The Paddleboat ride down the Chena River was nice, but they tried to make it into a larger attraction than it is by having stops in an Athabascan fishing camp reenactment, going by a herd of reindeer, having a float plane take off, having a musher demonstrate dog training. It was all just a bit cheesy: (host on ship), "Say, Dave, maybe you can stop by at the fishing camp and sign some books later on?" (Dave, the musher) "Sure, Bob, I'd love to do that!" And then of course later at the fishing village reenactment, Dave is set up in a little cabin signing books like mad...cha-ching! The reindeer were pushed into a small pen just as the paddle boat went by and then were quickly ushered out so they could be part of the Athabascan fishing village as the boat arrived. The fishing village was better because you learned about the Athabascan life, but again, the presenters were too scripted and you got the sense they have said the same thing a thousand times....it's hard to keep it fresh!
The host was an ex-radio guy and I think liked to hear himself talk just a bit too much. I think the trip should have been shorter and lass expensive.
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