Great Alaska Adventure travel blog




We had a nice night at our little roadside camping spot. The furnace in the RV has developed a noise that sounds like a fan out of balance or something rattling. After our drive later in the day, it is fixed.

We drove to the Tors Trailhead park, which overlooks the Chena River, to have breakfast. Anne spotted our first bald eagle of the trip. He is sitting in the top of a tree surveying the river for his breakfast. We did a short hike around the trail head and stowed everything and hit the road to Fairbanks.

The first stop was Creamer’s Field waterfowl sanctuary. This is the site of the old Creamer Dairy. There were hundreds of geese on the sanctuary and a lot of sand cranes. We hiked for a couple of miles and wandered the boreal forest trail.

Next stop was Pioneer Park in central Fairbanks. This is a historic park with a lot of old cabins and buildings from the early days of Fairbanks moved to a central location. Next to Pioneer park is the Alaska Salmon Bake, which I am sure is the place Dad and I visited in 1984.

After Pioneer Park we had a stop to top off the gas tanks (gasoline and propane) and then made our lunch stop at the Pump House on the banks of the Chena River. We even got to see the float plane demo that is put on for the river boat tours. The first riverboat coasted around the bend in the river and the float plane that had been meandering for a few minutes went into full power and took off adjacent to the river boat. About 15 minutes later, the same demo took place for the second river boat.

Since today is to be a tourist day, we could not miss a stop at North Pole, AK (about 10 miles south of Fairbanks) for a visit to Santa Claus store. Adjacent to the store is Santaland RV park (not our stop for today).

Our final destination for the day was the Lazy Moose RV park. We are the only visitors and have the laundry and the facilities to ourselves. We even have water and electric hookups tonight - so maybe a shower in the RV for a change. We are both in shorts and t-shirts sitting outside and enjoying a wonderful 65 deg afternoon on the banks of the Tanana River.

Tomorrow will be along day of driving. We have our next planned stop at Glennallen, AK - but may go farther. Hopefully, we will have some views of the glaciers in Wrangell-St Elias National Park and possibly Matanuska glacier.

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