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I decided to drive up to Fairbanks to try to see the Northern
Lights. It was raining anyway, so flightseeing was out.
I stayed at A Cloudberry Lookout, a lovely B&B designed
with popsicle sticks and built by hand by Sean and Suzi,
the owners. The centerpiece was a spiral staircase to the
sky, surrounding a huge spruce tree trunk.
to drizzle, so I headed off to look at the pipeline and
toured a satellite weather station. There didn't seem to
be much point in driving to the arctic circle just to cross
a line, especially as the scenery flattened out the further
north I went from Denali.
When I returned,
the entrance was filled with yoga mats. The neighbors had
arrived for their regular practice. I joined them for two
hours and then for the hours afterward, visiting and drinking
tea. In the darkness
of winter in Alaska, neighbors are essential.