Favorite thing: As I stood in this spot near the river and watched the ice chunks float by knowing that within a few days the sight of the flowing river would turn to a non-moving river of ice.... I didn't want to trip over any of the stuff that was near the river and fall in...the water looked so cold!!
Favorite thing: Well here in Nenana Main street is called "A" Street. It seemed like a few of the 435 Residents lived in this area. It was a cool saturday morning when we visited so there wasn't alot happening. But the little bars sure had some customers which seemed a little early in the day to me!!
Favorite thing: You can wait for the train to arrive and check out the tracks....Don't stick your tongue on the tracks in winter time!! haha It will stick and you'll lose some skin!! haha...I thought of that because something similar happened to a kid I new a long time ago. That would make good Dare for you to give someone....
Favorite thing: After you leave the town of Nenana and head North you will come across a couple of scenic turnouts that offer some nice views out over the Minto Flats State Game Refuge. It would make a great spot to be during the great migration of Caribou. We missed it by a couple of weeks.
Favorite thing: This is the bridge that you will cross on your way to Fairbanks from Anchorage. There is a paved turnout at the north end of the bridge if you'd like to get out and take some photos of the river or jump off the bridge! haha If you're lucky you may spot some of the barges that ply the rivers of the area! Nenana is a major hub of supplies for the area. They go for hundreds of miles all the way to the Yukon River and beyond!! The Bridge was built in 1967.
The Alaska Railway Museum is located in the original Nenana Depot building. The building was built in 1923 and renovated in 1988. It is open from 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. daily. Except in winter...it is open by appointment only! I'm not sure when winter starts for the museum but we were there on November 1st and we didn't see anyone around. So we just checked the displays outside the building.
It's very easy to find...After to you turn off the Parks Highway just drive straight down "A" Street and it's at the very end.
Fondest memory: The Museum Features the following...which I read in a book but didn't get to see:
"The history and culture of Nenana area including Athabaskans, beadwork, land claims, native place names, Yukon 800 riverboat racing, dog mushing and the Nenana Ice Classic are presented. Extensive gift shop with local Native made items." Sounded interesting....and from what I could see through the windows it's probably worth a visit.
Like I've mentioned before, Nenana is home of the annual Ice Classic. It's sort of a guessing lotto. Every year thousands of people pay a nominal price for each guess they make. They pick a day and the exact time in which the 'break up' of the ice will take out the famous tripod. If you are correct you win a lot of money. Last year I believe the winner took home around $300,000.00 US Apart from the money, Nenana offers great family activities during their weekend festivities. Egg tosses, and can chases, along with local sled dogs showing off 'their stuff' while pulling cement blocks placed in their sleds across the finish line for best time. They have local craftsmen from around the area selling their merchandise and stage shows (magicians etc.) for the whole family. It's small town fun and it's worth the 45 minute drive from Fairbanks.
Fondest memory: Watching the participants toss raw eggs back and forth on the slippery ice, hoping their trusty eggs wouldn't crack, was a blast. Then seeing grown men and women chasing around beer cans on the ice was a first for me, and worth at least 10 good laughs.
Favorite thing: This building looked at first like a piece of classic Mainstreet architecture that you would find in the old days of Alaska....but it was the only one.