Greg's 2007 Odyssey travel blog

Dinner at the Elf's Den

Rest of the Group





Directions: From Jct Parks Hwy 3 & Alaska Hwy 2, go 4 1/5 mi. SE on Alaska 2, then 2 3/4 miles E on Badger Rd. Entrance on the left.

Milepost guide page 437

Travel Day.

Dinner at Elf's Den and a visit to the North Pole.

Riverview RV Park, a Good Sam Club park, is our new home-away-from-home. We will get courteous, friendly, home-style service from the folks at Riverview. Dorothy Fickes, our hostess, for the next five nights promises to give us that personal care we've come to expect. Riverview offers shuttle service to town.

The park is on 25 acres with areas to walk your pets and plenty of room to move around in, all on the Chena River. There are 160 full hookup spaces with 30/50 amp electric. Each space has a lawn with cable TV.

Those of you going on the optional tours will be busy some or most of the next five days. Those of you staying in Fairbanks can be as busy as you want to be, or as lazy as you want to be. Whatever your heart desires.

On your way to Fairbanks today, you will pass through Nenana where you will want to stop at the Visitor's Center and enter the Nenana Ice Classic. The idea is to guess the exact minute of the annual ice breakup on the Tanana River. Payoff is usually several hundred thousand dollars so it's worth the stop to see if you can guess when the "tripod" records the exact time of the Spring breakup.

There's a Safeway Supermarket and a Fred Meyer store in town for stocking supplies. And there's Alaskaland Pioneer Theme Park -- a 44-acre historic theme park was created in 1967 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of US territorial status. Admission is free and the park is open year-round. The park hosts three museums, the Stern wheeler Nenana, the President Warren G. Harding Railroad Car, a gold rush town, a Mining Valley and salmon bake restaurant, the Crooked Creek & Whiskey Island Railroad and a playground with picnic shelters. Located at 2300 Airport Way. Phone: (907) 459-1095.

Your Tour Directors have been here before, of course, so they will have plenty of suggestions for things to do when we're not doing something as a group.


The drive from Healy to Fairbanks was only 2.5 hours so I didn't leave until 11 AM.

The ride was uneventful except for many long stretches of "repaired" frost heaves. It sprinkled/rained all the way. There were two pullouts for scenic overlooks, but with the rain and low clouds, the photos would have been worthless. So I didn't stop. I just came on in to the RV park and got set up for the week we will be here. I am short 10 feet of sewer hose to make it to the drain, so I had to buy that here.

I'm taking the opportunity to do some laundry while waiting to out to dinner tonight. We are scheduled to go to the North Pole (there really is a city with that name). I understand that it will be a chicken dinner. Thank God! I'm starting to grow gills from eating so much halibut and salmon. I want some red meat. The wagon master says we get that tomorrow at the Group dinner. Hallelujah! Just got back from the restaurant and am happy to report that I had prime rib, RED MEAT! It was wonderful. We weren't able to visit The North Pole as planned due to another mix-up between the provider and Good Sam HQ. So we will reschedule that for a later day this week.

I've got my shopping lists made and will hit the road 1st thing in the morning.

As happens more often than not, the park's cable provider is working on the system and therefore we have no cable TV. Also, the Wi-Fi provided shows a strong signal, yet I cannot get to the web. I may have to go in to town to get to a Starbucks to upload my photos and blog throughout the week.

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