Mac's 2012 Alaska RV Trip travel blog

Riverboat Discovery III

Riverboat Discovery III

Dock Area

Dock Area

Chena River

Chena River

Bush Pilot Taking Off

Chena River

Riverboat Discovery I

 

 

Reindeer at Chena Village

Reindeer at Chena Village

Reindeer at Chena Village

Chena and Tanana Rivers

Chena and Tanana Rivers

 

Chena Village - Authentic Athabascan Indian Village

Chena Village - Authentic Athabascan Indian Village

Chena Village - Authentic Athabascan Indian Village

Chena Village - Authentic Athabascan Indian Village

Chena Village - Authentic Athabascan Indian Village

Courage - Susan Butcher's Lead Dog - Won Four Iditarod's

Susan Butcher

Susan Butcher

Susan Butcher

Moose Display at Chena Village

Fur/Hide Display at Chena Village

House with Dog Houses

Riverboat Discovery III at Chena Village

Susan Butcher/Dave Monson home

Susan Butcher/Dave Monson home

Along the Chena River

Along the Chena River

Along the Chena River

Along the Chena River

Along the Chena River

Along the Chena River

Along the Chena River

Along the Chena River

Along the Chena River

Along the Chena River

Along the Chena River

Along the Chena River - Home with a pool - a rarity

Along the Chena River

University of Alaska Fairbanks in the distance

Along the Chena River

Along the Chena River

Along the Chena River

Along the Chena River

Along the Chena River

The Pump House Restaurant on the Chena River

The Pump House Restaurant on the Chena River

Mary Binkley - matriarch of the Binkley family on her lawn

Binkley family members

Along the Chena River

Along the Chena River

Riverboat Discovery II at dock

Tour buses awaiting tour members return to dock

40 below - Brrrrr!


I got up this morning to another day of cold and rain. I did another load of wash all the while hoping it would clear up. It continued to rain all morning.

At 12:30PM I left for the Riverboat Discovery tour that starts at 2PM. Yesterday it was packed and I wanted to get in and get my ticket before I had to stand in line. I got my ticket and then browsed their gift shop.

A little after 13:30PM it stopped raining and started clearing up.

We loaded at 13:45PM and took off at 2PM. Just after leaving the dock they had a float plane do a takeoff and landing on the Chena River for us. They need very little space to do that.

Our next stop was at the home and kennels of the late Iditarod Champion Susan Butcher and her husband Dave Monson. Everyone stayed on the boat while Dave talked about the dogs and then gave a demonstration of the dogs pulling him on an ATV. It was something to see how excited they got when they were hooked up. When they finished and were unhooked they ran and jumped into the Chena River.

We continued on the Chena River to where it meets the Tanana River and turned around. After we turned around we docked at the Chena Indian Village; an authentic Athabascan Indian Village. We were allowed to get off the boat and they had presentations that talked about their way of life. I was able to have Dave Manson sign a copy of the book “Granite” written by Susan Butcher and him. About this time the sun had broken through and it turned out to be a nice day.

After re-boarding we were provided with samples of salmon served on crackers. They have restrooms, snacks, and a gift shop on the boat. They also have free coffee and donuts for everyone.

We arrived back at the dock at 17:00PM. It was quite a nice trip. I sat outside on the open deck that was kind of cool with the wind blowing when we left but it was warm and sunny before we completed the tour. There were some very nice homes on both sides of the Chena River.

Inside the gift shop is a room where the temperature is minus 40 degrees that you can go into to experience what winter’s in Alaska are like. It was cold and dry in there with ice on the walls. Quite an experience but not something I would like to live with for a winter.

27.0 SUV miles today



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