So now we've arrived in Fairbanks with a view of mountains and big skies. If there's an actual city here, we haven't seen it yet.
Our bags have been placed in a truck and we've been placed on a bus and we're all headed for The Westmark Hotel.
We've been in transit for about 12 or 13 hours so it's actually 1 AM our time but it's only 9 PM here in Alaska. And of course the sun is still shining here and it will be bright most of the night. In fact, on June 21 there will be only two hours of darkness here.
We've already been told: Don't wait for darkness. Go to bed and get a good night's sleep.
We will have a bit of a break tomorrow before we begin serious touring on Wednesday. We've allowed ourselves this break to recuperate from the journey and acclimate ourselves to this new environment.
Fairbanks is called the "golden heart city" because of the gold rush that took place here and there is still gold here.
BTW: Gas is $4.35 a gallon here.