|Right after we landed in Fairbanks, AK|
One thing that was very different was the amount of sunlight Alaska has in the summer! Going to bed almost felt like you were just taking an afternoon nap because of the sunlight still coming through your windows! If you weren't careful, it was easy to stay up too late at night because you lost track of what time it really was! I like getting up when the sun is already out, though. It is easier than getting up in the dark!
|This picture was taken right before going to bed at 10pm!|
|This picture was taken right when I got up at 6am!!|
The Oil Pipeline runs 800 miles from the north part of Alaska down to the south.
|The Oil Pipeline|
|Gold Sluice Machine|
Train Ride to Anchorage, AK
We took a train ride 350 miles from Fairbanks to Anchorage! That was really neat!! The train ride took all day. Along the way we saw many different kind of wildlife: caribou/reindeer, brown bears, swans, moose, and eagles. We also passed through Denali and got within 50 miles of Mt. McKinley, the tallest mountain in North America!
|A picture of a climber 20,250 ft up Mt. McKinley.|
The top is 20,320 ft.
Planes are a popular way of transportation in Alaska. There are not roads and highways in every section of Alaska, so flying is easier and faster. Many people have planes that could even be on the water!
People not only enjoy living in Alaska, but they enjoy living in log cabins! Log cabins are very popular and scattered throughout the cities. Some log cabins are "dry cabins" meaning that there is no plumbing! Many offices and churches are log cabin design as well.
|A Welcome Center|
This log cabin even still has a sod roof!
We walked through a couple factories in different cities:
a chocolate candy factory and a wood bowl factory.
This chocolate fountain started up on the 2nd floor and
poured its way down
to the main floor!
Glacier Cruise in Whittier, AK
We saw about 26 glaciers - we even saw a calving (when the glacier cracks and part of it falls into the water)!! The sounds of the glaciers is like a gunshot (the ice cracking) and thunder. It was amazing!!
|an avalanche that went over the tracks|
|This is the glacier where we stopped for awhile and then saw the calving! The name of this glacier is Surprise Glacier.|
We also saw more wildlife while out on the cruise: porpoises swam alongside the boat for awhile, humpback whale, sea lions, and many sea otters - we even saw a mommy otter with her baby!! Another unusual site was the otters actually out on top of an iceberg!
|Sea otters on top of an iceberg!|
|white birds flying all over the mountain|
|We ate at a restaurant where Dad could eat his King Crab!|
Big Lake, AK
|I sat in the driver's seat of this fire engine!|
I even turned on the lights!
At the church, Dad was asked to give a quick challenge about giving out tracks and soul-winning. "You never know how God will use you!" They also asked me to play the piano for their Sunday services and Mom and I to sing an a cappella duet, "Sing Praise to God!" While Mom and I were practicing at the church on Saturday, a church lady came to talk with us. She enjoyed singing, too! We ended up asking her and Crystal Ferret (the firefighter's wife :) to sing a hymn with us. Our new quartet sang "It Is Well" for the church service the next morning! How exciting to be able to participate in church services...all the way up in Alaska!
|Dad gave a quick soul-winning challenge at church!|
|A team of 8 sled dogs pulled us for a little bit!|
You never know where God will use YOU!
|sunset on the church sign|