Flight Plan

2017 06 28 Flight Path

Our flight path on June 28, 2017

From Daddy: It was just two weeks ago when we began our journey to Alaska!

Using our Lyft app, we pre-scheduled a ride to the airport to arrive between 4:30 and 4:40 a.m. Actually, the prospective driver called at 4:27 a.m. to report that he was 10 miles away and that it would likely be better if I cancel the ride and request a new one. The driver did the right thing, even though it cost him money, because a new driver arrived by 4:40.

Our flight to Seattle was scheduled for 6:20.

On plane at SFO

On plane at SFO, June 28, 2017, 6:10 a.m.

Boy on plane to Seattle

Boy on plane to Seattle, June 28, 2017, 6:04 a.m.

Our connecting flight to Fairbanks was scheduled for 11:15.

(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHMoGJX_-iU to see a video the boy took on the plane)

Touchdown in Fairbanks

Touchdown in Fairbanks, June 28, 2017, at 1:54 p.m. local time which would have been 2:54 at home

A number of travelers assembled at baggage claim in Fairbanks…

Waiting for a shuttle in Fairbanks, June 28, 2017

Waiting for a shuttle in Fairbanks, June 28, 2017,
2:18 p.m.

2017 06 28 14.35.42 Fairbanks Shuttle, June 28, 2017, 2:35 p.m.

On the hotel shuttle in Fairbanks, June 28, 2017, 2:35 p.m.

…and a bus shuttled us to Westmark Hotel where the room was nice but the WiFi was horrible. Fortunately, our phone service was just fine.

We had dinner at Soapy Smith’s Pioneer Restaurant where the server was great but the food was so-so.

Boy and Daddy at Soapy Smith's Pioneer Restaurant, June 28, 2017

Boy and Daddy at Soapy Smith’s Pioneer Restaurant, June 28, 2017

2017 06 28 16.41.33 Soapy Smith's, June 28, 2017, 4:41 p.m.

Honored by an item of decor that the boy noted on the wall, June 28, 2017, 4:41 p.m.

Mommy recorded there the adorable video that was posted yesterday.

We then walked to and enjoyed a visit to The Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center and watched much of a documentary on the Northern Lights.

(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPjSjR0GKxM to watch Aurora: Fire in the Sky)

We returned to the hotel to rest, but it was crazy sunny and warm around 8 p.m.!

Sunny at 8 p.m. in Fairbanks, June 28, 2017

Sunny at 8 p.m. in Fairbanks, June 28, 2017

The sun would not go down for a while.

The sun would set at 12:41 a.m. on June 29, 2017

The sun would set at 12:41 a.m. on June 29, 2017

It wouldn’t cool off much overnight since the sun was down for only about two and a half hours.

The sun rose at 3:07 a.m. on June 28, 2017

The sun rose at 3:07 a.m. on June 28, 2017

We would spend the next day in Fairbanks.

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Perform, Little Monkey! Perform!

From Daddy: On our first day in Fairbanks, we had dinner at Soapy Smith’s Pioneer Restaurant where mommy took the video above.

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We’re Back

2017 07 09 18.00.43 Vancouver from Blue Horizon Hotel, July 9, 2017, 9:18 a.m.

Vancouver from Blue Horizon Hotel, July 9, 2017, 9:18 a.m.

From Daddy: We’re back!

2017 07 09 19.03.19 Vancouver - dinner at Earl's, July 9, 2017, 7:03 p.m.

Vancouver – dinner at Earl’s, July 9, 2017, 7:03 p.m.

Our last port of call was Vancouver where we spent one night.

2017 07 10 11.58.52 Vancouver Airport security line, July 10, 2017, 11:58 a.m.

Vancouver Airport security line, July 10, 2017, 11:58 a.m.

We never want to fly out of Vancouver ever again!

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Tumble: A Science Podcast for Kids

Tumble: A science podcast for kids

Tumble: A science podcast for kids

From Daddy: We love to listen to Tumble, a science podcast for kids hosted by Lindsay and Marshall (who is not so serious). Check it out at http://www.sciencepodcastforkids.com. #trypod

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Thanks to Grandma for Disneyland!

Photos of Beanie's stay at Disneyland, May 31, 2017

Photos of Beanie’s stay at Disneyland, May 31, 2017

From Daddy: Thank you to Grandma for taking him and Granddad to Disneyland one month ago!

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(Rock climbing might have been his favorite part!)

 

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Images above from the Electrical Parade, May 31, 2017


(or click https://youtu.be/KCtVRAODWpY to hear a brief excerpt of the Electrical Parade’s music!)

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Summer in Fairbanks

Mommy driving a dogsled carved from ice at the Fairbanks Ice Museum, June 29, 2017

Mommy driving a dogsled carved from ice at the Fairbanks Ice Museum, June 29, 2017

From Daddy: The highlight of our roughly day and a half in Fairbanks Alaska was a visit to the Fairbanks Ice Museum. We saw a fun video on ice sculptures (that was too long), and then got to visit their displays. He also got to sled down an ice ramp! (Click below or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VrezMSJrC7k

One of the best parts of the experience was the cold room. Why? Because summer in Fairbanks is very warm and we loved the cold!

The temperature in Fairbanks, June 29, 2017, 8:45 p.m.

The temperature in Fairbanks, June 29, 2017, 8:45 p.m.

Earlier in the day–very interesting but not as great as the Ice Museum–we visited Pioneer Park. Here’s a video of his training for American Ninja Warrior at its playground (or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwPeFuONJdM):

Today

Today, we spent some time in Denali National Park and Preserve. We observed a dog sledding demonstration. Here’s the lecture below (or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XC_2C2KAcv4):

And here he got to pet some dogs (or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRQFKMFHt7w):

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Brains On!

Brains On!

Brains On!

From Daddy: The second kids podcast that we began to listen regularly is Brains On! The most recent episode we heard was the second Mystery Sound Extravaganza. We love the show and its Brains Honorroll. High Five! #trypod

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