We spent some time exploring and getting organized, had lunch at a family restaurant at North Pole AK, which was decorated for Christmas, complete with large unwrapped toys under the Christmas tree. In keeping with the season, they had a Nativity Scene displayed. It is interesting to note who they included at the right side of the scene..... Lunch was good and more than we should eat!
Later we visited Pioneer Park, previously named Alaskaland, and which was created in 1967 as the Alaska Centennial Park to commerate the 100th anniversary of US territorial status, and provide a taste of Alaska history. We saw the railroad car President Harding rode in when he nailed the gold spike. There are many historic log houses which were moved here from downtown Fairbanks, and are now shops for gifts, native crafts, food vendors and exhibits. In one store where Wilma bought gifts for great-grandchildren, the shopkeeper commented on how much the children would enjoy them, but Wilma had to confess that the stuffed moose was for herself.
Pictures are here.
Walldog, Willie and Jake