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Alaska and the Aurora

March 8-18, 2002



Photo by Dennis Mammana

Our group of 12 met in Anchorage and took the train to Fairbanks via Denali National Park. Fairbanks has lots of interesting sights including the University of Alaska Museum. The World Ice Art Championships were in full swing, displaying unbelievable feats of ice sculpture. After two full days in Fairbanks we were transported sixty miles east to Chena Hot Springs where we spent the next four days and nights. The resort covers 440 acres and has lots to do during the day. There is snowshoeing, ice skating, cross country skiing, an indoor pool and an outdoor Jacuzzi. There is also a gift shop and a great restaurant. The sun was at the peak of its 11 year cycle in 2001 and 2002. Auroral activity in 2001and 2002 was spectacular! From Chena Hot Springs we headed back for two more nights in Fairbanks. On our last night, the World Ice Art Championships Lighting & Awards Ceremony took place.