Alaska 2016 travel blog

Ken by the Riverboat Discovery

Jane by native salmon drying process (yes, it was kind of smelly)

Our guide at Chena Village

Our guide modeling hand made native alaskan clothing

Granite, Susan Butcher's prized lead sled dog

Jane & Ken by Riverboat Discovery

We took a tour today on the Riverboat Discovery. It was a 3 hour tour on the Chena River, and we visited the Chena Indian village, and also got a demonstration of Susan Butcher's sled dogs on the way down the river. Susan Butcher is a woman who won the famed Ididarod Dog Sled race (in Alaska) several times. Sadly, she died of cancer in 2003, and her family is keeping the dog sled thing going in her memory; it was her daughter who did the demonstration and spoke to us. After the riverboat tour, we did some shopping and moved on out of town toward Tok. We only made it 86 miles and came upon a wonderful campground at Quartz lake where we were able to secure a spot right on the lake; it was beautiful, and would have been nice to get here a little earlier in the day, but so goes the life of the travelers!

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