|There she blows!|
As we drove north the view of Denail (Mt. McKinley) slowly took over the whole front windshield. We finally hit a pull off and took several pictures. The drive to Fairbanks actually goes around Denali National park (on the East side) so we did not get a straight on view but it was still breathtaking.
|On the road again...the curvy scenic road|
|look at all the TREES!! That's solid trees!!|
|Denali the tallest peak in North America!|
|As we exited Denali National Park the snow seemed to disappear...|
|Where did the snow go?|
|Nearing Fairbanks, a beautiful overlook!|
We made it to Fairbanks in a little under 6 hours which is amazing since we stopped to take lots of pictures along the way. We made a brief stop at my friend Tia’s house. I knew Tia since she is the DCE at the church up there and she is a Concordia University St. Paul Graduate. Tia advised us to head north for dinner at Silver Gulch which is “America’s Northern Most Brewery” and to check out the Alaska Pipeline.
Nightfall was upon us as we pulled in to the Alaska Pipeline view point. Fascinating stuff! The Trans Alaska Pipeline System was designed and constructed to move crude oil from the North Slope of Alaska to the northern most ice-free port in Valdez, Alaska an 800-mile route which crosses three major mountain ranges, permafrost and earthquake-prone zones, and hundreds of rivers and streams.It cost $8 billion in 1977, and was the largest privately funded construction project at that time. Construction began March 27, 1975 and was completed May 31, 1977 with the first oil moved through on June 20, 1977.
After seeing the pipeline we headed to a “town” called Fox to eat at Silver Gulch which is the Northern most brewery in America. In lieu of my birthday Adam and I both got steak. It was fantastic food and the drinks weren’t bad either.
We headed back to Tia’s hoping for northern lights but instead it began to snow…no such luck but tomorrow would be another day.
|Home brewed root beer and steak! YUM|