Duke had a busy day.
This is the First Family statue in our downtown, Golden Heart Plaza.
We are just 4022 miles from Dallas.
Mile 1523 of the Alaska Canada (ALCAN) Highway, which ends here.
This was were Fairbanks began. The Riverboat Lavelle Young was hired to take Captain Barnett up the Chena River as far as possible. The water started getting too shallow here so the Capt. and his supplies were dumped on the bank and Fairbanks was born.
The Chena River, starting spring thaw. This is also where the Yukon Quest begins and ends, alternate years, right on the frozen river. 1000 miles through some of the toughest country in the world.
Of course Duke had to visit the Yukon Quest office.
He closely examined the trail.
He really liked the feel of bear skin.
And was slightly affected by gold rush fever. I was sure to give him a Tylenol.
He tried a dog sled and thought he had better try for a smaller version.
Duke didn't like modeling a dog harness. "I'm a boy, not a dog", he exclaimed. I made him try it on anyways.
But he did like making new friends and learning a bit more about the Athabascan culture. Her dress is called a kuspuk. They are worn year round with varying layers worn underneath. They are trimmed in brick brack and almost always a colorful print.
Duke decided he would rather just be a fan then be a musher or a dog.