We left Tok and headed for Fairbanks on July 7Th. Before hand we had washed the RV which guaranteed our daily rain. We were not disappointed. This leg of the trip didn't have the draw dropping scenery that we have seen on other days. It also didn't present us with any wildlife except one little fox. I suppose if I could get myself out of bed so we were on the road by 5 AM, it would help.
Our campground, Riverview, had 165 spaces, but it was one RV after another as so many RV parks are. The owners were great, it was quiet and our fellow campers friendly so we ended up staying for 4 nights. At one point we estimated that about 40% of the RVs were from TX. Our next door camper here was retired from Big Bend and lived in their motorhome.
The second day there I headed down to the laundromat in the morning and never finished until the next day since there was a power outage. A small plane had lost altitude and struck a power line wiping out a large sector of power. Fortunately, she was not hurt, but the poor girl had just spent $65k refurbishing the plane and had just gotten it out of the shop the day before she crashed. We were all just glad she wasn't hurt.
Wayne played a long overdue round of golf during our stay and ended up playing with the campground owner. While he played golf, I took Betsy and the dogs and ran errands. If you think food is expensive where you are, it's crazy here. Even Walmart prices about broke our bank! On another note, sleep has been tough as there is zero darkness. The darkest it gets is like a cloudy day.
We have been to Fairbanks before, but we seemed to like it a bit better this time. The people in all the local businesses go out of their way to be friendly as they appreciate what tourism does for them.
Additional notes on some of the pictures included today:
1) The Gerstle Bridge - built in 1944 but renamed in 1993 to commemorate the 3,695 soldiers of the US Army Corp of Engineers that helped build the Alaska Highway.
2) Quartz Lake - covers over 1500 acres and more than 80 percent is less than 15 feet deep.
3) Eielson Air Force Base has over 60,000 miles of air space used for training.
4) The North Pole was named when Dahl & Gaske Development Company bought the homstead of a married couple. They renamed the area to the North Pole in hopes of attracting toy manufacturers to their company.
We have a few minor issues with the coach that need to be fixed at a certified Winnebago center so we are heading out for Anchorage and not stopping at Denali National Park now. We hope to loop back to it later.
W and L