23 March, 2002
I was invited to two BBQ's today. Seems that a March BBQ is another favorite activity for Fairbanks residents even in freezing temperatures. After our morning rounds at Poker Flat, I struggled to stay awake for my first gathering but had a great time talking with locals and Alaskan natives. The next BBQ was just outside of Fairbanks in the middle of the woods. As I walked up the driveway, I noticed everyone was outside on the porch chatting away near the
grill and bonfire. Luckily for me, I was dressed for the "occasion." A childhood memory of my summer BBQ days in Illinois came into sight and gave me warm thoughts--it didn't last long though. After
grabbing some caribou sausages and hot chocolate, I immediately made my way to the bonfire. It wasn't even 9 o'clock before I looked up into the dark sky to see the Aurora Borealis. This time, the
greenish colored northern lights braved its way to the skies, rather than hiding behind rolling hills. It was an incredible sight!
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