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7 March 2016 / leggypeggy

Alaska and winter equals ice hockey

Alaska ice hockey

Fairbanks is in the blue and gold

We’re heading north tomorrow. And I mean way north into the Arctic Circle and about 250 miles north of Fairbanks. Our destination is Coldfoot and the prospect of seeing the Northern Lights.

Our 48 hours in Fairbanks have been a whirlwind and I’ve barely had a chance to go through my photos, let alone piece together a post.

Plus, we don’t expect to have internet for the five nights we are in Coldfoot.

Hockey scoreboard

Fairbanks leads

So to tide everyone over, I thought I’d show a few glimpses of the ice hockey game we saw last night. It was our first time to see a live game and we saw the University of Alaska–Fairbanks face off against the University of Alaska–Anchorage.

I bet you can imagine the rivalry between these two teams.

They were playing for the Governor’s Cup (I think) and for a slot in other play-offs. If my information is right, both teams are near the bottom of the ladder (sorry if I have that wrong), and they were playing four matches.

Two games were played last week in Anchorage with each team winning one. They played again in Fairbanks last night and the night before. Fairbanks won Friday night 3–2 with a nail-biter finish. We missed that because we were still on our 36-hour, long-haul flights to Alaska.

Souvenirs for sale

The Governor’s Cup was displayed at the souvenir stand. It’s in the upper middle between the two white doors

But we were in time for last night’s nail-biter, and four of us rolled up to buy tickets at the door—$17 each.

We opted for seats in the wet versus dry area. Wet doesn’t mean you’re going to get covered in snow and ice. It simply means you’re allowed to purchase a cup of beer, cider or wine.

There’s a boom-gate at the entrance to the wet area. As I approached, the guard promptly asked to see my ID to prove I was over 21—I bet he thrills a lot of women with that line—and then decorated my hand with an ‘over 21’ stamp. He wasn’t surprised to see my Australian Capital Territory driver’s license as evidence. ‘Oh, the ACT’, he said, ‘I used to live there.’

Fairbanks sports centre

Banners for teams in the league and for top players of the past

Our seats were in the last rows, hence the faraway pics, but the sports centre is small enough that any seat is pretty good.

Fairbanks shot to an early lead, but by the last third of the game (each segment is 20 minutes), the scores were level at two all. Then Fairbanks scored again and Anchorage put on all the pressure they could muster in the hopes of gaining a tie.

But Fairbanks held their ground and were triumphant. But not before the mandatory scuffle broke out on the ice. As Milly said at the end of the evening, ‘We went to a fight, but a hockey game broke out.’

P.S. We had a tasty beer—a Canadian Molson—and a great introduction to ice hockey. But I have to say, it’s not easy keeping your eye on the puck.

P.P.S. Back in six days. Please no scuffling in my absence.

Hockey fight

A referee tries to break-up the scuffle at the end of the game

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  1. weezaj / Mar 7 2016 9:46 pm

    I like the wet area terminology… might use it myself! Take care and can’t wait to see those Northern Lights (pix) How are you going to survive down-tech for FIVE DAYS?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

    xL

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 7 2016 9:50 pm

      We’ll see how I survive. I have done it before. 🙂

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  2. anna / Mar 7 2016 9:48 pm

    As far away from Canberra as you can get! Enjoy!

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  3. derrickjknight / Mar 7 2016 10:05 pm

    Apparently the northern lights were visible in UK yesterday. I hope you get stunning views

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 8 2016 2:28 am

      We caught a glimpse of them last night. I’m trying to figure out how to capture them on the camera. Wish me luck.

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      • derrickjknight / Mar 8 2016 3:09 am

        I do – I want to see them

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      • Derrick / Mar 8 2016 7:21 am

        I hope you do capture the lights on camera, When and if you do, you can tell me what your camera settings were

        I’ve tried getting star pictures, but with not much luck, so far

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      • leggypeggy / Mar 13 2016 6:31 pm

        I did get pics. Took a while to get the settings right, but they were ISO 800, shutter speed 15 seconds, fStop 3.5 (best I could get), manual focus on infinity and a tripod. About to post a pic or two. Let me know what you think. More to come.

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  4. Midwestern Plant Girl / Mar 7 2016 10:34 pm

    I went to a fight and a hockey game broke out! 😉😉

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  5. Worlds Biggest Fridge Magnet / Mar 7 2016 10:41 pm

    Fighting at the end of a Hockey match, that wasn’t expected…. 😉

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  6. Lynz Real Cooking / Mar 7 2016 11:17 pm

    Wow an exciting adventure Peggy! The northern lights wow!

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  7. Derrick / Mar 8 2016 12:33 am

    Never been to or seen a hockey match apart from on the TV, it certainly looks violent (why do most of the players have the front teeth missing ? do they catch the puck with their mouth ?

    Looking forward to some good pictures when you come back to the warmer weather

    (you could have come to the UK to see the Northern lights, apparently they have em up North)

    Mind you this is more of an adventure 🙂

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 8 2016 2:31 am

      Yes, we’re going dog sledding and snowshoe walking and more. Stay tuned.

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  8. spearfruit / Mar 8 2016 1:59 am

    Peggy, I am right there with you in the wet area. Thanks for the hockey game – I have never seen one in person – this is the closest I have gotten. Have a wonderful trip to see the Northern lights. 🙂

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  9. ralietravels / Mar 8 2016 2:11 am

    Coldfoot is an accurate name. Take your warmest socks and long underwear – for bed. Alie says take a book as there is not much there, but perhaps you can befriend the “ice road truckers.” Their 24 wheel trucks are amazing.

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 8 2016 2:33 am

      Tell Alie thanks. I have a book and an iPod, and you should see the socks I bought yesterday. Off in an hour.

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  10. BikeHikeSafari / Mar 8 2016 2:24 am

    Enjoy coldfoot. I have very fond memories of destroying the all you can eat buffet.

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 8 2016 2:34 am

      Oh no, not more food! All they seem to do is feed us when we’re indoors. Burp!

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      • BikeHikeSafari / Mar 8 2016 2:36 am

        Oh and don’t forget Alaskans fascination with watching Fox News 24 hours a day. I’m sure you are looking forward to that!

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      • leggypeggy / Mar 8 2016 3:10 am

        Oh dear, I haven’t yet turned on the TV.

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  11. Sy / Mar 8 2016 3:27 am

    Hello, I read your blog often and missed one day and now you are already in Alaska! Did you take a supersonic rocket jet (like the one they are talking about, a design NYC to London in less than an hour).. OK your long-haul flight was 36 hours; was that non-stop? I guess so, where can you land from Australia to Alaska, (a tiny ocean Island or Australia to Seattle and then to Fairbanks).

    Living in NYC, I have seen “zipo” live ice hockey games… only on TV.

    Wow, you are going to see the Northern Light. On some good day, you can see the lights from the lower 48 US states. You will need a tripod to get good photos. Maybe someone in your group will let you borrow their tripod. Or you can try to place the camera on a surface (car hood for example) and then on a timer (8 seconds??) and hope to get photos.. but with the wind blowing that is also hard to accomplish.
    Make sure you keep the camera in your inside coat pocket, since batteries don’t function well in cold weather.

    Aside- The Iditarod dog sled race is currently in progress… Anchorage to Nome Alaska. To bad you will miss this major Alaskan event. But then again you will be on your own dog sled; headlines two Canberra Mushers LeggyPeggy and PoorJohn on sled #007, named “Indi ICU-UCMe.” LOL

    Sy

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  12. mommermom / Mar 8 2016 4:53 am

    Oh wow! How fantastic is that for a trip? Enjoy the northern lights and will be anxious to see some pictures.

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 13 2016 5:04 pm

      We saw the lights. Pics coming soon.

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      • mommermom / Mar 14 2016 5:43 am

        Oh wow wow wow!! I can’t wait to see the pictures and hear about your experiences.

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      • leggypeggy / Mar 14 2016 6:48 pm

        It was definitely wow, wow, wow!

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  13. Curious to the Max / Mar 8 2016 7:09 am

    Can’t wait until you hotfoot it to Coldfoot and send back pictures of the Northern Lights!

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 13 2016 5:04 pm

      My feet were never hot in Coldfoot, but the lights were amazing. Pics soon.

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  14. gerard oosterman / Mar 8 2016 9:59 am

    Nothing too exciting back in the ACT, not much to light up.
    There is nothing like a good ice hockey match and Northern Lights.

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 13 2016 5:05 pm

      The Northern LIghts truly are breathtaking. Pics soon.

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  15. Yvonne / Mar 8 2016 6:12 pm

    An ice hockey game ‘way up north is just perfect.

    As a Canadian born and bred, I have to ask, was the beer perhaps Canadian Molson? Or have they got a new brand since I was last there?

    It’s flippin’ hot in NE Victoria, the only ice is the cubes in the freezer.

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 13 2016 5:06 pm

      You got it in one—we had Canadian Molson. Very tasty too. And I corrected my typo! 🙂 Thanks.

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  16. Ray / Mar 9 2016 2:40 am

    I love how the security guard left Australia for Alaska. Would it not usually be the other way around? Hehe. Glad you got to enjoy your first ice hockey game. Enjoy your trip to the Far North to see the Northern Lights. I am sure you will capture some amazing photos as always!

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 13 2016 5:11 pm

      The guard is originally from Alaska, but went to Australia for a bit. Who knows why? He was too busy to find out why.

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  17. Carol Ferenc / Mar 9 2016 10:30 am

    LOL!! “We went to a fight, but a hockey game broke out.” Sounds typical for hockey. Have fun chasing the Northern Lights!

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 13 2016 5:03 pm

      From my limited experience with hockey games, it seems the perfect description.

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      • Carol Ferenc / Mar 14 2016 1:33 am

        Yes, it is part of the game 🙂

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  18. Sy / Mar 9 2016 11:42 am

    Amazing that I read your blog a few days ago and now you are in Alaska and headed for the Arctic Circle.

    First, was your flight from Australia direct to Alaska or was there a stop over like in Seattle?
    Second, living in NYC I have never seen a live hockey game.. would you believe.

    Third, the Aurora Lights you need a tripod to capture images.. perhaps someone on your tour can let you use theirs for a short while. Or place on say the hood of a car and then on a timer (but wind is a big factor). Also, keep your camera in the inside of your coat for the battery to function properly.

    Fourth, the Iditarod Dog Sled Race was on this past week, did you see any of it on TV..

    Fifth, enjoy your dog sled and snow shoe experience… stay warm!

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 14 2016 7:15 pm

      Hi Sy, this comment came while we were in the wilds of northern Alaska. So sorry I couldn’t reply earlier, but Coldfoot doesn’t really have wifi. Your tips are perfect and I hope they help someone in future. I did a lot of reading about photography before we went north, so I was sort of prepared.

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  19. Curt Mekemson / Mar 9 2016 2:55 pm

    Enjoy Coldfoot, Peggy. Last time I was there I was leading a backpack trip into the Gates of the Arctic National Park. Absolutely loved the International Ice Art Championships. First blog went up today. We are back home now but were able to work in the Fur Rendezvous, a trip on the Alaska Railroad from Anchorage to Fairbanks, and a couple of days at Chena Hot Springs. We didn’t see the Aurora Borealis, however. –Curt

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 13 2016 5:12 pm

      We’re back now, Curt. We loved Coldfoot and had a great showing of the lights. Now to download photos and get a post written.

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      • Curt Mekemson / Mar 14 2016 3:33 am

        Good for you, Peggy. Our son and his wife took the Chena Hot Springs shuttle up to the mountains above Chena and saw minimal lights. Looking forward to your post. I just did my last (of three) on the single block carving contest in Fairbanks. –Curt

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      • leggypeggy / Mar 14 2016 6:52 pm

        Hi Curt, I still need to post on the ice sculptures. Hoping to get to it soon. Have really enjoyed your posts.

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