Friday, Aug 10 Joe & Nancy Sue Reeves "On the Road" (Glass Park, Ft. Wainwright, AK):
We got up this morning, did some more grocery shopping at Fred Meyer, then moved to Glass Park Campground on Ft. Wainwright. The military campground book said they had no hookups for $5 per night. We found they'd just built a whole new campground area with water, electric and cable TV and were charging $17/night. This is the most we've ever paid for a military campground but decided to stay as it is right in Fairbanks and convenient to everything. Sue spent the afternoon washing clothes and Joe took his reading material and went with her.
Saturday, Aug 11 (Glass Park, Ft. Wainwright, AK):
The weather was cloudy and rainy all day. We went to Fred Meyer for lunch, the Visitor Center and Alaska Land and went on a driving tour of Fairbanks. We visited the Pioneer Museum, where we saw an old car, stagecoach, dog sled, antlers, washer and a stuffed bear. We visited the Pioneer Air Museum (forgot to make pictures) where we saw some old airplanes and read some tales of the early Alaska bush pilots. We got a look at the SS Nenana, an old stern wheeler which once made regular runs up the river to Fairbanks. We quit about 4:30PM and returned to camp as the rain was getting heavier. We spent the rest of the day reading.
Sunday, Aug 12 (Chena Hot Springs & North Pole, Alaska):
Today we drove 60 miles northeast to Chena Hot Springs. We passed a mama moose and her calf alongside the road. We thought we saw a wolf running down the road at another place but when we got closer we saw it was a big German Shepard wearing a collar. Chena Hot Springs is just a private resort with nothing to offer unscheduled visitors so there was nothing there for us. On the way back, we cut across to North Pole, stopped for a spicy chicken sandwich at Wendy's, then went by Santa Land . The town of North Pole advertises they have "Christmas all year" and they try to do that. They had all their Christmas decorations up and keep them up all year. Santa's House had not changed much since we were there 6 years ago but the reindeer were not in their pen. Joe asked about them and was told they were out in the pasture while their pen was being cleaned and remodeled. To see what a real reindeer looks like just look at the caribou pictures we sent from Denali Park. They are the same animal and reindeer are just tame caribou. We'll make another excursion or two from here before we leave.
Joe & Nancy Sue "On the Road", (Fairbanks, AK)
On the Road E-mail #16 Page 1 (Aug 10-12) Fairbanks, Alaska