We are having to stay a few days in Tok for our forwarded mail to reach us. Since everything is so very dirty & dusty from the road, we both worked together washing the coach with cloths and buckets of water. Then Larry then cleaned the car and I cleaned the front leather cover (bra) of the motorhome with leather cleaner, wow what a difference, it’s finally black again.
The next few days I was working on photos for this Trip Journal and doing lots of laundry. We had lunch at Fast Eddy’s (best of 2 eateries in town) one more time before we left the area and I picked up a few necessities at the expensive little town market. And we hung out with the locals in Tundra’s bar.
We are enjoying talking with the locals in the bar. One gal, Bonnie, who owns a jewelry/gold shop in town, invited us to come over and see her 5 pound gold nugget. She and her husband own a gold mine but he actually found this on his property when he was grading the land. It was rated the 9th largest nugget found in Alaska when it was found but it is now rated 19th largest. Her husband has passed and when she goes, the nugget will go to the University of Alaska not to be melted down, kept in original form and not sold to anyone.
There are so many interesting things growing in this forested Tundra RV Park. Large fungus on the ground, mushrooms bigger than my foot. Some were beautiful cream colored or rust speckled. Others grow on the Spruce trees and are called Witch’s Broom or Spruce Broom Rust. This is considered a disease and some trees suffer damage from this (like top kill or reduced growth) but others aren't bothered by it.
The wild rose bushes have lost their blossoms and gone to Rose Hips (they make jelly from them, also high in vitamin C). There are huge blankets of wild cranberries all over the ground. Anisa, the Tundra manager, says they used to gather them as children (they are tiny) to make Cranberry sauce. It would take twice as much sugar to tone down the tartness of the wild cranberries.
I included a few photos of our hosts Anisa and her husband Tim, who have taken over the ownership of her parent’s RV park after her mother passed earlier this year. We knew her mother and Anisa from our two previous Alaska trips. The mother’s dog, Baby, still is top dog on the property, even though she is slowing down and napping a lot. Anisa’s dog, Marshall, is more active and friendly. And, of course I had to include a photo of the bar since we spent time there meeting many of the locals, including the woman who owns the Gold Shop in town (the red haired woman in the right side of the photo). I have to give credit to Anisa for "borrowing" a few of her photos, Thank you.