Kristen and I both set off to fairbanks from Different cities. She was heading out from Madison WI, while I was setting out from Raleigh NC. We both met up in Minneapolis and flew straight to Fairbanks from there. We set off pretty late in the evening and arrived in Fairbanks around 9:40 pm local time. They are about 4 hours behind EST so it was a bit of a time change, but the cool part from there was that it never really go dark. It was hard to tell when it was actually time to go to sleep! ![blogPics](/static/img/fairbanks1/fb0.jpg "Billie's Backpacker Hostel") We eventually checked into our hostel that night which was a pretty unique place in my terms but compared to some of the other places we had seen in Alaska so far it seemed a bit like the norm. Billy Cooks’ was the name and we were let in and shown around. It was a nice quaint little home that had been converted to a hostel and Billy was a nice older woman who was plenty sweet and kind. From here we headed out to the local Fred Meyer (Which is pretty much a cool Kroger) and got some mosquito repellent because those buggers were everywhere!![blogPics](/static/img/fairbanks1/fb1.jpg "Billie's Backpacker Hostel") From there we decided to grab a later dinner so we found a local hotpot restaurant and had dinner which was super good. There is a lot of local Thai and Japanese cousin in the area which seems to be a part of their culture. After dinner we decided hit the hay and get some rest. We were supposed to have had a private room in the hostel, but I think there was some confusion in the night as two other folks walked in around 12pm and were saying that they were leaving at 4. All in all we got some sleep and rest and had a good stay that evening.
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