Jumping back to the end of July, you might recall that one Irish Siobhan had come to visit, and I promptly headed off to knee surgery. Just because I couldn't walk very far was no reason to not get some Alaska Urban Exploration time in. I had made a little list of all the places I had been meaning to check out, and post op or not, a girl has got to eat, so there were several restaurants on the list. While researching those, I came across a note in the tourist books about Alaska Wild Berry Products, that said their local shop hosts the worlds largest chocolate fountain. It got added to the list in big bold letters right away.
|The upper portion of the world's largest chocolate fountain|
There is the big water tower....
The really big Inukshuk (with a small Shibby at the base). Most people know what an Inukshuk is now, as it was one of the major symbols of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. Inukshuks were used by the Inuit (Canadian) and the Inupiat (Alaskan American), Yupik (Alaska American and Russian), and Kalaallit (Greenland). These man made landmarks were established to be reference points to finding trade routes, hunting grounds, food caches, camps, and fishing sites.
This lovely little totem carving highlights some of Alaska's most recognizable residents -- the Bald Eagle, the Bear, and the Salmon.
Here is the the mock village that lines the parking lot.
Inside is the chocolate fountain. This chocolate waterfall of copper kettles is home to s]3000 pounds (yes POUNDS) of liquid chocolate goodness.
|the upper part of the chocolate fountain|
|And the lower part of the chocolate fountain|