November 27, 2013

Bobcats Invade the Northwest: Scenic Tuesday

Follow along with the Bobcats Go West Blog this week as the Lees-McRae College women's basketball team embarks on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Fairbanks, Alaska to play in the North Star Invitational, hosted by the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Tuesday, November 26

Tuesday took a turn to the North with a trip to the North Pole.

North Pole (http://www.northpolealaska.com/) is a small city outside of Fairbanks, and a big tourist attraction. The main attraction is the Santa Claus House, which is the home of the largest fiberglass statue of Santa Claus. Upon arrival to the Santa Claus House, we learned that Santa Claus was not in today, so either he was checking his list twice or busy making toys for the good girls and boys. Despite Santa's absence, the team was able to see a few reindeer. Along with seeing the reindeer, we were able to learn some interesting facts.

After a brief photo session, including in Santa Claus' chair, on Santa's sleigh and elsewhere about the house, our host Chuck Fogle took us to the Knotty Shop (http://www.alaskaknottyshop.com/). The premise of the store is a special wood that develops knots. It also has Alaskan-made crafts, various animals native to Alaska and some tremendous ice cream.

It was lunch time upon our return to Fairbanks and Fogle directed us to the Loose Moose Café (http://www.theloosemoosecafe.com/). Some on the team tried the Buffalo Burger, while others had the signature burger which featured ground beef, buffalo and pork meats.

Tuesday was the first chance the team had to hit the court in Alaska, which occurred from 5 to 6 p.m. While there, the Alaska Fairbanks staff provided the team with their gift bags and tee shirts. After shoot around, Fogle led us to Geraldo's for some Italian food. Then it was time to return to the hotel and prepare for an 8 a.m. practice Wednesday morning.

What else will Wednesday have? We shall see.