DAY 1You always have preconceived ideas about places that you intend to visit. Alaska was no exception and I think that mine was something like this.
Sandhill cranes flew over the lake on their way to settle with countless others in Creamer's Field before making their way south for the winter.
A horned grebe made a quick exit after catching its breakfast.
It was soon clear that insect repellent was going to be an essential cosmetic as large mosquitoes started to make their presence felt. Although much larger, harmless dragonflies flitted by from time to time.
In the damp woodland surrounding the lake a range of fungi were to be found.
Is was not long before we reached the bird observatory and our room. After a healthy June style lunch - an apple and a cereal bar, we embarked upon the hotel's self styled shuttle trolley which completes a tour of the town of Fairbanks, allowing you to hop on and off at will. The service operates half-hourly. We chose to visit Pioneer Park which is an historical theme park and features a reconstructed Gold Rush town composed entirely of old buildings removed from the centre of Fairbanks in order to allow for 'modernisation'.
An interesting combination of hot tub, shower and rocking chair.
As we came to the end of our first day in Fairbanks I got the feeling that a smiling June thought that the worst of the trip out was behind her.
Apologies for the erratic spacing. I don't know why this happens but will keep an eye on it in future.