“Elizabeth is extremely hospitable and communicative, making it very easy to stay in her home. It's beautiful - you get a true Alaskan wilderness experience, but with all of the comforts you could want. The view out the window of the snow covered trees with the Northern Lights in the background is one I will remember forever. ”
Where is it?
Our area is in the center of Alaska and therefore much warmer than coastal areas, generally in the 20s C, though rainy spells will be cooler. The sun does officially set for a few hours as we are about 80 miles south of the Arctic Circle but at the solstice it never gets darker than what you would call dusk (you could easily read a book outside all night in June and July). We have hiking trails all around our home, winding through birch forest, and the university 3 miles away offers many cultural events including a two week summer arts festival with classes. Our home is a two hour drive from Denali National Park. One takes a bus tour into the
park (no private cars allowed) and because of the reduced traffic on the road, it is not unusual to see numerous grizzly bears (one day I saw a dozen, with half of them on or very close to the road!) as well as caribou, moose, and possibly wolves. The scenery is beautiful, with lots of variety along the road. The Fairbanks area has numerous businesses sharing area history with visitors (a paddlewheel boat trip, a gold mine with panning opportunities, etc.). Our "history" is very different from Europe's, that's for sure: Fairbanks has only been a town for a little over 100
years, and before that the only people in the area were Athabaskan
natives. Our university museum has a collection of Alaskan art, crafts, flora and fauna, and downtown there are many art galleries. Sixty miles east is a hot springs resort with a wonderful natural "rockpool." Everyone who has visited our home has had a great time and kept very busy as well as saving some time for relaxing around the house (where you might well be visited by a momma moose and her calves).
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