Today we woke up to clear blue skies with a few puffy cumulus clouds. We had a refreshing hot shower at the Denali Mercantile and are ready for breakfast.
The clouds rolled in after breakfast, so we decided not to make the drive to Savage River.
The drive north toward Fairbanks was really pretty with the terrain changing to rounded hills and lush evergreen forest. The skies cleared and we had clear blue skies all the way to Fairbanks. We made a grocery and fuel stop in Fairbanks. The first fuel stop was somewhat of a shock - $120; 34 gal at $3.52 per gallon.
We drove to Fox, AK to view the Alaska Pipeline. It was 65 deg at the view point.
We then continued out the Chena Hot Springs Road to the Chena Hot Springs Resort. We soaked in the rock pool for about an hour with a nice cool rain to help us cool off, and had interesting conversation with a couple, and Ga Tech alum, from Atlanta. The hot springs water felt nice. We were somewhat under whelmed by the RV park, so we decided to head back down the road to find a riverside pullout or some other place for the night. We found a nice little pull out with a view of the Chena River to spend the night. There is no cell phone coverage, so we hope we are secure. There is a light rain falling but the skies are clearing to the west. The forecast is for clearing later tonight. Since we are in the middle of nowhere, we may set the alarm to get up and watch the stars and check for the aurora.
The plan for tomorrow is to visit Fairbanks and visit Creamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge, Pioneer Park, a late lunch at Pump House Restaurant, and then continue on to Lazy Moose RV park.