Ray took us for a walk along the frozen slough (pronounced slew) at the back of their property. We were a bit nervous until he told us the ice was about 4 feet thick. It was amazing to see leaves and twigs frozen into the ice. We walked along the frozen slough until we reached the bigger river, but Ray said it wasn't safe to walk along as it was beginning to break up. Two days later when we went back the river had completely broken up and was flowing swiftly.
On Sunday we went to church with Karen and Ray. The church was decorated beautifully with stained glass windows. The music was provided by some young singers with a couple of guitars. The catholic service was almost identical to our Anglican service. Karen and Ray's daughter, Alda, will be married in that church in a month's time.
After church we visited a Wildlife refuge on a former dairy property with some gorgeous buildings including a typical American barn. We watched the Canada geese take a break from their long migratory journey home for the Spring. We did a gorgeous walk to see the seasonal ponds, formed by the snow melt, and wander through the flooded forest. Both will dry out by the summer.
We also visited this fabulous vintage car museum which also features a magnificent collection of vintage women's clothing displayed with the appropriate age of vehicle. We loved staying with Karen and Ray and were very sad to leave on the next leg of our journey.Fairbanks