Alaska 2013 – Part 5

Despite me not really liking the choice of stay in Fairbanks, I still tried to stay positive. After all, it’s a holiday and I don’t want to ruin it for us. Day 5 of our trip saw us going to the Alaska Dog Mushers Association by chance. A couple of ladies at the backpackers were going there, and asked us to join them, so we did. It was kinda cool since we have not seen dog mushing before.

Alaska Dog Mushers Association

Alaska Dog Mushers Association

My man. <3

My man. ❤

Happy robber!

Happy robber!

Us together. Don't you think we look alike? LOL

Us together. Don’t you think we look alike? LOL

It wasn’t till a couple hours later that the races start, so we decided to grab some food and warm ourselves first. There was like a little hut which has a food and drink counter, and also doubles up as the race office.

His plain hot dog

His plain hot dog

My chili dog!

My chili dog!

Unglam photo he took of me, chowing down my food.

Unglam photo he took of me, chowing down my food.

The races started soon after, and you can barely hear the MC over the dogs. They were super hyperactive and raring to go/race. The racing dogs were also not quite what I expected (as in their breed). They are not like the huskies I saw in Eight Below.

Getting ready

Getting ready

3, 2, 1, GO!

3, 2, 1, GO!

Seeing the teams go

Seeing the teams go

We missed the transport back because the ladies decided to go without us (super upset with them. They could have informed us, rather than making arrangements with us prior, then leaving us without any transport in that ulu area). But we had fun by ourselves too. We made our first snow angels, albeit not very successful. It was quite hard to get up without sinking into the snow.

My snow angel

My snow angel

His snow angels

His snow angels

Adorable huskies. Not racing dogs. I think their owner just brought them out for fun

Adorable huskies. Not racing dogs. I think their owner just brought them out for fun

When we finally managed to call a cab to return to the hostel, it was almost 4pm. We decided to take a short walk around the hostel and see what’s available for dinner. We decided on an early dinner at Pad Thai, a Thai restaurant which was about 10 minutes walk out onto the main road. The lady boss is a true blue Thai so the food was pretty authentic (read spicy!).

Freezing ourselves in this weather

Freezing ourselves in this weather

A car got snowed in. Obviously the owner has got other cars.

A car got snowed in. Obviously the owner has got other cars.

Dinner was Thai food.

Dinner was Thai food.

Huge bowl of Tom Yum soup to warm ourselves in winter

Huge bowl of Tom Yum soup to warm ourselves in winter

Large serving of Pad Thai so we takeaway-ed half of it for our meal the next day.

Large serving of Pad Thai so we takeaway-ed half of it for our meal the next day.

While walking back to the hostel, we crossed paths with a local, who said “Welcome to Fairbanks!” to us. I think it was quite obvious that we were tourists as we were all bundled up in long down jackets, beanies and gloves, whereas he was dressed simply in a sweater. LOL! Back at the hostel, we got into comfy lounge clothes and just sat at the lounge and chatted with the other backpackers. Then, the visiting relatives of the host family surprised us by cooking us a hearty meal of Tex-Mex chili with the works (jalapenos, crackers, shredded cheese, wraps, sour cream, spring onions). OMG, be still my *already full, but still rumbling* tummy. I love chili.

There were 2 kinds of chili: the normal one made with ground beef, and a gamey one made with caribou

There were 2 kinds of chili: the normal one made with ground beef, and a gamey one made with caribou

Jack, the nephew of the owner, was visiting Alaska with his mother, and decided to cook us Sunday dinner. Though Mr Goh and I already had dinner, we still ate some of that wonderful chili. I didn’t enjoy the caribou version very much as the meat was in chunks, whereas the beef version was minced so it was easier on my jaw. But caribou didn’t taste very bad though (caribou = wild reindeer).

Dessert to complete the meal

Dessert to complete the meal

The owner’s daughter completed our meal by preparing choc-dipped strawberries with cool whip. It felt really nice to just sit at the table and have a good meal with strangers, chatting about our travel experiences, where we came from and what are our next travel plans. Throughout the day, there was one little fellow who kept coming to us. He’s super adorable, and breathes noisily, like he’s having the flu or something. And he actually eats my bread crusts (I snuck a few pieces to him, and got caught by Billie!).

One of the 2 pugs at Billie's

One of the 2 pugs at Billie’s

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