camera taking skills in a moving car:

Here we have a moose butt.


Can you find the Stone Sheep Butt??


Guess what?? A bison butt!!


My favorite, baby bison butt!!


And ya can’t forget the most exotic…BEAR BUTT!!!
Oh wait…sorry guys…that’s a Buddy butt. Haha.
~There are more business opportunities than one would know what to do with along the Alcan Highway. All one needs is a fix-it-up-mentality and the willingness to live in the middle of nowhere! πŸ™‚ (In other words we saw tons of abandoned gas stations, lodges, houses, etc.)

~People stop to help in the middle of nowhere. We came across a pretty bad accident just minutes after it had happened and there were already several men helping to pry a man out of the car. When the nearest ambulance is over an hour away, that’s how it works.

Hope you enjoyed the pictures! I look forward to sharing more stories with you soon!


  1. Thanks for the update, beautiful pictures (LOVE the mountains, butts were good too, lol), and your humor. πŸ™‚

    Love, Mom


  2. Hi Beth, so happy you mentioned your blog…I'll be keeping in touch w/you both and your adventures in AK… wishing I was there as well… Marilyn Linn


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