Spending the weekend Alaskan style

Weekend Wanderlust

By Jamie Hazlett
Sun Star Columnist

Labor, noun:

1) what the rest of your semester is going to be full of;

2) a reprieve, as in Labor Day weekend.

No matter what your financial position, there’s no excuse for not using definition two to forget about definition one for a bit.  Homework?  Do those reading responses early and head to Pioneer Park on Monday for the last day of summer operations.  Play a round of minigolf, learn some local history, or shop along the boardwalk.  Entrance is free, and for those of you who are new to town, this is a chance to try Fairbanks’ public transit system, the cheapest mode of transportation short of your thumb.  Riding the bus is free with a current Polar Express card.  Outdoorsy types should hit the UAF trail system, visit the Large Animal Research Station, or visit the Wood Center’s Outdoor Adventures office for trips and gear rentals.

Ready to road trip?  Camp, fish, hike, and eat s’mores at Quartz Lake near Delta Junction, or the closer-to-home Chena or Harding lakes.  Sourdoughs should remember that the Alaska State Fair wraps up Monday night in Palmer, a short six-hour jaunt down the road.  The Mat-Su has plenty of camping for you rough riders, and hotels for those of deeper pockets and daintier sensibilities.

Whatever you do this weekend – be it find a moose, play some putt-putt, or ride the Ferris wheel – get out of your room and into the wider world for at least a few hours.  You’ll have plenty of time to slowly go mad Indoors once the mercury hits forty below.

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