Fairbanks is the largest inland city in Alaska. With the metro area it's right around 100,000 people. When we got into town it was time for our ever lingering decision; dump the tanks and go to the the laundromat, or pay for an RV park. We opted for two nights at a park in order to sit still for longer than 12 hours. Constantly being on the move and unsure of your environment gets tiring. Roo parked her fat ass at the Riverview RV park in North Pole AK so we could dump, fill, charge batteries, and hook up to the sweet WIFI. Ok, so the WIFI isn't sweet... it barely works. After parking and set up we took off to explore downtown Fairbanks.
The downtown was small and dare I say even a little rundown. There were only a few blocks of businesses that were open. Empty boarded up buildings and long overgrown lawns surrounded the area. It didn't' feel sketchy. I wouldn't have been afraid to walk the streets. However it definitely was lacking in it's ability to draw people in. Some money spent here by the city to make the streets appealing would be well advised. They had a small fountain which was nice and that was about it. The city museum was an upper level carpeted room in a failing strip mall. The place was old and weathered but was still clean. We had talked about grabbing an RV park for a week just to unwind and really settle in for a change. Boy am I glad we didn't do it near this town.
One thing for sure is that we still aren't use to the land of the midnight sun. This was around 2200 last night.