We met Ken, Mary and Dan at the Ice Museum, where we saw a movie about the ice carving contest that is held in Fairbanks every March. We walked through 20-degree coolers and saw eskimos, sled dogs, mining cabins, trees and all kinds of things carved out of ice, much bigger sculptures than I would have guessed. Vic was bundled up in his many layers of clothing, plus his winter coat. Ken walked through in a short-sleeved shirt, shorts and sandals. Two chainsaw artists did a demonstration of ice carving techniques, right down to a final blast from a hair dryer to melt the surface and give the sculptures a nice sheen.
Mary and Dan went shopping to complete his new wardrobe for his first winter in the arctic. He'll be staying all winter in Galeena, a small village that is accessible only by plane. Ken, Vic and I toured the University of Alaska Museum of the North where we saw, among many other things, Babe the blue steppe bison.