|We're up early on this 2nd day of July and Mike fixed Arlyce coffe for her so she could have a cup immediately upon rising. A bit of self defense here! A breakfast of bacon, eggs and toast gets us fueled up for the morning. Today is laundry day and we have a bunch to do. The campground has a small laundry as we checked that out in the Church's campground guide before we made the original reservations. That and intrnet access are important to have periodically. The walk up to the laundry takes us past the deck on the side of the lodge where the owners have a large greenhouse. Inside are many vegetable plants including several types of tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers. Many of the tomato plants have small tomotoes set on and growing fast. The long hours of daylight really promote large vegies up here. In talking with one of the employees we find out that the owners not only have this green house as well as the two large gardens here but have several other garden operations in the area. They can a lot of their own produce but they also sell it to the hotels at the village just outside the entrance to Denali. Seems this is a lucrative operation for them.
We trot on up to the laundry and discover they have just two regular size washers and two equally small dryers. Oh well, it will cost a bit and take more time than in a larger laundromat where there are more and larger machines. The washers take $2 a load to wash and the dryers are $2 per ?? minutes to dry. And to boot the dryers will require an additional $2 each additional drying period. You can't add just one or two additional quarters to extend the timer, you start all over with another $2 if they clothes are not done in one cycle. In the end we have three loads once we decide to combine light and dark colors and manage to get all the towels into one load along with a sweatshirt. But every load takes 2 cycles. So our laundry costs us $18 to do. Well at least it is done once again and we will have minimal dirty clothes in the laundry bag when we enter Denali in a couple of days.
The afternoon is spent relaxing and reading. Later I discover one of the posters on the RV Net is also staying here and he ias also a Ham. So we do a little detective work and find him just around the bend in the campground. They are from southern Minnesota very near Michelle and Steve and have been on the road about the same time as we have. The fellows call is WB0RKY and is fairly active.
Later Arlyce and I walk the 200 or 300 yards down to the Nenana River to look things over and do a little rock hunting. Arlyce likes to bring back unusual rocks from our travels to put oround the house and in our rock garden. But soon the weather starts to threaten rain and some thunder starts to be heard in the distance. In spite of the rain we grilled burgers outside tonight and had a very nice meal including pasta salad Arlyce made earlier in the day, and fresh tomatos from the Fairbanks Farmers Market. We tried to eat on the picnic table under the canopy in the rain but before long it started cooling off a lot and we had to finish inside. Another cold and wet evening coming up.
Another day passes and we are still on the road.