Viewing moose & relaxing in the Hot Springs

Trip Start Jul 12, 2010
Trip End Sep 24, 2010

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River View RV Park

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

   The morning was spent working on this journal again. This is the first time I have a good connection consistently so have a lot of catching up to do. I took some notes along the way so between those and the pictures I can recall the highlights of each day at least.
   Wayne spent the morning organizing the files we have on the camper. We have one file that came with the camper and another with everything we've added and accumulated. We had brought file folders from home so he sorted and made it much easier to find the next time he needs something. I had previously organized an expanded file folder with our personal banking, insurance, mail, etc.
   About 11:00 we left to drive up to the Chena Hot Springs Resort. I knew it was about an hour away but did not know how the road would be and didn't have any expectations about anything else along the way. It was a sunny warm day so we packed our swimsuits, towels and some snacks for a day trip.
   I think we were about 1/3 of the way up when there were some vehicles parked by the side of the road and that usually means there is some wildlife out there. There was a moose standing in a pond. Her calf had been with her but went into the trees. We watched her for several minutes. She didn't seem to mind us at all since we were a good distance away from her. She was eating the plants from the bottom of the pond, putting her head under the water for what seemed like long periods of time to us! That was moose sighting #3 for us. We stopped 4 more times on the way up to watch others, all cows, doing exactly the same things....standing in a pond eating plants from the bottom. Needless to say, our one hour drive turned into almost two but it was really a bonus we had not expected.
   We also realized during the drive that this would have been a great area to bring the camper and stay for a day or two. There were a few state parks along the way and some marked trailheads that would have been fun to explore. It was good road all the way up to the springs where the road ended.
   We had lunch in the restaurant at the resort. They grow their own vegetables so had delicious salads with a sandwich. After that we went over to the springs. The rock lake was outside and only for adults. The inside pool and hot tub was for adults and kids as it was chlorinated according to state health standards. The hot spring was said to be from 90-107 degrees depending on where you were at in it. It was a sunny warm day, probably in the low 70's but still felt really good in the hot water, especially the first time when we were a bit chilled from being in the restaurant and in the cool breeze outside.  I went in the rock lake 3-4 different times, read for awhile in between and relaxed in the warm sun. It wasn't hot so felt really nice. We didn't expect to be able to sunbathe in Alaska. Wayne went in the hot springs a couple times and also in the hot tub inside a few times. There were quite a few other people there but it was not crowded by any means.
   The resort offered lodging, horseback riding, ATV rides, an Ice Museum (we didn't go as it was 21 degrees in there---no thanks) and more in addition to the hot springs. They also offered RV Parking but it was by the side of the parking lot so wouldn't have gotten too excited about that.
   By late afternoon we started the drive back down and saw two more moose, one in a pond and another by the side of the road. We also took pictures of the dog team crossing signs (only in Alaska, I'm sure) and the ATV ramps in the rest areas that are used to load them on and off trailers. I'm thinking they must work for snowmobiles also. It took us a bit to figure out what they were for and then I read it in the Milepost.
   I did another load of laundry with our swimsuit and towels when we got back. We met Ken & Carol who are full time RV'ers so shared lots of stories. They started out their trip up here with some friends who decided somewhere in the Yukon to turn around and go back because of the bad roads. Ken & Carol decided to come on alone and are glad they did. We agreed that we might not drive it ever again but don't regret doing it this once.
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Lorraine on

What a beautiful vacation! Love the pictures. Have fun.

Barb DeFrang on

WOW! looks like the trip of a lifetime! Beautiful scenery, BE safe! Enjoy!
Barb D

LaVerna Dorscher on

Glad all the problems are solved and you're enjoying the country . Have a great time!

Val Albrecht on

Make sure you hit the town of Talkeetna on your way between Denali and Anchorage. Keep an eye out for their "Moose on Parade"...their decorated moose that they auctioned off and people have in front of their businesses and homes. Such a quaint little town!

Teri on

It appears that things have settled down and you are now officially relaxing. Enjoy!

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