|an abandoned railcar on the road to Fairbanks, Alaska|
Healy, Alaska and Denali National Park
|Denali National Park|
|Museum of the North in University of Alaska-Fairbanks|
|the Vents in Downtown Fairbanks|
Unfortunately, the second night was predicted not to have high aurora activity, AND the sky was still heavily overcast. Two nights down, two more chances left!
|at Chena Hot Springs Resort|
|Aurora Ice Museum|
|Power Plant and Greenhouse|
Happily, it was predicted that there would be high aurora activity on the third night. It was too bad the sky still was overcast. Bad luck! Three down, one to go.
North Pole, Alaska
A little more than thirty minutes from Fairbanks is a small city (population about 2,000). Despite the name, the city is about 1,700 miles south of the Earth's true geographic North Pole. Before Christmas each year, the North Pole Post Office receives hundreds of thousands of letters to Santa Claus and thousands more from people wanting the town's postmark on their family greetings.
|Santa Claus House in North Pole, Alaska|
|Santaland RV Park|
|Visitor Information Center of North Pole|
It was just too bad that, on our last night, aurora activity was still low when the sky already partially cleared. That’s it, we failed! On the way back to Anchorage after five days in Fairbanks and North Pole, the weather was better. We were able to make a two-hour stopover at Denali National Park and got a glimpse of the High One, a sign the next two weeks in Anchorage may give us better chances!