WTF (Welcome to Fairbanks) Months Two & Three

I was going to do a Month 2 post but somehow that didn’t happen, so let’s combine them since it’s been almost 3 months that I’ve been here now. If anyone says to me “There’s nothing to do in Fairbanks” ever again, I’m going to slap them upside their head. If you can’t find things to do here, you’re not looking hard enough. Yes its dark and really cold at the moment, but so what? I’ve been on great hikes, fantastic outings, movies, theater, live music, good food and best of all the people! It is definitely the Island of Misfit Toys, which is why I find it hugely appealing.

We’re very close to the shortest, darkest day of the year, December 21st–Winter Solstice, we’ll have 3 hours and 40 minutes of daylight, then its all uphill from there, definitely not in temperature, but in daylight for sure. We currently have around 4 hours a day of sunlight, well light at least.

Here’s a random collection of photos from the last two months in Fairbanks.

How I do love the frozen face pictures!

This is the best one, hiking at -40 below!

Heading down the Richardson Hwy towards Delta Junction with steam rising from the Tanana River

Hiking near Birch Lake with the Alaska Range in the background

Benjamin thinking “What am I doing out here it’s so cold” and at the same time rocking his little hiking booties

Hiking on the bank of the Tanana River

Benjamin getting warm inside Kevin’s jacket

Fata Morgana over Fairbanks

Moonrise over Ester Dome

Sunrise over Fairbanks taken from UAF Campus

Driving on an awesome road out in Fox

Another awesome sunset over Fairbanks!

Fairbanks-a pipeline runs through it

So aside from all the beautiful places here, the thing that makes Fairbanks so special is the people! I’ve met some wonderful Fairbanksans. Here are a few candid shots from the past month

Marc and Jay being silly

Marc and Jake at the Marlin a few weeks back

Marc and JB enjoying our night of debauchery out on the town. How one beer at the pub turned into this we’ll never know!!!

JB managed to remain a relatively socially acceptable human being, while I on the other hand apparently turned into a wolverine performing Ke$ha in my living room !!!

Marc and the Zombie Angels at The Blue Loon

Sunday brunch at my place

There has been a serious lack of snow so far this season, that came to an abrupt end yesterday and a foot of snow has fallen on Fairbanks. I’ll end this post with a few photos I took about an hour ago outside of my apartment


  1. JB on December 13, 2012 at 1:56 am

    I’m so glad you moved to Fairbanks! That’s right I said “moved” because this is your new home, the Island of Misfit Toys. At least we know where we belong and how we mis-fit in. Unlike many of those in the rest of the world!

Leave a Comment