Saturday, October 26, 2013

Alaska: Botanical Garden and Pioneer Park

The next day, we took it a little easier and visited the Georgeson Botanical Garden at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Many of the plants were still being planted or weren't quite in bloom yet, due to the short growing season. However, we did find several that were ready.

We went to Pioneer Park for a salmon bake dinner, which was really good and filling (all you can eat). Before the salmon bake started, we walked around and checked out a few things.

The Harding Car (used by President Warren G. Harding on his trip to AK in 1923 to drive the spike for the AK railroad)
Many original buildings and cabins are now used as shops and museums

We visited the Pioneer Air Museum (in Pioneer Park), which had more items than you would expect inside. There were lots of interesting things to see there.

Outside the Pioneer Air Museum

Steam-operated shovel used to build the Panama Canal and the Davidson Ditch (the Alaskan "water pipeline")

Next: On to Denali!

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