Saturday, October 19, 2013

Betty in the Wild: Alaskan Interior

Fairbanks, Alaska, seems to like to bill itself as the 'Farthest North'... whatever. Farthest North Bridge Club, Farthest North Girls Scouts Council and Harley Davidson Farthest North Outpost are three quick examples from the interwebnet.  It gets way chilly in winter, as low as 60 degrees below zero on the Fahrenheit scale, which I believe equates to about -50 degrees Celsius.  Gracious, that's brisk!  However, as one bartender who'd only been living there since June, and hence had experienced nothing colder than around the freezing mark told me, "It's a dry cold."

If you ask me, Fairbanks is worth a visit.  It has a hot springs resort, a strong possibility of a Northern Lights sighting and some great places to hike.  It also has:

A corporate lobby with a display of native artwork, including the bag made from a moose's bladder on the left in this photo;

A group of statuary celebrating the contributions of American and Russian pilots, male and female, to the Allied victory in World War II, including plaques describing elements of those contributions in some detail (one thinks of The Great Betty's contributions at moments like this); and

A very nice coffee shop where you can get afternoon tea, consisting of a large mug of tea made from a bag and a slice of excellent pumpkin bread.

Plus, if you head outside of the town's main area, you might see a moose.  If you are worried about missing your flight, you might not take a photo with your distance lens, nor add a Betty book to the scenery.  Ah, well.


  1. Betty Barbara here has not, herself, visited Alaska. However, one of her BFFs did visit said state and came home with moose poop earrings!! (Nowhere near as gross as it sounds!!!)

    Please say that your next stop was Hawaii----

  2. Oh great, another Betty in the Wild post. Alaska! Farthest North! (How warm/cold was it when you were there?) Educational - I did not know the Allied Forces worked together in Alaska, seems so far out of the way, if you see what I mean.
    Inspirational - I have to look up a recipe for pumpkin bread and thank you for the moose because for some reason the moose b.. erm bag and the picture of the moose reminded me of a poem which forms an important part of one of the best books written by Canadian author Gordon Korman, A Semester in the Life of a Garbage Bag

    Registration Day
    by Gavin Gunhold

    On registration day at taxidermy school
    I distinctly saw the eyes of the stuffed moose

    Great Life Before Betty book, have to dig it out and re-read it.

    I wonder where your travels lead you next. - Home?
    How many bags did you pack? - Or: How many stops to the laundromat with a Betty novel to while away the time while the washer washes and the tumble dryer tumbles? I want a Betty in the Wild Laundromat picture.

  3. See what happens when I don't check in for a couple of weeks?! I'd have loved to catch a sighting of Betty in the Wild right in my own back yard!

    1. Are you an Alaskan Betty? I wish you people would all register with the Founding Bettys, so I may cadge a kip on your couch you when in the neighborhood.