Friday, June 26, 2009

New Classic Car Museum in Fairbanks

Hey Fans!

I have something very exciting to share with you all. There is a new museum in Fairbanks! I know that makes me sound like a museum dork, but check out the content: Classic Cars from 1900-1940, with an emphasis on the history of the Automobile in Alaska. I was able to see a Peerless, a Pierce Arrow, and 3 packards (the three "P's" of classic cars) in the same day! There were also three cars which are the last surviving or their model, and a few cars with production as low as 25 cars. It just opened this june, and is well worth the trip, if you are in the Fairbanks area. Thanks for reading, check it out if you can, and have a great weekend!


One of the Packards on display that has obviously earned some recognition.

To me, this car is like something out of a cartoon. Not something I ever expected to see in real life.

This is an example of preservation vs. restoration. After all, a car is only "original" once, right?

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Enjoying the great outdoors in Alaska

Hey Future and Current Nanooks,

About a week ago I decided to go climbing and hiking out at Angel Rocks about 50 miles out of Fairbanks. The weather was beautiful, and it was a great hike. Afterwords, I went out to the Chena Hot Springs Resort and went for a soak in the natural hot spring. Since I was there, I also went to the Aurora Ice Museum, which is the world's largest year round ice facility. Of course, being from Alaska, ice is nothing new to me, but it was fun to see all the carvings in one of the hottest months of the year.

One of the great things about living in Fairbanks and attending UAF is that you are IN Alaska. If you have any interest in the great outdoors, this is a pretty great place. We highly encourage our students to get out an enjoy it with our wide array of intramural sports and our Outdoor Adventure Office. If you're coming up for Orientation, be sure to check out the Wilderness Welcome!

Thanks for reading, and excelsior!

Reclining on the Polar Bear (Nanook) bed in the hotel section of the Ice museum :)

One of the most beautiful carvings in the museum, 2 knights jousting. Trust me, the picture does it no justice.