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Jul 6, 2016 - Chena Hot Springs

Drove the 60 miles to Chena Hot Springs, there are many state campgrounds and free camping places along the way but we elected to stay at the Hot Springs, the campground fee is $20 per night with no hook ups. We had lunch in the restaurant, overpriced and mediocre. The veggies were good and were all grown on site. They have green houses and use the thermal energy of the hot springs to keep the green houses warm. If there was a management that cared, this could be a nice place. The employees were not engaged and were not customer service...

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Mar 14, 2016 - Chena Hot Springs

We stayed at Chena Hot Springs Resort for three nights. It is 56 miles from Fairbanks at the end of Chena Hot Springs Rd. We'd stayed there back in 2013. It is a great place to view the aurora as long as you don't mind sharing the experience with bus loads of very excitable Japanese tourists. Chena Hot Springs is a privately owned, 440–acre, year-round resort. Gold miners discovered the springs in 1905 and by 1912 Chena Hot Springs was the premier place to soak for residents in the booming town of Fairbanks. The springs are at the center of...

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Jul 18, 2015 - Chena Hot Springs

After our big ATV adventure, we got back through the construction, back to the camper and drove north, through the construction again (why we did not just drive there in the first place I will never know). We drove on, with the kids playing cribbage in the rig for a few hours, past Fairbanks and on to Chena Hot Springs. We did not get there until 11pm and I was really tired, but Mike and the kids went for a nice soak since the Hot Springs were open until Midnight. Another adventurous day. The next morning, Mike and I went for an early soak...

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Jul 4, 2015 - Chena Hot Springs

The holiday weekend was pretty uneventful. There were no fireworks due to the wildfire danger. Mike and I watched movies, and I sewed a lot. We drove up to Chena Hot Springs for a day trip and had a nice soak. On the way we saw a hump of grass in the middle of a pond. Then it moved and it was a moose underwater! We enjoyed watching it for a while. She was steady eating and not worried about the crowd she was attracting. The Hot Springs were very nice. It is very well landscaped. A lot of care goes into their flowers. It is a resort so you...

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Jun 17, 2015 - Chena Hot Springs AK – Chena River State Recreation Area – Tors Trail Campground

Spending a few days up north of Fairbanks so we can enjoy the area. The state pf Alaska sure has large campsites in their parks. Bridget especially likes this one because of all the Hoary Marmots. They’re like squirrels and they are all over this park.

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Retired at Last!

Jul 17, 2014 - Fairbanks...Outside of Town

Outside of Fairbanks are some other treasures to behold. On the way to Fairbanks from Denali we passed Skinny Dick's Halfway Inn. It was worth a u-turn for the picture, but we later found out that Deb's uncle and Julie's (and her sisters') father, Barker, stopped in there and got a hat pin depicting bears in the conjugal way! What a memory. About 50 miles out of Fairbanks is the Chena Hot Springs Resort. Here is a popular hot springs, of course, but also one of the world's premier ice sculpture museums. The ice carvings are spectacular as...

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Feb 24, 2014 - Ice Museum and caribou/reindeer

By now our sleep patterns are totally trashed due to the late Aurora viewing and the subsequent compensating naps. Today it was a very late breakfast followed by some napping. At 1pm we had a guided tour of the Ice Museum. It turns out that Chena Hot Springs has resident ice carvers married to each other who also travel to ice sculpting contests. The Ice Museum is an ice hotel combined with an ice bar and a display hall of this couple's works. It is the only such museum in the world that is refrigerated to protect the building itself and...

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Feb 23, 2014 - Dog sled ride, rock pool, and more aurora and wacky sleep patterns

After last night's Aurora adventure, we slept until after 10am. The day's first activity was a dog sled ride. Twelve dogs were chosen from the over 100 Alaskan Huskies to serve as the dog sled team. The dogs not chosen barked loudly until the loaded sled left the loading area. Then they switched to howling, sounding as if they were mourning over not being chosen. Once the loaded sled was out of sight, the dog yard became quiet. Once it was our turn for the 15 minute ride, we were loaded 3 deep into the sled. Off we went at a rapid pace...

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Feb 22, 2014 - Chena Hot Springs

The sun rose at 8:24am. The amount of daylight is now increasing by 6 minutes per day. The sun remains low in the southern sky during daylight, however. The transportation van that was to take us the 60 miles to Chena Hot Springs arrived 45 minutes late. We should have taken that as an omen. By the time we were picking up the last passengers, it became evident that we would not all fit into the narrower than human-size seats. After about 45 minutes of calls to Chena and much negotiating about the extra transportation needed, we belatedly...

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Aug 20, 2013 - Day 10, It’s a good thing we like rain!

After soaking in the hot springs at Chena last night we both slept better than we have in ages. I felt like I just melted into the ultra soft mattress and slept so soundly that I only woke up once in the night. I thought I had been dreaming about rain when the alarm woke me this morning, but it wasn’t a dream. Oh well, it’s a good thing we like rain - and they can sure use it here after a long dry spell this summer and high fire danger. We had a short conversation with Bernie Karl, the owner of Chena Hot Springs, as we were getting ready to...

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Aug 19, 2013 - Day 9, End of the Alaska Highway in Delta Junction.

Our day started out sunny in Tok, but not long after we left this little community we ran into some fog, and eventually into rain. Needless to say there wasn’t the usual beautiful scenery, just a lot of trees alongside the road and nothing else past the fog in the background Barry did spot a moose in a small field next to the road so we turned around to try to get a picture, but he was a shy moose and ran as soon as he saw us. But we did get a really good look! Now that’s a BIG animal! We also saw an occasional pair of swans in some of the...

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Jul 8, 2013 - Fairbanks to Chena Hot Spring

On the drive up we got to see a moose Chena Hot Springs Resort, founded over 100 years ago, has become the most developed hot springs destination in Alaska. World famous for it's legendary healing mineral waters, beautiful Aurora Borealis displays in the winter, renewable energy projects and Ice Museum, Chena Hot Springs Resort is a great destination for any time of the year. It is home to the world’s largest year-round ice environment in the world, the Aurora Ice Museum! It was created from over 1,000 tons of ice and snow all...

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