- The size of the 48-inch Alaska crude oil pipeline (bottom) as compared to the 8-inch Haines-Fairbanks petroleum pipeline (center) and the 3-inch Canol gas/diesel pipeline (top):
- A "pipeline pig," a huge device that is sent through the pipeline to clean waxes that build up as the oil cools:
- Life-size replicas of what seems to be Alaska's State Bird:
We got to Fairbanks in the afternoon, and after all the tiny, rural towns we have passed through on this trip -- towns that don't have traffic lights, parking meters or gas pumps that take credit cards -- the modernness and busyness of Fairbanks was almost a shock.
Our park is right on the Chena River, and we spent a while this evening just sitting on a picnic table, watching the water flow by. This is duckling time here -- we saw several proud duck parents paddling in the river with a following of round, fuzzy, newly-hatched chicks. This mother let her chicks search for food in the newly mowed grass next to the river, but quickly herded them back to the safety of the water when they strayed too far.