What better way to spend the 4th of July than going to a parade?
We parked at the visitor’s center and talked to the woman working there for a while. She moved to North Pole from Georgia three years ago! It is amazing how many people from Georgia we have met. One of the driver’s in the parade saw our Georgia hats and hollered “Go Dawgs!” as he went by.
North Pole Visitor’s Center
Weather report for the 4th of July
Waiting for the parade
The parade was small and fun.
The start of the parade
A Ranger in the parade!
A beautiful day for a parade
The farm bureau had a goat and other animals in the parade
Here comes Santa!
Of course Santa will be in the North Pole 4th of July Parade
It wouldn’t be a parade without a fire truck
It was a great way to celebrate the 4th of July. We grilled hamburgers for dinner and visited with our friends Ted and Ruth Ann after their trip up to Deadhorse and Coldfoot.
If you are paying attention and wonder what happened on Day 49 yesterday, the answer is laundry and getting the work on the truck finished.
Today was a much needed shopping and work day for both of us. With a list that filled up an entire page in my notebook, we set out to find a new latch for the screen door, a new door handle for the bathroom door, and groceries. Two RV supply stores and a home improvement store later, we had the latch and door handle. A Walmart in Fairbanks had everything else we needed.
After unloading the truck back at the RV park, Henry took the truck to get the oil changed, a front end alignment, and have the ABS system checked out. It started beeping during our trip across the Top of the Road Highway and has been beeping off and on ever since. I did laundry.
Our reward for all our hard work? A visit to one of the restaurants featured in a Christmas special on Food Network’s Diners, Drive Ins and Dives. I studied the descriptions of all six restaurants Guy Fieri visited and we decided to try the Elf’s Den which is located in North Pole. The menu sounded perfect – pizza, pasta and calzones are their specialty.
Guy Fieri’s poster greets you as you enter the restaurant
Our first stop on our Diners, Drive Ins and Dives tour was a hit – a huge Elf’s Special Calzone.
Elf’s Special Calzone
The parking lot is on the side of the building and we entered through the lounge area. We thought the restaurant must fit into the Dives category when we stepped down into a dark pool room. We were pleasantly surprised to find a very nice dining room with table cloths and the waitresses in black and white uniforms. We discovered the restaurant entrance when we left.
We had decided to split the Elf’s Special Calzone. Before we ordered, Henry asked the waitress what Guy Fieri had tried. That was what he chose so we knew it must be good. And it was delicious. And huge, too. We ate what we could and took the rest home.
Day 43: Thursday, June 27, 2013. Tok, Alaska to North Pole, Alaska. Riverview RV Park Site 123. 200 miles traveled.
Despite the smoke from forest fires covering the road for much of the day, it was a good driving day on paved, mostly flat roads all day.
We saw smoke from forest fires most of the day
Spectacular views when the smoke cleared
One of the bridges we crossed
We went shopping for Reindeer Sausage
We had our first view of the Alaska Pipeline at the Tanana River.
Our first view of the Alaska Pipeline
Henry and Blondie at the Alaska Pipeline
A nice rest area along the shore of Birch Lake was a perfect place to stop for lunch.
Yellow Pond Lily at Birch Lake
Wild Iris on the shore of Birch Lake
Yellow Pond Lilies on Birch Lake
Twenty-six miles south of Fairbanks the highway passes through Eielson Air Force Base. Signs posted announce no stopping and no photography. Seeing the runway beside the highway took me back to my childhood growing up as an Air Force brat.
I apologize for three posts at once. I am almost up to date!