Although our purpose for visiting Fairbanks was to see the northern lights, we had daytime to explore. Randy and I were in Fairbanks in 2010 with my parents on a cruise/land tour so we had already seen some of the sites. Others were closed because of Covid, and still others were closed because it was late September and the summer tourist season was over.
Our cabin was just down the road from a great attraction – the Running Reindeer Ranch. This is the ultimate story of: girl wants a pet, overcomes mom and financial hurdles to finally obtain two reindeer. Of course, the girl grows up and moves away, leaving mom to care for the reindeer. Years later, mom has turned the reindeer herd into a family business. Mom breeds reindeer and educates tourists about them, serving chocolate chip cookies from the same recipe the girl used to raise $2000 to buy that first reindeer.
There is an opening informative talk about reindeer. All the while the herd wanders around and through! Reindeer are the same as caribou – just domesticated. They need human support. Female reindeer and caribou grow antlers – unlike other horned or antlered animals. All caribou and reindeer shed and grow new antlers each year.
The herd is currently about a dozen animals and, after learning about them, we all went for a walk through the aspen forest.
Another fun afternoon was spent at the Fountainhead Antique Automobile Museum. I always enjoy car museums way more than I expect to but this one had a unique twist. Not only are the vintage cars on display, but corresponding vintage clothing are displayed as well! How fun is that!
I’ve never been big on fashion except to appreciate it in a general way. However, I did learn about a pigeon breasted bodice in this 1905 display. It absolutely looks like a pigeon breast! Oh yeah! See the car in the background!
If Randy was writing this you’d get more car highlights. Sorry, it is me. Here are a few car things that I noticed, or were pointed out to me.
Randy had a nice time looking at the cars and talking with the docent. (He said he barely noticed the clothes.) I enjoyed the car-fashion combinations. It was a fun way to spend a rainy afternoon in Fairbanks.
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