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Alaska 2012, The End

December 3, 2012

Well the work is done and we have packed up and said our goodbyes to the people at the Two Rivers, Alaska, Church of the Nazarene and we are off to spend the day in Fairbanks before we catch a late flight back home. Our first stop is to catch a riverboat and take a short cruse up the Chena River.

Our ride up the China River

Our ride up the Chena River

There were many sights to see on the river including many float planes. This river serves as an airport to remote places in Alaska so there are airplanes coming and going on a regular basis. We see many sites like the salmon trap shown below as we proceed down the river.

A float plain landing on teh river

A float plane landing on the Chena River

A native fish trap to catch samon comming up the river to spawn

A native fish trap to catch salmon coming up the river to spawn

We make a short stop at Susan Butcher’s dog ranch. Susan was the first woman to win the famous Iditarod dog sled race, which she won several times. After she passed away her husband has continued to run the dog ranch which raises and trains dogs for pulling sleds in the Alaskan wilderness. We continue down the river to the fork where the Chena river meets the Tanana river. The Tanana river continues until it meet the Yukon River which flows all of the way across Alaska to the Bearing Sea. We than proceed back up the river where we stopped at a native village that was built to show the different ways the Alaskan natives lived throughout the years.

Replica of an native Alaskan camp in the wilderness

Replica of a native Alaskan camp in the wilderness

Samon cought in the fish trap are cleaned an dried for winter food

Salmon caught in the fish trap are cleaned and dried for winter food

Some examples of native dress made from animal skins

Some examples of native dress made from animal skins

After the river cruse we proceeded on to Gold Dredge #8 where we were able to pan for gold and see how the gold was extracted from the sand and gravel many years ago.

A gold drege used to scoop up the gravel and seperate the gold

A gold dredge used to scoop up the gravel and separate the gold

How the gold drege works

How the gold dredge works

After that we made a quick stop the see the Alaskan pipe line which goes from Prudhoe Bay on the Arctic Ocean all the way across Alaska to the Atlantic Ocean.

The Alaskan Pipeline

The Alaskan Pipeline

This was the end to a wonderful and fulfilling trip and we all had a great sence of accomplishment by helping the people of the Two Rivers Church of the Nazarene and seeing all of the wonders that God has provided in the great state of Alaska. As the team all went their separate ways, many of us were thinking of our next opportunity to do God’s work. For me it will be off to Rwanda, Africa in the fall.

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  1. December 3, 2012 11:07 am

    Lee, I have enjoyed revisiting with you the events of this past summer. I have also enjoyed (and put to good use) the tools you left behind. May God continue to bless you as you faithfully serve Him. ~Pastor Bob Sugden

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