Alaska By Air, Land, Rail and Sea

We began our two week extraordinary Princess Cruise adventure by flying to Fairbanks, where we stayed the night a the The Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge.

The first leg of this magnificent adventure was a riverboat tour of the Chena and Tanana Rivers, where the captain let me pilot the riverboat for about a mile!! Sooo Much fun!

Along the way we saw an Athabascan fish camp and a kennel that trains future Iditarod champions that gave us a demonstration as we watched from the boat.
We we saw an Athabascan fish camp and a pretty cool fur fashion show. We even got to take eat some smoked salmon!

A kennel that trains future Iditarod champions gave us a demonstration as we watched from the boat.

One out of 58 Alaskans own a plane. It was so cool watching bush planes take off and land on the river.

I saw my first reindeer. Fortunately, this one wasn’t flying so I could snap his picture… or her picture. Interesting fact: both male and female caribou have antlers.

Some interesting homes can be seen along the river. Some decorate with antlers…

…others decorate their roofs with tires.

…others are prepared for floods! Yep, that’s a paddle-wheel on the back of that house:

Finally, my favorite!  I hope to one day own a house boat like this…I can dream can’t I?

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